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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,780 miles

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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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2003 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 222016

F-150

  • miles

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

Vehicle caught on fire while parked in driveway. Had not been run in over a week. Completely burned up and caused damaged home. Vehicle burned had several explosions and burned at a high temp until it was extinguished by fire fighters.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #10

Nov 292014

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
My rear diff is making a loud noise at 50 to 55 miles an hour on my 2003 Ford 150. The rear diff is on the recall list, but the Ford dealership will not honor the recall because I have a salvage title. In no way was my vehicle diff compromised in connection to the salvage title. It is simply defective and makes a loud noise. Im wondering if it is safe to drive due to the loud noise.

- Nj, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 152010

F-150

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle became stuck in snow when the 4-wheel drive failed to work properly. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 24,000.

- Soldotna, AK, USA

problem #8

May 052010

F-150

  • miles

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

Ford F-150 spark plug blow out, common in F-150's.

- Jonesville, SC, USA

problem #7

May 162010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Blow out of spark plug on 2003 Ford F-150 4.6L Triton V8.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #6

Jan 072010

F-150

  • 66,879 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F150. While driving approximately 30 mph when the road was slippery and attempting to shift into four wheel drive, it failed to engage. The dealer located the failure and stated that the front shift fork and the sub shift fork needed to be replaced. The contact was responsible for paying $ 1,009 to have the front and sub shift forks replaced. He contacted the manufacturer; however, the manufacturer didn"T take a report or offer any assistance with the repair. The failure mileage was 66,879 and the current mileage was 66,921.

- Northport , NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 062009

F-150

  • 55,400 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. He stated that while driving 10 mph, the indicator for the four wheel drive failed. As a consequence he briefly lost control of the vehicle, which increased his risk for a vehicle crash. He is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 55,400. The current mileage was 55,792.

- Glendale , AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 042008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,300 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F150. The contact stated that the four wheel drive worked sporadically in inclement weather conditions. The dealer replaced the vacuum switch, but the failure recurred several days later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they replaced the vacuum diaphragm motor assembly and the shifting fork control. After the repair, there had been no further occurrences. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure mileage was 69,300 and current mileage was 70,000. Updated 3/11/09 updated 03/13/09.

- Pulaski, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 072008

F-150

  • 127,000 miles
My 2003 Ford F150 supercrewcab FX4 4X4, was in four wheel drive as I proceeded to enter highway 39 from my drive. The vehicle kicked out of four wheel drive with the roads being wet which caused my truck's back tires to spin out. My truck then fishtailed as it threw itself into a ditch. The problem with it popping in and out of four wheel drive is a common problem. It happens every time that I use it. I have not taken it to a dealer yet, but have read several forums online that talk about the same problem.

- Purcell, OK, USA

problem #2

Apr 012005

F-150

  • miles
2003 Ford F150 rolled backwards while parked resulting in the vehicle colliding into a building. The consumer stated the ignition was off.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #1

May 272004

F-150

  • miles
While the vehicle was parked with the brake depressed, the front wheels began to turned which caused the vehicle to roll down a driveway. During this incident a baby was injured. The cause of the problem has yet to be determined. Please provide any additional information.

- Andover, ME, USA

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