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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,946 miles

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2003 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 272014


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. While inspecting the vehicle, it was discovered that the fuel tank straps were rusted and corroded. The dealer stated that the straps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Universal City, TX, USA

problem #7

May 022011

F-150 4WD

  • 162,000 miles
Gas tank strap on 2003 F-150 XLT 4X4 broke due to excessive rust causing the tank to fall and rattle on skid plate. Bought new straps from local auto supply and replaced both of them since the second strap was close to breaking also.

- Mount Sterling, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 012006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. The contact stated that all of the interior lights would continue to illuminate even when the vehicle was shut off. The failure began to recur intermittently. The contact also stated the vehicle would also intermittently stall while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was told there was a leak within the door panels and windshield. Due to the leak, water was getting inside of the vehicle and causing a short circuit in the wiring system. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 150,000. Updated 05/13/11

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 262000


  • 162,566 miles


I have a 2003 Ford F150, with a 5.4L engine. I found out that my windshield is leaking and seeping water onto my GEM/cjb and making it so in rain my windshield wipers shut off, my heater blower to stay on or go on when the key is not in the ignition, and has drained my battery. Here is a copy of the notice Ford sent to there dealerships in 2004, *Ford special message #15773 various electrical conditions resulting from water intrusion into the GEM/cjb some 1997-2002 Expedition and 1998-2002 Navigator vehicles may exhibit various unusual electrical conditions, including but not limited to: Front or rear blower or eatc staying on with key out of the ignition, radio staying on after doors opened and key out of ignition, wiper circuit failure codes, and multiple system warning lights with 'short to power' or 'low battery voltage' dtcs. These symptoms most often occur after a rain or snow. This may be due to GEM/cjb water intrusion resulting from a windshield water leak. To service, remove the GEM and cjb from the vehicle, separate them and inspect for water contamination or corrosion. If found in either component, replace both components and completely reseal the windshield. Effective date: 04/05/2002 so this is a known issue and they are charging between $900 - $1500+ for repairs and then on top of that charging for the windshield to be replaced. The hazards of this potentially shorting out and having a fire is a risk that I think should be addressed for the safety of the consumers. Having my windshield wipers stop on me in heavy rain on the highway almost caused me to get into a potential accident.

- Windham , ME, USA

problem #4

Oct 242008


  • 61,000 miles
I bought a used 2003 Ford F150 in August 2007. Within the first 2 months the GEM module was replaced as there exists a design flaw with the seating of the windshield on the seal. As I am driving down the road on a rainy day, the blower fan is going, the windows are going up and down, and the electrical components are all freaking out. As I pull over and remove my key from the truck, the problem does not stop. And now the truck won't restart. Again, the GEM module. Which Ford will not replace along with the leaky windshield seal. Because they claim there exists no problem of the behalf of the manufacturer. See: I am afraid that even if I were to pay to have the GEM module replaced (again) and the windshield resealed (again) that I will be driving all of my children down the road when the truck just decides to electronically fail in such a way that it causes a serious accident. Perhaps this design flaw should be an issue for immediate recall.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 152007

F-150 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. Rust was found at the bottom of all four doors on the vehicle. The dealer advised the contact to call NHTSA. The failure mileage was 58,000. Updated 10/14/08. Updated 10/16/08.

- Paxton, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Paint is spider webbing all over the vehicle. All over the hood and top. Also starting on front quarter panels. Color is black. Always been garaged. I wash and wax regularly.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 132007

F-150 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Paint peeling.

- Argyle, TX, USA

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