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.
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Reliability

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

"Camera went bad for some reason."

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

"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)

"Won't show on screen"

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Unsure)

"Works intermittently for last 12 months or so. Most likely bad connection with wires."

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

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CD player

"The CD player continues to have issues loading and playing CD's."

Gregory R., AZ (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Error reading. Will not play. Will not eject."

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

"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)

"Sometimes it will not release the cd. Has been replaced twice."

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

"The CD/radio interface with the speakers quit. It started intermittently then totally went out. Could not listen to any music. They replaced the unit with a remanufactured one. Was kind of expensive due to the whole unit was replaced. But the vehicle is fairly old and I couldnt drive without tunes."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"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

"lost the use of the clock which I need when traveling"

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

"Screen does not stay on curent setting. Jumps to another setting"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Will not interface with some IPODs (via USB)."

Dean F., NC (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"not uble to use flash drive to play music"

Robert M., UT (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Will not interface with my older Apple IPod. Does not recognize when it is hooked up via USB."

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

"Sync system doesn't always start up correctly which prevents connecting the phone to the entertainment system. It usually resolves itself after a few minutes or when the pickup is turned off and on."

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

"The Sony radio/disc player quit last August (2019). I took it to a Ford Dealership for repair and was told it was a module in the radio. Replacement cost $700. In February 2020 the radio/disc player went out again. I was told this time that it was the entire radio (same Ford Dealership). I haven't come up with the estimated cost of repair of $8-900. I am considering after market or just get rid of the F-150. Lesson learned =Fix.Or.Repair.Daily."

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

"My new iPhone 8 would not be recognized and would not connect to Sync beginning in June 2018. Dealer updated the software and it will play in the Aux mode, but it does not integrate into the Sync controls as it should. I have not taken it back to the dealer for additional diagnosis and repair due to possible costs."

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

"GPS gets lost and indicates current position hundreds of miles from actual location. Sometimes finds itself and sometimes stays lost for days."

Dean F., NC (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"difficult to clear previous owners information"

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

"GPS gets lost and indicates location from distant locations, sometimes by multiple states. Occurred a few years ago, multiple attempts by dealership to fix failed. Last time they charged me a diagnostic fee to check it, then requested I sign a waiver stating I requested them to replace GPS for $1100 but understood that it might not fix problem. I declined that "repair" and purchased a portable Garmin GPS unit."

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

"Says no gps, on wrong road, works 10% of the time"

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

"replaced the first system under extended warranty. replacement system is now showing the same errors as the first. error message is no GPS and location on map is off by 20-30 miles. Not fixing this $1000 part again. I can live without it as I have a map on my phone."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"very difficult to navigate, and randomly changes status"

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

"Phone does not pair on occasion resulting in the need to hold the phone if you need to respond, but there is no place to pull off."

Bruce H., MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"80% of the time Sync doesn't automatically pair my phone when I get into the pickup. Has to me manually paired each time."

Anonymous, VA (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)

"With newer phones, the pairing became less stable. Connections were not automatically recognizing phones. Ultimately, no longer use Bluetooth, and use cable connection."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 6.2-L V8)
Radio

"Radio is the standard unit supplied. It ceased to operate and Ford wants $550.00 to replace it."

Glenn M., LA (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

"Started to make an occasional loud popping noise in the speaker .finally made one loud pop and quit working .I had to replace the radio mod unit ."

Gary M., MI (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I have had to replace the radio twice"

Hal C., MI (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.7-L V6)

"No radio at all. Can't listen to NPR"

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

"The radiocd player became unreliable and dealer advised it is a recurring problem which can only be repaired by replacing the unit at a cost of $700"

Stirling Y., YT (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The speaker volume to one channel drops out at low output levels. It happens at random times with no consistancy."

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

"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)

"Radio shorted out and became inoperable"

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

"Radio stopped working and started flashing the incorrect time. I have read how to reset the radio online and still have not been able to fix it. Will be taking to a professional soon."

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

"The radio completely failed. It would not turn on. Because the radio failed the entire sync system would not operate. The radio was removed and sent to Florida for repair. It took two weeks for repair and reinstallation. It cost $189."

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

"Same as previously described with CD player."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Software update fixes

"This was a factory recall to reprogram computer so it would not downshift and over rev engine ."

Gary M., MI (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Speakers

"The speaker system would go in and out so that you could not hear the radio. It was not covered in an extended warranty and was expensive to repair. It required 2 trips to the dealer and cost approx $1000"

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

"My truck is equipped with numerous speakers, 98% of the time 1 speaker works. The Ford mechanics replaced a speaker but couldn't fix the problem. It is kind of funny that i have this massive amplifier bolted down in my floor to run this one speaker. On the plus side one speaker reminds me of the old days."

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

"Passenger side speakers cut in and out. Drives one crazy. No rhyme or reason. Dealership said they couldn't reproduce problem but they are just lazy and didn't want warranty work,"

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

"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

"When the engine is started it states trailer connected I push ok the it states trailer disconnected. This stared the day I bought the truck. This problem has never happened have taken it in to the dealer. No fault code."

Roy T., MD (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"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 commands inoperable, period. This has the most safety impact in that the phone is no longer hands free for dialing or answering the phone."

Bruce H., MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"doesn't understand voice commands from smart phone"

Robert M., UT (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Wild animal chewed my sensor cable"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.7-L V6)

"Something is causing the front brake piston to not fully disengage, causing premature pad and caliper wear. Mechanics say that it is probably the ABS, but have to replace everything to figure it out, so I am slowly replacing hose lines and pads myself."

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

"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)

"The warning lights are on. I have survived years without ABS on other vehicles. This darn Ford will run with the warning light as well. I do not plan to reward Ford by paying to fix a system that should last a lot longer."

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

"Brakes became erratic and felt unsafe"

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

"THE CALIPERS BENT. NO EXPLANATION FROM FORD"

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

"wear and tear"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.7-L V6)

"Frozen Read; required all new rear calipers, rotors, pads"

Robert L., MN (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Calipers stuck closed."

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

"Replaced brakes (normal wear). Within 3 months brakes seized and were replaced a second time"

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

"Right side front caliper seized and was nonfunctioning. Caused pad to grind into rotor, ruined rotor and pads. Extreme wear to left side front brake system also resulted. Total replacement of both side front pads, calipers and rotors was required."

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

"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)

"Parts of the front calipers seized up preventing the pads from contacting the rotors and allowed the rotors to become rusty, and of course lessened brake efficiency."

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

"I was unaware of the seriousness of the problem until I noticed the brakes would not fully release after stopping and then accelerating. My mechanic said I was lucky the brakes didn't fail altogether. He said the auxiliary lines to the brakes were made of a rubber that had turned crisp with age causing the front calipers to engage the rotors. This happened and was repaired in January (I think)."

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

"Possible normal brake wear however the rotors were worn more on one side due to calliper failure ."

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

"Stuck overheated brakes 50 miles after purchase"

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

"Had to replace three calipers and two royals. The front caliper was grabbing and restricting takeoff and wobbling the front end."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Master cylinder

"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)

"Master Cylinder lining tore creating a vacuum leak, and removing the power assist. If my truck had a 3.6L engine Ford recalled the part but hasn't recalled it in my 5.0L."

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"I did not have to replace the front brake lining til it had about 120000 miles on it. That's extraordinary."

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

"Rotors went bad."

Jenil S., CA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"I heard noise when coming to a stop in traffic. Brought the vehicle to the shop expecting new pads. Replaced rotors and pads which solved the problem."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 3.7-L V6)
Parking brake

"The brake actually released even though the dashboard light indicated it was on in red. The repair was for a faulty light"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Very little city driving on this vehicle. I'm surprised at the brake wear considering very little braking occurs on long highway trips."

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

"I am 67 and I have had 2 F150 trucks. Both of them had complete break rebuilds, twice. The first truck both rebuilds by 36K miles in 2.5 years and the second truck has had both rebuilds by 50K miles in 6 years. I can't remember another vehicle I have owned, car or truck, that had ever gotten new brakes. All break rebuilds were done by Ford dealers with Ford parts and the second truck was not covered by warranty. Ford won't get me a third time."

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

"Front brake pads probably wore prematurely due to high percentage of miles driven while towing a travel trailer."

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

"Complete brake job required after 25000 miles on the new truck. I've never had this problem before on any vehicle."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Ford F-150 XL 6.2-L V8)

"brakes rusted open rendering them inoperative and causing excessive wear on front brakes."

Maurice B., WV (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"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)

"Brakes had to be serviced at approx. 45,000 miles. 90% of the mileage on the vehicle is highway mileage with little braking. The brakes should last longer."

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

"When brakes were pressed there was a pulsing in the brake pedal from bad rotors"

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

"After sitting for a while like overnight when first start up brake pedal is hard to push and you get a vibration like the anti skid is malfunctioning. Have to stop and pump the brakes a few times then they work properly."

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

"The rotors should not have needed replacement. Most of the miles were on the highway, at light load. I am not a heavy-footed driver. I dealt with the Ford regional office and expect to come to a settlement/refund of some of the costs."

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

"pulsation when braking"

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

"Twice in 7 years I had to replace the rotors due to warping and steering wheel shake when braking going downhill."

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

"Part of rust problem previously discussed."

Maurice B., WV (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Premature wear. With my driving habits, there should have been no need to replace both front rotors after 65000 miles. It is also possible that the rear rotors needed to be turned prematurely"

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

"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)

"Scored and slightly warped according to Ford"

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

"Started at 20000 miles with shaking in the steering during braking. Turned rotors to solve."

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

"Abnormal wear possible due to calliper failure."

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

"I am the second owner of the truck. Previously the truck was used by the state highway department. Heavy duty suspension and an unused towing hitch were outfitted from the factory. Brakes in my vehicles generally last significantly longer than these did."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 3.7-L V6)

"Both front rotors needed to be replaced before 60,000 miles - that was completely unreasonable and unacceptable. I have an extend warranty with Ford at the premium level so the parts and labor were covered. The dealership gave me a 30% discount on the brake pads and provided upgraded pads at the standard minus 30% price. They also charged the labor at a reduced rate. In addition, my letter to the Ford zone office netted a $250.00 cash card and a non-expiring $1000 discount voucher on any future new vehicle purchase, regardless of any other discounts or offers. Fine resolution, not so fine a problem."

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

"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)

"I bought the truck knew in 2011. Had less than a year noise started. Took it in they put new shoes and brake pads but they were not sure that was the problem. It worked for maybe a year and then noise started again. Several owners of ford autos told me they had same problem. But who knows for sure except ford."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 King Ranch 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

Automatic climate control

"Works correctly part time"

Doug L., MO (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The blender motors are an ongoing problem with this vehicle"

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

"The drivers side would only heat and not cool when spring arrived"

Dale A., MN (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"ACuator has gone out many times"

John R., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"AC lasted about 6 months before needing a new part. I replaced parts about 4 or 5 times. It seems to be ok now. I live in Tx. We use AC all year long!"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150)

"The driver side duct actuator had to be replaced."

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

"The ability to regulate the fan speed went out, it was either full speed or off"

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

"No heat to driver side."

Anonymous, OK (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"When running the AC, the cool air only comes out of the driver’s side vents and in the back. The passenger side vents are blowing hot air."

Gayle P., CO (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"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)

"Blower motor is on high all the time unless I turn off the climate control. Blows hot and cold air as needed but can't control it. Started 2 weeks ago. Will be repaired in a week or two."

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

"The driver side a/c would not work, it only heated. The passenger side worked fine"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"The vent actuators started to go bad... had to have them replaced"

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

"Module that controls fan and vents stopped working."

Anonymous, KY (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Second time I am having a issue with internal blower motor."

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

"The blower is constantly on, it use to come on whet the engine warmed up and slow up when temp is reached. All that works is the on/off switch. Be it AC or heat it is on full blast."

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

"Diverter box quit"

Doug L., MO (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"There was a problem with a part failure that caused the fan to cease functioning. An electronic part that continues to fail from time to time. This part is now carried in the truck as it is easy to replace by the owner."

R H., SK (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Bearing in motor is starting to squeak. I've had other issues with the blender door actuator, needed replacing because the gears inside was cheap plastic and the teeth broke. The control that changes between the upper vents and floor vents sticks quite often. When the engine starts, the climate control cycles through heat mode for a couple seconds before switching to AC. Its always done this and sucks when it's 95 degrees outside, here in the south."

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

"The actuator for the blower motor went bad...loud noise for 10 seconds on start-up...common problem (TSB). fixed for under $100"

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

"makes noise at startup"

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

"Only had high speeds for the fan. Had to have the resistor replaced."

Rosemary P., OH (2011 Ford F-150 3.7-L V6)

"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)

"Related to the climate control"

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

"The entertainment system (radio and Sierrus) has never worked correctly. It fads in and out and goes off completely sometimes. We have had it in so many times and we constantly get the run around. We have paid Brandon Ford so much because the warranty was $100 dollars each time and it was never fixed. We finally gave up. We are hesitant to buy another Ford because we have had a lot more trouble with 2011 F150 that all the 21 years I had my 1997 Expedition."

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

"AC not plowing cold"

Jon D., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Stopped working totally. Replacement doesn't work as well as the original before the original stopped working."

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

"The passenger side cooling seat system doesn’t seem to work (cool) as well now as it once did. We are waiting to get it in to have it checked, since all the problems seem to be on the passenger side."

Gayle P., CO (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Heater system

"Defrost on driver side failed due to actuator motor"

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

"had to have evaporator expansion replace would not produce heat in cold weather"

Terri R., TX (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"vent door stuck"

Ambrose K., IL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"In cooler months the heaters stopped working on all but the driver's position."

Peter S., OR (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"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)

"Leak from engine coolant system. Parts were replaced. $1800"

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

"we have had to replace the heater twice."

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

"mode door actuator needs replacement. The heat/ac only comes out through the defroster vents."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Ford F-150 XL 6.2-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)

"The last six years I have had to refill the refrigerant every year during hot weather. I do not drive this vehicle very often now that I am retired and of course due to covid 19"

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

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

"The vacuum pump for the 4wd system could not pull a sufficient vacuum which allowed the front axles to partially engage (while in 2wd) due to the lack of vacuum. Caused an awful grinding noise when turning in 2wd. Had to keep in 4wd until vacuum pump could be replaced."

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

"A grinding noise developed when turning. The vacuum lines in the 4X4 IWE system had to be replaced."

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

"The transfer case broke at approx. 87,000 miles and parts needed to be replaced by the dealer."

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

"The electro-pneumatic engagement devices on the front hubs failed to engage properly. Both sides needed replacement. Lots of noise, but drivable."

Lu G., AZ (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"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

"Limited slip differential required replacement of clutch plates after only 140000 km, an expensive fix. ~$1200"

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

"There is a known problem with the 9.75 Traction-Loc Rear Axel listed under Technical Service Bulletins TSB 15-0114 / TSB 11-9-17 / TSB 11-11-6 which Ford should have the common courtesy and acknowledge. People have spent a lot of hard earned money on these machine and the company needs to be forthcoming about known issues."

Andrew V., WA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"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)

"Limited slip clutch noise. Started around 150000. Noise present all the time, worse hot."

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

"Differential became noisy, clutch plates in the limited slip had to be replaced."

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

"Began to experience a shudder in the rear of the truck when starting from a complete stop, especially turning while accelerating. This became gradually worse over a period of several months until I took it to a mechanic for diagnosis. The cause of the issue was a failed carrier bearing in the differential, compounded by damaged spider gears (likely caused by the bearing failure). The mechanic rebuilt the differential and now all is well!"

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

"The vehicle had a hard shift--primarily from 1st to 2nd gear; however, the hard shift could occur between any gears--whether upshifting or downshifting. This occurred a couple of years ago. both times, service was to grease the splines (I'm told)."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The drive shaft was clunking. the yoke near the transfer case was loose and U joints needed replaced."

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

"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)
Driveshaft or axle

"see complaint for Edge driveshaft. Same issue"

Mark S., MN (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"On some regular basis, the drive train jumps, like the drive shaft spins a quarter turn before engaging the gears. Mechanics can't figure it out."

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

"Drive shaft clunks during light to moderate acceleration. Repaired per TSB 12-07-13. Cleaned yoke splines, repacked with lube ."

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

""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)

"Grinding noise when making a hard left hand turn. Left front axle bearing went out. This is a 4X4 vehicle. It took the shop 1 hour to replacing the bearing."

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

"Two different drive train sensors(not at the same time) went out causing the check engine light to come on. Expensive to replace. Also the rear camera quit working. I'm living with that one because it's very expensive to replace."

James P., TX (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"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)

"fan control sensor was not allowing me to change ac/heater fan blower to med. The blower only worked on high or low."

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

"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)

"Sensor in Rack and Pinion Failure - Issue Started 5 years ago, Experienced it Frequently, Problem has Not been Resolved"

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

"Warning lights are on like a christmas tree. I ignore them. Too expensive to fix if they last only 50,000 km."

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

"Had to replace the transfer case."

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

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Rough shift from 1st to 2nd gear, but only some of the time. Have not resolved it yet."

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

"Since new, the vehicle has a periodic, rough shift between 1st & 2nd. Some mechanics claim it is dry splines on the drive shaft, but it occurs almost daily."

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

"occasionally shifts very hard when traveling at freeway speeds when downshifting from 6 to 5 gear under acceleration. From a stop usually has a momentary dealer and then engages firmly as opposed to a smooth acceleration."

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

"Bangs into gear occasionally, and not shifting at proper RPM"

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

"Transmission frequently 'slams' back into gear after idling in bumper to bumper traffic. Had serviced, suggested a transmission flush and to 'reboot' the computer system that handles the transmission. Still occurs."

Robert W., CO (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"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)

"Anderson Ford, Kingman, Arizona did a recall on something in my transmission. It will not pull a trailer now with confused shifting."

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

"this became apparent within the first two years that I owned this vehicle the dealer told me nothing was wrong, but that was untrue i had this truck repaired elsewhere"

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

"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)

"When shifting from 1st to 2nd it would stop accelerating and then lurch when the gear caught."

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

"This transmission slipping is a known problem to ford. They have a kit called a "slip yoke kit" where they can fix the problem for $169.00 which is ridiculous.The problem is a design issue and ford is not identifying it as such. I know 4 people that have the same issue. The transmission is automatic."

Anonymous, MS (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Transmission defaulted to 5th on startup. Intermittent problem. Replace wiring harness."

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

"Chip in transmission went bad"

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

"There was a recall, because the transmission might downshift into 1st gear while driving. It was repaired for free."

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

"My truck felt like it was gliding....down a small incline before I was able to stop it. Scary feeling. My grandson told me about the recall. Now I worry it could happen again. How long will there reset last??? I don't feel safe in it. I travel many, many miles alone."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150)

"A recalled computer issue caused the truck to shift randomly from 6th gear to 1st. Happened once on the highway and took a week for a local dealer to fix the issue."

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

"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 leaks

"upper and lower seal leaking"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Dealership never properly checked for transmission fluid thru regular servicing until the problem occurred and vehicle was found to be very low in transmission fluid."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"ford dealer tried to charge me 7200 for new trans when i did not need one.a recall 2 months later fixed problem. i tell everyone to not go to this dealer."

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

"Would not shift in or out of 4wd. Engagement motor failed."

Kris G., MO (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"the Yellow wrench warning and then the transmission went into limp mode. The Ford dealer took a week to fix due to parts."

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

"Mostly in the last 50,000 miles, the truck clunks and drops into gear. Other owners describe this but Ford has no idea what causes it. Some describe it as needing to kill the computer controlling the transmission and bring it back to life. This was done, yet it didn't completely fix the problem. When it was at it's worse, the truck dropped to and would not come out of low gear. Cost > $1500."

Laura L., CA (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.7-L V6)

"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)

"Problem started in 2012, went in for service three times over the life of the vehicle, transmission was reprogrammed twice, and could not duplicate the problem the third problem. Ford issued a recall on the speed sensor in 2019. Took the vehicle in for the recall, the dealer kept my vehicle for a week, did not do the recall repair and tried to charge me for an oil change I did not ask for. Have since called the dealer twice to set up an appointment and was told someone would call me back, and I have yet to receive a phone call."

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

"this was a recall problem"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 XL 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

Ball joints

"During the annual state inspection, it was discovered that the ball joints were loose but only discernable after vehicle was lifted to inspect brakes. I felt it was prudent to get get then repaired and it turned out to be and extensive and expensive job. I reviewed with the mechanic the old parts and it was something that needed to be done."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"A 2011 (5.8 Liter V8) doe not have a pump or hoses. It has an EPS - Electronic Power Steering motor. It gave out at 61,000 and was extremely hard to steer. This was the first year model ford installed the EPS in a truck. Surprised the heck out of me. Cost $2,300 plus. No extended warranty. No explanation on why it went out at 61K miles. New part has 2 year warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"broken spring resulted in replacing springs/struts. Thought it unusual to have a broken spring s I only do highway driving, no off road driving."

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

"The struts and shocks needed to be replace. This problem created issues with alignment and wear/tear on new tires. This was relative expensive."

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

"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)
Springs or torsion bars

"I'm told I have two front broken springs- breaks were within retention system of springs, so alignment can be set & hold and they did not fail out right. I have driven this vehicle at least 9,000 miles since then and can not detect a problem in vehicle feel or handling. Googling this issue with F-150's, I found it is a common issue."

Dave P., (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"had to replace both front springs. Ford said it was most likely a pot hole."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford F-150)

"Both front springs broke"

John K., ON (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Both frontend springs were found broke by the dealership at the same time. We have had no accidents or hard bumps such as potholes and have never had springs break on any other vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford F-150)

"The tower springs in front, both sides have broken, but are retained by the spring restraints/hold downs. I was lucky the springs did not break at a point they could damage tires. Looking online, I see that instance and a lot of Ford problems with broken front springs. This was discovered -or made known to me, nearly 18 months ago and I have driven over 16,000 miles with no problem and have had alignment done with no issues. Tire wear is normal for the expressway driving I mostly do. This is a company car and I am semi-retired. Fix would be ~$2,000 and I don't want to endanger my standing by spending the money on a fix on such an old truck- a 2010."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had to replace the upper and lower control arms at a cost of approx. $900"

Timothy R., ON (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Electric power stearing went out. All previous and prior years are covered by recall, but not the 2011."

Rosemary P., OH (2011 Ford F-150 3.7-L V6)

"is electronic controlled very scary when goes out absolutly no liquid in system."

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

"Service Advance Track light kept coming on and off for last 2 years, took to Ford service dept. multiple times but they said they could not find anything, until April 2019 then said they had to replace rack and pinion at a cost of 2600.00. Not happy at all with their service. As for electrical issues, heated mirrors have not worked since the first year, service dept. has never been able to fix issue."

Debbie L., WA (2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Hard steering"

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

"Universal joint in steering column seized making it difficult to steer. Dealer says they replace them all the time -$500. Should have been a recall."

Mike L., ON (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Experienced an intermittent loss of the electrical assist on the power steering electric motor in the rack and pinion. Failures caused a binding in the steering and wonding of vehicle. Entire rack and pinion system required replacement. This type of issure with steering I consider to be a safety issue plus cost is sufficent for replacement of rack and pinion. Electric assist is a nice idea for adding fuel effeciency but not a good idea when failure will cause binding in the steering system. Same type of system installed in Ford's cars that the manufacturer is being sued for and Ford has done some recalls on for certain cars. System needs a redesign and recall."

Stan W., AB (2011 Ford F-150 STX 3.7-L V6)

"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 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Steering wheel sticks when turning left, mainly at highway speeds. Problem has been occurring the past few years and the steering wheel requires a little more turning pressure to overcome the sticking point. Online forums indicate it's happened regularly to other people and the steering rack typically needs to be replaced."

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

"Dealer installed a new EL3Z 3504 BF Gear Assembly - Steering."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"I put larger tires on so may be my fault"‿ although my tires are not wearing on a side"

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

"all part of the previously discussed problem"

Anonymous, (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)

"The moldings near the windshield vents came apart on both sides of the truck. I attempted to repair myself but it failed again. Now I drive it with the problem unresolved."

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

"Ford logo fell off- was glues back on, has discolored and unreadable now. Door protectors fell off. Heat mat? Under hood fell off."

Anonymous, (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"my last f150 at 300000+ miles no paint problems, this one at 95000 miles peeling paint and trail dust"

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

"In 2 small areas the paint has peeled"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"the paint on the tailgate is pealing off in big chunks. It is going to cost over $400 to have it repainted."

Timothy R., NM (2011 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"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)

"The inside of the truck bed has peeled significantly since about 2014. Although the peeling looks gaudy, there has been no peeling anywhere else on the vehicle. Overall, the paint has held up well on this truck. Only the inside of the cargo bed area has peeled. Peeling is quite bad there. I never pursued this issue with Ford. I use the bed for transport of some stuff and the peeling hasn't bothered me too much."

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

"spend 6 months in Arizona each year. Intense sun, I an sure caused problem."

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

"We purchased this truck in 2017 summer and it was pre scratched and had what we thought were paint chipping from gravel roads around the front and rear wheel wells. We had the paint repaired that year but less than 12 months later it was apparent that much of what we thought was surface rust was full penetration from the inside. We returned to the body shop to complain and at the same time did some research into the cab corners and rear wheel well penetration issues. The shop stood behind their work and we worked out a parts only deal to repair the damage by replacing the cab corners and wheel well steel. What this means though is that by 2017 the truck had fully rusted out in those areas and new repair panels were needed in 5 years. From our research we found that US domestic trucks are again suffering from corrosion problems much like they did in the 1970's. Technically corrosion problems have been solved and we should be expecting at least 10 years before interior corrosion becomes an issue. We are back to the rusty ford problems that plagued not only Ford but the big 4 automakers during that time. We spoke to 4 body shops in the area and they indicated that all domestic trucks were suffering from these premature corrosion problems. Very disappointing, expensive and well beyond minor cosmetic damage. Frankly when you are paying 10's of 1000's of $ for a truck you expect high quality in all areas especially one that was so high profile just a couple of generations ago."

Ian J., NY (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Painted front and rear bumpers developed rust spots, causing the paint to peel. I never had this issue with chrome bumpers."

Daniel G., MI (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"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)

"Both rear body panels below bottom of back doors"

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

"Rear rocker panels rusting out. This is common due to water that pools in the rockers."

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

"Huge paint peel/rust spots on roof of cab, bumpers"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The cab corners are rusted badly. The dealer covered them with paint and now the paint is cracking and peeling off."

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

"applied rust inhibitors when I bought the truck. was told never needed to oil the truck. as soon as warranty was off the truck rusted terribly. many ford f150 has the same rust problems in the same areas. back doors of the cab. very disappointing"

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

"although rust proofed, rust has appeared on the box, above the wheel wells"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 Unsure)

"Rust around tailgate, doors, and especially around window arch panels (fenders?)"

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

"Rocker panel ( so under doors, not easily seen) has rusted very badly. Been bad for years, never fixed. Now also rusting on wheel wells."

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

"Truck was purchased in 2019, shortly after rust started appearing around all the fender wells, around truck bed liner, drivers side entrance at bottom lip of cab is rusted completely out , will probably lose the step up and around gas cap is also rusted."

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

"Over a period of time, probably due to the salt used on roadways in the winter, the rocker panels started to rust out."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-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

"The exhaust manifold on my 2011 F150 Ecoboost warped and required replacement"

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

"bent valves"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The oil pump fell apart inside the engine, with only 82,000 miles, and there were metal shavings inside that destoyed the engine."

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

"With about 15000 mile on the vehicle we took it on an extended journey to Canada/Alaska. On the return trip the vehicle became more and more sluggish and the Rocky Mountains were a concern but we did drive it home. The dealership was very responsive and determined that the engine had lost a cylinder and replaced it under warranty. We were without this vehicle about 10 days maybe two week. My only complaint was that Ford would not provide a new vehicle warranty on this engine but deducted the 15000 miles the vehicle had been driven. I do believe the 50,000 mile warranty should have been applied to this replacement engine. For the record, this multi piece pickup bed is extremely dirty with a topper on. But I do love the old man step and handle in the tail gate."

Virgil G., NE (2011 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Was told that that engine is a Lemon, and there are NO replacements in the United States !! need to have someone rebuild current engine. Not sure want to invest anymore money in this engine"

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

"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