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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,063 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 122016


  • 77,000 miles


There has been no incident as yet but the frame of this vehicle has such extreme corrosion that certified mechanics are reluctant to work on this vehicle since they are concerned about a failure occurring at connection point where the steering and suspension connects to the frame of the vehicle. Their concern is a loss of control of the vehicle if any of the steering or suspension connection points fail due to the severely corroded frame. This is not surface corrosion, the metal is flaked and separated and it is the entire frame of the vehicle. I had just spent $4,000 to replace the entire exhaust system from the exhaust manifold back to the tail pipe and the mechanic is warning me about the safety of the suspension and steering components because of the extreme corrosion. The vehicle only has 77, 000 original miles and has never been in severe weather conditions.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 012014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 233,500 miles
Two leaf springs broke on each side or both sides of the vehicle and parts fell into the roadway.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #10

Sep 072011


  • 85,000 miles
Front end bounces and is extremely noisy even at low speeds. Mechanics replaced sway bar and there was no noticeable correction of the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 082014


  • 119,000 miles


Severe corrosion issues.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #8

Aug 312012


  • 85,000 miles
Its not what happened its what may happen soon the rust is so bad in the rear I cant even put a trailer hitch on and the rear shackles that hold the leaf springs on are about to break off theres so much rust im very concerned.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 042011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 137,805 miles
The fuel tank straps on my 2001 Ford F150 are completely rusted. Other areas have also rusted out such as the radiator supports - radiator and shroud dropped out and are hitting against the engine fan. The pick-up bed of the truck is also rusting out. Updated 08/11/11 the consumer stated when he inspected the straps, he found one of them completely covered in rust, but still in tact. Also, there was unusual rusting all over the underside of the vehicle. The entire lower radiator support was rotted out and the underside of the pick-up bed and other supports have major rust. Updated 08/12/11 the consumer stated when the support gave out the radiator and radiator shroud fell onto the fan that is mounted to the engine. Also, the ball joints and steering were wearing prematurely due to lack of grease fittings. Updated 08/30/11

- Halifax, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 232003

F-150 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,450 miles


I have owned my truck for 15 months, and recently I have a severe vibration at speeds of 40-45 mph. I brought into the shop 4 times, the last time being towed in, because it shook so bad, I was scared to drive it. I replaced all four tires and that didn't even help. I have called Ford on many atempts, to inform them of this problem, along with many others I have had. Their response was, oh well. I just learned today, that the severe vibration is common in these trucks. If I would have known this, I would have never purchased this vehicle. It it extremely unsafe to drive. I was also told there is a weight or something that can be installed to help the vibration. If this is true, I would like to know what it is and how I can get it.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

May 212003


  • miles
While driving, the suspension bolt snapped.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 252001


  • miles
Have had problems with this vehicle at 1900 miles. Suspension, fumes, brakes, signal switch, electrical shortages.

- Ft. Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
From acceleration of 25-50 mph, a severe vibration would occur in front of vehicle. At 70 mph or more rear end would vibrate severely along with a roaring and grinding sound. Vehicle been to the dealer four times, dealer was unable to locate cause of problem. The vibration is extreme to the point that consumer is afraid to ride in the vehicle. The popping sound in the drivers seat feels like the seat is trying to move forward out of the locked position. When consumer purchased the vehicle the vehicle had a noise underneath. It was told to consumer that it was being repaired with a new muffler that had been ordered. At the time the muffler was being repaired the vibration also was worked on. The work did not correct the vibration problem. A service man test drove the vehicle with the consumer and again the vibration presented itself. Four new tires were installed but this didn't solve the problem.

- Grant, AL, USA

problem #2

Apr 202002


  • miles
Tires are not in align properly due to suspension. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Baytown, TX, 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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