fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,333 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 lights problems

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 122005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


I purchased my 2002 Ford F150 super crew in August of 2002. I have had ongoing problems since I purchased the vehicle, and have had no responses or assistance from any Ford dealerships. The problems started out with my radio going on and off all on its own. I took my vehicle to the dealership at least 10 times alone for this problem. Never any assistance. The problems escalated around 40,000 miles and my whole electrical system seemed to be shorting out. I have had fire under the dash, the headlights not work, the wipers would only work when the vehicle was in park, same thing with the heater, it would not turn off after you shut the vehicle off. Now this week I had another fire which I was able to put out on my own. I took it to a different dealer and they identified the problem with the GEM module and central junction box. Apparently the vehicle was not put together correctly and these modules keep shorting out causing my vehicles problems. I have to wonder everyday whether or not my vehicle is going to catch fire and burn up. On a daily basis I can smell smoke coming from under the dash almost like burning plastic or wiring. None of the problems have been addressed and seem to be escalating. To me this is a safety issue. I would hate to think that I would be traveling with my family and the car catch fire while we are driving. The electrical system needs to be investigated and repaired. None of which has been done by the dealer I purchased the vehicle from. I even filed a complaint with the Ford Motor Company and received no real concern.

- Wapakoneta, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 292003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 Ford F150 that has headlights going off while driving. I have had it repaired only for it to reoccur. This is not a minor problem to me and the dealership that I purchased it from is unable to make a service appointment for a week. I have another vehicle but not everyone has that privelege and I have decided to service it at another location. Maybe my vehicle is the only one and it is just something that happened. But I am concerned for my safety. Thank you for allowing me to voice my concern. Llc

- Otway, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 142002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving in the dark, darshboard lights and headlights will turn off at the same time without a prior warning for about thirty seconds. Dealer was contacted, but they could not find what was causing the problem.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

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