The F-250 is a heavy duty truck with a 3/4 ton capacity as opposed to the 1/2 ton of the F-150. The Super Duty won't be redesigned until after 2004. The ride is stiff and bouncy. Ford's new 6.0-liter diesel packs some real punch and is fairly quiet and free of vibration. Stepping into the cabin is more difficult because of the high floor.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC not available, standard from 2011.
Model Summary
The F-250 is a heavy duty truck with a 3/4 ton capacity as opposed to the 1/2 ton of the F-150. The Super Duty won't be redesigned until after 2004. The ride is stiff and bouncy. Ford's new 6.0-liter diesel packs some real punch and is fairly quiet and free of vibration. Stepping into the cabin is more difficult because of the high floor.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 5.4-liter V8 (260 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 turbodiesel (325 hp)
  • 6.8-liter V10 (310 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Ford F-250 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"With about 120000 miles on vehicle all injectors, head gaskets, oil cooler and other major componants on the upper engine block had to be replaced. Cost over $7000. All of the typical problems with the 6.0 engine. You will be extremely wise to do your research on this engine before buying into it!"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"This diesel engine is the one built by a contractor. The head bolts stretched and the entire engine had to be rebuilt. $12,000 out of pocket expense. Ford has a law suit against contractor but that doesn't help our major out of pocket expense"

Don W., TX (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"The engine locked and I had to replace it in it's entirety"

Florena C., MD (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Ford only used to pull Horse & Flat Bed Trailers. Would have been PERFECT with a Cummins engine."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Head gasket

"The egr failed. This put coolant in the intake. This blew the headgaskets. I had to rebuild the engine. I "bullet proofed" it for $7000. Added oil to air heat exchanger, bullet proof egr, studs, etc"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo was found to be leaking lubricant."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Turbocharger had to be rebuilt (was sticking)"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Turbo failed causing the engine to surge. It needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Replaced the turbocharger three times"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Carbon buildup causing turbo to catch. It was able to be cleaned and not replaced. Mechanic said I needed to drive it harder once in a while to keep carbon from building up?"

Charles B., UT (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"had turbo replaced & repaired twice since"

Anonymous, NL (2004 Ford F-250 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Rusted turbocharger cause serious loss of engine performance"

David P., TX (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"replaced variable vein turbo"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Have replaced turbo three (3) times so far. Replaced just this month with an aftermarket unit as Ford doesn't make quality parts. Ford should have replaced with a quality new part free of charge. Will never buy another Ford. We spent almost $8,00"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Verible vanes in turbo stick this is the second turbo in this truck same problem"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Turbo over boosted due to carbon buildup. 4 months later the egr valve failed"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Developed a leak"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 Unsure 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"EGR/ turbo high pressure oil cooler overheated/ 2 fuel injector failures/ FICM replacement, very hard to start ,ran poorly! Very very expensive repairs and considerable wait time for a qualified shop to work on diagnose and repair. Ford dealership had wait time of 2 weeks to look at it. Went to independent repair shop."

Anonymous, (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Had to replace turbo. EGR valve needs replaced often. EGR and Oil cooler needed replaced, Fuel injection control module needed replaced"

Roger Z., WI (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Turbo charger variable vanes stick frequently"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS light lit 5-15-19. Code C1185, no power from ABS relay. As soon as I FIND ABS relay I will check it. Both fuses are good. Not yet finished with diagnosis so unsure as to eventual cost. ABS codes accessed with iCarSoft i920 Ford specific scan tool."

Christina C., KS (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"ABS light came on immediately following repair of rear brakes"

John E., RI (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The ABS light come on from time to time. My mechanic isn't sure the fault code in the computer is correct so we're waining for the light to come on and stay on"

Daniel B., CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Calipers

"Rear caliper came apart"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"calipers drag, needs periodic caliper service to allow rotors to turn without disc drag"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"worn,"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Normal routine brake wear

"noise and vibration from front right brake rotor"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Ford F-250 Harley-Davidson 6.8-L V10)

"front rotor worn out"

Anthony M., IN (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"they got old"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.8-L V10)
Regular brake failure

"Brake line broke while driving and brakes went out. All brake fluid drained out. Was able to pull into a parking lot, add enough brake fluid to get to repair shop...but it was scary"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)

"brake lines leaked and had to be replaces. rotors needed replaced in front"

Anthony M., IN (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)
Rotors

"Caliper failure destroyed the rotor"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Over heating, Atlanta Ga. Braking. Warped rotors"

Lynn M., GA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"egr control valve was sticking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WY (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"EGR valve failed while towing 28 foot trailer. The intake manifold "coked" up an had to be removed from the engine to clean"

David C., MA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Replaced the EGR valve three times. Subsystems (oil cooler, egrcooler, etc) too many times to count"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Known issue with the 6.0l Diesle engine to have EGR valve plug up and/or fail due to carbon build up requiring continuos attention"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Engine surged at speeds over 40mph. Engine would stop running at idle. Replaced EGR valve has stopped symptoms so far"

Millard F., CO (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"egr failed 3 years after we purchased the truck--repairs by a ford dealership were about $2000"

Anonymous, SD (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Fuel injection system

"no. 8 injector just quit working, the dealer wanted $1,000.00 to replace that one injector. I am still driving with 7 injectors."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"FICM failure Evidently so rampant that my mechanic keeps a LOANER on his bench While the customers part is sent out to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"had to replace fuel injector control module. Cylinder 1 injector circuit low"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat)

"Would not start and keep running FI Module replaced, Recommend I drive it harder to keep Turbo cleared out"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Fuel pump

"Died"

Anonymous, (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"FI Module B/O Turbo X2"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Needed to replace O2 sensor"

Anonymous, MT (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"some of the exterior trim moldings have fallen off"

Les C., FL (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Roof Paint Peeled of and rusted"

William M., FL (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Roof showing rust spot, rear fender showing peeling, general paint chalking and dulling"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"trim work paint fading"

Stephen H., MA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)

"Living in Arizona the painting clear cote peals off and caused large areas of under colored paint to be exposed. These deteriorate very quickly in the AZ sun. Current paint on autos is designed to fail in sustained sunlight with the heat and UV exposure."

Daniel G., AZ (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"paint on hood and roof fading badly"

Les C., FL (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"paint peeled in a area on the bed of pickup - about size of baseball"

Dwight C., NM (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"This is a very low mileage and well maintained vehicle operated by strictly one person. The entire vehicle is rusting away, frame and body. Anyone that observes this vehicle is amazed at the extensive rust"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"rust thru at rear wheel arches, cab corners, and heavy rust on undercarriage"

Stephen H., MA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)

"Truck bed fenders are rusting so there are holes in the metal"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)

"Rear fenders starting to rust due to bad design"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"the bed supports are rusting through"

David K., MD (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"This was the first time I've had to replace the serpentine belt and the pulleys. I figured it was due"

Florena C., MD (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)
Engine computer

"Computer has a system to limit OBD-II evaluations, masking HPOP and EGR failures, initially caused by casting sand left in motor from manufacture. This is a well-documented series of failures in the Powerstroke 6.0 Diesel motors. It cost nearly $3000"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Stalling, backfire,missing , when going up hill"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"trouble light comes on when no need to"

Anonymous, NL (2004 Ford F-250 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Oil leaks

"Rear engine crank seal"

Charles B., UT (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"The oil leak is so severe that it lost so much oil in a 300 mile trip that it quit running. The fuel injection system on this 6 liter diesel is run by a high pressure oil pump,so when the oil got low it quit running. You should provide a means to respond on issues not listed in your categories , unless you don't care to hear about any other issues. the items you listed are not among the main complaints about the ford 6 liter diesel. I also had to replace a fuel pump, an injector, and an IPR valve for 2,300 dollars in the last 12 months."

Keith T., CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Engine oil cooler failed allowing oil and antifreeze to mix in wrong systems. Known failure point on Ford for many years however never a recall."

Daniel G., AZ (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"dealer mechanics could resolve after several trips"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"oil pan and differential cover rusted through"

David K., MD (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Oil pan rusted through and required replacment."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Has been dripping oil the past 3 years. Finally gave up on having gaskets replaced as they leak again within a few months"

Roger Z., WI (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor cylinder was scraping bits of metal from the cylinder walls and apparantly this was causing lower and more inefficient operation and increasingly less cooling"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.8-L V10)

"AC clutch fell off and had to be replaced"

Robert R., IL (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"I have had the a/c worked on three times previously. This most recent time was $1050. Then my heater core went out, right after i picked it up for the a/c problem. This is the worse vehicle i have bought. Ive put more than 21k in problems on this truck. Egr twice. Lemon"

Marianne W., CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"compressor, evaporator, condenser, blower had to be replaced twice over a 3 month period"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Same comments that I wrote under the refrigerant problem"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 6.8-L V10)
Blower (fan) motor

"vacuum lines broke"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Heater system

"Lemon"

Marianne W., CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Refrigerant leaks

"All I know is that some seals somewhere were leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.8-L V10)

"Dealer installed a rebuilt A/C unit because of leaks 2 years ago. This April the dealer installed another rebuilt unit because of leaks again. This time the unit was under the 2 year Ford parts warranty and it was installed at no cost"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 6.8-L V10)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Wore out prematurely"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Power steering leaks

"Over a period of about a year the power steering began to chirp and act twitchy. After putting in a can or two of power steering fluid I took the truck to Midas and they changed the power steering pump."

Anonymous, HI (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Steering became very noisy and started to become stiff. Power steering hose had developed a small hole"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"After 2 successive right hand turns and an incline the steering would lock up"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)
Springs or torsion bars

"Torsion bars were replace as they were worn and started to make noise when hitting a bump."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"worn bushings on sway bar and connecting rods on sway bar"

Dwight C., NM (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had a leak in the power steering pump/journal requiring replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"The drag link from the steering box to the other components failed"

Donald S., DE (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Linkage was slipping so couldn't shift into correct gear."

Anonymous, (2004 Ford F-250 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Normal battery replacement"

Peter D., CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"corrosion of the cable"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Batteries needed charging in March 2020. Finally died in May 2020. Replaced with Duralast Gold. Battery size 65. Takes two batteries."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Repeated battery failure usually within a few months of warranty exp. so little $replacement credit. Using sealed batteries now. More expensive but lasting better so far."

Anonymous, (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Had batteries that were on warranty that to be replaced"

Anonymous, MT (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Engine harness

"Harness that goes to oil pressure sensor failed. It's way down in the guts of the engine so intake had to be removed. Very expensive!!!!!"

Roger Z., WI (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"ICP sensor on back side of '03 early '04 engines has been known to fail and leak oil. replaced sensor and wiring harness pigtail several times. This is due to location of sensor getting a lot of heat from engine. Late '04 moved ICP for more reliable"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plug blew out and had to be rethreaded and a new spark plug installed"

Peter D., CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Seal under turbo failed. Also very expensive"

Roger Z., WI (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"dealer mechanic could not resolve after multiple tripos and 4300 dollars"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Overheating

"Oil cooler had restricted coolant flow requiring replacement"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Radiator

"AT 14500 miles radiator developed leak at the base of the bottom tank, at 10500 miles the EGR cooling radiator in the main radiator developed a leak, this and the turbo was a $4500 repair"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Thermostat

"the thermostat seems to be stuck open as the engine does not get hot enough to provide sufficient hot air for the defroster in the winter. I live in snow country. I am going to have to replace it before next winter."

Keith T., CA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Water pump

"Failed in a somewhat atypical way (intermittent belt squeal, no leaks)"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"In one year alone, I have had to replace the wheel hub 4 times, and now I had to replace the manual locking hubs, and solenoid and I STILL have problems with just the drivers side 4x4"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"the vacuum to place in 4wd failed and was not listed under extended warranty"

Greg B., NC (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.8-L V10)

"Complete undercarriage of truck is badly rusted and critical components (brake lines, shocks, 4WD hubs, handbrake cable, etc) need replacement. Frame is also rusting badly."

A K., CT (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Universal join went out and destroyed the transfer case"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Driveshaft or axle

"Continuing with the rust issue, the front four wheel drive, drive shaft actually broke in half due to the extensive rust. Again, this vehicle has very low mileage and has never been involved with heavy work"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Universal join went out"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"It occurred about ten months ago and the super charger had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-250 Unsure 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Y pipe caused smell and turbo lag"

Donald A., MO (2004 Ford F-250 Harley-Davidson 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Exhaust manifold

"Axle seal on passenger side failed causing gear lube to leak out near wheel"

Donald S., DE (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)
Muffler

"Muffler rust has cased aloud noise when driving the truck. Very frustrating."

Anonymous, (2004 Ford F-250 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Was not shifting properly. Replaced wiring harnesses inside transmission to correct problem"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Slipping transmission

"slips and grinds shifting into overdrive..just waiting to have the thing completely go out and have to replace it"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"gasket went out between engine and transmission"

Ronnie H., FL (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Sensors in transmission continue to go out not reliable at all"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver rear door Jammed won't open"

William M., FL (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"This was not the fault of the truck, but the driver was backing into a bank fairly often and bent the tailgate. It was repaired several times, but finally needed replacement"

Ferne F., CA (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Ford dealer employee allowed truck to roll backwards during alignment service. Bent drivers door forward and torque damage to cowl area. Dealer fixed FREE but we still have a slight air leak you can hear whistling at 65 mph on highway."

Christina C., KS (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"It leaks more from heavy pulling. (Trailer)"

Charles B., UT (2004 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"replaced torque convertor when replacing seal"

Ronnie H., FL (2004 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Lockup failed. Then overheated the trans. Rebuilt with billed torq converter. $4000"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"It no longer works and has locked CDs inside and unable to release them."

Anonymous, NV (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)
Radio

"Volume will go to full-blast on its own. Turn it back down and within seconds, it will blow your ears out. It does this constantly"

Don W., TX (2004 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"compass and trip computer stopped working"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
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