10th Generation (1997—2003) F-250 Problems

F-250 owners with a 1997—2003 model year have the most problems with the engine (71%), transmission (7%), and the electrical (3%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 1 complaints at an average of 28,300 miles in the 1997 Ford F-250.
  2. Spark Plug Blowout 25 complaints at an average of 151,095 miles in the 2001 Ford F-250.
  3. Spark Plugs Loose, Jump Out 29 complaints at an average of 122,624 miles in the 2003 Ford F-250.

What F-250 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 44 8 51 7.4
2002 44 8 55 7.68
2001 43 10 63 7.81
2000 34 11 122 3.45
1999 37 19 331 5.92
1998 3 9 295 0.49
1997 13 14 437 7.55

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