Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Econoline engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Ford Econoline Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 252010


  • 220,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Econoline. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle exhibited an abnormally loud backfire noise from underneath the hood area. The contact moved the vehicle from the roadway and found a small fire in the engine compartment. The contact was able to extinguish the fire and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised that the failure was caused by a blown spark plug that ejected from its housing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was 220,000.

- Tallahasse, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 092004

Econoline 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The exhaust system was blowing out black smoke out the tail pipe while driving. The vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for analysis. The mechanic determined that the engine needed to be replaced due to a valve cover gasket failure.

- Heathsville, VA, USA

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