hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,933 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 012011


  • 85,000 miles


Vehicle cab rocker panels rusting off rear window leaking cruise control not working vehicle rusting and been in area with no salt on roads

- Westville, IN, USA

problem #9

Nov 202014


  • 180,000 miles
I own two Ford super cabs and both trucks the back passenger doors froze shut. On one I paid over $500 for the parts and then had a mechanic repair the doors and I was told that this would last for approximately five years. On the one I listed above I went on you tube and they have videos how to fix the problem. They say that all Ford truck super cabs, I.e. F150, F250, and F350 the rear doors will eventually freeze up. This is a very serious safety hazard for the back seat passenger. The problem is that they used a plastic connector for the terminal of the release cable instead of one made of metal. The plastic deteriorates in the heat which does not allow the cable to pull the release mechanism far enough.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 022014


  • 134,549 miles
While backing into my truck started making a load noise, it was obvious it was in the front end. Trying to turn the steering wheel, it was stuck. Stopped the truck, looked under the front of truck at steering, I noticed that there was a hole in the frame, it was then that I saw the steering link, against the right cv axle. The idler arm had some how ripped off the frame, leaving na hole where the idler arm was, the frame of the truck had weakened, causing the metal to weaken and separate, thank again Ford.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #7

Sep 242013

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


I have a 2002 F 150 and the bed support rails and bed floor are completely rusted away as well as the frame rails. I am afraid the bed will come off at highway speed and cause a wreck. Ford has got to know there is a problem why are they not addressing it" I know several people with the same style truck with the same problem, I bought a pickup truck to use as a truck and now I am afraid to because who knows what will fall off the truck due to all of the rust. Toyota had a major recall because of this same issue, why does the government not make Ford do the same thing??" I have had pickups in the past that were a lot older that did not rust like this. Make Ford fix the problem before a bed flies off and causes at minimum a wreck at worst a death.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 292012


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While traveling 5 mph, the contact noticed a cracking sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. After examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear frame on the driver's side had cracked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the contact was informed that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 95,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Keene, NH, USA

problem #5

Mar 022012


  • 75,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact noticed that the spare tire detached from under the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle the contact noticed that the spare tire cable was fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 75,500.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 202011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


On August 20, 2011 on my way home, my spare tire that was mounted under truck fell onto roadway. I recovered the tire and parts from road and looked under truck for cause. The cable and clamp that holds the spare tire had corroded and broken causing the tire to fall to roadway.

- New Windsor, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 202011


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving there was a loud noise in the rear of the vehicle and found that the spare tire separated from the vehicle due to corroded cable and clip holder. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current miles was 140,000.

- New Windsor, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 012007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,277 miles
We have been hearing a clicking or tapping sound from the 2002 F150 pickup for about a month. After two complete inspections of the suspension and steering we did not find any problem. Today while rocking the pickup, we discovered the drivers side of the bed is loose. There is at least a 1/16" of vertical movement. At this point we check our 2003 F150 pickup, the passenger side of the bed is loose. I contacted the local Ford dealership (hillard auto) regarding a recall. They indicate that there is no recall. They also indicate that they have never heard of this problem before, that I find hard to believe since I own two F150S and they both have the same problem. This is all fine until one of these trucks has the bed come loose while traveling at speed on the highway. Was there a crash today? no, we caught the problem in time. To correct the problem, we will pull the plastic bed liner and tighten the bolts ourselves since I am opposed to paying someone to correct their mistakes and lack of quality control.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 232002


  • miles
Water was pouring into inside of the vehicle. Structure is not lined up properly inside of vehicle. Dealership is aware of the problem.

- Salem, VA, USA

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