definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,234 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 102007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles


- the contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving 40 mph the vehicle made a loud popping sound similar to a truck back firing. The mechanic stated the spark plug and coils werecausing the failure. This failure occurred on 2 previous occasions. The recent failure the mechanic was unable to repair by changing the spark plugs, the damagewas more advanced and costly. Most Ford trucks experienced this failure at 8 years. The vehicle was towed, and was currently at the dealer for repair. The failure and current mileage were 93000.

- Bardstown , KY, USA

problem #10

Oct 092006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,578 miles
I went fishing one early morning and I stopped for gas and noticed that my lights would not turn off. I normally keep the switch in the auto-detect mode. I switched to off and they still would not turn off. After getting to the dock, I turned off the motor and locked it. My F-150's headlights would not turn off and would blink on and off. The switch would not work, nor did locking the vehicle turn off the lights. I expected the battery saver would activate to turn off the exterior lamps. It also failed. The battery died and I had to be towed into the dealer. Dealer states it was a wiring harness (#12, #160 and #161) that shorted a relay and killed the battery. The parts were not covered under warranty. Parts and labor were $612.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 212005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
2001 Ford F 150 was parked in parking lot at apt. Caught on fire and burned to the ground.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 202005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle was parked in front of the residence and one hour later it caught on fire. The fire department was called to extinguish the fire. Vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company.

- Floresville, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 282005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle and the garage caught on fire while the vehicle was parked. The driver called the fire department to extinguish the fire. Then, vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 072005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Consumer was awakened by a horn going off, and went to see what it was. Then suddenly there was a boom, then another boom. After arriving in his garage he saw flames coming from the vehicle. Consumer proceeded to remove his family, and tried to put the fire out. There was a substantial amount of damage to the home, and the vehicle was totaled.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 142004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Vehicle had approx. 60K miles. Was parked in driveway for about one half hour. Neighbor saw fire on the ground under the drivers side of the engine compartment toward the rear(firewall). Cruise control quit working about 2 weeks prior to the fire. Fire origin is in vicinity of brake master cylinder. Typical of cruise control deactivation switch failure. Parts were recovered but aluminum band on hexport body was melted away therefore do not have date code.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #4

May 112004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Noticed cruise control went out did not think much about it. Smelled burning drove into my drive way went in house started dinner my husband went out to run to the corner store and my truck was on fire. Burnt inside of engine yes old parts are there nothing has been repaired as of yet. Very dangerous situation could of been hurt or my child could of been hurt. Could of been property damage if I had not caught the fire when I did could of burned my house down and others around me.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 122003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
While the vehicle was under warranty it experienced problems with the turn signal. The technician stated that they replaced the wiring harness but it was too short. Currently without warranty the vehicle experienced the same problem. The vehicle had been taken to the same dealer who stated that the wiring harness was too short. The wiring harness was too short when the tilt wheel was down and the turn signals did not work.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #2

Dec 202002

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Sparkplug blown out of engine head

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012002

F-150 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After inspection of vehicle, mechanic noticed that main ground wiring was hanging which could result in a short circuit or possible fire. Dealer found main ground cable disconnected.

- South Point, OH, USA

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