really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,357 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jan 122016


  • 77,000 miles


There has been no incident as yet but the frame of this vehicle has such extreme corrosion that certified mechanics are reluctant to work on this vehicle since they are concerned about a failure occurring at connection point where the steering and suspension connects to the frame of the vehicle. Their concern is a loss of control of the vehicle if any of the steering or suspension connection points fail due to the severely corroded frame. This is not surface corrosion, the metal is flaked and separated and it is the entire frame of the vehicle. I had just spent $4,000 to replace the entire exhaust system from the exhaust manifold back to the tail pipe and the mechanic is warning me about the safety of the suspension and steering components because of the extreme corrosion. The vehicle only has 77, 000 original miles and has never been in severe weather conditions.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #24

Dec 142015


  • 160,000 miles
The frame rails just in front of the rear wheels rust/rotted and the vehicle snapped in two pieces. Similar to the failures covered by Toyota recall for the Tundra of the same model year. The vehicle was being raised on a lift for an oil change. Not a spec of rust on the body anywhere.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #23

Jul 202015


  • 130,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford F-150 that I purchased brand new in 2001. I have noticed that the entire frame is rusted and I am concerned about the structural integrity of the truck. It has already had the gas tank strap recall fixed. I found several spots that look as if the frame is deteriorating from rust.

- Kearney , MO, USA

problem #22

Jul 142015


  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving at any speed, the vehicle made an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where it was diagnosed that the panel radiator support was rusted and fractured. The dealer was not able to repair the vehicle and recommended it be taken to a body shop. The contact took the vehicle to the body shop, but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 133,000.

- Bellvelleville, WI, USA

problem #21

May 022015


  • 68,000 miles
Door release handles on both rear doors failed to open within a month apart which would have trapped the rear seat passengers. The cable and latch assemblies had to be replaced.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #20

Jul 172014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 200,014 miles
I parked, walked inside...moments later the truck was on fire..

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #19

Jul 082014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 123,000 miles


Woke up this morning to a couple of loud "booms". my husband went to check it out and discovered his truck (which we just purchased in may) was on fire. The fire destroyed the truck, melted the siding on our house and garage, and even cracked three of our neighbor's windows. We are so grateful the firefighters arrived when they did or this fire would've kept burning our house. The truck hadn't moved since last night...don't know what happened but we will not be purchasing a Ford again.

- North Platte, NE, USA

problem #18

Apr 082014


  • 119,000 miles
Severe corrosion issues.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #17

Dec 142013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
I was driving northbound on I-95 when the driver of an adjacent vehicle alerted me that there was fire shooting out from the area of the fuel filler door. I immediately pulled over onto the highway median and jumped out. The truck was engulfed in flames, and the cab was on fire. I burned myself on the melting steering wheel and was singed by melting plastic.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #16

May 302013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 59,900 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the instrument panel lighting and headlights would not illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that water was entering the vehicle through the A-piller and was leaking onto the ECM. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 59,900.

- Iron Station, NC, USA

problem #15

Feb 072013


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the rocker panel was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #14

May 132013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, attempting a turn or traveling over a road bump, the vehicle would sporadically emit a metal-to-metal dragging noise. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the support for the radiator was fractured, causing the radiator to sway while driving. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who confirmed the diagnosis. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 201,000. Updated 07/23/13

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #13

Dec 302011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
At approximately 50+ mph the front of the car shakes. This has been going on for almost over an year. I took it to the dealership, said nothing is wrong. It starts to shake so bad that you have to let up on the accelerator and almost stop, before you feel safe enough to continue on. Shaking is the worse for the first 3 miles at the start of the day but never seems to completely goes away.

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #12

Sep 212012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
Car was sitting in driveway for around 30 -45 minutes then just set fire.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 012011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The radiator support bracket beneath the radiator rusted through leaving the radiator with virtually no support. The support bracket had to be replaced and welded in place...

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #10

May 072012

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
The truck started on fire while sitting in the driveway hours after being parked. By the time we realized it was on fire, it was totally out of control and the truck well beyond saving. It burned so hot it melted the tires, the siding of the house and destroyed part of a privacy fence. We kept water on the fire until it went out about an hour and a half later. The fire started under the hood and the whole front of the truck is almost unrecognizable. The owner ( [xxx] ) is an auto mechanic and has been for forty plus years. We run an auto repair business. We had heard vague things about Ford and fires but did not look into it until after the incident. We purchased the truck this winter and never got any recall notices for the cruise control switch problem. The prior owner says he did not either. We have not yet contacted Ford because of reading all the horror stories of how they refuse responsibility. We had liability insurance only. The anger is letting up a bit and the shock has worn off and now we are figuring out the next step. Reporting the incident to you seems to be it. I will contact Ford on Monday. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hastings, MN, USA

problem #9

Jan 072009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F150. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph and heard a loud, abnormal noise outside of the vehicle. The contact immediately pulled over and noticed that the spare tire that was mounted under the truck had detached from the carriage as a result of a fractured cable. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Allegan , MI, USA

problem #8

Jul 182011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
My complaint is in regards to a Ford F150 series truck. The undercarriage and all parts under the truck are rusting out. Brakes/rotors just replaced and dealership stated that the thumping noise was due to the brake falling off of the truck. This is a very big safety issue and when contacting Ford, they stated that there was no recall and there was nothing that they could do about it. This is also along with the rusting of the doors and door frames and peeling paint issue that Ford has yet to take care of customers for this known issue. When calling Ford directly, they state they are very sorry, but yet they do nothing about it. Does someone need to die first before a recall is done like the issue with the cruise control deactivation switch that caused fires and an ederly woman and child were killed?

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
2001 F-150 supercrew 4X4 lariat 5.4 Triton 136000 miles. Great truck however the under side of this truck is literally rusting out from underneath. Rocker panels are gone, but a larger issue at this time is the fuel tank strap has rusted and broke. Pathetic rusting on this beautiful truck.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #6

Aug 012007


  • 60,000 miles
Paint peeling off on body. White in color, never neglected, always washed, waxed etc. Well known and documented problem. Contacted Ford many times and always get told they will do nothing because it is out of warranty. They then told me they have upgraded many things on their new trucks and should consider getting a new one. I doubt I will ever get another Ford if they can mess up something as simple as paint. This is a Ford defect and they should be forced to fix it. I have a car that is 10 years older than my Ford and the paint looks better.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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