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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,343 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Ford F-150 wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 192016


  • 3,400 miles


Drove to our cabin in upper Wisconsin and the psf tire the middle of it blow out. It had probable a 4 inch cut from when it blue. The tires are less then a year old with 3,600 miles on them. The tires won't cheap but there junk and this will be the last time I buy good year of any type.

- Delavan, WI, USA

problem #6

Jul 302016


  • 200,000 miles
I was traveling 285-West in Decatur, ga., around 3:30 pm eastern time, when I was in a a multi-car accident. I was in the lane closest to the grass, when a Dodge Ram four door truck hit my F-150 super crew cab 2003. The driver hit my driver side backdoor, and then he hit me again on the driver side front bumper, and spun me off the road into a wooded area with large trees and a ravine. I then had a head on collision with a large tree. I called on the name jesus three times, then my truck turned 180 degrees and that turned me around going into the ravine backwards. I felt myself come out of my seat with my seat belt on. My bench seat went into recline, then my head went backwards, then forward. My airbag did not deploy. I did research, when I noticed a website called "wekeepitsafe". the database shows 144,000 Ford F-150 2003's recalled for failure of airbag deployment due to a malfunction in the steering wheel column. I called Ford's motor head quarters. The first number was (313)323-9100, then I was transferred to 1-866-436-7332. I spoke with a rep by the name of mel, and he gave me a choice of monetary compensation or a truck. I declined, due to the fact that I was heavily medicated with hydrocodone for head, neck, and shoulder pain. I suffer from excruciating head aches, stabbing pain in my ear, and numbness/tingling/and pain in my back and legs. I have scheduled an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist, because my primary care physician is unable to assist. My case number is: #cas10200415. I am fond of Ford pickup super crew cabs. I have a picture showing the airbag.and the picture proves that the airbag light indicator shows that it is working, if you look on the right side lower corner other picture by the gear shift. I spoke with mel at 11:24 am eastern time.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 062012


  • 65,000 miles
Rims are rusting at the bead because water sits in there when it rains. The metal has rusted through and air bubbles occur when water is in there. Three of four rims are "bubbling" from this failure.

- Sea Girt, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 082012


  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford F150. The contact stated that the lug nuts on all four wheels were corroded which prevented the socket and the wrench to remove the lug nuts. The dealer and the manufacturer was notified who offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #3

Jul 082003


  • miles
While traveling about 50mph on the highway and without prior warning driver side rear wheel fell off.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 142003


  • miles
While driving 55 mph on the interstate rear driver side wheel came off. Driver managed to get vehicle off the road without incident.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 292003

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicles left front wheel broke while exiting the highway at 45 mph. This caused the vehicle to collapse to the ground and run into a wall.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

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