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 line was redesigned for 2005 with new exterior and revised engines. The ride is stiff and bouncy, especially compared to the F-150. Ford's 6.0-liter turbodiesel 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 8 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

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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 line was redesigned for 2005 with new exterior and revised engines. The ride is stiff and bouncy, especially compared to the F-150. Ford's 6.0-liter turbodiesel 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.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 5.4-liter V8 (300 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 turbodiesel (325 hp)
  • 6.8-liter V10 (362 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Ford F-250 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"I have been told that this engine needs an Oil cooler for $2K...it has also had 2 FICMs installed. This is inexcUSble for a Diesel with < 100K to have these type of issues. I have also been told of even more things that will probably go wrong"

Jacques G., NC (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"There was a noise while driving. Can't remember exactly what it was"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"I was not able to put fuel in because the filter was pluged up"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Possibly related to fuel cap problem or fuel system problem but not yet sure"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

"fuel sending unit has intermittent fault which causes the fuel guage to indicate zero and a continuous check engine light. $1000 repair. have not had it repaired yet due to expense. failed at 50K miles"

Andrew W., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Fuel injection system

"for the past two summers the diesel engine became hard to restart once at operating temperature. Spent $1500 in 2016 and $2200 in 2017 on repairs. Diesel engines used to be simple and reliable, this one has too many sensors and modules. Probably my last diesel vehicle purchase"

Glenn H., NC (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"The high pressure spring on the fuel system failed, was allowing fuel leaks. Replaced it with a better version truck runs so much better"

Tom B., OK (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Diesel engine injectors need to be replaced (3)"

Daun P., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Fuel rail pressure high code and would not pass smog test , aprox $1200 to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.8-L V10)

"Had to replace 8 fuel injectors"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"I have been getting loss of boost codes from the computer. which has given me reduced power and lots of smoke from the exhaust. I have replaced the injection control regulator and the injection pressure sensor. the boots to the intercooler and stil"

Hank H., WA (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The O2 and the vacuum sensor for turbo were intermittent causing problem diagnosing issues. Multiple trips to dealer before issue resolved"

Larry C., VA (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"I replaced the injector pressure sensor"

Hank H., WA (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Fuel cap

"Check engine light on. Fuel cap and fuel system noted in computer readout. Unable to figure out where problem actually is"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

"The head bolts installed by the engine manufacture were sub standard and stretched causing the head gaskets to blow. It was an expensive bill to repair it"

Patrick W., BC (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"The diesel engine has an oil cooler, oil pump, and filter feature for cooling the 15 quarts of oil. In the ford engine line there is a common problem of the cooler becoming plugged with sludge, causing overheating, head gasket blows. Cost $6000"

Russell C., AZ (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"EGR Cooler failed, caused head gasket failure, fouled the turbo. Installed after market EGR Cooler, replaced turbo, oil pump and water pump"

Roy R., CA (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"EGR system, truck stopped unexpectantly, towed in and had to replace the computer, all of the "O" rings in the system"

John M., AZ (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Turbo or supercharger

"Needs to be rebuilt or replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"needed a new turbo charger installed"

Linda M., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Had to replace turbo- it would studder, surge and stall out at low speeds or stopped. Had to shift to neutral to keep it running with slight accelerator pressure to keep RPMs up"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"2 turbo chargers in 12 months"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Engine blew up. A lot of miles on it, and this particular model year has famously had a lot of problems"

Teresa W., AL (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"The high pressure oil system failed. KNOWN / COMMON problem - the gaskets on the risers from the pump to the oil manifold fail after around 100K miles. Also, STC fitting on the HPOP that failed. $2,700 repair. Over 100K miles, so not covered"

Andrew W., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Because of the typical 2005 catylist converter rerouting the exhaust back into the engine our engine over heated and need to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"100% dealer serviced. In 80+k miles, the engine has been out of the truck three times for rebuild in an attempt to fix major oil leaks. Cost not covered by Ford, and very expensive to me. Not only will Ford not cover a clearly defective engine, th"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Timing belt or chain

"I replaced cam phaser's and tension parts at a cost of 3000.00 no dealer help"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"ABS warning light goes off and on unpredictably .OBD not able to identify problem. Remains unresolved"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)

"Left rear calipers locked up"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"It seems that the right rear caliper/disk brake system is subject to freeze up/lock up and leads to lockup and overheating of the brake and rotor. It is always the back left rear that gives me this trouble - has happened 5 times in the life of the truck"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Rust/corrosion caused caliper hang-up,premature wear"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)

"brakes were dragging because the calipers would not release properly"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"right rear caliper loccked up. replaced with NAPA caliper by local repair shop"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Caliper pistons sticking all the time"

Rebecca K., OH (2005 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Parking brake was not worn out, but was badly rusted. Went to the floor when pushed, but would not hold when on an incline, etc"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

"went through a new set of brakes in a month because of the calipers sticking"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"The brakes were not worn out, but the whole assembly was rusted and fused together. The brakes were dragging, but would not engage completely. Spongy & ineffective"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford F-250 XL 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

"died, replaced"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Had to replace alternator-check engine light constantly on"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Replaced both batteries"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Died. Needed replacing"

Joe S., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"I bought the truck 3 years ago and have replaced batteries twice. This could get expensive"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Electronic ignition

"FICM went out and had to be replaced. fuel injection oil pump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Diesel FICM voltage low, replaced unit"

Ronald B., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"starter failure & flywheel damage as a result"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Computer stopped working. Replacement cost was very expensive"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"mutiple error codes at same time"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Fuel leaks

"leaking fuel pump....replaced gasket"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Bed plate leaking"

Joe S., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Injector pump leaked and needed replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Oil leaks

"There were oil leaks -- took truck to Ford dealership -- more oil leak -- took truck to diesel specialist shop -- more oil leak -- took back to Ford. Oil leak stopped"

Katherine E., NV (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"There is a persistent oil leak that my mechanic cannot repair without pulling out the entire engine. The cost for this is probably more than the truck is worth and is certainly more than a power wash of the driveway costs in time and water"

Kathi D., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

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

Steering wheel vibration

"Front end parts were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Ball joints

"Lowers worn out at 70000 mi. Diagnosed at tire store. Replaced all 4 myself (retired mechanic)"

Steve-Jayne B., CA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"noticed vibration in front end had it checked out and found ball joints upper and lower on drivers side needed replacing. Had that done"

Kevin S., MI (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"I noticed vibration in front end, had it checked and was told I needed tie rod end on passenger side. Had them replaced. also ball joints, upper and lower on drivers side replaced"

Kevin S., MI (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Wheel bearings

"Bad left front wheel bearing cost $500 just for the part so I could fix it myself"

David R., UT (2005 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

"Pickup box wheel wells rusting through as well as the underside crossmembers that straddle the truck frame"

Joe M., PA (2005 Ford F-250 Harley-Davidson 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Frame is showing considerable rust and flaking of metal"

David I., WV (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rear Quarter Panels rusting out"

Travis M., PA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"The box of the truck rusted through and needs to be replaced. New ones are expensive so I'll have to put on a wooden flat bed"

Anonymous, NY (2005 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

Electrical failure

"ALTERNATOR FAILLURE"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.8-L V10)
4WD/AWD components

"The 4WD wasn't working. The switch and a few components were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Automatic locking front hubs failed to operate properly. Would not engage with auto switch and then apparently failed to fully disengage and led to noise in the front drive mechanisms. After 2 times to the dealer and 4 days in the shop, it was finally diagnosed as a bad/leaking vacuum solenoid (auto hub engage works off of engine vacuum). Front hubs are 'Non-serviceable'. On older 4WD trucks, you could disassemble and lubricate the front hub locking mechanism and replace individual worn hub"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Transfer case

"Transfer case & differential both leak. Engine problem that was not in your list was Injector Pressure Regulator went out when I was across country costing me $1600 to fix"

David R., UT (2005 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

Seat controls - movement

"I have a 6 way seat control. The motor that controls the forward and back movement stopped working. Ford does not offer a replacement Motor but does offer a complete lower seat frame with both motors at a whopping $800.00"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Power seat adjustment no longer works properly. Will not move seat rearward"

Travis M., PA (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Doors or sliding doors

"rust where frame meets up with doors. Also on bumpers and a lot on the under belly. Husband sraping off rust and getting ready to spray with rustoleum"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rust is getting out of control and needs to be taken care of right away. Working on it now"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford F-250 XLT 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"The antifreeze leak had something to do with the fact that the engine was about to blow, according to Ford dealership that replaced engine"

Teresa W., AL (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"Had to replace the radiator at about 101000 miles"

John M., AZ (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"rust leaking"

Richard P., PA (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 5.4-L V8)
Pipes

"parts not cheap"

Richard P., PA (2005 Ford F-250 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I pull a 13000 pound 5th wheel with this truck and the transmission just wore out and I had to get it rebuilt;"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.0-L V8 diesel)

"complete rebuild of transmission and torque converter"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Ford F-250 XL 5.4-L V8)

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

Body control module

"I'm not sure it was the body control sensor, but it was a control sensor. I had it back several times because it lost power and I could not drive it. During these times a crank sensor, ICD and EGR valve were replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford F-250 XL 6.0-L V8 diesel)
Gauges

"Gas gauge doesn't show the correct amount of fuel the tank. Gauge varies between 7-14 gallons more than what's in the tank. The MPG indicator varies between 7-8 more MPG. Miles/gal remaining in tank until empty is off up to 450 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch 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.

Climate System

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

Body Integrity

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

Transmission Minor

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

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