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4.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,486 miles

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2003 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 212015

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the rear driver side and passenger side doors failed to open from inside and outside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the door cables needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Raymond, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 112013

F-150

  • 87,400 miles
I had no problems with this vehicle until December 2013 when I discovered that I could not open the right side rear door. In November 2014 the same thing happened to the left rear door. I obtained a repair estimate from a local Ford dealer and was informed it would cost $700 per door to have the problem fixed. (broken cables inside door) the service manager informed me that he had a 2004 F-150 and the same thing happened to his vehicle. I also spoke to two (2) other persons who had the same problem wit their 2003 F-150's. in case of an accident I think this problem could cause deaths since any passengers riding in the rear seats would not be able to exit through the rear doors. I contacted the Ford Motor Company and was told no recalls had been issued for this problem.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 302012

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the rear passenger door could not be opened from the interior or exterior. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer took a complaint and might assist with the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 41,000. Updated 7/12/12 updated 07/18/12

- Davie , FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 022010

(reported on)

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 Ford F150 king ranch 4X4 pickup all four doors are rotting out on the bottom. 2/20/10 the consumer was informed the drain holes or weep holes were plugged probably from rust and road material thus trapping water inside the doors causing them to rust out. When the consumer looked at the weep holes, they were not clogged up, but plugged with factory installed plugs the consumer stated the plugs should have been removed before the sale of the vehicle.. updated 04/06/10.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 272008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have a 2003 F150 supercrew with 39,000 miles. While washing the truck in January 2008, we noticed that all 4 doors are rusting/bubbling on the bottom of the doors. This truck is garaged and frequently washed in the winter to avoid this problem.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #2

Sep 162004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Bought a brand new 2003 F150 super crew in December of 2002. It now has 22,000 miles on it and the bottom inside of all four doors are rusting and bubbling out. Will bring into dealer to see what is the problem and have it fixed with some guarantee it wouldn't happen again.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #1

May 302004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a left over 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck at condit Ford in newton, New Jersey. I picked up the vehicle on Friday evening May 28, 2004 on Sunday morning at 8:00 when I bent down to pick up a piece of paper in my driveway I noticed that the under side of the rear bumper is rusted from several scratches, I walked around the truck and noticed several paint and body defects as follows: Rear bumper has several scratches and rust, tow hook is rusted, the left rear fender has cracked/rippled fiberglass in the section that is near the bumper, the left door has raised paint blemish and dent, the right door on the inside by the door latch is missing paint, the right rear cab door is defective - it bows out on the bottom of the door. When I called the dealership the sales manager stated that I must have caused the damage. I mentioned that who crawls under a new truck to see if the bumper is damaged and rusted and that with an all white truck it is more difficult to immediately detect damages. And that when a consumer buys a new vehicle it is expected that the new vehicle is new and not damaged.

- Milford, PA, USA

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