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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 28
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
88,682 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.

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2001 Ford F-150 engine problems

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

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problem #18

Sep 152006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving any speed on various road conditions, the engine stalled and there was a loss of all power without warning. After an extended period of time, the engine restarted and the instrument panel provided an incorrect digital display. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #17

Apr 252006

F-150 8-cyl

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

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #16

Oct 162005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,734 miles
2001 Ford F150. The contact stated, on October 16, 2005 the spark plug flew out of his vehicle. The vehicle was not able to be driven at that time. It was pulled off the road and towed to a local shop. The mechanic did not know why this occurred. According to Ford, they have not heard of this problem. The vehicle has not been fixed at this time. The head needs to be replaced as a result.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 022005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,490 miles


The consumer owns a 2001 Ford F150. On 9-2-05 while driving on interstate he heard a loud pop and lost power, pulled over and found that a spark plug blew out of the engine. The consumer drove the vehicle to the dealership, they said that the engine head would have to be replaced and the cost would be over $3000. The consumer had it repaired at a cost of $33000. The consumer talked to several different dealerships and they offered no assistance. (11/17/05)

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 092005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,090 miles
Well at first my 2001 F-150 superscript at 55000 miles started to lag, when I would press the gas it would take a long time to pick up speed or change gears. Then one day I was driving home from work going about 55 mph when I hear a loud pop, I let go of the gas pedal because it really scared me I had to regain control of my vehicle once I did I tried pressing on the gas and it wouldn't go anywhere so I decided to pull over and have to towed to a Ford dealership, it was there that they told me it was going to cost me 2500 hundred dollars to fix. Now I have to wait two weeks until it gets repaired.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 212005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
On or about 4/21/05 I was driving my 2001 Ford F-150 taking my son and nephew to school. As I made a right turn at the school my engine stalled. I lost all stering control and had just enough brake power to slow the vehicle. I put the truck in neutral and started the truck. I took it to my local Ford dealer and they replaced the air intake control valve. About 2 weeks later at the exact same spot and time the engine again stalled on me. Again, I lost all stering and had just enough brakes to slow so I could put the truck in neutral and start the engine. My Ford dealer is telling me they can not find the problem with it and stated I could pick the truck up and drive it if I wanted to. Not wanting to have myself or my family killed in a car crash I told them no and that they needed to fix the truck. They agreed to try and fix the truck. I understand that you may not be able to help me with this next issue but if you can I would appreciate it. While they try to find the problem with my truck they have the right to keep my truck for 30 days and I would have to rent a car. At $20 per day for 30 days that would cost me $600. I can not afford this as Ford refuses to lend me a car. Thank you. Robert R. hernandez

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #12

Jan 262005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle was parked inside of the garage and it caught on fire. The driver called the fire department to extinguish the fire. No injuries reported. Vehicle was towed, and totaled by the insurance company.

- Moriches, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 212004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
2001 Ford F150 crew cab. 4.6 V8 has a leaky head gasket. Ford is aware of the problem because there is a service bulliten. Artical no.03-6-2 dated 03/31/03. I feel if there are many like this why is there not a recall.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #10

Nov 302004

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The consumer parked the vehicle in the driveway and heard the horn honking, when the owner went to see what was happening, the entire vehicle had gone up in flames. The fire department was notified and the fire chief said the fire started under the hood and that it was a mechanical defect which ignited the flames. Provide further details.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 212004


  • 10,000 miles
Ford F 150 safety issue. (built with magnesium radiator supports) the vehicle was destroyed due to a fire in the engine compartment. The consumer parked the vehicle and later found the vehicle smoking. The vehicle was a total loss.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #8

Apr 012004


  • 75,000 miles


Consumer popped the second spark plug. The vehicle is running rough. There was something between the plug and the aluminum head that made the plugs pop off. Please provide vehicle identification number.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #7

Apr 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,030 miles
2001 F150 lightning.blewout a plug from the head 24030 miles on engine.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 212004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Spark plugs/coils going bad at 13,000 then 18,000 and 39,000 miles on 2001 Ford F150 supercrew 5.4L.

- Concord, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 252004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket leaks.

- Stanhope, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 082003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,400 miles
Spark plug explosively blown from cylinder head.

- Hawthorne, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 162003


  • miles
While driving the vehicle manning fold bracket fell down on the highway. But before it fell hit the gas cable accelerator. Dealer notified.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #2

May 122003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Engine rebuilt due to it consuming oil through the rings on the pistons. Truck was still burning oil. If let to sit for more than 10 min. It would blow a huge cloud of blue/gray smoke and according to towne Ford blue smoke was oil.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 062002

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Re: 2001 Ford svt lightning my vehicle violently ejected a spark plug from the engine's head, while merging on a highway on-ramp. Upon failure, the vehicle obviously started misfiring, bucking, and was a handful when pulling over to side of the road. Ford only used 4 sets of threads on their lightining heads from 1999 to early 2003. Conventional heads typically use between 8 and 10 threads to hold a plug, but Ford designed their heads with only 4 threads on many modular 5.4-liter V8 motors too (not just the lightning). They have acknowledged that there is a problem, as they have changed the head design in early 2003 to a new part with 8 threads. But Ford has not issued a recall for older lightnings (and other F-150's), even though this could be a potential safety problem (fire, loss of control, etc.). I have already had my head replaced with another inferior 4-thread design, and I wonder when the next plug will be blown from my engine. I would like to see NHTSA encourage Ford to retrofit all affected vehicles as this is a common problem for many lightning owners.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

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