Ford Settles Class-Action Lawsuit Over Power Stroke Diesels
Ford has finally settled a class-action lawsuit over claims it sold defective diesel Power Stroke engines in 2003-2007 Super Duty trucks and E-Series vans. The 6.0-liter, V-8 turbo-diesel in question was manufactured by Navistar International, Ford’s diesel supplier since 1994.
The lawsuit originates in customer complaints over the 6.0-liter having defective exhaust gas recirculation valves and coolers, oil coolers, fuel injectors and turbochargers. Some failures were so severe that Ford replaced entire engines and even bought back trucks that couldn’t be easily repaired.
For those vehicles that were repairable, Ford will have to reimburse owners a percentage of their costs for each component they replaced, along with half of the $100 deductible owners paid for having their vehicle serviced under Ford’s five-year/100,000-mile engine warranty. The lawsuit also reimburses owners anywhere from $50 to $825 for post-warranty repairs done on their trucks and vans with under 135,000 miles on the clock.
The troubled 6.0-liter Power Stroke was the nail in the coffin for Ford’s relationship with Navistar. In 2010, Ford dumped the company and moved it diesel development and production in house. The result is the current 6.7-liter Power Stroke that produces 400 horsepower and an astounding 800 pound-feet or stump-pulling torque for 2014.
Oddly enough, Navistar was released from the litigation proceedings, leaving owners and Ford to fight it out.
Click past the jump for more on the 2014 Ford Super Duty
Engine troubles aside, Ford’s Super Duty trucks have dominated the marketplace. The current 2014 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 are offered with a seemingly endless list of options and available equipment from supplemental cabin heaters to dual alternators for power generation.
The Super Duty comes standard with the 6.2-liter, V-8 making 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, but a large majority of buyers select the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel. Cranking out 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque, a Power Stroke-equipped F-450 can tow 24,700 pounds on a gooseneck or 5th wheel trailer.
Pricing for the Super Duty starts at $30,080 and goes (way) up from there. Checking all the option boxes on an F-450 grows the MSRP past the $70,000 mark.