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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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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

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.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“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)

“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 Unsure)

“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)
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)
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)

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)
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 Unsure)

“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)

“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)

“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)

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 Unsure)

“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)
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)

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)

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)
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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 5.4-L V8)

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)
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 Unsure 5.4-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 Unsure 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)

“Have had to replace ABS hydraulic pump module and ABS electronic module”

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

“calipers seized up [closed] and heated up rotor”

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

“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)

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

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)
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)

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)
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)

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

“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)
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)

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 Unsure)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Computer failure appeared to lead to engine replacement”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford F-150 XL 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.

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)

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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Had to replace valve body in transmission to correct minor shifting problem”

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

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.

Engine Minor

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

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