Ford made many revisions to the F-150 over the years. In this version of America's perennially best-selling automobile, braking is improved, a revised six-speed automatic transmission boosts fuel economy, and the cabin is quieter. Standard stability control makes handling more secure. A spacious interior and a deep cargo bed are also pluses. On the other hand, the ride is stiff and the engine sounds unrefined when pressed.
Alerts
There are 2 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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

Ford made many revisions to the F-150 over the years. In this version of America's perennially best-selling automobile, braking is improved, a revised six-speed automatic transmission boosts fuel economy, and the cabin is quieter. Standard stability control makes handling more secure. A spacious interior and a deep cargo bed are also pluses. On the other hand, the ride is stiff and the engine sounds unrefined when pressed. Crash-test results have been impressive however.

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.6-liter V8 (292 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (248 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 (310 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"I have had to replace both the front and rear "Ford" oval badge. All the "Ford" oval badges on the wheels have fallen off"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Ford F-150 FX4)

"My truck came with factory street flares on the wheel openings. One of the flares flew off of the truck in the first 6 months of ownership."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"lost all Fords logos from wheels and lost Ford logo from tailgate"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 4.5-L V8)

"front and rear Ford ovals have come off. Ford logos on all four whelels has fallen off. Plastic around wheel wells as severely faded"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 4.5-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling off upper tailgate. Color of truck is white. Peel area is about 12 inches long and 3 inches wide"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Ford F-150 XL 4.6-L V8)

"Peeling on bottom of door"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford F-150 XL 4.6-L V8)

"paint peeling off lower edge of doors."

Anonymous, ME (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Paint peeling from rear of passenger compartment between it and bed body"

Thomas P., VA (2009 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"the paint started to peel shortly after we got on passanger side of the box,"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Ford F-150 5.4-L V8)

"Paint cracked and peeled off from both sides of cab corners on the bottom."

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"the front hood has paint loss due to extreme sun hitting the hood."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Paint is bubbling up on hood. There is no paint damage that would allow for ingress of water or contaminants."

Anonymous, ID (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"in addition to extensive rust beginning in a seven year vehicle, the paint is bubbling up in many areas."

Robert M., MA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"Rust developing on rear door lower quarter panel"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Front and rear bumpers have enormous rust coming through the painted surface"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Rusting on the trim underneath the doors"

Anonymous, SD (2009 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.4-L V8)

"Rust on rear fender"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.6-L V8)

"Significant rust damage on rocker panels and around rear fender wells"

Paul M., AB (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Had the beginnings of rust/blistering (size of ones fist) above the rear wheel wells on both sides of the vehicle"

Dennis P., NH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rust Wheel well"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rusting all over areas of fenders and chrome bumpers pitting"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Any damage to wheel well of any kind leads to rust"

Thomas P., VA (2009 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"The rocker panels underneath both back doors were rusting very badly and had to be replaced and painted. The price tag for the repair was $1200."

Russell S., KY (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Ford was the only place to service this truck. It started rusting before the five year warranty was up but they did not say anything. It could have been controlled and fixed if they said something. Dealer did nothing to help. Wrote to ford twice never heard back. Right now rocker panels are rusted through and other areas as well."

Gary C., NY (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Both rear cab corners rusted out and had to be replaced. It cost money, but the truck is 10 years old."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.4-L V8)

"Both rear wheel wells have rust. One wheel well rusted all the way through and I need to have a chunk of car cut out and rewelded"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"rust on rear pass qtr panel and behind driver side back door lower corner"

Melanie S., ON (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Around tire well rusted out in my opinion too fast"

Mike A., WI (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"truck bed fender wells rusting on both sides in the same place. seems to be typical to that year!"

Steven H., MA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"paint is bubbling up, and completely rusted through metal starting when the vehicle was 7 years old. This rust is clearly evident over all four wheels, and inside wheel wells, and around door frames, and pickup bed. Unacceptable, poor craftsmanship, poor quality."

Robert M., MA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 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

A/C compressor

"the impeller/compressor grenaded, sending bits throughout the system"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Failed through the seal"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"The compressor failed due to old age. Bearings wore out, so the compressor had to be replaced. We caught this when it was only making a bad noise, and before it led to a breakdown"

Thomas M., OH (2009 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.4-L V8)

"Not cooling enought"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Installed nu a-c comp., nu rec. dryer., nu exp. valve, nu a-c hoses,. 1 yr. later a-c comp. failed. Hoses were Ford O.E.M. Other parts were Car Quest parts."

Michael B., CA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"no heat on passenger side , no air on driver side"

Bill S., MD (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Climate control has failed twice since purchasing the truck"

Todd N., AZ (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6-L V8)

"Climate controller failed causing system to blow extreme hot air only when on"

George S., ON (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat)

"The blender door that controls the hot to cold air failed twice since I've owned this truck. Its a $25 part but a $1000 labor fee because the mechanic has to take apart most of the dash to get to it. There should be a recall due to the thousands of complaints."

Russell S., KY (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"changing of the vent control had to remove the whole dash at about $1000"

Bill S., MD (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Blower stuck on high. A/C started blowing hot. Blower stopped working. Self replaced part. Blower started blowing, but no A/C. Dealer replaced same part (I paid 50.00 for) for 750.00...fixed everything."

Joseph R., TN (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"the switch that provides direction of heat malfunctioned"

Jimmy S., TX (2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Hopefully will be corrected by routine maintenance"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Could not adjust blower speed. Blower worked at full speed onky"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Diverter valve malfunction"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford F-150 XL 4.6-L V8)

"Climate control on drivers side would only blow cold air."

Anonymous, MS (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Evaporator

"A sensor attached to the evaporator failed, requiring ten hours of labor to replace because the entire dashboard had to be removed from the vehicle in order to gain access. The repair had to be done TWICE, possible because the tech did not wire in the new one correctly"

Thomas M., OH (2009 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.4-L V8)
Heater system

"The passenger side blew cold air when it was supposed to blow hot air"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Right side Heather does not work only a/c. Problem is the actuator not working, is 18.00 part but 700.00 to fix"

Eduardo C., MO (2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"could not control heat and a/c"

Bill S., MD (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 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

"Windshield leak on passenger side that I've had for several years. It has caused the headliner to become discolored. I've managed a repair with some flexible sealant"

Ken G., TN (2009 Ford F-150 XL 4.6-L V8)

"The rear sliding window and the sunroof both started leaking when it rains.. sunroof got stuck open, had to have new parts put in"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.4-L V8)

"water leak around cab brake light"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Back window was leaking around back light"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"rear cab window leaded and stained the overhead upholstery; fixed by silicone caulking around window; probably a gasket failure."

Charles W., SC (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Water leaks around the rubber seal around the back glass."

Chistopher E., NC (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Water leak on passenger side front door. Pools in floorboard (I use WeatherTech mats to catch it). Dealer couldn't find the problem."

Joseph R., TN (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Had to have the rear window removed and resealed due to leaks around the upper corners on both sides of the glass"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.6-L V8)

"Rear window leaked water into the truck cab. Had to replace due to seal failure"

David P., WI (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Front and back windows leak on the passenger side"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The truck was leaking into the interior by the passenger handgrip. We took it in several times and they would do something and say it was fixed. When the warranty ran out they said that it must be the satellite antenna , they fixed it which cost money of course and it seemed okay in the summer without rain, but come the rainy season it started leaking again. They took it back in and now said it was the sun roof which of course was going to cost more money. We said since it wasn't fixed right in"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6-L V8)

"Dripping from the passenger side hand hold"

Carla D., WA (2009 Ford F-150 Platinum)

"Leaking water from windshield top right and thru the third light above/back of cab"

Eduardo C., MO (2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"The windshield leaked REALLY bad. This resulted in replacing and reprogramming the control/fuse box. Parts and labor $1000."

Anonymous, SC (2009 Ford F-150 4.6-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Get some rattles in the doors more so when it's cold out but seem to go away after driving for 1/2 hour. Some times some thing rattles under the truck when I close the door"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Something in the center dash has broken and does not allow airflow to one side of the truck or the other. It seems to continue to try without success and makes a loud ratcheting noise when the truck first starts or when the temp is changed in the cab, or when the auto climate changes. Like it is trying to change the output location/direction without success."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Wind noise

"it is a very noisy vehicle to travel in. Sometimes it really bothers me. If I needed a new truck, I would test drive all makes (basic model) and make my selection based on quietness of the cabin"

Charles W., SC (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Wind noise coming from the rear door of the extended cab pickup"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.6-L V8)

"There is a wind noise that sounds like windshield but I cannot find a leak."

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"had multiple oil leaks that were repaired by the dealer at no charge (warranty). Seems to have more window seal wind and road noise than the newer trucks"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-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)

"Have had to replace ABS hydraulic pump module and ABS electronic module"

Sharon P., FL (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Failure of ABS computer module and pump"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"ABS module went bad, had to be replaced. $1200 repair and the part was on backorder"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.6-L V8)

"The ABS control module has gone out. My truck no longer has anti-locking brakes or traction control. Brakes still work though. To replace the part at the dealership would cost about $2200.00. I don't mind driving without anti-lock brakes!"

Brant M., LA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"master cylinder replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"ABS module failed causing all emergency lights dash lights to flash"

Ronald W., LA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"had to replace abs module at price of 1700.00"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)
Calipers

"calipers seized up [closed] and heated up rotor"

Kevin C., VA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rear caliper developed a leak. Had to replace the caliper. Also found that the breaks on the other wheel were froze to the supports, the caliper was fine on that wheel."

Merrell L., ME (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Seized r/front caliper, probably rust."

Janet B., VA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Front calipers completely seized while on the highway, resulting in smoke and damage to rotors. This made the vehicle inoperable and required towing to a repair facility."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"inspect Ion found that the brake pads were below recommended minimum and were replaced"

Earl S., CA (2009 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.4-L V8)

"Just time to work on the brakes after more than nine years of driving and towing trailers."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Normal break ware"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"need to replace break pads and rotors several times"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 4.5-L V8)
Rotors

"RIGHT FRONT ROTOR RUSTED IN HALF ON LOCKED UP WHEEL. THIS HAPPENED ABOUT TEN DAYS AFTER OIL CHANGE JOB. THEY GAVE ME ALL GOOD ON BRAKES. DEALER AND FORD COMPANY DID NOT CARE"

Barbara G., OH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Totors needed replaced"

Carl R., OK (2009 Ford F-150)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"The transmission has gotten stuck in a mid-range gear. If I shut the engine off and restart, it resets and is good to go. This has happened twice over the last few weeks. Have not had repaired yet"

Rick G., VA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"when I put the truck in drive and start to accelerate there is a frontal jerk and hesitation - then the truck moves forward."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Transmission computer

"Had a problem with every rough down shifting from 4th to 3rd gear when traveling at apron 30 miles per hour. I was determined that the interactive computer that controls the transmission had written a bad line of code. The software had to be erased and restored to fix the problem. I hate that Ford has an adaptive computer that changes the computer code in my truck... I bought the truck based on how it drives and feels and yet six months down the road, it may be totally different because the c"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"One of 2 wiring harnesses had to be replaced. The vehicleaning had to be taken to dealer about 6 times b4 it was fin ally fixed. A bit over $1500 total cost"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Ford F-150 5.4-L V8)

"Slowing down then accelerating the transmission would jerk, I have had this problem since I bought the truck. The dealership would reset the computer it would be okay for about 6 months then start doing it again. The fifth year they told me resetting the computer will not correct the problem."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Within the first week of owning the truck I was having transmission fluid leaking and transmission shifting problems. I took it to my dealer and it was determined that a seal had been installed backwards during the manufacture of the transmission and they fixed it. Six months later I was having similar problems and again the transmission was taken out and it was determined that a different seal had failed. After having the transmission worked on twice, it has helped the problem but it still s"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Gasket to transmission was replaced as well as the power steering unit gasket"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Ford F-150 5.4-L V8)

"First of all, checking the transmission fluid level is very difficult. The dipstick is on the transmission itself and very close to the exhaust, additionally the dipstick and the ford's manual didn't agree on the type of fluid. The leak was through the wiring connector plug. The repair bill was in excess of $300."

Alan C., OK (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.6-L V8)

"The bulkhead seal went bad. It was fixed by my Ford dealer at minimal cost."

David G., IL (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"External leak repaired and all is well!"

Gary B., NM (2009 Ford F-150)

"Electrical bulkhead connector leaked catastrophically by leaking approximately one quart of transmission fluid on the garage floor in one night. I had to replace the connector, pan gasket, and 7 quarts of transmission fluid."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Seals leaked where electrical connection to transmission enters housing. Vehicle out of warranty even though it is a known problem so i had to pay for repair myself"

Stephen S., NJ (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Broken cracked pipe connecting one bank of engine to the other after the cats. Crack produced a whistling noise under load. This is a manufacturing product problem. Otherwise the exhaust looks fine with no rust or damage"

Ken G., TN (2009 Ford F-150 XL 4.6-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

"Passenger side exhaust manifold bolts corroded causing noise. Replaced both manifolds"

Andrew M., BC (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"When the sensor was replaced on my exhaust, one of the bolts for my exhaust manifold broke shortly thereafter"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Crack in the manifold, so manifold had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Have had to replace both exhaust manifolds and replace broken manifold bolts"

Sharon P., FL (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Exhaust manifold developed a leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"This was the third time in 24 months that we had the same issue with the exhaust manifold. This time we took it too the Ford dealer, rather than go to the repair shop where the first 2 repair attempts were made."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The exhaust manifold warped and caused a leak. I ended up having it repaired twice and I think it's starting to leak again."

Larry D., MN (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"5.4 L V-8 cracked exhaust manifolds had to be replaced. Common problem!"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"EVAP Purge valve failed. Replaced myself"

Tom B., TX (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"Throttle control valve had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Mounting bracket bent causing fuel gauge to be inaccurate"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Pump should have lasted longer than 100000 miles"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light resulted in replacement of 4 o2 sensors"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

""Check Engine" light comes on when there is no problem. Took to dealer and they said I need to replace at $300. After a while the light went off on its own. This cycle has happened twice"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Ford F-150 FX4)

"Had to replace two O2 sensors and one MAF sensor at a cost of $971 to solve engine stalling problem. Having problems with fuel port (cap) sensor giving a check engine light"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 5.4-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

Ball joints

"Upper ball joints were worn around 140000 km"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"We live in very rural Vermont where >50% of the roads are unpaved and the infrastructure usually needs a great deal of repair."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Ford F-150 4.5-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Main hose was leaking 700.00 repair"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump failed and had to be replaced."

Norman H., MB (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"had to replace front struts"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"Turned out to actually be a brake problem on R Front wheel"

Patricia M., NY (2009 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"We live in very rural Vermont where >50% of the roads are unpaved and the infrastructure usually needs a great deal of repair."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Ford F-150 4.5-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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Stopped working. Rusted out. Replaced once. Stopped working again. Not replacing again."

Ross R., NS (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
CD player

"Does not work. Cannot load or unload"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"The clock and radio station display has failed. There appears some incomprehensible display. The radio quality has remained good"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Done!"

Ross R., NS (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Radio

"Radio completely failed, dead. Costs for factory unit was unreal so I replaced with aftermarket that had more features for lower price"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"When radio is powered on, there is a clicking sound & the display indicates phone. Radio doesn't come on & phone system doesn't connect. Therefore no radio & no in truck phone. Dealer says buy a new radio."

Ross R., NS (2009 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

"Had an unusual noise--rattling sound--upon start-up and then at times when idling. Repair shop thought something serious with the valves and a possible total engine rebuild. They decided to do HALF the engine--not sure the terminology of what they did, but it involved some serious ($1000-worth) reworking of the valves."

J L., LA (2009 Ford F-150)

"When idling, the car shakes and the engine knocks"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Something is going on with the valves rattling on start up that does not sound good. Ford dealer wants to replace the engine. I do NOT."

J L., LA (2009 Ford F-150)

"needed new plugs, which are difficult/expensive to remove without breaking"

Ranczynski V., WI (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Cam Phasors leaking oil and causing random camshaft fluctuations at low RPM"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Oil leaks

"oil leaks were under warranty and repaired by the dealer"

Anonymous, UT (2009 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

Coil

"While towing trailer on last 100 miles of 1,000 mile trip began having juddering from engine when accelerating. or towing up steep hills. Especially noticeable below 3,000 rpm. Dropped trailer at campsite and took truck to local Ford dealer who diagnosed and replaced a failed cylinder coil and spark plug."

James W., MA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Ignition coil had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.6-L V8)
Ignition switch

"Not much to say other than the wiring harness before the fuse box was too light and it failed before it got to the safety of the fuses. Not to mention that the wiring harnesses on the truck throughout are put in harms way of tires, gravel, salt, rain, etc. and if you don’t watch out for these you will have serious issues with all of the electrical components in this truck"

Mark H., SK (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The spark plugs fail one at a time. The labor to repair is expensive. Replaced one and now another seems to be going bad. We have had major problems with the truck since we bought it. One mechanic said he thought the engine had been under water, but we have no way of telling. Bought from a very reputable Ford dealer."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Ford F-150 4.6-L V8)
Starter

"The starter would not engage and then after sitting for a day would start the engine. It did this for about two weeks until I took it to a Ford dealer and they had it 3 days to fix it."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-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

Gauges

"The light in the speedometer needle went out. Cannot see how fast I am traveling in the evening."

Dennis P., CA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"back up beeping warning system failed"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Keyless entry

"broke original, ordered one from Amazon, lasted a few month quit. Went to Ford and bought FOMOCO brand, works great, So much for Chinese knockoff junk on Amazon"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Replaced 3 of the 4 pressure monitors a year ago, then began getting a pressure monitor error message. Shade tree mechanic figured out the computer issues that the Ford Dealer could not fix."

J L., LA (2009 Ford F-150)

"The tire pressure monitor light has just come on. Tires are at recommended tire pressure."

Dennis P., CA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

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

4WD/AWD components

"Truck will not shift into 4x4"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Differential

"leaking pinion seal"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"Have had episodes of shaking and jerking at times. It typically goes away after a few minutes or the next time I drive it. Seems to be transmission or drive train related, though it is difficult to diagnose. No check engine lights have come on"

Brian G., MI (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"The bearing on the middle of the drive shaft froze preventing the truck from moving. Had to have it towed in. due to the design of the drive shaft the bearing could not be replaced. The whole drive shaft and bearing required replacing at big cost."

Merrell L., ME (2009 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Electrical failure

"control switches"

Bill S., MD (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 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

"cracked manifold"

Terry L., AZ (2009 Ford F-150 XLT)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Computer failure appeared to lead to engine replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"It started with an exhaust leak on the manifolds which every ford over the last 15 years suffers from. Once the exhaust was figured out then you could hear the cam phasers starting to go and eventually it wouldn’t start, then it would be good for a while and then the starter would keep turning over, all on its own, and the engine wouldn’t start so the starter was being overused. We took it in to our mechanic who told us that every Ford truck on the road with a 5.4 L engine suffers from this problem. Lucky for me my father gets wholesale pricing for parts and after the truck was finished it cost me over $3000 which I hear is cheap compared to going back to the dealership because their parts are double the price of aftermarket parts. Ford has known about this problem for many years and has done nothing about it because it doesn’t fall into the category of consumer protection which would normally be a recall. In fact I was told that if you don’t do your oil changes on time and use the correct oil, the hole in the drive sprockets for oil to be lubricating were made two small by the engineers and other weights of oil cause this problem to start prematurely. We used the recommended oil all the time, otherwise this vehicle has been well taken care of but because of this well known problem, it was unavoidable. It’s now over 9 years old and is just starting to rust. (Another story, another day!)"

Mark H., SK (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Did not have complete failure Mtr. developed clatter/ noise at starting. Replaced chains and gears b4 failure"

Michael B., CA (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-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.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Left rear door lock works one day and not the next"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Latch cable became frayed and would not allow the drivers door to latch and stay closed. This happened when I was 550 miles away from home."

Eugene S., IA (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)
Mirrors

"Control switch quit working after six years, it happened at the dealership when I picked it up after having the truck serviced."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Remote control cables came loose."

Gary J., NE (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to replace valve body in transmission to correct minor shifting problem"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"The entire cooling system was filled with rusty water. Took it to a Ford dealership to flush and refill the system. Does not appear that this was done. Billed, but no work done"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
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