This Ford F-150 represents a significant improvement over the previous model. It rides more comfortably, handles more nimbly, and has a quieter interior with better fit and finish. Movable overhead storage consoles and an optional power sliding rear window are nice additions. The F-150's powertrain delivers reasonable acceleration and fuel economy for the class.
Alerts
There are 14 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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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

This Ford F-150 represents a significant improvement over the previous model. It rides more comfortably, handles more nimbly, and has a quieter interior with better fit and finish. Movable overhead storage consoles and an optional power sliding rear window are nice additions. The F-150's powertrain delivers reasonable acceleration and fuel economy for the class.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , 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 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“tire shop said lower ball joints needed to be replaced before doing an alignment, different mechanic did the job and said it was questionable about if they really needed to be replaced”

Dennis D., NE (2006 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

“rusted metal line”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“Metal power steering line rusted thru and leaked while driving”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“I've had to add steering fluid three times in the last three years. I do not notice any spots on the ground under the truck”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“high pressure hose leak”

Wesley P., TX (2006 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Leaking hoses”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken rear leaf spring Ball joint Upper control arm”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“front coil spring broke”

Gerald O., NY (2006 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“universal joints on lower steering shaft have rusted and make turning wheels difficult”

Gerald O., NY (2006 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

“Had to replace the entire steering rack”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Tie rods

“normal wear and tear”

Don P., MT (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

“1 was bad”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel hub assembly had to be replace due to wearing out and making excessive noise”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

“whining noise when I turned the steering wheel at highway speeds”

Dennis D., NE (2006 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

“began to make a noise and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

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

“Engine light came on, took to mechanic and found out alternator was going bad”

Bill B., TN (2006 Ford F-150 STX 4.2-L V6)

“Coils are attached through the spark plug wires. During tune-up all the spark plugs were difficult to remove. One broke off during removal”

Anonymous, KY (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Revolving door of coil failures. Fix one and another goes bad”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Electronic ignition

“Plugs need replacing. $450. to $750. Bad coil, engine stumbles easily when pushed”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Replace ecm”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“2 pc spark plugs braking”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“A coil on one of the spark plugs had gone bad. There is a coil for each spark plug (I was told). The vehicle was due for all sparkplugs to be replaced at 100,000 miles”

Robert B., NC (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Plugs and coils failed at 120K but should have been replaced at 100K miles”

Karen S., VA (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure Unsure)

“Spark plugs needed replaced, but 7 of 8 broke and caused expensive replacement $800+ class action lawsuit because of this”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Bad spark plugs and Ford didn't recall them, we had to replace @ our cost before 50,000 miles or the spark plugs could fuse into the engine and be hard to remove”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson 5.4-L V8)

“Spark plugs breaking on removal requiring expensive extraction”

Thomas S., AZ (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Plugs broke off when replacing, cry expensive. Design problem”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“There is a known defect with the spark plugs in the 5.4L engine with a large service bulletin published on how to remove plugs without them breaking apart. It costs about $100/plug to change and can require specialty tools to remove broken plugs. 100K mile plugs are now recommended to be changed at about 60K miles to avoid breakage. Two coils went out at 65K miles and second complete plug change at 120K miles”

Mark P., CA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Engine would stall. Needed a number 8 spark plug”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford F-150 XLT Unsure)

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

“Driveshaft paaued before kicking in when starting from a stop sign”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson 5.4-L V8)
Driveline vibration

“brief rear end shudder when starting from a stop and turning the steering wheel one way or the other (i.e. it doesn't shudder if I'm leaving a stop sign and going straight ahead)”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Electrical failure

“The check engine light is on and but there are no apparent problems. Dealer says I need a main control module at a cost of $1,500.00 - to turn the light off... It passed he emissions test when this light was turned off by the dealer, but now it is on again and so the test can't be done until it is fixed. Not happy about that”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“Had to replace one of the U-joints in front axle”

James B., MI (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“4WD actuator hub failed”

Anonymous, SK (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Started with a roar like it was trying to engage. Then completely went out and unable to put into 4 wheel drive. Presently driving in 2 wheel drive as 4 wheel is not presently needed. Ford quoted $800 to$1,000 to fix”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

“Plates ground smooth”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Differential

“Vehicle has had differential pinion bearing replaced 3 times”

John B., MO (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Vehicle return by original buyer under lemon law. Problem final surfaced as pinon bearing. When repair no more problem”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“positive traction plates in rear differential were replaced 25000 km ago and are now chattering again. makes a concerning noise when turning”

Gerald Q., MB (2006 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The ABS light stays on. It keeps saying rear sensor. It's been replaced 4 times by dealers still on”

Gary T., DE (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Calipers stuck, causing brake overheating. Dealer error caused it to happen twice”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Uneven wear and premature need to repair”

Anonymous, WV (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Parking brake

“Parking break electrical issues - parking brake light was flickering due to a faulty switch”

Charles E., NJ (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Rusted out so disconnected rather than replace it”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure Unsure)

“Had to replace rotors & wheel bearings since buying truck in 2009. My use has been strictly light duty; unsure of previous owners use”

Anonymous, NB (2006 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

“Just wore out the brakes. New roter & pads where cheaper as a set”

B R., MT (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“rotors just don't seem to last. I have had to have them replaced three times”

Gazzaway K., TX (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Needed replacement”

David B., AP (2006 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

Clock

“unable to adjust”

Dave F., CA (2006 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Gauges

“pass. windows don't work and fan only works on 4, which is the high setting”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“I had Ford complete a brake job for my F150 and the E-brake light in the instrument panel has flickered or stayed on solid since then. An independent mechanic found that their "fix" was to disconnect the wires from the master cylinder fluid reservoir”

Mark P., CA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Fuel gauge not functioning properly”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Interior lights

“None of the interior lights work. Dash board lights do work”

Bruce V., MS (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Lose bulb in the overhead lights”

B R., MT (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Warning lights

“The warning light comes on and off intermittently. I believe it is due to a cluster problem”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“Blue oval faded”

Jeffrey W., OR (2006 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint flaking off in bed area”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)

“Paint on the tailgate is peeling off in many places”

Bruce V., MS (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Multiple areas on the truck have paint falling off, especially on the roof where rust has formed. This is a big problem Ford has been aware of for several years yet refuses to aid its customers in repairing it”

Bob L., TN (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Rust

“Beyond excessive frame rust for the vehicles age and care given to it”

Charles E., NJ (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

“Typical rust areas for F150, bottom, rear cab corners and behind front wheels”

Christopher J., MI (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure Unsure)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Manifold need replacing”

Anonymous, AR (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Was done by a disreputable place and does not run properly now”

Michael P., TX (2006 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“Cam phaser oil starvation on left bank. Replaced engine with a factory 5.4l three valve Triton engine”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Purchased used and then was told 9 months later that the engine needed to be replaced. The drive train was also replaced. It was not a pretty picture. I blame it on the mechanics that checked the truck out and said it was ok”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“timing chain needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

“Camshaft phasers went out. A costly repair”

Anonymous, KY (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“Manifold needs replacing”

Anonymous, AR (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)

“Very minor knocking”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

“Both cam phasers are making noise , making ticking noise . Eventually will need to be replaced”

Bob L., TN (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Engine had a ticking noise. It sat through the winter and when driven would stall at idle”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford F-150 XLT Unsure)
Oil leaks

“rear engine seal leaks just enough to make a mess under the vehicle”

Gerald Q., MB (2006 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

“Oil plug leaking required a new oil pan threads were stripped”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch slave cylinder failed”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.2-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission totally failed at 94,000 miles”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Transmission suddenly without warning went out”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

“Transmission just went out with little wear or problems it just suddenly failed. Transmission was rebuilt but with in a few days began to fail again. After the third transmission we FINALLY found a faulty electrical component in the main computer and 4x4 relay that was causing the transmission to try to shift when it should not. Thus causing the gears withing the transmission to slip grind and fail”

Amy W., OK (2006 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

“transmission wouldn't shift and required a rebuilt transmission to replace the original”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.2-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“The AC in my truck will not cool the cabin in hot weather. I have had it in the Ford shop for diagnosis and repair and the shop claims to have repaired the problem but it is no better than when I first took it to the shop”

Thomas S., WA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“unable to cool significantly, particularly in hot, humid weather. have run the unit on max a/c on over a 1 hour drive. should be freezing - not”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

“The controls that tell the heater blower where to direct the air has not worked properly since I purchased the truck in October of 2011. This was not covered by the warranty purchased with the vehicle. Dealer says this is a $900.00 fix, so I live with it”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“From the time it was purchased the a/c fan never worked well. We had a number of visits to the dealership under warranty to have it check and each time we were told it was low on Freon but had no leaks. Eventually the entire motor had to be replaced due to it being undersized from the factory”

Amy W., OK (2006 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“The smog control device had to be cleaned”

Dave F., CA (2006 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Waa aluminum heatsink on fuel sender unit above spare tire corroded and failed”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Pcv valve had to be changed”

Victor T., NC (2006 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

“Water leaked in from the rear cargo light at the back of the roof of the truck. I removed it, put a bead of silicone around and replaced the light. That solved the problem and was an easy fix”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“There seems to be moisture coming in from the back side of the cabin, which is causing the back seat to mold”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure Unsure)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rear fender rust (both sides) & weather stripping on doors has loosened”

Anonymous, NB (2006 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“I am constantly receiving a catalytic failure on my engine diagnostics”

Michael P., TX (2006 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

“A stud holding the left exhaust manifold to the engine block pulled loose, causing an exhaust leak. The repair bill eventually went to $2,800 as the engine had to be pulled after an estimate of $500 to $600. Ford has known about this defect non the 5,4 engine for years but has failed to correct the undersized manifold stud”

John B., MO (2006 Ford F-150 XLT 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

Display screen goes blank

“I believe the cluster is bad causing the LCD to go blank and the emergency brake warning light to come on intermittently”

Anonymous, VT (2006 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

“Typical F150 slippage when traveling around 50 mph. Must either accelerate or decelerate through 50 mph. Cannot run at 50 mph without experiencing slippage”

Christopher J., MI (2006 Ford F-150 Unsure Unsure)

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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