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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,818 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 282010

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,270 miles


2002 Ford F-150. Consumer states a major wire harness burned on the R.H. exhaust manifold and the protective plastic sleeve was gone as well as the insulation. The consumer stated the check engine light illuminated and the overdrive light started flashing and it wouldn't shift past 2nd gear. Updated 06/07/11

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 082008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
1. driving approximately 35-40 mph in town in vehicle. Vehicle has approximately 75,000 miles. Heard a loud explosion and truck immediately began to sputter. Had to pull over. Barely made it to auto shop a couple of miles down the road. 2. diagnosed as a blown spark plug which damaged the block, head and engine. The auto repair company told me that only Ford dealer could repair this damage. Estimated at $3500 to $4000 to repair. 3. have yet to decide what to do, as we still owe a substantial amount of money on this vehicle.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 052006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 10 mph, a burnt smell was noticed. Upon inspection, a red wire under the driver seat was on fire. Also, the electrical wiring harness for the power seats and seat heater was inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer who determined that the wires rubbing against the seat frame caused the fire. The dealer replaced the 3 wiring harnesses connected from the dash to all seats in the vehicle. The manufacturer was alerted and denied the claim.

- Haywood, OK, USA

problem #1

Apr 152005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
My vehicle is a 2002 F-150 and the cruise control malfunctioned. I took it in to be repaired and learned that the deactivation switch leaked break fluid into the servo causing it to short out. I also learned that Ford has admitted they have this problem in vehicles from 1997 to 2003, but have only recalled 2000 and 2001 year models. The total cost of the repair was $380 and I think Ford should be held accountable for this cost

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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