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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
31,522 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #13

May 132015


  • 163,787 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving at 45 mph, the contact heard a noise and noticed that the spare tire separated from underneath the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the carrier cable that holds the spare tire fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 163,787.

- Porcupine, SD, USA

problem #12

Dec 052013


  • miles
While driving down the interstate, the vehicle caught on fire. Everything under the hood was destroyed.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #11

Jun 032013

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited a thumping noise when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic to be inspected where the failure was located at the metal frame lower core support for the radiator, which was severely corroded. The frame was also corroded and would require repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the steel tubes for the brake lines were recently replaced due to corrosion. The radiator metal frame lower core support was not replaced. The failure and current mileage was 82,000. Kmj updated 07/16/13

- Carmel , IN, USA

problem #10

Jul 182011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


My complaint is in regards to a Ford F150 series truck. The undercarriage and all parts under the truck are rusting out. Brakes/rotors just replaced and dealership stated that the thumping noise was due to the brake falling off of the truck. This is a very big safety issue and when contacting Ford, they stated that there was no recall and there was nothing that they could do about it. This is also along with the rusting of the doors and door frames and peeling paint issue that Ford has yet to take care of customers for this known issue. When calling Ford directly, they state they are very sorry, but yet they do nothing about it. Does someone need to die first before a recall is done like the issue with the cruise control deactivation switch that caused fires and an ederly woman and child were killed?

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 172010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
On Friday, September 17, 2010 the fuel tank on my 2001 Ford F-150 truck broke free of the undercarriage and was dragged approximately 200 meters before I could safely stop the vehicle. At the time of the incident, I was traveling 60 mph. Upon exiting the vehicle, I smelled strong gasoline fumes and observed gasoline running from underneath the truck. I moved away from the vehicle and called the fire department and a tow service. From a distance (approximately 150 feet) the gasoline tank was clearly resting on the road surface. Once help was on the scene, granular absorbent material was added to the gasoline which had spilled onto the road. The now empty gas tank was secured by rope to the truck undercarriage, revealing a large hole in the gas tank. Upon further investigation, it was noted that the straps holding the tank had broke. The truck was removed from the scene on a flat-bed truck. The total cost associated with the gas tank straps breaking is $841. Updated 08/01/11 the strap failed where it attached to the truck frame. The strap ends appeared to be more worn than the strap body. Approximately, 22-34 gallons of fuel was spilled. Updated 08/02/11

- Bellville, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 102009


  • miles
Defective paint job. Paint is bubbling off of truck just when being sprayed with garden hose. Local Ford dealer claims that it is not Ford's problem. Cost is customer's responsibility.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 142007


  • miles


My windshield leaked and fried my computer and my fuse box. There was a leak on the windshield that was not visible and ran down into my electrical components therefore it fried them.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #6

Nov 132006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield leak on 2001 F150 has leaked into GEM module and fuse box. Now in shop for second time Ford dealer will now replace windshield and other electrical components. First trip to shop they said it was the battery. I paid for that and the towing charge. A bit of internet searching leads me to believe this is a well known and documented problem with Ford trucks and SUVS. ODI has looked into this before.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 152004

(reported on)


  • miles
Problems with 2001 Ford F150 tire equipment. The new spare tire was removed from the undercarriage to used as a replacement for a front tire. When the tire was examined the consumer noticed several grooves about 3/8 of an inch deep had been rubbed into the sidewall of the spare. The tire Agency did not recommend using the tire therefore the consumer kept the old front tire. The tire manufacturer was contacted and indicated that the grooves in the tire were cosmetic and that the tire was safe to use. The consumer believes there is a design flaw in the spare tire holder under the vehicle.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 012004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I had some warrant issues with Ford Motor Corporation. Trim around windshield, faded grill and base not working on radio. The biggest problem has something to do with the ac and emissions. I turned on the ac and the truck started to run bad jerking and sputtering. Took it too Ford and they replaced a sensor. This summer the first time I turn on my ac and the same problem this time its not covered by warranty. I haven't put 14K miles on the truck. Does emissions have some type of expectations set by the epa or dot. It cost $400. To get sensor replaced. I cant afford to replace a sensor ever summer I turn on my ac.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 102002

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


Structure of 2001 F150. My late husband suffered massive head trama when the F150 he was driving was struck head on with an Isuzu delivery truck. The truck burst into flames and continued to burn out of control. Iihs and dateline report the structure of the truck is unsafe and could result in massive head trama injuries.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 112001

(reported on)


  • miles
Front grill is out of adjustment by 1 to 11/2 centimeters and does not align with hood, fenders, and lights.

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 142001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph consumer had to swerve to left to avoid hitting a dog, he then swerved to right to get back on right side of road. Vehicle rolled over, extensive damage to vehicle.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

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