really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,722 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 232016


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While attempting to stop the vehicle at a traffic light, the gear failed to remain in drive. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the electric dial in the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 262013


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle began shaking violently. The contact mentioned that the failure also occurred when in reverse. In addition, the vehicle was leaking fuel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the spark plug needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Juana Diaz, PR, USA

problem #6

Feb 032014


  • miles
2001 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated during routine use of the truck, the transmission stopped functioning. The transmission repair shop, informed the consumer the cast steel gear within the transmission had shattered into two pieces. In October 2009, during an annual safety inspection, the straps holding the fuel tank in place were corroded and almost completely rusted through. In the summer of 2013, Ford Motor Company, sent the consumer a notice, informing him the fuel tank strap were being recalled. The consumer was not overly concerned, since they had already been replaced, Ford sent another recall. The consumer informed Ford, he had the straps replaced. Ford then advised the consumer to visit the dealer about reimbursement. The dealer wanted to see what repairs had been made. Once the truck was on the lift, it was discovered the original faulty tank straps had caused a weakening in the skin of the fuel tan itself and that it was leaking gasoline through the skin of the tank. The tank was leaking fuel around the area where the straps rubbed on the tank. Ford would only honor the recall, if they replaced the straps. However, they refused to replace leaking fuel tank.

- Standish, ME, USA

problem #5

Mar 072011


  • 106,000 miles


Started truck heard a loud pop engine running rough checked, spark plug blew out destroying coil pack now called Ford dealer they said no recall checked on internet noticed a lot of people same problem. A lot money to repair. I had just got back from a 600 mile trip if this had happened during trip would have cost me up to $40 to get on road again, this should be a recall! and if I get it fixed I will have to get rid of it because people are complaining 2 or more plugs are blowing out and I can not afford the fix.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 172009


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. When the contact placed the vehicle into park and exited, the vehicle rolled backwards as if the gear was placed into reverse. Shortly after, the vehicle appeared to gain speed and did not stop until it crashed into a tree. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time of the crash, but the air bags failed to deploy and the emergency brake was not engaged. There was a lot of damage to the landscaping as well as a fence. The vehicle appears to have a lot of damage also, but it has not yet been inspected. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 110,000.

- Denver, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 102001


  • 138,500 miles
Rear axle assembly failure, grinding noise that stops upon deceleration, Ford issued tsb 05-23-3 regarding this behavior. I observe many complaints from the public via the internet related to similar experiences. It is too widespread. I have never lost a rear end to mechanical failure. I am 54 years old. Ford dealership refuses to warranty the repair.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 112009


  • 85,437 miles
Driving my Ford 2001 F150 in heavy traffic when a loud bang under from my hood and rendered my vehicle useless and a major traffic hazard as I was in the middle lane with cars and dump trucks swerving around me to pass by me.this is a very serious and common problem that is happening to many Ford owners that have the Triton engines. Spark plug ejection Ford must be held accountable only a matter of time before a death occurs..Ford dealer tells me I might as well get a new engine at a value of $ $8000.

- Dania , FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012006

F-150 8-cyl

  • 91,836 miles
2001 F150 lariat the pinion bearings, carrier bearings and the races for both were pitted and in bad shape. ***** prior to taking the vehicle to the dealer the consumer heard a whinning noise coming from the rear end. The rear end of the truck had to be rebuilt. The consumer believes that either the bearing are made of a cheap material, that the gears are bad or where the sit is not set up correctly.

- Crestview, FL, USA

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