really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 12
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
151,410 miles

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

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problem #13

Dec 092010


  • 100,000 miles


Coils burns out, spark plugs burn out, have changed numerous times, get one fixed then a different one goes out. Changed all eight 3 weeks later started burning out again. Comstant problem.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Aug 182011


  • 138,000 miles
The plugs blew!! this has happened repeatedly and as of now(7-2-2014) all have been replaced. Im sure that will start again but this is quite an expensive problem. My truck had 8 plugs...thank god they don't all blow at once!!

- Summerville, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 022014


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F150. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle caught fire while it was parked. The fire department stated that the fire initiated in the engine near the master cylinder area. The contact also stated that NHTSA campaign number: 06V286000 (vehicle speed control) was received after the failure occurred. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Lemoore , CA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Apr 232013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, he heard a loud noise as the vehicle accelerated. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the bolt on the engine head was rusted and became corroded. In addition, the manifold was cracked and leaking carbon dioxide due to the corrosion. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Mar 272013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 223,000 miles
Turned into a grocery store parking lot and truck started to smoke. I thought it was over heating but when I parked I got out and the truck started having black smoke then flames came from the driver side of the hood over the tire. I called 911. When the fire trucks arrived the hood was in flames and the front of the truck was burned. I am the original owner of the truck and have took very good care of it. Someone that works with my son had an F150 that burned 6 months ago. After we looked up the information about this I found out this has happened alot. I also found a recall on a part for the cruise control but I was never informed of this. How are people informed of recalls? I lived a the same address for 7 years and had the same phone number. The dealer I bought the truck from palmetto Ford in charleston SC has been around for a long time. I don't understand why I was not informed. If I had not got out I would have burned with the truck. Is it the owner responsibility to check for recalls. I would understand if I was not the original owner but I am.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #5

Mar 192013


  • 164,800 miles
The contact owns 2001 Ford F150. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle caught on fire from under the hood area and exploded. As a result, the contact's home also caught on fire from the vehicle fire. The fire was extinguished by the local fire department and a fire report was filed. A resident suffered fro smoke inhalation. The vehicle was not inspected and remained parked at the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 164,800.

- Lake Park , GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 052013


  • 327,000 miles
I keep having major issues with my truck ejecting spark plugs from the engine which is breaking not only my spark plugs but my coil pack as well. This is rediculious. The first time I was at a light at a dead stop when I hear a loud banging noise like something exploded then my truck started running rough and had to get it towed. It stranded us 45 minutes from home. The second time was two days ago on March 18 I was driving through a drive thru again at a dead stop and heard a loud noise and had the same issue. Again my spark plug was ejected and coil pack broken. The first time was in cylinder 1 and was repaired then one month later the next time cylinder 2 ejected. 5 minutes after it was repaired and had new plug and coil pack it again ejected. Im upset because I can no longer drive my truck. If Ford doesnt fix this I willnever purchase another Ford. Now it is useless sitting in my garage takin up space.

- Godely, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 042012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


2001 Ford F150 was sitting out in driveway of owner's home. He had been home approx 1/2 hours when owners vehicle was on fire coming from the engine compartment. No fire damage to the inside cab of owners vehicle.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 262012

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
As I was leaving a stop sign, I accelerated and a spark plug blew out of it's hole and will not go back in. This is a product defect that can cause serious injury or deaths to unknowing Ford owners. Ford should recall asap.

- Marblehead, OH, USA

problem #1

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

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