Nine problems related to cruise control have been reported for the 2003 Ford F-150. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2003 Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the 2003 F-150.
Horn cruise control not working started when driving down the road in town.
Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Ford f150. The contact stated while driving approximently 65 mph, on cruise control the vehicle accelerated with out any warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and current mileage was 143,000. Ml.
Tl - the contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. The contact stated that according to the fire department the cruise control malfunctioned causing a short and the vehicle was completely burned. No injuries were reported. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who filed a complaint and stated that they would contact him at a later date. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 270,000. Pmb.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford f150 pickup. The contact stated the vehicle was parked with the engine off when it caught on fire. The contact had parked the vehicle five minutes prior to the failure. The fire department was called to assist and advised that the fire originated from the cruise control mechanism. A fire department report was available. The contact stated that part of the utility building, the carport that the vehicle was parked in, all of its contents and the vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 88,000. Updated 11/15/10. Updated 11/19/10. Updated 11/26/10.
1. Cruise control use. 2. Occurs intermittantly while driving. 3. Ford refused. My symptom, model, and year of vehicle is included on Ford recall update of 6/26/08 as fire hazard but because my VIN is not listed Ford refuses even to examine my vehicle under the recall. . Read more...
I received a notice in the mail that my vehicle has a recall on part of the cruise control mechanism. This can cause an under the hood fire and needs a replacement part/fuse installed. The part will not be in until March 2008!.
Faulty cruise control on 2003 Ford f150. Situation: driving at steady state; press cruise-control 'on' switch; horn chirps; cruise control engages with-out pressing the 'set' button and begins to accelerate vehicle. Brake pedal DE-activation switch dis-engages cruise control only temporarily. Cruise control re-activates on it's own when foot is removed from brake pedal, and begins to accelerate again. The 'off' switch on the steering wheel successfully disengages the cruise control. This problem first occurred ~March 2007, but was unable to duplicate at the dealer. Problem re-surfaced on 8/5/07, and seems to be consistent now. No accident occurred, but the potential is there. No parts have been replaced at this point; no repair has been done.
10/10/06 7:20 pm I was sitting at a red light with my daughter in my Ford f150 2003 truck, when it began sudden acceleration. I placed both feet on the brake, and pushed the brake down as far as it would go to try and hold the truck in place. I could feel the brake pedal jumping under my feet as the truck was trying to move forward. I didn't think the brakes were going to hold the truck in place. I could hear the trucks motor racing louder and louder from inside the cab with all the windows up. The trucks rpm registered a 5. Keeping both feet on the brake I put the truck in park and turned the engine off. I feel very lucky no one was injured. I called the Ford house in the nearest town and reported the incident to see if they could fix the problem. They advised me they have never had a report of this nature regarding Ford vehicles. I have since done research regarding this matter and their vehicles appear to be in litigation in which Ford has been required to disclose documents that reveal the breadth of the problem. (defects in the design of the electronic speed control ("cruise control"). "the report I read states almost no Ford vehicle is exempt!" in addition there are prior consumer complaints with the 2003 Ford f150 in regards to the same experience that I had. I do not know if this is the problem with my truck, but the experiences appear to be the same. I plan to follow up by taking my truck to the Ford house I called with my complaint along with copies of the report I found, "Ford: sudden unintended acceleration & stuck throttles, and recent filed consumer complaints. Hopeful someone will listen.
In light of the recall of the 2000 model of the Ford F-150 pickups for engine fires associated with the cruise control switch, I would like to ask that NHTSA and Ford to look at a possible simular problem with the 2003 model of F-150's. A few months ago I had my cruise control on and after about 15 min the brake light illuminated in the dash cluster. When I disengaged the cruise control with the off button the light went out. I had the Ford dealership in conroe check it out and they could not duplicate it or find a problem. Now I am very concern that my F-150 may also catch on fire like the 2000 yr models.