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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,803 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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2002 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 132003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 409 miles


Vehicle has a gap on driver's side door over the top. The gap causes noise inside the cabin of the vehicle while driving. It makes it hard to keep the vehicle on the road. Manufacturer was contacted with no results. The dealer installed a rubber sealer around the gap but this seemed to cause more noise. The radio, cd player and tv in the rear of the van stopped working. The rotors warped and caused vibrations when braking. Water had gotten into the left side park lamp. The seat belt warning chime and light failed intermittently, the dealer replaced the module.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 162003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
I bought my F150 extended cab in April 2002 and at 8,000 miles the passenger side rear door was hard to open. I took it in to the dealer and they repaired it and within a few days it was hard to open again. I took it back to the dealer and they fixed it again. Again it became hard to open I just took it to a different dealer and they tried to fix it again with no luck. I feel that this is not safe in case of a wreck that I may not be able to open it to get my 9 year old son out if I had to in a hurry.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #1

May 112002


  • miles
The automatic door lock feature activated and pinched my arm in the door lock. This has happened several time, howver this is the most serious instance. I received a bruice approximentley 1 1/2" inches in length and 2 small abrasions. This is at least my 4th Ford vehicle with automatic locks and have never experienced this problem before. I believe there is a design problem with the door lock button. It is about 1" long and has an indentation with ridges. This is apparently what pinched my arm. There is no need for the ridges since the button is inside the door when locked and no way to use the indentation to pull up the door lock manually. It the lock button was made smooth and possible tapered toward the top I believe it would greatly remove the hazard. In addition this would not inpair the only use that I can see for the buttom, to push it down for a manual lock.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

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