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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,190 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford F-250 electrical problems

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2001 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 032016


  • 197,000 miles


The truck burst into flames while parked. It had been sitting for over 13 hours at the time of the fire. It destroyed one car on either side of it. The fire investigator could not say exactly what caused the fire at the time, but made me aware of a recall on that year of Ford vehicles involving the speed control safety deactivation switch. Information on the recall says that the wire could heat up and cause a fire. The truck along with two other vehicles were completely destroyed in the fire.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 132015


  • miles
Turn signal are now sporadic. Upon investigating I found that when the tilt is engaged and lowered the turn signals would not work. Raise steering wheel back up it would work. Start to drive down the road they would turn off or not work at all or wok sometimes. Raise the steering wheel they work. Lower it they don't. this indicates from further research on line in Ford F150 forums this is a problem with the wiring being to short and the wires get pulled out of the switch. It is a very common occurrence in F!%) from 98 up to 2004 and are now being reported in newer models as well. This is a severe safety hazard for drivers and passengers and drivers behind the vehicles.and should be remedied by Ford at no expense to the owners.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #8

May 022013

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 94,703 miles
While I was driving along a hilly, winding road the engine of my 2001 F-250 diesel 4X4 truck unexpectedly shut off. I lost steering and braking. There were no lights on the dash. There was no prior indication of any problem with the engine or electrical system. I've had the truck for 12 years at the time and never experienced any problem like this. I was very fortunate to have been able to get the truck to the road's shoulder. After the truck stopped I put the shift into park. The key was still in the run position. I simply turned it to the start position and the engine started right up. I took it immediately to the local Ford dealer who ran diagnostics on the truck. They found no indication of a problem other than one battery's voltage was slightly low, but not out of acceptable range. I replaced both batteries as they were almost 3 years old. So far, I've not experienced this problem again.

- Saluda, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 222013

F-250 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Vehicle was not in use- parked and not on smoke and fire came from under hood the wiring melted causing the hood to melt underneath where it can not be opened. Contacted Ford on Monday June 24 waited few weeks for paper work- promptly filled it out and never heard back frome them- made several calls received a letter from legal department indicating they need the part to review we wanted Ford to come to look at truck and retireve the part they are not willing and are closing the case there is a recall on this and my family was in the truck that morning- we re lucky no one was killed

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 042012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
2001 Ford F150 was sitting out in driveway of owner's home. He had been home approx 1/2 hours when owners vehicle was on fire coming from the engine compartment. No fire damage to the inside cab of owners vehicle.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 092012

F-250 8-cyl

  • miles
We bought the truck on 06/17/07 and never had any problem with it. The day before the incident I drove the truck and park it at 6pm, take the key out and put it under the mate. The next day at about 10:30am or 11 am I smiled some thing burning, I looked over and saw a cloud of smoke coming from the truck, I tried to but the fire out with the fire extinguisher, but no luck. The fire done spread every where. Called 911 and by the time they got there the fire got the truck and the side of a house that was parked next to it.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #4

Feb 062012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 156,000 miles


Spark plug blew out of engine causing failure. Engine. Fire

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 102008


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-250. The contact stated that during rainy weather, the general electric module would become wet and cause the vehicle to malfunction. The contact stated that the failure would also cause the vehicle to start independently, the lights would flash and the turn signals would illuminate independently. In addition, the air bag warning light was illuminated. The dealer stated that they were aware of the failure and made a cover for the part. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told there was a leak coming from the windshield that was allowing water to enter the general electronic module. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 180,000 and the current mileage was 240,000.

- Cedar Hill , MO, USA

problem #2

Aug 102004


  • 68,200 miles
While driving 45 mph consumer heard a loud noise and pulled over. Consumer saw the spark plug was defective, and drove home. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Madera, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 312003

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Spark plugs working loose and ejecting from cylindar heads due to insufficiant threads in poor head design.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

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