really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 52
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,129 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #35

May 062005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,100 miles


My wife was at work and she had just parked, and 15 minutes later, she was told her car was on fire and burned completely.

- Lakewood, FL, USA

problem #34

Oct 012004


  • miles
Vehicle parked, caught fire, flames coming from motor, believed to be cruise control issue

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #33

May 172005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The vehicle was parked on the street, 5 minutes later the vehicle caught on fire. The fire dept put out the fire. There were no other problems with the vehicle prior to this. The consumer only had the vehicle for 4 months. It was purchased used from Ford dealership.

- Agoura, CA, USA

problem #32

Dec 172004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Ford F150 caught on fire while parked. The cruise control went out. The vehicle was not totaled but there was extreme damage to the vehicle. The consumer received a recall letter in February 2005. Recall number 05V017000. (speed control deactivation switch)

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #31

Apr 142005


  • miles
Vehicle parked approx 4.5 hours, when noticed vehicle hood was engulfed with flames, damage primarily on driver's side toward windshield, total loss --- one month prior to vehicle fire vehicle would not get out of park and blew 5 amp fuse

- Thomaston, GA, USA

problem #30

Apr 292005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
The consumer stated his vehicle burst into flames.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #29

Apr 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,200 miles


While driving at approximately 30 mph engine made a ping noise. It sounded as if something broke. Owner called for a tow truck and had the vehicle towed to the dealer. The vehicle was put on the diagnostic machine, and owner was informed that the spark plug ejected from the cylinder head that because it was made of aluminum, and if the spark plugs were tightened too much, or the spark plugs were cross threaded when installed they would be ejected.

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #28

Mar 262005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,500 miles
Cruise control light flashing when attempting to engage it on my 2001 F150 Triton 4.6L "3dr". took it to the dealership due to transmission problems(spring broke on 2nd to 3rd gear shifter)inquired about the cc lite. Service tech popped the hood, pulled the plug on the power boosterand we both saw fluid build up on the surface area. Same St'd that there was a recall inprogress but that he had to see if this model was involved...not. 89000plus miles.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #27

Mar 162005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
After being stopped at an intersection I slowly pulled away when the light turned green. It sounded as if I ran over something, and the truck started making loud noises and jerking. I pulled off the road, parked it, and had it towed to the local Ford dealer in columbus, oh. They said it had blown a spark plug and stripped the threads in the head - it only had 41,000 miles on it. This appears to be a common problem with these trucks and could be dangerous in certain circumstances. I paid the charge to put a helicoil in as a temporary fix until I can buy a new head because Ford won't acknowledge this widespread problem.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #26

Mar 072005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,450 miles
2001 F-150 supercrew instrument and accessroy failure due to water from leaky seal around driver's side windshield. This is not an isolated instance and is reflected in your # 10002639. Cost of repair was over $800 and not covered by warranty and not acknowledged by Ford dealership as defect. Vehice GEM failure causes loss of wiper controls, and power locks causing safety concerns.

- Big Sandy, TX, USA

problem #25

Mar 122005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,400 miles


I left my 2001 F-150 in a parking lot unattended when I returned a few hours later it had been almost totally consumed by fire. Witnesses said that it started under the hood. I have not yet recieved the fire companies report.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #24

Dec 202004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Factory spark plug threads are too short for cylinder heads, resulting in the plugs blowing out.

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

problem #23

Aug 072004


  • 70,000 miles
The consumer was informed his vehicle was on fire. The fire was coming from the engine compartment on the drivers side close to the fire wall. The cruise control had failed about 2 weeks or a month prior to the fire. No after market equipment on vehicle. No structure damage. Will E-mail photos to bruce york.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #22

Jan 222005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
1) 90,000 miles on my 2001 Ford F150 supercrew 5.4L V8. ) two blown spark plugs in about eight weeks time. The second one left me and my family (wife and 3 children age 5 & under) stranded in the desert between san diego and el centro on interstate 8. 3) the plugs stripped out the threads on the head and aftermarket inserts were installed in order to install new plugs. After discussing the problem with a couple of garages and doing some online research I have learned that this is an extremely common problem. It appears that by Ford design their are only 6 of the 12 threads on the spark plug that are engaged in the head. After some time engine vibration and expansion and contraction of the head due to heat allow the spark plug to loosen up. At that point, the plugs increased movement has enough force to destroy the remaining threads. From the number of reports of this problem, I believe that this will either result in a class action lawsuit or a factory recall. However, I like Ford as a company and hope that they take responsibility for the poor design before a suit is filed.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 272004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
While parked the vehicle caught on fire without warning. The cause has yet to be determined. The vehicle was considered a total loss.

- La Porte, TX, USA

problem #20

Jul 152004

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,400 miles
The vehicle caught fire unexpectedly while it was parked. Results showed that there was an electrical shortage in the engine, which caused the problem. The manufacturer was contacted by owner.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #19

Nov 222004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,800 miles
After sitting unused for six hours in a locked garage, my 2001 Ford F-150 burst into flames. The fire inspector determined the fire started in the area where wires connect to the brake master cylander. My insurance co. (St. Farm) paid apximately $6,000 for repairs. Luckily, I was able to put the fire out quickly. My wife and kids were asleep in bed. Fire occurred apximately 10:30 pm, truck had been parked since 4:30pm.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 272004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Vehicle commenced to make a loud back firing noise after being refueled. Vehicle was tow to the dealer, who replaced the # 4 coil and the #4 spark plug.

- Tuscumbia, AL, USA

problem #17

Dec 232004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
2001 Ford F150 lariat with 68,000 miles. Was parked in my driveway and had not beein driven for at least 10 days. Garage door is open as is door to house. My wife smells something and looks outside and sees flames coming from hood. Calls 911. Fire department puts out truck within 5 or so minutes but it is a total loss. Insurance company is investigating. They are aware of several fires like this. Article in newspaper in November 2004 states "feds" are looking into fires like this in F150S due to the cruise control deactivation switch. Cruise control did have problems prior to this.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 132004


  • 125,000 miles
Jim left me a message on 12/7/04 about a Ford fire. Truck was sitting for 6 hours and caught on fire in the engine compartment. The fire occurred in the middle of the night. My wife said she had heard a thud. When they found the truck it was fully involved. No problems with truck. No after market equipment. Vehicle had cruise control. Never used it, did not know if it worked. Used a year before fire. Vehicle for local trips only. Vehicle was insured. Insurance company did a fire inspection. This fire involved a structure fire.

- Bishop, GA, USA

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