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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,333 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.

2003 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving down hill in the rain, the rear wheels suddenly locked. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and the cause was determined to be a failure with the rack and pinion and the drive shaft. Recently, the consumer has experienced the same problem.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 212004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Complained of dashboard vibration at time vehicle was being serviced. Ford service technician determined that the drive shaft needed replacement. The drive shaft is being replaced under warranty as the vehicle only has 16,500 miles. The service technician also advised that vehicle needed alignment. I am curious if the drive shaft problem and the vibration contributed to the tires being out of alignment.

- Hubert, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 072003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Heard unusual noise coming from the rear-end of my 2003 Ford F-150 supercrew 4X2. The dealer notified me that driveshaft was being replaced. Is this an on going problem? please look into it.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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