really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 55
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,083 miles

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2000 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2000 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #80

Mar 042016


  • miles


At approx. 2:22 am on the morning of 3/4/2016, the engine became engulfed in fire after having been parked in the driveway since 3:00 pm on 3/3/2016. We later learned of a number of recalls lead by Ford for the replacement of a defective brake switch which would cause this type of fire. We checked the VIN of the vehicle with both NHTSA and Ford and found that no recall was effective for this particular vehicle. I have attached the fire report and photos.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #79

Oct 282014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 145,258 miles
Car was parked, car caught on fire do to recall 05S28, put out myself. Was never informed about recall because I was second owner.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #78

Sep 142014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Truck was parked and secured. Approximately 30 minutes later the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Fire consumed engine compartment area and cab of truck. Fire proceeded to consume the truck igniting polaris 800 four wheeler that was locked in bed of truck. Truck was total loss all personal items were also destroyed. Truck was locked key was not in ignition at time of fire.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #77

Nov 042013


  • miles


If tilt steering is down, brake lights, turn signals do not work. Glad someone told me before I got hit. Been an issue for a long time see forum hope nobody die from this common problem. www.F150online.com/forums/electrical-systems/353275-brake-lights-help.html.

- Riverview, MI, USA

problem #76

Mar 302014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
On March 30, 2014, at approximately 3:00 P.M. (pst) my 2000 Ford F-150 unexpectedly caught on fire. The truck was stationary in my driveway when suddenly black smoke and fire could be seen coming out of the driver side wheel well. The fire engulfed the driver side of the engine compartment melting all the plastic, wiring and the air intake area. The fire melted everything near the master cylinder and the cruise control housing.

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #75

Feb 012012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
On my vehicle I can remove the key, with the vehicle still running. I had actually gotten out of the vehicle with the keys the first time I noticed it, and it was still running. I then climbed back inside ( keys still in my pocket) put the car in drive, and drove around the block. I have to be careful when I exit that the black ring around the key is turned all the way counter clockwise when I exit. I can also remove the keys while I am driving down the road. They actually fell out once while driving.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #74

Jul 212013


  • 161,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle caught on fire while parked. The fire department was present to extinguish the fire. The fire initiated in the engine compartment area. The manufacturer was made ware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 161,000.

- Sandiego , CA, USA

problem #73

Apr 102013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
In heavy rain the wipers and other electrical functions quit while driving - caused by a windshield leak onto the GEM module and fuse box. This windshield leak is a common problem that Ford knows about on 1997 thru 2000 Ford F150 pickups.

- Blue Rapids, KS, USA

problem #72

Mar 172013


  • 240,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford F150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked in the driveway overnight and caught on fire. The fire department was notified and extinguished the fire. No one was injured and the vehicle was destroyed. The fire department advised the contact that the fire was electrical and a fire report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 240,000.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #71

Dec 312012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
Truck was parked in driveway when it suddenly caught on fire under the hood burning through the hood in a matter of seconds. Firefighters called to the scene said they have never seen anything like it before. I believe this fire was caused by the speed control switch, of which there have been at least two recalls on of which we were never informed about.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #70

Nov 012012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. While parked, the contact noticed flames coming from the grill of the vehicle and from under the hood. The fire department was called to the scene and a fire report was filed. The cause of the fire was undetermined. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000...updated 01/16/2013 updated 1/28/2013

- Shelbyville, IL, USA

problem #69

May 182012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The vehicle was parked in front of my home, and about 30 minutes after the vehicle was parked, it caught fire. The vehicle had been turned off for about 30 minutes before it began to smoke and then caught fire and flames burned through the entire front of the vehicle. The fire then spread and burned through the tire before the fire department was able to contain and put out the flames.

- Cornelius , NC, USA

problem #68

Apr 072012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 92,550 miles
When trying to back out of my driveway, the truck made a loud popping sound from the engine. When I raised the hood, I could smell unburnt fuel. I then did some research online and found out that this could be a blown spark plug from the cylinder head. I have read many forums and talked to several mechanics about the symptoms I have experienced. All have said this is a very common problem with this engine and other Ford engines. I called Ford Motor Co. And they were not aware of any problems with this engine. My local dealer was aware of the problem and therefore stock plenty of ignition coils on hand. This repair is estimated to cost me $400. Ford should be responsible for this cost, no questions asked.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #67

Nov 132011


  • 200,500 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked in the driveway, the vehicle burst into flames. No one was injured but the vehicle was destroyed. The fire department was called to extinguish the fire. The fire department advised that the fire was caused by an electrical failure. The contact called the manufacturer to file a complaint and the manufacturer stated they would inspect the vehicle for any defects. The failure mileage was 200,500.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #66

Nov 012011

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
My truck was parked on my driveway, and had not been driven in about 2wks. I didn't even think that the battery had a charge. My [xxx] wife and a salesman and I just happened to be standing a few feet away having a conversation, when we smelled wires burning. I quickly raised the hood of the truck to see the plug wires connected to the brake master cylinder smoking. At that time I of course disconnected it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA

problem #65

Sep 132011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 68,658 miles
The vehicle was parked in front of our house and had not been driven for several hours before it caught fire. I was in the back yard with my wife when we heard the explosion and we ran to see what it was. When I got to the front of the house the vehicle was already destroyed. The hood had melted and the explosion was the left front tire exploding from the heat coming from under the hood. The fire department came and put out the fire. This was a total loss.

- Choctaw , OK, USA

problem #64

Jun 152011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 239,000 miles
Working on front brakes early in day finished job, fire broke out unexpectedly at 4:30 am next morning in engine compartment of vehicle destroying truck.

- Crawfordsville, IN, USA

problem #63

Aug 152009


  • 80,000 miles
My Ford 4.6L Triton engine keeps blowing sparkplugs out of motor. I replaced it the first time but now it has done it again. I am reading that this is a common problem with this engine.

- Rapid River, MI, USA

problem #62

Sep 052010


  • 130,000 miles
Our 2000 F150 pickup exploded after being parked for approximately 36 hours. The recall on the cruise control had supposedly been replaced at a Ford dealership a couple of years earlier. My husband and I were out of town at the time but fortunately my mother was home and heard the big boom and called 911 for the fire department. She then went down to our house and used a garden hose to keep the grass and surronding area wet so that our home would not catch on fire. The vehicle was a total loss but thankfully my husband wasn't driving it when it happened and my mom was at home to help prevent our house from catching fire also. We feel blessed that all we lost was the truck and not our home or life. The truck was in excellent shape and well maintained. This incident makes us wonder if the Ford dealership actually replaced the part under recall.

- Barney, GA, USA

problem #61

Dec 292010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 57,629 miles
2000 F-150 Ford 5.4 liter continues to have problems with the #5 ignition coil keeps misfiring. I've had this problem dx by my local mechanic over three years and he has repaired it. It cost just utter $200 each time to fix it. I have receipts. Today he said to contact the dealer to see it there is a recall.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

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