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We tested two versions of the Ford F-150 pickup: one with the new 5.0-liter V8 and the other with an EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Performance numbers for the two engines were nearly identical overall, but we liked the V8's sound better than the more high-tech V6's. Both of our trucks got the same fuel economy -- 15 mpg overall, which was then strong for the class.
Alerts
There are 6 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

We tested two versions of the Ford F-150 pickup: one with the new 5.0-liter V8 and the other with an EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Performance numbers for the two engines were nearly identical overall, but we liked the V8's sound better than the more high-tech V6's. Both of our trucks got the same fuel economy -- 15 mpg overall, which was then strong for the class. This version of the F-150 is also quieter and more refined than earlier versions, with improved ride and better acceleration. A rear-view camera is also available.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
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Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (302 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (360 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (411 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“The back-up guidelines in the back-up display ALWAYS disappear after placing truck in reverse a few times. This makes me have to RE-SET the guidelines daily. This takes 3-4 minutes each time and often I have to do it in traffic”

Michael M., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Camera does not work”

K T., NJ (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CD player

“This is just part of the whole system that failed. There was no problem with it individually”

James M., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Some of the mileage features were not working properly some of it was not knowing how to sort through the system”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.7-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“Screen does not stay on curent setting. Jumps to another setting”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“difficult to clear previous owners information”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“It is very hard to make the phone work properly . Hard to understand how to set it up . Still haven't solved how to get it to recognize voice commands for phone numbers on the system . Won't recognize a name if it starts with a capital letter . Will recognize if all letters are put in as capital letters ( example RCMP ) and you ask by saying each letter”

James S., AB (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“Sudden difficulty pairing of phone”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“Often, the voice activated "SYNC" forgets my smartphone address book (or relays unintelligible phone numbers that I am to select from), and then not functions as a "Hands-Free" device, as I must pull over and stop, then manually make the call”

Michael M., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Was driving listening to the radio, smelt like something was burning then smoke came out of the radio”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“The system wouldn't turn on. It clicked rebooted multiple times then wouldn't turn on”

James M., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Speakers

“The sound cuts in and out on 3 of 4 of the speakers. This could also be the fault of the radio”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“Front speakers on both sides would cut out. This was an issue when I first bought the truck and was a warranty fix under a service bulletin. The service bulletin was for the wires in the door boots becoming broken from being bent when the door shuts. The warranty fix lasted about 3 years”

James H., MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“left drivers speaker cuts in and out... dealer wants to replace at my expense rather than check out wiring problem.. just living with it”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

“The speakers are intermittent in the passenger side front door. Always have been. I believe it is a problem with the wiring harness, same thing happen in the driver side rear door, I had to replace the wiring harness to fix the problem”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Drivers door speaker goes out, then comes back on. Now passenger door speaker doing the same thing. Frustrating”

Curtis T., WI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“"Blown" speaker--crackling noise when playing music with pronounced bass”

Bradley T., SK (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Speakers cut in and out for no reasons”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Intermittent speaker outages on both left and right channels. Dealer service department advised replacement of both speakers”

Robert B., FL (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.7-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“I cannot tell if this is connected to the Sync system or not. But, when pressing the Channel change buttons to pick a new channel on the XM Sirius radio, the channel is changed to the wrong direction. In addition, the sound system is off with some speakers failing to work at odd times”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Voice control commands

“Voice recognition has deteriorated to the extent that it is not useable. This deterioration occurred gradually over about 3 years”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“very frustrating--can not use sometimess, works others--makes me not want want to purchase another Ford 150 (I've had 5)”

Anonymous, ID (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

“"Clinks" when moving from standing start. Excessive cost to drop drive shaft and lubricate”

Michael L., FL (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Steady bearing failed, necessitating replacement of entire drive shaft at a cost of CDN $900”

Jorden G., ON (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The yoke on the drive shaft had to be tightened. It was making the vehicle lag when put in drive”

John K., MD (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

“After twice applying a repair "kit" to the drive shaft slipping, and it only band-aiding the problem, I had to buy an $1100 drive shaft. 6 months later, it feels like it is starting to slip again”

R C., AL (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

“Driveline vibration preceded failure of steady bearing”

Jorden G., ON (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The drive train vibration turn out to be bad bearings on the driver-side front”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“There is a sudden jerk when you exselerate from a stop”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Electrical failure

“Damper control motor failed”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“rider side footwell heater vent control failed”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The fan stopped working. The service department indicated a resistor was bad”

Anonymous, ID (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“clutch plates in differential scrubbing. Very common problem”

Vince P., NL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“When in 4 wheel drive often there is a banging and thumping when I turn”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
Differential

“pinion oil seal leak”

J N., LA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“ring and pinion gears and bearings”

Vinn A., TX (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Taken to dealer twice said slipping was normal but still not fixed”

David P., TX (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“three times in 60000 k the discs in the differential had to be replaced because of noise and vibration in truck when pulling out from curb or backing out of parking spot. Nothing done to repair problem just replaced parts. talking with ford techs I was told that this problem was there for several years already prior to my model year”

Anonymous, SK (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“There was a grabbing in the rear end related to the limited slip clucth pads. They had to work on this twice in about 15000 miles”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“When turning hard right the computer shows sign to check traction control the clears”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 6.2-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)

“ABS warning light and bells come on then when vehicle is restarted may or may not come on again”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
Calipers

“Calipers, rotors, and brake pads were ruined”

Aloysius B., IL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“calipers were damaged by excessive heat”

Robert W., MD (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“Ford has extended the warranty coverage on the vacuum pump and I will be having them check it out because of a change in brake pedal feel when first started. It is steadily getting worse”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Premature brake wear

“Front brakes replaced at 126,000 miles. Rear Brakes will be replaced at next service. Do not consider this to be a vehicle problem”

Michael L., FL (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“FRONT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS COMPLETELY WORN”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

“Front left brake grabs and was rebuilt at 27000 miles at my cost. Brake still grabs and dealer wants to replace it again at my cost. Says some rucks just are like that. I am strongly disappointed with Ford”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Rotors

“Had to replace both front rotors due to vibration”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

“Premature wear beyond the range than could be corrected by refacing. Front rotors had to be replaced”

Garland M., NC (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“rotors warped. I tow a trailer”

Frank L., CA (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Replaced all 4 break pads and rotors”

Gary R., NJ (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“REPLACEDUE TO VIBRATION AFTER 20,000 MILES”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“shaking when brakes applied - had to replace brakes and rotors”

Jack H., IL (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“brakes wore on my long weekly commute--the wheel heated up and as a result the disks in the front drug while driving--no help from dealer. My local mechanic fixed the issue”

Chasrles S., OR (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“all 4 rotors were warped”

Alan S., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“At 6000 miles I took it in because of squeaking when I was backing up. They told me there was nothing they could do. I now have 107000 miles on it and it squeaks so loudly when backing out of the garage that it hurts the ears. It occurs only when backing up and if it has been sitting for a short period of time”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“When slowing nearly to a stop, but not stopping, upon acceleration there is a sudden, very hard shift down. Feels like you have been hit from the rear. Recall did not resolve the issue. Have had to the dealer 4 times for this problem”

Ronald H., CA (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Changed gears abruptly. Shifting frequently not smooth”

Don C., ME (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

“When driving the transmission down shifts hard. Shakes and slams the entire truck when shifting. Had it at dealer 4 or 5 times under warranty. Finally replaced main entire truck computer. Still isn't great. Shifts rough about 10% of the time. Shifts rough when pulling a trailer”

Curtis T., WI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“Rough shifting and slamming into gear at a stop. Dealer makes adjustments and is unable to solve problem”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“For only having 42000 miles on it It shifts rough and seems to slip”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 5.0-L V8)

“Recall on 2011 Ford F150 transmission. I notice the transmission skips / bucks / hesitates at time”

Roy S., FL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“It wont shift properly. And ford keeps telling me there isnt a problem, just change the software”

Anonymous, KS (2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-L V8)

“Transmission needed extra work”

Carla Y., AB (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Truck would not go forward and had to get towed to dealer for repair. Found fluid level due to minor leak which had not been previously detected. No way to check fluid level, only dealer can check it”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission computer

“Hard downshift sometimes during slow down. Recall #16N19 reprogrammed PCM which fixed problem”

Anonymous, OR (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 5.0-L V8)

“Faulty lead frame led to very quick downshifting, sometimes dangerous. took to dealer once, they didnt' find anything, did a lot of research on internet, brought it back and they agreed it was lead frame - replaced under warranty and updated firmware. been good since, also since that time ford issued a recall for the same issue”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)

“It doesn't properly shift, mainly downshifting. Ford wont admit there is a problem with it, only suggests to update software. That hasn't worked the last 3 times at 3 different dealers across the country”

Anonymous, KS (2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Required replacement of the Lead Frame assembly to correct persistent shifting issues, including sudden down-shifting to 1st gear from highway speeds”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“I was told by the service group that my downshifting issue was due to a transmission sensor. The trans was rebuilt and no problems since”

Scott R., TX (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Rough shifting. Electronics problems associated with it”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“Damper went out and the drivers side blew outside cold air regardless of the control setting. The passenger side worked find because the damper on that side did not go out. Based on the having to pull the dash in order to fix the problem, I opted to replace both sides to hopefully avoid further problems”

Franklin S., AL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Two air vent control modules failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ND (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“several times had to take in for repair to climate control. fan motor speed would only work on high and in auto mode would keep cycling from high speed to off and back to high”

Anonymous, SK (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Loud clicking noises”

Mike H., LA (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

“Stuck on one speed. Fan relay replaced. $450.00 Total”

William L., AR (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“it stopped working. some type of control module”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The gear that opens and closes the door to the cold or warm air stripped and made a horrendous knocking noise. The dealer wanted $600 to fix it. I purchased the part for $30 and installed it myself”

Mark C., MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“It can not be turned down,”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“It failed”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“AC not plowing cold”

Jon D., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Heater system

“making loud sound when temp knob turned to cold. Not repaired yet”

James M., ID (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 6.2-L V8)

“Blend door motor failure”

Warren M., OH (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“diffuser valve stuck cost 780.00”

Robert C., OH (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“bought truck in 2011; did not use A/C very often. A/C would not cool in 2015 therefore took to repair shop;- mechanic did not find leak and re-filled system. System worked OK in summer 2015. A/C would not cool in 2016 summer therefore took to same repair shop; mechanic found that evaporator had a weld leak therefore installed new evaporator and re-filled system. System worked OK for summer 2016. A/C does not work in summer 2017. Will take into shop but am reluctant to have same mechanic”

Bill M., AB (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

“Original battery died after more than 5 years and 70,000 miles. I consider this to be normal wear and tear. No complaints against Ford”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Periodic battery error message on SID”

D T., PA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Coil

“All six coils failed, starting at 40k to 80K. I replaced all six, three Autolite and three Japanese after market. At about 120K I had another coil failure (at least one. Truck cuts out under load like passing or steep climb. I haven't researched which plugs have the defective coils. Second issue stiff steering, turn left, stays left, I made formal complaint to NTSB”

Frank R., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Ford has admitted they have a problem with the ignition coil in the 2011 eco boost, and will do nothing to correct it”

Paul T., WA (2011 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Engine misfire. Dealer replaced spark plugs, coil boot and updated pcm according to a TSB”

Phillip Z., NY (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“i have had it into ford 3 times for an engine miss . they can't find it. I believe it's a plug or coil. i hope it's not an injector. Going to take it to another dealer”

Gerald A., NY (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“I hit the accelerator and the engine did not respond and almost died. It turnout to be problems with the fuel injector and the spark plugs”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Check engine light came on. Dealer found that #2 plug was not firing. Further investigation found that there was a service bulletin out from ford that directed them to replace all 6 spark plugs and ignition coils. Runs great now”

Lloyd N., NV (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Bought truck in 2011; it had 3.7L ecoboost engine. Since 2012 or so, the engine has had an intermittent hesitation (felt like one spark plug did not fire under heavy load/acceleration). Hesitation became much more common in 2016 after hauling/towing some heavy loads therefore took into Ford dealership at about 93,000 km. Dealership said that I had worn the plugs down until gap had widened from 0.28" gap to 0.56" gap and that the larger gap caused all 6 coils to fail due to higher internal”

Bill M., AB (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“This is my fourth spark plug change this year. But it fixes the miss that the engine gets”

Alen S., UT (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Spark Plug and Coil replacement”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Bad fuel economy and bucking. All tge plugs and coils went bad at 60000 miles”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Starter

“I had intermittent starting problems, especially colder than -15C. The starter was replaced and I have had no more problems”

Doug S., SK (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

“one of the catalytic converters failed”

Alan S., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“catalytic convertor went bad”

Anonymous, WV (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel cap

“no fuel cap, just a filler nozzle and it had to be replaced due to leaks causing the ck engine light EGR to come on”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Fuel gauge sensor failed. Painful because it is part of the fuel pump assembly, so must replace the entire unit”

Jeremiah K., NM (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Fuel gauge stopped working properly after approx 70000 miles. Shows empty or low on fuel with 10 to 15 gallons left”

Mitch H., FL (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“The injectors needed cleaning with a tune-up”

Thomas S., IL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

“Had to replace at 75000 miles”

Mitch H., FL (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“A sensor in the fuel tank failed, requiring tank removal to replace the sensor”

William S., TN (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“both failed at the same time and vehicle had to be towed”

Randall T., IL (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Check Engine light came on”

Jon D., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

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

Shocks or struts

“Front left shock leaked, had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Front struts and rear shocks were worn out. replaced them myself”

George H., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“See my first issue comments”

Frank R., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Rac an pinion faild”

Scott B., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“NEEDS A NEW STEERING GEAR AT $2,000!”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

“Vibration”

Mike H., LA (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

“Funny noise when turning left and while steering was supposedly not affected, it too two trips and multiple days in the shop to fix”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Power steering makes a grinding noise when I make a sharp right turn”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Noise and vibration in steering”

Anonymous, LA (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 6.2-L V8)

“One front bearing slowly become noisy. An inspection showed the other was also starting to get loose so I had both replaced before either failed catastrophically”

Rob D., ON (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Plastic fasteners holding the wheel well trim pop out”

Kenneth D., NE (2011 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint cracking and pealing on tailgate. Ford refused to fix”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

“this vehicle has an aluminum hood. The front edge of the hood along the chrome grill is blistering. I've been told by a reliuable body shop that this is from white rust{aluminum corossion due to improper preperation before painting}. Ford has refused to do anything about it even thou it is an ongoing problem with many trucks and the tailgate on ford explorers. ssems strange then that Ford is bragging about their new all aluminum bodis on F150s. what will they do when they start to corrode”

Lynn R., WV (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The blue paint on four of the six vaunted Blue Ovals has washed away. The reason is stupidly simple. They spray the blue on top of the chromed icons. Only a child would think paint would stick to a chrome surface. You do not see the colors fading off the emblems of the other truck manufacturers. Of course, the dealership's response of we can order replacements instead of we will fix it does not endear me to the brand. Imagine if the blue faded away from the Stars and Stripes. Where is th”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“underbody braces are rusting”

Lynn R., WV (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Rear corners of the cab experiencing rust”

Kenneth D., NE (2011 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

“Rust is beginning on some of the rocker panels in the corners. Remarkable on such a new truck”

Martin G., ME (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Surface rust on bottom of body where the power running boards are located both sides”

Anonymous, MB (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 6.2-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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“The alarm started going off on it's own every 10 or 15 minutes . Had to have wiring harness replaced in passenger door . Cost approx. $500”

James S., AB (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
Body control module

“Module for rw defroster built into window. Module not working. Requires replacement of entire rear window. ($800)according to ford. It covered by extended warranty or extended service plan”

Neil K., BC (2011 Ford F-150 STX 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“left blinker malfunctioned and it was not a bulb or fuse and it cost $129 to repair, of which $60 was for programming computer”

Janice Z., TX (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 Unsure)
Heated or cooled seats

“The driver's seat got unbearably hot in one area for a while then stopped working all together”

James S., NJ (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“Driver side heated seat quit working”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Interior lights

“Break in the wiring harness”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Warning lights

“The check light tends to come on from time to time but will go off if battery cables are disconnected and reconnected”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Timing chain issue started and within a week or two chain completely failed causing internal damage to heads and pistons. Complete engine replacement was required. After researching found the problem to be common with no help from ford”

Michael K., AB (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“total engine replacement done But still problems Gas mileage poor Transmission problems Belts not good”

Carla Y., AB (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“It took about 3 months for the dealership to get a new engine from Ford. I was lucky because I had an extended warranty otherwise it would have cost me around $8000. As soon as the dealership received the new engine I had my pickup back in three days”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Timing belt or chain

“Timing chain stretched causing engine light to come on and almost no power. At the same time the Belts were squeaking and needed to be changed”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Timimg chain stretched, cam phasers/chain replaced, covered by extended warranty. Check engine light was only sign of problem”

Mitch H., OH (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“been to the dealer 2 x for anti freeze leaks. They are currently doing water pump after misdiagnose on the first time. We will see how it goes. But, I must say that, ALL American Ford of Old Bridge NJ has one of the most awesome customer service Depts. that I have ever dealt with. They are absolutely the best, and a 1st class operation”

Daniel W., NJ (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Cooling fan

“Fan runs in cool / cold weather”

D T., PA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Small leak in water pump. Opted to replace it before it got worse and caused engine to overheat”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Over Heating”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Noticed antifreeze leaking from water pump had it replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

“water pump went out”

Anonymous, KS (2011 Ford F-150 STX 3.7-L V6)

“There is a water leak in the roof aft left area”

Alen S., UT (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Rear cab doors rattle when going over bumps. I have had Ford adjust them twice to no improvement”

Daniel S., IN (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Wind noise

“Get a whistle from 32 to 44 mph only. doesn't make a difference if the windows are open or closed. dealer can't find it”

Gerald A., NY (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

Doors or sliding doors

“Drivers door automatic window switch failed. had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The left rear door sensor thinks the door is open even when it is closed. This can be dangerous because the interior lights cannot be turned off - there is no way to override - other than to begin driving. Once you hit 25mph or so the interior lights go off. But in the meantime it is very hard to see to drive at night because the interior lights are so bright”

Martin G., ME (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Back sliding window very slow to open and close”

Anonymous, MB (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 6.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Complete power loss on occasion. Did my own research and found a different plug was recommended”

Michael K., AB (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Oil leaks

“My truck burns a quart of oil every 1,000 miles. The dealer said its normal”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“While driving on the highway, transmission would downshift to 2nd or 3rd gear and the dash would die with speedometer at zero and all gauges dead”

Scott R., TX (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“went bad and had to be replaced at 96000”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
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