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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
109,750 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. install an aftermarket stud kit when replacing head gasket (4 reports)
  2. repaired (2 reports)
  3. replace head bolts and gaskets (1 reports)
2004 Ford F-350 engine problems

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2004 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 292019


  • 56,000 miles


I, for one, will never buy or own another Ford product ever again for as long as I live!!!!!

- redds55, Culpeper, VA, US

problem #6

Apr 042016

F-350 Super Duty 6.0L Diesel;

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Had to replace egr, heads , head gaskits, turbo, new after market bolt kit. had to add a chip so we could control the power to save the engine . had to change plugs, injectors, oil change. Ford was notified and so as the attorney general. they told me to keep the receipt. they said they have not gotten any complaints. BS....

- James C., Somersworth, NH, US

problem #5

Jan 212014

F-350 SuperDuty 6.0L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,234 miles

We bought this truck (with an extended warranty) in July because our old 93 diesel had over 350 thousand miles on it. We were moving from PA to MO. Driving to MO to search for a property to buy we took our first trip...and broke down. The air conditioner compressor went out. Okay happens sometimes...spent 3 days in a motel waiting for repair. Got repaired and headed back to PA. This was only the beginning of the problems.

We put alternator... breaks...rotors...calibers...brake lines that rusted. (I mean really, brake lines that rust? It doesn't matter how many damn airbags your vehicle is equipped with if the breaks do not work your going to hit something...duh and the problem is not just Fords!) All these things could have been how the vehicle was cared for previous to our owning it. I realize that...but the kicker to all... none of this is covered under the warranty.

And now on to the real problem. On our first trip after buying property from PA to MO we had our 30 foot trailer loaded with our things when the stupid (insert favorite curse word of choice here) truck broke down in Greenfield IN with a blown head gasket (Here is where the fun begins). The dealership charged us 40...yes 40 hours of labor to fix head gasket...the warranty company paid less than one half of the over $5600.00 bill leaving us with over $3200.00 to pay and no way to pay it. We closed our business and are still in limbo with no solution to this problem.

The truck is crap, the warranty company is junk, and the dealership ripped us off because they had us over a barrel. I even went as far as contacting Ford directly and they would not get involved in it. And as of writing this the truck is still sitting in IN because we just cannot afford to go get it because we invested most our money in our property and getting our other things moved out to a house that is sitting useless. My father-in-law decided to help us out by moving the trailer at least from IN to MO. Somewhere in between IN and MO he lost the brakes on his truck (04 Chevy, Diesel) because, you guessed it, the brake lines rusted.

- Jan W., Summerdale, PA, US

problem #4

Oct 202011

F-350 XLT Lariat 6.0L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,770 miles


Shoulda Woulda Coulda listened to people telling me to stay away from Ford diesels after the older 7.3l. Thought I was due for a slightly newer truck so I traded my faithful problem free 1993 Chevy 6.5l and what a total mistake that was. My Ford only has 104000km on it 22000 of which I put on very light duty use. Guess what? It's now in the shop for possible head gaskets, EGR cooler, oil cooler, turbo and maybe more. Cost I've been told could be up into the over 10 grand range. Ford tough? LOL!

Update from Dec 5, 2011: Well that was an expensive repair.

- giterdone, Nanaimo, BC, canada

problem #3

Nov 112010

F-350 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 225,000 miles

Had a 7.3 diesel, thought the 6.0 would be even better. Not so, Bought it used and it went down the first day. $4000.00 repair at Ford. Many problems over the next year or two. Then the head gasket went. They would have to remove the cab to work on the engine. 5000.00 estimate for that but it would also need new heads, injectors, EGR Cooler for a total of 12,000.00. The 7.3 had 450,000 miles on it and I would have kept it but I was side swiped and I took the money to put on the newer truck, BIG MISTAKE. Never buy any Ford diesel with anything but the 7.3. I'm a small contractor with one truck and that 6.0 almost put me out of business, between the down time and repair costs. I honestly would not take a 6.0 or newer 6.4 or 6.7 if they gave it to me. I couldn't afford it!

- John K., Malaga, NJ, US

problem #2

Dec 012009

F-350 Super Duty 6.0L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

My family has always owned ford trucks as I have owned several myself on the farm. I do not understand why Toyota can recall trucks 20 yrs old but Ford cannot make a problem that is only 4 to 6 years right.

- Steven H., Aurora, IN, US

problem #1

Nov 252008

F-350 FX4 6.0L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,983 miles

Apparently a common 6.0 L problem.The head gasket blew at 177,000 kms! Ford denies any responsibility. The cab has to be lifted off to replace head gasket, 22 hrs of labor and $4500.

- Mark L., Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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