2001 Ford F150 XL 4.2 from North America


Gets you and your cargo anywhere without burning the fuel up


Clutch master cylinder went out at 47000.

Has had a mysterious misfiring deal going on after sitting short trips on hot days. Took it up in the revs down the street and the problem cleared up. I now use seafoam every so often and it hasn't happened since.

General Comments:

Excellent, but unpredictable gas mileage. I've managed slightly over 26 mpg on a 200+ mile trip unloaded, 24 with 2 motorcycles, and one time I burned about 18mpg unloaded. No complaints.

Nice truck with good visibility.

Pretty comfortable ride considering it's a truck.

I wish it had a tachometer and cruise control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2005

1st Jan 2006, 02:05

The kind of mileage you're getting seems unreal. EPA is 17city/21hwy or something like that. There is no way I've ever gotten close to the hwy mark on any of my cars. And that's driving with a light foot.

22nd Apr 2006, 15:23

I've owned one since purchased new and love it. Ride is very stable and sure-footed. Only problems were a spark plug assembly went bad and a leak in the A/C. Mileage is not great (16 MPG average). Overall an excellent truck and I WILL buy another one when gas mileage goes up to at least 25 MPG average.

9th May 2008, 21:16

I have owned a 2001 F150 4.2 ext cab for over a year now and it gets the job done! I can haul a ton of gravel or get 20 mpg on the highway. I like the mpg, but I really love the brakes on this truck. VERY user friendly.

It has gone 105 k miles without problems and it is still going strong. I think the base V6 could use more power though. It is comfortable, reliable, and well built.

2001 Ford F150 XLT Triton engine from North America


Very Satisfied! Would definetely buy again!


Brakes needed to be replaced at 36,000 miles, but that is usually standard for most vehicles.

General Comments:

Absolutely nothing, I love it. It is so reliable and tough. Built ford tough, metal frame, solid, no nonsense get out of my way truck. It goes great rides over rough terrain like a pro, rides great in the dirt, a little rough feeling on regular roads, but that's because it's a truck. To alleviate this check your tire pressure. At 46,000 miles have not even worn out the factory tires! Blew a whole in one and patched it and it is still kicking on the highway in speeds of up to 80 mph. Nothing has ever given me problems, front brakes replaced at 36,000 miles, it was about time. Starts great, a little difficult in the rain, you have to remember your driving a truck and watch out for puddles so you don't skid. Skidded once, but anti lock brakes kicked in right away, you can hear them coming to your rescue, skid disks immediately go into effect and quickly brings vehicle under control. Get an extended warranty for your peace of mind, but you can drive this truck until it dies! Whichever one comes first you or it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2005

2001 Ford F150 XLT Triton V8 from North America


The truck is solid and with the improvements that I have made it is a joy to drive.


I have had to replace three ignition coils, two of them in the past four months.

The ignition coils do not seal well against moisture.

The seats are too firm.

The stock front shocks do not adequately control rebound.

The front wheel alignment shim system is not precise.

General Comments:

At 65,000 miles, I have elected to replace all of the ignition coils as I no longer trust the original units.

It is important to back up the ignition coil seal with a dielectric grease to keep moisture from shorting the plug contact.

Both Ford dealers and aftermarket suppliers know and admit that Ford ignition coils are a problem area, but Ford Motor Company does not choose to improve them.

The seats were far too firm and had little shock dampening, so I replaced the stock padding with thermo-foam.

The stock front shock rebound control was inadequate, so I replaced them with Rancho 5000 adjustable shocks and the improvement in handling was dramatic.

I replaced the front wheel alignment shim system with an aftermarket jack-screw system and gained very significant improvement in steering precision.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th March, 2005