really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
150,000 miles

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problem #1

May 022009


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Ford E-150. Whenever the contact starts the engine and depresses the accelerator pedal, the engine becomes stuck at a high RPM and will not return to the idle position. The failure causes the vehicle to either surge forward or backwards depending on what gear it is in at the time. The engine has to be turned off in order to restore the vehicle to a proper speed. In addition, the brakes do not hold or stop the vehicle when they are engaged. The first time this failure occurred, the vehicle crashed into a tree at 10 mph. There were no injuries; however, the rear window was damaged. Through research, the contact found numerous issues with this defect on the same make and model vehicles. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop twice. During the first visit, the mechanic cleaned out the engine, engine throttle, and cables. The failure was corrected for two months before it recurred again. During the second visit, the vehicle was towed to the shop and the mechanic checked to make sure that everything was lubricated properly. The shop did not guarantee that the failure would not recur. The contact believes that a recall should be issued. The failure mileage was 150,000 and current mileage was 152,000.

- Milford, PA, USA