really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,776 miles

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problem #9

Jun 052010


  • 78,000 miles
I've had two plugs blow out on my 99 F150. It has less than 100,000 on it. If they know its a defect why not step up and fix the problem? it cost $300 a plug!!!! left me stranded at night with my family along the road!! makes me wonder if I want to stay with Ford or go elsewhere.

- Washington, IA, USA

problem #8

Nov 282009


  • 100,988 miles
I had just got off work and was leaving the parking area and blew out the number 4 sparkplug on the right side head. I shut off the my truck and parked it. I called a friend that lives close for a ride home. The next morning I drove back to the plant and took my truck to the local Ford dealership. They said that I should replace the head or install a helicoil and also replace the spark plug and coil pack. So I had them install the helicoil and replace the damaged parts. Less then a month later I was driving to work on the I 90 and I blow out the number 5 cylinder spark plug and this time it took out the plastic shield and ripped the spark plug and the coil pack off he truck. I have not done any thing but contact Ford Motor Company about this at this time. There suggestion was to replace the heads my self at a cost of 6,000 dollars.

- Lorain , OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 072010


  • 227,000 miles
I own a 1999 Ford F150, the sparkplug blew up as I was driving to work. I heard a loud pop.

- Cyril, OK, USA

problem #6

Jun 202009


  • 123,000 miles
Spark plug blowout on Ford Triton V8 engine, 5.4 liter.

- Hermiston, OR, USA

problem #5

May 302009


  • 170,000 miles
Truck engine started to cut out. Occurs every few hundred miles, requires part replacement. The cam position sensor is the part that continues to fail. Replacement fixes it.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #4

Dec 182007

F-450 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,000 miles
Blew out sparkplugs and broke bracket on the side of coil packs. Don't like paying $85 a pop for Ford's poor design. Plus the healy coils or maybe that's the motive. This happened three different times.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #3

Apr 012004

F-450 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
1999 Ford Expedition first blew out a spark plug in 2003 due to too few threads in cylinder head. Mechanic was able to repair for around $500. The problem occurred again on another spark plug in 2004 which destroyed the whole engine. I contacted Ford and was told they could do nothing about it. The refurbished jasper engine ended up being around $5400. The old engine was turned in to avoid a core charge. I have all of the paperwork from the mechanic stating the problem.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 252005

F-450 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
1999 F-150 head gasket leaking on right back side on exhaust and catalytic convert smell and see smoke affraid of fire while driving or parked.

- Sellersburg, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles
6.8 litre V-10 engine and one spark plug from each cylinder head came out. One cyl head had threads destoyed thereby making a replacement nessesary and the other one was suspect. The dealer suggested a rebuilt engine as costs would be very close between repairs and a genuine Ford rebuilt engine and it would come with a warrenty. My complaint is that the plugs came out because the cyl heads were a poor design with only 3/8" threads in an aluminum casting and I shouldn't be paying for poor engineering and designs. There has been an update in 2001 that now has a cyl head with 9/16" threads and plugs to suit. I want Ford to install a new updated engine at their cost.

- Ucluelet, UN, USA