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The F-150 SuperCrew has a large and versatile cab, but feels ungainly and uncomfortable compared with newer trucks. The powertrain performs well, although it isn't as smooth and quiet as some competing models, such as the Chevrolet Avalanche. However, it got a poor in the IIHS offset crash-test result.
Alerts
There are 19 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC standard from 2009.
Road Test

The F-150 SuperCrew has a large and versatile cab, but feels ungainly and uncomfortable compared with newer trucks. The powertrain performs well, although it isn't as smooth and quiet as some competing models, such as the Chevrolet Avalanche. However, it got a poor in the IIHS offset crash-test result.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.2-liter V6 (202 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (248 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (380 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 (260 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Compressor had to be replaced. Relatively inexpensive repair”

Richard R., UT (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Condenser

“Replaced as part of initial repair of leaks”

David Z., TX (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Evaporator

“Core leaked and had to be replaced at about $1200”

David Z., TX (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Heater system

“Clogged heater core. Required replacement”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Heater Core was clogged up and a shop flushed it out and now it works much better, not perfect as I still smell the coolant thru the vents. Expect more issues in the future”

Charles L., OK (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Freon refill”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“In the 13 years I have owned the Ford, the only problem that has regularly popped up have been associated with the a/c system. Of course considering the truck's current age it shouldn't be too surprising that leaks of the refrigerant have taken place”

William G., TX (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

“Rust in the truck bed, rocker panel and under body areas. In”

Linton D., NY (2001 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“Rust in the rocker panels, tailgate and rear wheel well areas. The truck is garage kept and clean. I see the same problem on a lot of Ford trucks”

Marian C., IL (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Getting old starting to rust”

Anonymous, KS (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“I discovered that the paint on the roof has started to fail and in some locations even the galvanization has failed allowing rust to develop on the underlying metal”

William G., TX (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“We are having extensive rust development around the door floorboards”

Anonymous, KY (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)

“bottom of doors ,rear fenders”

Joseph M., CT (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“It was one cylinder causing the engine to miss. Eventually all had to be replaced”

Terry W., CA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Coil design subject to moisture intrusion causing misfire”

David M., WA (2001 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“spark plug came out of head”

Anonymous, AK (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“had to do a complete tune up”

Dennis G., AZ (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Spark plug blew out”

Anonymous, MA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Starter

“Replaced starting motor”

Anonymous, MA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Found it difficult to keep the font end aligned”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Vehicle aged. Parts need to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“wore out, became loose”

James A., IL (2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

“Multiple ball joints replaced. One failed twice subsequently and was repaired (twice) under the part warranty”

Richard R., UT (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Need to replace front ball joints. Front right tire wear was very uneven on the inside of tire”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“replaced with new”

Anonymous, IA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“Cruise control comes on only when the "coast" button is pressed. It resumes in the proper way”

P H., MN (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“fuses continually blew out, I went on line and found a blog on the problem with my cruise control and purchased the parts on Amazon. Quick inexpensive fix”

Douglas M., GA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“I was traveling on the freeway when it failed to work. It was fine prior to my gas stop”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Gauges

“on occasion the oil pressure gauge and light will go to zero after starting. Sometimes immediately after starting sometimes a few minutes after starting. Then most often within several minutes the gauge and light will begin functioning properly. There has been no damage to the engine as a result of this anomaly. I suspect it is either a poor electrical connection or a failing pressure sending unit”

P H., MN (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Horn

“The horn turns on randomly and wont stop. Sometimes it's the middle of the night. We had to take out the fuse to stop it which unfortunately also goes to the cruise control”

Cristy R., NC (2001 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.2-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“Right 1/2door will no longer open. Latch no longer works. This is a safety issue as you can't access the jump seat from the right side”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“pasenger door lock”

Joseph M., CT (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Mirrors

“Adjustment switch no longer works”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Seat belts

“Driver locking mechanism does not fully engage. Driving down the road the seat belt will release. the integrity of the seat belt during an accident is questionable”

Christian F., AZ (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Windows

“Rotor and brakes replaced, Passenger window inoperable, paint fading, body rust”

Charles M., NJ (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Rear window leaks water into cab when it rains”

Doug D., OK (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Coolant leak on top of engine block. Cost about $400 to fix”

Robert I., IN (2001 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.2-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Passenger window came out of mechanism and would not stay up/closed”

Doug D., OK (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“255,000 old rubber bushings squeak. Put cotton in your ears”

Louie B., TX (2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“A spark plug came out of the head and a thread replacement insert had to be installed. The engine has never run a smooth as it did before”

Douglas M., GA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“I selected this because I've had an issue where a spark plug was thrown and the expensive fix including having to install a sleeve into the spark plug hole, apparently a very common problem caused by insufficient number of threads in the aluminum head for the spark plug to remain secured. In addition, I had a crack in the plastic intake manifold (not a category represented on this survey) which was very expensive to fix. The intake manifold crack caused a lot of wasted time and money due to ch”

Anthony A., CO (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Leaking intake manifold”

Steele W., IA (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Leak at manifold and head”

Anonymous, AK (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Muffler had a hole. I Had it replaced”

Matthew A., PA (2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“Rusted and fell off”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4.2-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Replaced rear ABS sensor and connector”

C M., MI (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“The antilock brake computer failed and had to be replaced. Doing so introduced air into the brake lines that the repair place (a ford dealership) didn't flush out. As a result, I narrowly avoided a serious accident due to the severe lack of stopping ability and unexpected pull as the unbalanced brake system tried to help me stop”

Anthony A., CO (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“sticking”

Anonymous, VT (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“The intake manifold developed a leak near the crossover pipe which required replacing the manifold”

Blair G., UT (2001 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“Antifreeze leaking out of intake manifold. Had to be replaced”

Robert K., SC (2001 Ford F-150 Unsure 5.4-L V8)
Thermostat

“thermostat stuck, had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AK (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Rear differential seal needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MT (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“The pan gasket leaks and it requires pulling the engine to fix it (aprox $1,000). At 255,000 miles I won't spend that kind of money...so, it leaks”

Louie B., TX (2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“have oil leak on left side of engine. Replacing valve cover gaskets only stopped leaking temporarily”

Blair G., UT (2001 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“plastic intake”

Anonymous, KY (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Replaced fuel pump. Truck would not start, diagnosed as no fuel”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Loss of power on steep hills”

Rosalind S., BC (2001 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Speakers

“Loss of connection”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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