really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 52
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
65,345 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #25

Jun 142005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


I have a 2001 Ford F150 supercrew pick up. I don't recall giving a notice in the mail, however I saw a story on tv about a woman whose home burned down due to the defect of the cruise control. My wife drives the vehicle to work everyday in weslaco and the dealership is just a block away from her office. This is not the dealership that the vehicle was purchased from. My wife took the vehicle to the local dealership twice to get the recall fixed but the customer service department was so rude she didn't leave it. The last time was just Wednesday June 8th.there is more to tell about this but not enough space. I am unemployed and my wife's income is all we have right now so our insurance had lapsed so she parked the truck outside my mother in law's house and my wife was driving her mom's car. Tuesday June 14th at about 4pm someone knocked on my mother in law's door and told her that the truck was on fire. She called the fire department and they came and put it out but the entire truck was gone. The fire marshal told hundreds of photos and documented everything. He told us that it was defintely the recall of a factory default. He said there had been 5 cases in weslaco all the same. The fire starts in the motor under the front side left tire. The tire popped, the hood was totally burns away the bumper and the paint on the sides. The dash board, side mirrors and the motor is all one molded piece. The winshield exploded with glass everywhere. I am only thankful that it didn't burn down the house or that someone I love wasn't driving it when the fire started.

- Edcouch, TX, USA

problem #24

Aug 012005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Ford F150 caught on fire underneath the fender on the left front side. The vehicle was turned off and the consumer had gone into the house. Thirty minutes later flames were seen coming from under the vehicles left side. The consumer believed the problem may have been from the cruise control.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #23

May 012004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F150. The cruise control quit about one year ago. Also, one month ago consumer could not get vehicle out of park. Yesterday could not get vehicle out of gear again. He replaced the fuse to cruise control after that the cruise control worked. He bought more fuses, they would blow everytime the cruise control was plugged in. Ford said that the fuses, cruise control and the park gear were not connected by the fuses. Service gargae said to unplug the cruise control. When he unplugged the cruise control, the vehicle came out of park, and the cruise control would work. He called Ford, and they said this vehicle was not in a recall. As soon as he started to plug the cruise control T it started to smoke. So he quit, trying to plug it up.

- Harrisonville, MO, USA

problem #22

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 #21

May 122005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,400 miles
The cruise control module was smoking this morning. As soon as the vehicle was starting there was smoke coming under the hood. This just started today. The cruise control stopped working this week. Have taken the truck to the dealer, and it is there now. The dealer informed the consumer was not under the recall. The truck will start but will not go into gear.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #20

Jan 112005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles
Had Ford 2001 F-150 supercrew caught on fire in garage burned house down on Jan 11,2005. There was an investigation and it was ruled the vehicle caused the fire. Insurance gave value of vehicle. There was fire department report filed.

- Manor, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 032005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


While vehicle was parked the engine department was completely engulfed with flames. The engine blew up the tires, and blew out the front and back windows. The damage was done to the front driver and passenger side of the vehicle. The fire did damage to the yard, consumer had to re-sod, reseed, and reconst the yard. The total amount for damage and loss is $1,000. Consumer called fire department and then had the vehicle towed to storage garage.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Mar 272005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,500 miles
Mid-February 2001 super crew cruise went out and I took it to kinsel Ford, and was told it was not part of the recall.on March 27 smoke came out from under the hood and the swich that was under the recall( I was told this by the kinsel rep resentative had burned completely in two.I again took it to the Ford dealer, and again was told it was not covered under the recall.

- Sour Lake, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 072005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Vehicle was parked for 7 hours and it was engulfed in flames. Owner was notified by a coworker. Owner contacted the manufacturer, who stated that this vehicle was not on recall, and there was nothing else they could do.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #16

Apr 062005

F-150 Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 87,600 miles
Owner went on an errand and parked the vehicle for 5 or 6 minutes and the vehicle was on fire. The fire was noticed by a passer by who contacted the fire department. Owner contacted the manufacturer, and was told that this vehicle was not included in the speed control deactivation switch recall due to VIN, and there wasnothing else they could do.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


Vehicle was parked for four hours when consumer decided to sweep the garage. Upon entering the garage vehicle was on fire. The fire department responded to put the fire out. This vehicle was not included in the cruise control NHTSA recall 05V017000.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

problem #14

Mar 262005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
Recall campaign 05V017000 concerning cruise control deactivation switch fires: Vehicle was parked 6-7 hours before it caught on fire under the hood. The local fire department arrived to extinguish the fire. The fire marshall investigator informed the consumer that the fire was started by an electrical short in the cruise control switch.

- Weslaco, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 012004


  • miles
Ford F150 2001, caught on fire while parked, ref., ODI number 10115927. Fire may have been due to faulty cruise deactivation switch.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

Jan 022005

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
The consumer's 2001 Ford F150 caught on fire while parked in his garage.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 112004

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
While parked the consumer's 2001 Ford 150 supercrew caught on fire. The consumer asked the dealer what the cause was and he was told it was the brake deactivation switch for the cruise control.

- Garden Ridge, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 152005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles
On or about March 15, 2005 I got into my F150, 2001, Ford pickup and started the vehicle, when immediately smoke began pouring out from under the hood. This was in the morning at the start of my day, and the truck had been sitting all night and the engine was cold. When I looked under the hood I observed a red hot glow on the driver's side around some wiring. After certified Ford technicians examined the truck I was told that this was a result of a defect in the cruise control switch which I understand your Agency is investigating. These repairs cost me $728. Am I able to recoup my repair cost?

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #9

Jan 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Defective Ford F150 super crew cab (VIN [xxx]). consumer request investigation involving NHTSA recall no 99V-124, Ford recall 99S15. The truck caught on fire and resulted in the death of a child (doc type gen). The consumer believes the recalled cruise control deactivation switch was the cause of the fire. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #8

Dec 102002

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Take a look a my vehicle history, I baby my truck - never used off-road. I have replaced several items that I feel should have been fixed by Ford. I had to buy a warranty that cover most of the stuff. Some parts with defects that were replaced. Most replaced at 40,000-80,000 miles 1.) transmission completely replaced 2.) rearend replaced 3.) I'm on my third set of all 4 ball joints 4.) tie rods, tie rod ends (replaced twice now) 5.) coil 6.) headlight housing (3-4 times) 7.) brakes, numerous things worked on and replaced dealership was never able to stop the thumping noise that is still there, said it was normal (not) 8.) idler arm (replaced twice) 9.) sunroof switch replaced twice, reported loud bang when opening. A&B Kia said it was normal - no, now it is completely broke and will barely open and have to force closed. 10.) sideview mirrors vibrated 11.) ABS sensor replaced 12.) keyless entry replaced 13.) steering bearings replaced 14.) back bumper is rusting these are just some of the things I can remember right off hand. I've got all receipts. I take care of this truck - wash and wax once a week by hand (unless really bad weather) then I just take it to the car wash automatic or actual people washing. Keep inside just as nice. If you want to check out a vehicle for safety/recall information you should start with mine.

- Cameron, WV, USA

problem #7

Oct 292004


  • 38,508 miles
While driving at any speed cruise control failed to work. Consumer was unable to set a speed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 222004


  • 55,000 miles
While vehicle was parked a fire started under the hood. Vehicle was totaled. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Bellville, TX, USA

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