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The F-150 SuperCrew has a large and versatile cab, but feels ungainly and uncomfortable. The powertrain performs well, although it isn't particularly smooth and quiet when compared to its competitors. A poor offset crash-test result is cause for concern.
Alerts
There are 10 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.
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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. The powertrain performs well, although it isn't particularly smooth and quiet when compared to its competitors. A poor offset crash-test result is cause for concern.

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.

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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 supercharged (340 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 (260 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“A couple of time the "Service Engine Light" has come on without being able to find a specific reason as to what exactly to repair or what condition caused it to come on”

Rodney D., CA (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“Injectors were shot because we used a poor quality gasoline”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Have had to replace 3 or 4 of 8 "coil packs". Truck runs, but loses power as coil pack is going bad. My mechanic charges about $175 to replace each coil pack”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump problem was very difficult to diagnosis, as it occurred only when the engine was very warm. Finally replaced it; hope that was the problem”

Anonymous, MT (2002 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“Fuel pump became inoperative and stranded vehicle. Took it to the dealer for repair”

Robert Z., TX (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Pump failed because of sock filter clogged after years of use. My comments would be to make it easier to change the pump”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“Fuel pump went out. Hard to diagnose. Fuel pump would work, then not work, sometimes stall in traffic. Decision made to use Ford Dealership and $650 to repair”

Terry S., OR (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“fuel pump had to be replaced due to failure to start. it was necessary to remove the fuel tank to access it costing about $800”

William D., CA (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Pump failure requiring replacement”

Maribeth Y., ID (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“A normal wear and tear issue. Other than the body rusting out from beneath me, the motor is sound”

Ronald N., NY (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“Truck shut down while in operation, fuel pump was replaced 2 times”

Anonymous, TN (2002 Ford F-150 Unsure Unsure)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“roof is peeling and has progressively has gotten worse over the last five years. It had an issue even under warranty but Ford would not warranty the repair”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“The paint is chipping off in the same areas as the rust problem. Probably related”

Barbara B., MN (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.2-L V6)

“Over 25% of dashboard paint has peeled off. Seems to be a well known Ford defect with no remedy”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)
Rust

“Started noticing bubbling in the paint on the bottom of the driver's side passenger door a little before it was 5 years old. Dealer said it wsn't rusted through, so they wouldn't fix it under warranty. Now, that door has rust on the bottom, and the front and rear passenger doors also have rust”

Anonymous, WI (2002 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“left quarter panel”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Cab Mounts and radiator support are on there last legs. Rocker panels and cab corners have already been done”

Russell N., CT (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Rusting out by wheel wells and running boards. Seems to be a common problem with Ford!”

Barbara B., MN (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.2-L V6)

“Considering the age of my F-150 the rusting isn't a big concern. Living in the Great Northeast takes its toll”

John B., NY (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“The engine will probably outlast the body. The rust is disgraceful. Granted, I live in a state that moronically uses salt, but SOME kind of rust prevention has to be available!”

Ronald N., NY (2002 Ford F-150 XL 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

Calipers

“Were old, worn and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“calipers 'froze' up and kept brakes locked on. overheating occurred until burning smell warned of something wrong”

Jean W., ME (2002 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“I changed the calipers and pads, took the caliper bracket off and after reassembly and traveling the bolts hold the bracket to the knuckle keeps vibrating out? Going to try some thread lock to see if it solves the problem”

Brian H., MI (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“parking brake line needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“have experienced short brake life about 40000 mies”

Mike K., FL (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Read above”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Rotors ¿re worn and needed replacement; same issue as the calipers”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

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

Body control module

“Battery constantly died due to fuel pump constantly running. Needed to replace the control module”

Chuck M., VA (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)
Gauges

“Thermometer display and side view mirrors don't work”

Lori B., CA (2002 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Horn

“Comes on for no reason”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

“Horn stopped tooting, and the dealer charged more for replacing it than I would have had to pay for a boat horn at Hamilton Marine. The horn on my 1965 Comet has never stopped working and she's gone 207000 miles”

Stephen B., ME (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Keyless entry

“remote does not work on passenger door lock”

Fred B., DE (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

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 windows seal leaks”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“leak in cooling system aluminum casting where radiator hose connects to engine. Can of stop leak solved the problem for now”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“developed crimping in door seals that allowed rain in”

Floyd D., FL (2002 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Wind noise

“It's the same problem as our Saturn Vue, road noise is load and you can't carry on a normal conversation”

Anonymous, OR (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“One spark plug stripped out of aluminum head, had to use a rebuild kit to repair”

Anonymous, UT (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“It just needed to be replaced”

A V., TN (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Head gasket

“manifold was cracked”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

“Radiator fluid leaks into spark plugs”

A V., TN (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-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

Alternator

“alternator quit had to replace”

Eddie B., AB (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“coils were all going bad and had to be replaced”

William D., CA (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Electronic ignition

“As I understand it, on this vehicle, each sparkplug has a coil in its spark plug wiring. Two of these went bad on this vehicle last year. Had not had this problem before?”

Frank M., FL (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“blown out plug”

Eddie B., AB (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Developed a rust hole the size of a pencil end in a catalytic converter”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Had to replace both”

Russell N., CT (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“hole burned through the metal / casting on one side and warned about the other side, and told by mechanic the problem was common. Chinese kit used to replace the right manifold”

Jean W., ME (2002 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“Exhaust manifold issues could have been avoided with the use of better material in the mounting studs”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

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

“A part of the rear shock does not go back to normal position after heavy load”

Anonymous, HI (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Replaced right side idle arm due to excessive play discovered during inspection”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Ford F-150 Lightning 5.4-L V8 supercharged)
Wheel bearings

“wheel bearings broke. ruin spindle. had to replace spindle. had to rebuilt 1 brake caliper, replace 1 disc brake rotor & hub. replace ceramic pads. labor to replace bearings and steering knuckle”

Tony G., TX (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“U-joint bolts in rear axle came loose”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“Replaced right front lower ball-joint”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Differential

“Differential needed to be rebuilt”

Phil H., WA (2002 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.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“Master cylinder stopped working, the sad part being that it is inside the bell housing. Otherwise, I love the clutch, which is the smoothest I've ever had”

Stephen B., ME (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“Keeps blowing fuses transmission related, in the fuse boxe in the engine compartment, 10 amp. trans stays in 2nd or third. I travel with in but the engine bogs down with just a bit of acceleration, particularly on even the slightest in cline or the a complete stop”

Brian H., MI (2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“changed gears with a lurch and a chunking sound”

Anonymous, MD (2002 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission slippage, failed shifting”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.5-L V8)

“Transmission rebuilt after approximately 205000 miles. Not a surprise”

Lori B., CA (2002 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“Ac will blow for awhile then stop and blow hot air. Sometimes will not blow at all”

Anonymous, TN (2002 Ford F-150 Unsure Unsure)
Evaporator

“The entire dash had to be removed to make the repair at a cost of $800”

Joseph C., TX (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“The rear engine seal began to leak oil. It had to be replaced at around $800”

Joseph C., TX (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“manifold was cracked”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

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

Display screen difficult to see

“direction compass and outside temperature display quit working and I repaired it by re-soldering joints on the printed wiring board”

Larry L., VA (2002 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)

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.

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