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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,058 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 062010


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150 crew cab. While driving approximately 3 to 5 mph the spare tire fell from underneath the bed of the vehicle. The contact could see from the rear view mirror that the bracket that holds the spare tire in place had broken. The dealer informed the contact that the spare tire bracket was not a part of the warranty and he would be responsible for the repair cost. The contact is concerned that the safety risk could have caused a crash. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Benzonia, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 062008


  • miles
The factory paint already has to be repainted the whole paint job is cracked all over the truck so bad that it will have to be sanded to the metal and cost over 4000 to repaint.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012005

F-150 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
Vehicle was traveling at 15 mph and lost control due to a codder pin snapping in half causing the right front wheel to come entirely off of the vehicle. The disk brake stayed connected to the rim and was also removed entirely from the vehicle causing the brake lines to be severed which caused no pressure. With no pressure in the brake lines I was not able to stop the other wheels but was forced to let the vehicle come to a skidding stop, which happened by hitting a tree. The vehicle was taken to a local Ford dealership where a year prior they had worked on the same wheel to pack the bearings and do other small maintenance. Both the dealership and Ford claimed no responsibility for the accident, which seems strange since a vehicles wheel should remain on when going 15 mph.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 012004

F-150 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,232 miles
Caller says they have problems with the frames on 3 ambulances; and they were advised to report this to NHTSA.

- Marrero, LA, USA

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