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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,556 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.

2001 Ford F-350 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 022016


  • 166,000 miles


Truck was parked for 2 days since last driven in my driveway 5ft from house. Went to work at night in my other vehicle, came home and started to get my kids ready for school. No visible signs as I passed it on my way into my residents. About an hour later next thing I know a passing off duty fire fighter is banging on my front door, as I go to meet him I see my truck engulfed in flames. Truck is a total loss with fire protruding from hood and fenders reaching into the cab. Fire department finally put flames out after minor damage to other near bye vehicles. Looks as fire started under hood near master cylinder. Truck was repaired by Ford for recall in 06 due to cruise control switch. It appears the same problem persists in new switches or repair was not done properly. Just contacted Ford today about this issue as it just happened Feb,2 2016. In the process of obtaining vehicle service records as I have a friend who works for Ford. Clearly the fire originated from the same area as earlier recalls. 2001 Ford F-350 vehicle speed control NHTSA campaign #06V286000. I have pictures and video of the incident but cannot upload due to file format.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jun 222013

F-350 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-350 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 062012

F-350 8-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of engine causing failure. Engine. Fire

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles
Vehicle had been parked overnight. Consumer came out the next morning., entered the vehicle, started it, went back into the house, and upon returning there were flames coming from the vehicle. Fire department responded. Vehicle was totaled.

- Manila, AR, USA

problem #3

Sep 202003


  • 89,000 miles


The consumer parked the truck for over 24 hours. The consumer was then informed the truck was on fire. The fire was coming from under the drivers side wheel well. Then from in front of the windshield. The vehicle was insured by Carolina casualty richard mcdonald claim # P12058. The vehicle had a new transmission installed 30 days before the fire. The power mirrors had also had problems. The cruise control was acting up but it was thought to be related to the transmission problems.

- Hockley, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 312003

F-350 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

problem #1

Oct 202003


  • miles
While driving at an undetermined speed and with no warning vehicle stalled, causing the driver to pull off the road. Consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer, and mechanic informed consumer that the spark plugs blew out.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

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