really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,070 miles

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problem #5

Jul 072012

F-450 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
While driving, there was a loud explosion, then engine was running rough and loud. Mechanic stated that due to a faulty design, the #7 spark plug had been shot from the engine, damagine the ignition coil and allowing fuel to spray from the injectors onto the now loose spark plug. Mechanic stated I was lucky this did not result in an engine fire. Engine is Ford 5.4L V8. Mechanic explained that the design of the engine means that the aluminum heads have approx. Half as many threads as a normal spark plug, meaning that this is a frequent occurrence and Ford is aware of the fire risk but has chosen not to address.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #4

Oct 072011


  • 150,000 miles
Water leaking through windshield causing damage to electrical components under dash. GEM module need S to be replaced. Possibly fuse box as well.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 192006

F-450 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1999 Ford F-150 caught fire and burt to the ground in a parking lot. Fire started under the engine compartmant stated by a witness. The vehicle was sitting about 2 hours before it caught fire. Found numerous recall articles on the web about a switch catching fire.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 232003

F-450 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,348 miles
My family and I were 25 miles from home in our 1999 Ford F-250 when a spark plug blew out of the head. I had the truck towed to the Ford dealership and was told that even though the truck had less than 75,000 miles. I had to pay for the repair. This repair cost us over $3,000.

- Mcneal, AZ, USA

problem #1

Aug 242005

F-450 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
August 24 my F150 truck caught fire nearly killing me and destroying my house. I notified Ford they said they would get back to me when they did the letter states that I owned a Windstar van and there was nothing they could do for me because the Windstar has no investigations..I do not a Windstar they had the correct VIN number and this did dot get reported to you in the investigations truck is 100% loss and I need correct compensation for my loss.

- Bellevue, WA, USA