I bought a 2001 F150 brand NEW and the transmission just failed at 69,000 miles. I have babied this truck and look where it got me. All the oil changes and tranmission flushes on time. Ford knows there is a problem with this year truck, but won't do anything about it. I am definitely not buying another Ford Vehicle and this was my 3rd truck.
There is nothing wrong with these model f150's I have a 01 supercab v6 5 speed and at 120,000 miles it still runs like the day I drove it off the show room floor. Take care of it and it will do the same to you. So far 3 sets of tires a 80.00 sensor and 1 set of brakes. Not bad for a 6 year old truck is it now?
"All the oil changes and transmission flushes on time."
Don't blame the truck. Transmission flushes are a scam!! All a transmission flush does is to loosen up all the crud that the filter has caught, and blow it back into the transmission where it can tear it up. You have to get the filter changed when you drain out the old fluid and add new. I will wager that you didn't actually take your Ford to the dealer for the real service schedule. You took it to a "lube place", right? Uh-huh.
Thanks (original review) for the advice.. I was just about to buy a clean 2001 Crew Cab for 11,900 at the Valencia Lexus dealership in CA... but your review set me straight... I can't afford any mistakes right now with the economy problems here in CA.. and I am sure if the dealers were selling more cars they wouldn't have to depend on parts and service to make ends meet... thanks Phil.