2001 Ford F150 4.2L 6 cylinder from North America


A very good, all-around pickup truck


Driver's seat belt retractor operated poorly from the beginning. The dealer claimed to have replaced it after two hours in the shop, but later admitted that the mechanic had cut himself and bled on the belt, necessitating ordering a new belt. I was angry enough with them at the time over the long delay in getting my truck into the shop that they were afraid to admit what had happened.

The rotating, plastic headlight switch broke twice before 30,000 miles. Both times, the dealership (a different one from the first) had to replace the whole switch assembly - the actuator handle wasn't available as a separate part.

Front upper ball joints replaced at about 40,000 miles. The sockets in the A-frames were stretched to the point where new balls couldn't be pressed in, and they had to be tack-welded in place.

Original tires aged prematurely and cracked, causing the right front to go flat during a week's stay in an airport parking lot. Attempting to change the tire, I was unable to remove the wheel - as was the AAA tow truck driver. The dealer replaced the tires under warranty, and claimed the insulating glop between the alloy wheels and steel hubs which normally prevents galvanic corrosion had not been installed when the truck was built, and the wheels and hubs had corroded together.

I lost control of this truck on ice at 45mph last week. The first impact was between the right front corner and a guardrail; the second between the left front corner and the opposite guardrail. The frame was bent, there was serious front-end damage, the doors were jammed, but the airbag didn't deploy and the driver's seat belt inertia reel didn't lock up.

General Comments:

This was the base-model F150 with 4-speed Overdrive manual transmission.

It was not equipped with a limited-slip differential and was, thus, one-wheel drive on ice and snow. LSD was available as a factory option for about $200 US, but retrofit was quoted at about $2000.

There are no rain gutters on the doors, so opening the side windows even a crack in rain will send water into the occupants' faces. A/C is, therefore, essential, but isn't part of the base trim package.

The truck handled comfortably and consistently delivered 17-20 mpg on local drives and at highway speeds of 75mph. 1st gear was a higher ratio than in my previous, 1986 F150, and was more appropriate to a car than a truck, but didn't prove a problem. I just didn't get the sense it would climb a tree like my older Fords.

Ride was very comfortable, although the cloth seats wore heavily. Dog traffic may have contributed to seat wear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2009

2001 Ford F150 XLT 4.2 liter from North America


I LOVE it and will see if I can't go a million miles with it


Replaced the original ignition coil at 90,000 miles.

Replaced the original rear brakes and all 4 original tires at 98,000 miles.

Replaced side view mirror control, engine gasket and o rings at 122,000 miles.

Replaced original battery and alternator at 138,000 miles.

General Comments:

The front seats are firm and comfortable.

Rear seats have adequate leg room.

Two different RBS iPod FM tranmit systems do not link with the Ford AM/FM CD radio display. I can listen to the music, but have to refer to the iPod for title playing.

This truck has adequate, but not over whelming acceleration, and experiences some hesitation between 3rd and 4th gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2008

2001 Ford F150 XL 4.2 V6 from North America


"Built Ford Tough." What a joke..


Bad Clutch master cylinder (common problem).

Transmission rebuild due to bearing failure.

Bad Starter.

Now the engine misfires under moderate acceleration. Not sure what the problem is yet since it just started happening.

All of this developing in less than 9 months of ownership.

General Comments:

I bought this truck from a ford dealer in June of '06, a used 2001 with 87k. I haggled the price down to $6000. I thought I was getting the deal of the century, but now I see how sadly mistaken I was.

This truck has been an almost constant headache. I can't wait until I've saved up enough money to trade this thing in for another car. I just hope nothing else major will break before then. Don't make the mistake I made and buy into the "Ford Tough" bullcrap, get a truck from another manufacturer.

To be fair, the truck has a good ride and I would genuinely enjoy owning it... if I didn't have to constantly worry about what will go wrong next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th March, 2007

8th Mar 2007, 16:28

I understand your frustration. I have the same truck and I bought it brand new. I only put 82000 miles on it, when the engine went and I faithfully maintained it. The worst part about it was I bought the extended warranty on it and because my certified mechanic change the plugs. Ford said it was his fault for just changing the plugs. I am still fighting that. Good Luck with yours and what ever you do don’t buy the extended warranty.