10th Generation (1997—2003) F-150 Problems

F-150 owners with a 1997—2003 model year have the most problems with the engine (52%), body (7%), and the transmission (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Spark Plugs Blown Out of Motor 91 complaints at an average of 130,021 miles in the 2002 Ford F-150.
  2. Engine Spit Out a Spark Plug 65 complaints at an average of 151,084 miles in the 2001 Ford F-150.
  3. Spark Plug Ejects From the Engine 40 complaints at an average of 141,277 miles in the 2003 Ford F-150.

What F-150 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 93 12 98 13.76
2002 159 11 154 16.8
2001 143 20 194 23.6
2000 62 18 246 12.03
1999 87 18 380 10.1
1998 51 18 366 12.25
1997 52 26 448 11.2

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