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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 52
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,129 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #55

Nov 012007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles


Filed a report #10207914. The VIN number was incorrect. The correct VIN no. Is herein. Engine fire - Ford F-150 - parked at 4am - electrical - source of fire. Completely totaled. Police and fire departments filed reports. I live in Mexico in cabo san lucas. Truck was purchased at galpin Ford in North hollywood, ca.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #54

Sep 122007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The truck was sitting in my drive way for hours prior to catching fire. My Ford F-150 caught fire in my drive way and set my house on fire that burned and was a total loss.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #53

Sep 222007

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
(1) vehicle was parked in my driveway (2) vehicle burst into flames starting in the engine compartment (on the drivers side) (3)fire department called to suppress fire as well as my attempting with a garden hose only damage was to vehicle and some scars on driveway.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #52

Aug 282007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


My 2001 Ford F-150 supercrew caught fire spontaneously after sitting parked for several hours.

- Universal City, TX, USA

problem #51

Apr 212007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
My house burned down -- it appears that the cause of the fire was my 2001 F150 truck. The fire started at approx 3:00 am in the garage. My insurance company, country companies has a team of investigators onsite going through the debris.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #50

Apr 172007

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Woke up to in the early morning to truck alarm activated. When going out to see what happened the truck was engulfed in flames in the engine area. The truck was totaled. The truck was sitting all night. And hadn't been driven since 3:30 pm the previous day.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #49

Mar 292007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle caught on fire which originated from the hood. The only part of the vehicle that was not destroyed was the bed. Ford advised the contact to send documentation and pictures of the vehicle, and stated that even though there was a recall on the year, make, and model of the vehicle, it could not be determined that the explosion was a result of the recall, not even by the VIN. The manufacturer stated that there was nothing they could do, and that the contact could take legal action if necessary. The manufacturer concluded that the cause of the fire was electrical. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Dallas Creek, GA, USA

problem #48

Feb 242007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles
- the contact called regarding the 2001 Ford F150. The contact was traveling at 60 mph when he started to smell smoke. The contact looked out of the rearview mirror and saw sparks hitting the road. The contact pulled the vehicle over. Looked under the vehicle and saw flames. He then left the vehicle. The vehicle became engulfed in flames and was destroyed. The fire department extinguished the fire and determined the cause of the fire as electrical. The contact was unsure whether a police or fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed away. The failure mileage is approximately 160,000. There were no injuries. Ford claimed the recall had been fixed. Updated 03/19/07.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #47

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 #46

Oct 032006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Odometer light goes out when it wants and on when it wants.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #45

Sep 252006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles


: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked for six hours in the driveway next to a residence, it became engulfed in flames. The fire originated from under the hood. The fire department was called and extinguished the fire. An additional vehicle parked next to the truck and part of the contact's house was also damaged from the fire. There were no problems with the vehicle prior to the incident. The manufacturer was contacted and verified the vehicle was included in the recall. The contact stated a recall notice was never received. Updated 10/17/2006 -

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #44

Aug 072006

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
I took my 4 year old daughter in our Ford F150 supercab lariat truck and went to a restaurant about 5 minutes from our home. We returned home with take out, parked the truck in the driveway, our garage door opener was not working. I joined my wife for dinner (about 7:00 pm). My daughter went to bed at about 8:30, my wife about 9:30. At about 10:00 I went outside with the dogs in the backyard and heard a pop sound like a fire cracker. I thought that maybe the neighbor kids were playing with fireworks, but it sounded pretty close to the house on the garage side. When I looked in that direction I saw an orange glow. I went around the side of the house and saw my truck engulfed in flames. I ran into the house, called my wife to get up, get our daughter, get out of the house and call 911. 911 told us to get out of the house and as far away as possible. We evacuated our home w/ our dogs in tow and we all proceeded to watch in horror (with the entire subdivision) as the truck went up in flames and smoke, not knowing if the house would be next. Under normal circumstances my truck would have been parked in the garage. My daughter's bedroom is right above. The fire chief said we would have lost our house no question and very possibly our lives if the truck was in the garage. The insurance company has been out to look at the truck; it's deemed a total loss. Everything from the front end through the cab is burned up or a mess of metal, plastic, etc. Melted on my driveway. We have been given a figure for the truck and asked to settle. No further discussion as to the damage to my wife's car, the boat, and ruined concrete drive. The Ford dealers response was "well, Ford is a big company and has a lot of powerful attorneys." How sick is that?! we're at a loss. What we saw was traumatic. My 4 year old daughter talks of the event every day. We're thankful yes that we're all ok and know it could have been worse, but this should not have happened.

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #43

Apr 252006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Spark plug blowout. 2nd. Time.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #42

Mar 032006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16 miles
My 2001 Ford F150 XLT crew cab ejected a spark plug on 03-03-06. The ejected spark plug came from the second cylinder from the firewall, on the passengers side. The engine in this truck is a 5.4 Triton. The fuel rail is in the flight path of the spark plug when it becomes a projectile. This has the potential to become a major disaster, if the fuel rail ruptures. Because with the engine running the coil on the spark plug can and will ignite the spraying fuel. The cylinder heads on these 5.4 tritons engine must have a major defect and needs to be recalled by Ford Motor Company, as soon as possible.

- Regina, KY, USA

problem #41

Dec 142005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Preliminary data.. Ford F150 2001 supercrew was left unattended while shopping. Upon return I noted a puddle of fluid that was not present earlier under the vehicle. Upon leaning down on the drivers side front to inspect for the source of the leak small flames were noted in the engine compartment. Upon opening the hood for further inspection it was noted that the rear driver side of the engine compartment was on fire (appearing to me and other observers to be electrical in nature) with the brake fluid reservoir completed melted. The flames first observed were forced by the molten plastic dripping down into the engine compartment. The fire department was notified but thanks to some employees of the shop and the availability there of an approved extinguisher, the fire was terminated before the arrival of the fire department some 7 minutes later. Comments were made by others and later by internet research that the damage has all of the appearances of being forced by the speed control deactivation switch issue. The vehicle is currently under evaluation by a Ford dealership and my insurance company. Fortunately the vehicle was unoccupied at the time and was in the middle of a strip center parking lot with no vehicles around it should the fire had time to develop further. Earlier or later, it could have easily consumed my home.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #40

Jul 302005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #39

Jul 062005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,750 miles
No actual warning of defect. Windshield wipers, power windows, courtesy lights, and power door locks suddenly ceased working. Dealer stated the windshield leaked causing the GEM module to fail. Windshield was replaced, as well as GEM module.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #38

Apr 152005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The vehicle will not start, the cylinder will not engage, had to roll the vehicle backin order to get the vehicle started. Contacted the dealer, and they couldn't fix if they didn't see a problem. Currently, it it happened 15 times. This started two weeks after consumer bought the vehicle around April 15, 2005.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #37

Oct 082004


  • miles
Truck was parked for approx 2 hours when it caught fire and totally burned.

- Sugar Hand, TX, USA

problem #36

May 252005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
Consumer was selling vehicle, he dropped insurance. Consumer drove vehicle to an apartment complex where his girl lived. Parked vehicle after driving about 5 minutes, went inside, then one of the children came in and informed consumer that the vehicle was on fire. The motor compartment burnt. Fireman told consumer that there was a recall on this vehicle for the possibility of burning. The vehicle caught on fire around 6:00 pm. Consumer contacted Ford, but Ford had not responded back yet. Consumer said he used VIN to identify recall on vehicle.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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