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 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC standard from 2009.
Road Test

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
crew cab
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 2012 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 failed on icy highway so instead of braking straight, the truck did a 180 degree spin in the middle of the highway; no warning light indicated the ABS was not working"

Randall E., BC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Wheel sender went out"

Michael Z., IN (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Calipers

"Left front caliper piston was stuck iand applied constant pressure on brake pads that wore down to bare metal. Installed new brake caliper , pads and rotor .This occurred after driving 30,000 miles on new brake pads."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The calipers froze up and damaged the rotors. The work and parts were still covered under warranty"

Marcella W., ID (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)
Master cylinder

"leaking master cylinder, needed replacement"

James R., TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"The vacuum booster pump and related parts had to be replaced after it stopped functioning"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"One side froze and ruined the caliper and rotor"

Jim J., CA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"needed to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 FX2)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced Brakes at 80000 Miles"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Mostly normal brake pad wear. Had the rotors machined cause I waited too long. The rear emergency brake cable had to be replaced as it wasn't holding; this was unexpected."

Anonymous, ME (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I've had a few Ford vehicles and it seems they always have underpowered brake systems."

Anthony D., NJ (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Front brakes shot after only 45000 miles. During regular oil changes they said no problems with unusual wear. All of a sudden the breaks are shot. Ford designed the break system so it can't be repaired, but must be replaced. A service department dream and a customer nightmare!!"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)
Parking brake

"Had to replace parking brake linings after 60,000 miles."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Not sure of details - but something in the parking brake had rusted, causing the parking brake light to stay on"

Valerie H., NH (2012 Ford F-150 3.7-L V6)

"right rear parking brake seized up and a new lever had to be installed (rusted so not under SecuriDrive warranty; also, the sliding rear window had to replaced in its entirety ($1500 for parts alone)"

Randall E., BC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Parking brake light doesn't always go out when the brake is released"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"parking brake fails to release fully"

Robert S., VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"It broke and had to be completely replaced!"

Andrew D., CO (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"parking brake will not go off unless the brake pedal is pulled up"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)

"Failed to fully release, especially when cold."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Parking brake failed"

Thomas L., NY (2012 Ford F-150)

"The light and alarm sound even when the parking break has been disengaged."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Parking brake adjustment was off, brakes were dragging slightly, parking brake light was on."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Premature brake wear

"At less than 30k miles, all 4 rotors, calipers and pads had to be replaced. At 40k miles, it is getting close to needing the pads replaced. I drive the truck very conservatively, and brakes usually last me a long time. Since the truck was new, the brakes would occasionally stick and drag. Usually I could feel it if it was the front brakes. Especially if just one side stuck, it would make the vehicle pull to one side or the steering wheel to wobble. I've had times when driving down the highway and the front brakes stuck and started smoking. This problem goes away on it's own and the mechanics have seen no problems other than all 4 brakes being shot. I've also seen lower than expected gas mileage because of the brakes dragging."

Ethan B., FL (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

"Truck has less than 40000 miles and needed rear brakes."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"I have had repeated problems with the brakes having an extremely hard pedal but little breaking force. Repaired twice with a replacement pump under warranty both times. Calipers seem to hang up if you don't clean and lube the sliding areas, dragging pads causing one pad to wear out faster."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Brake pad were incorrectly installed at dealer - they were installed backwards!"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Rotors and pads on all 4wheels needed replacement at 45000 miles. I think brakes should last longer than that."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"At 12000 miles the rear brakes failed completely. Rotors had to be replace along with the pads."

Jack J., OR (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I think I should get more than 35,000 miles on brakes. Maybe I’m wrong."

Andrew M., CT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Was caused by the previous discussed problem"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"Rotors warped easily, 3 sets in 42k miles. Put non-Ford on the last time at my own expense, even though covered by extended warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Ford trucks are known for rotors developing a pulsation or vibration after 30,000 miles or so. I replaced the rotors with drilled and slotted rotors at around 35,000 Miles and just replaced the rotors with drilled and slotted rotors and the pads again at 99,000. I consider this normal wear and tear."

James L., TN (2012 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

"the rotors were turned under warrentee at 35000 miles and the vibration stopped but started again at 70,000 milers. at 76,000 it is very annoying. I will have to have them turned or replaced."

Charles G., OR (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"when brakes applied they vibrated"

Donald D., MA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"when brakes applied there was vibration"

Donald D., MA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"At start-up & in wet weather, brakes growling noise from the brakes. After driving at highway speed, noise will cease."

Ryan R., AZ (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"When initially starting the car must pump the brakes to get them to work. After that they are fine."

Anonymous, RI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Rotors

"excessive vibration when braking down steep grades"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Vibration while braking from freeway speed We tow a travel trailer at times may have affected rotor wear"

John M., CA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"2 sets of front rotor failures resulting in pulsation and vibration when stopping from high or moderate speed. replaced under warranty. require 3rd replacement now, will not use Ford for repair, instead buying aftermarket rotors and installing myself"

Robert S., VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"needed new rotors at 50000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"36000 miles and the rotors were warped on all 4 wheels. dealer also replaced pads that were worn out"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"2017 We needed complete set of rotors and pads for premature rusting. Again we live near salt water and the roads get well salted in winter. We were also told that the truck needs to be run more as it sits idle for days at at time"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Ford F-150 3.7-L V6)

"warped rotor, noisy brake booster"

Curts C., NY (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Worn twice"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 FX2)

"rotors seamed to not be flat"

Donald D., MA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Each time I replace the brake pads the rotors are so worn that they need replacement too. Not sure if that is a normal thing."

Andrew M., CT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"rotors were not flat"

Donald D., MA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Squeaking

"Breaks speak. Truck has been in shop 3 times. Mechanics can't find the cause or stop the squeaking"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"worn brakes, squeak in reverse. loud"

Barry G., BC (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Semi metallic after-market pads installed 2 years ago. Need to be careful what pads are used"

Edward K., IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

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

"had an actuator go out and replaced. Dealer repaired it properly"

Terrance C., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Air flow door problems"

Don B., AB (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 6.2-L V8)

"The sensors stopped working. The passenger side could not be set to be warm."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

"Doors inside the system failed. No a/c was available. Very difficult to repair, paid $2,000"

James H., VA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Control that switches air from heat to cool"

Dennis M., NC (2012 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson 6.2-L V8)

"Dual climate control. Switch that vents to the passenger side stopped working this winter in Florida"

Arnold L., IL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Bad sensor"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Air door control postioning"

Don B., AB (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 6.2-L V8)

"The system will not allow air circulation through any of the dash panel vents. Was diagnosed by private mechanic and was told that it would take over 7 hours of laber plus cost of parts. (the entire dash must be removed to fix the problem)."

Gerald C., IA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Climate control system ceased functioning"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Failed with the fan motor."

Charles D., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower quit working on the 1 or 2 fan setting. The dealer gave me a crazy high price to fix it. Fortunately, I found on youtube a video that shows how to fix it with a $20 part. I've bought the part, but have not yet installed it."

Ethan B., FL (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

"The AC would cut off when put on "Max AC" or "Auto." The blower speed controller had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Fan stops occasionally when a/c is on"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Blower fan developed a squeak after 7 years, so I replaced it."

Anonymous, MT (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Started squeaking and then failed to work."

Charles D., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)
Evaporator

"unit did not blow cold air--had to replace evaporator coil"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Evaporator leak which required the removal of entire steering column,center console and complete dashboard. It was in the dealership for 10 working days."

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Every person I know who got the heated/ventilated seats with the FX4 trim had this feature fail - the repair cost is extreme and for a seemingly recurrent issue/design flaw Ford has no interest in assisting"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Heater system

"Blend door not working"

Jim S., MT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The passenger side automatically controlled damper failed"

Theresa J., PA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"That time is during the winter when I have the heater on and the vehicle has already warmed up it blows cold air when I am sitting idle at a red light. It is not until I resume speed and get the RPMs back up that the heat starts blowing again. This is not great when commuting in traffic and sitting at a light for a couple of minutes when it's minus 30 Celsius outside. I have not had this looked at so not sure what it is"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"radiator leak"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford F-150)

"Radiator leak plus all belts"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Leak is in the evaporator. Will cost $2,200+ to replace."

Stephen W., TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Air conditioning quit working and it took 2 pounds of refrigerent to correct the issue. no imeadiate leaks were detected."

Gerald C., IA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The antifreeze kept leaking. It took several vists to the mechanic to figure out that the gasket was bad."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"At 5 yrs. and 120,000 kms. The aluminum transmission cooler lines rusted out and leaked all transmission fluid were they were fastened to body. Warranty did not cover even though the dealership agreed this should not have happened. Result is $800.00 out of my wallet"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Trans lines rusted and leaked after 7 years. I feel this should not happen"

Anthony D., NJ (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rough shifting

"The problem was the transmission wiring harness."

Donald M., TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"This problem was related to the cracked plug on the sensor cable.+"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"while driving at 55 mph the vehicle would shift downward unexpectedly then it resume as normal. Received a recall notice. So far the vehicle is running better after the repair."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford F-150)

"Rough shifting caused by bad solenoid or shift actuators. Paid for warranty deductable to have just the transmission reprogrammed with different shift data. On the drive home contacted them and said it was worse then when I dropped it off. Brought back and they replaced the shift solenoids or actuators, of which they did not know which ones were needed until they opened up the transmission. How about have them all availible and replace the ones needed. After service was still charged another warranty deductible from ford for the same problem that wasnt fixed on the first visit. All this with Ford Factory TSB about this issue. Know problems still charging customers."

Christopher D., KS (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"banging in to gears"

J S., NJ (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"Hard shifting when accelerating sporadicly. Haven't had it checked out yet."

Bryon C., IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Transmission spline requires frequent attention, shifts roughly with noticeable clunk"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

"The transmission would unexpectedly downshift while driving on the expressway"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"Transmission yoke requires service every 6-9 months causing rough shifting and jerking with changing gears."

Radi P., AZ (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Truck would go into limp mode. Reader showed an output sensor failure but Ford dealer troubleshot to transmission problem. Flushed, replaced filers and update transmission computer."

Roger L., NC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Recall twice to fix the computer shifting."

Alvin W., TN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Had to spend 200 dollars for reprogramming transmission computer"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"There was a problem with the transmission downshifting to a lower speed even at highway speeds, causing a sudden slowing of the truck. this resulted in a recall by Ford"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"While shifting at low speeds, transmission seemed to disengage"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"All the issues I experienced with this vehicle were due to computer issues and updates. I gave the service tech the symptoms and experiences I found/had and they found the main computer for the vehicle was affecting many other areas (shifting, odometer, speedometer, gauges/display, lights, etc.). Almost all these issues were covered under warranty and at little expense to me. I have had few issues with this vehicle and all were covered by service update and/or warranty."

Anonymous, MT (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Sudden downshift when decelerating. Also, incorrect selection of gear when moving away from a stop. Both of these caused a hard jolt to the vehicle."

Douglas U., GA (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Was notified by Ford of a recall for a transmission issue. An update was performed on the computer which corrected the problem."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"The sensor/solenoid went out and restricted the truck to about 30 miles per hour. We were able to drive it into town and get it fixed in about 4 hours. We were pulling a RV trailer."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"same issue as the computer"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"My automatic transmission would sometimes shift from 1st gear to 3rd gear for no apparent reason. My first visit to the shop, it worked just fine and they could not find anything but several months later it started getting worse and I took it in and they found a broken plug on a sensor cable that allowed water to get in and cause the problem. Even though the warrantee was out, they fixed it for free"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Recall for software issue - not yet taken in for service."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The result of a Ford Service Recall."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 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

4WD/AWD components

"4WD would not disengage"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"4WD Actuators failed and required replacement before 100,000 miles. No help from Ford."

Lon F., MI (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"Wheel hub IWE grinding."

Jim C., NY (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The output shaft speed sensor in the auto transmission failed. This resulted in a sudden downshift into 1st gear while descending a steep curving hill from our mountain home. The rear wheel locked up causing a slide and partial spin. No damage occurred, I reset the fault indicator and continued carefully."

Gary B., OH (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Differential

"Pinion drive seal leak at the rear differential"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"2nd failure in the rear end. Ford fixed it once under warranty at ~40k, miles, Ford told me to drop dead at 85K miles. I drove it till 110k when it was too noisy to trust, had it rebuilt privately"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)

"Initially experienced looseness in the drive train multiple times, then had a bearing failure and major components (pinion gear, etc.) had to be replaced. Was repaired under warranty"

Walter H., MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"seeping from pinion cover, corrected at next service"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

"The front differential being a 4 wheel drive vehicle, had problems. A bearing had gone bad and shelled itself and the entire differential had to be drained and all parts replaced due to metal shavings inside ruining all other moveable parts. Ford did repair this front differential under warranty."

Mark G., KS (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Grinding noise - had to have the bearings replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Driveline vibration

"Kept feeling "slack" in the drive train when taking off from or coming to a dead stop. Returned to dealer multiple times and they performed repairs per service bulletins but the problem recurred until I had the differential failure"

Walter H., MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Front vibrates even though have had new tires. Dealer said it was tires....tire people said it was the front end"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.7-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear driveshaft completely seized. Mechanics thought maybe the u-joints weren't checked and had run out of fluid. This occured on the highway. The driveshaft seized, fell off completely onto the road, and blew the transfer case up, destroyed differential and the rear axle. The repair was upwards of $8,000.00 for all the damage caused."

Brady H., WY (2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-L V8)

"Problems with the slip yolk."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Electrical failure

"The rear window defrost circuit failed and it was because of the connectors in the sliding rear window . Ford would not warranty this item on it's own extended warranty. It cost me $800.00 for a new rear window because that's the only way to fix it they say. It completes the circuit. It was the only to get the heated mirrors and rear defroster working again. Very upset that it was not covered."

James W., OH (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"With 4 yrs. and 96,000 kms. On truck computer failed and left me stranded. Truck towed to closet dealership. After 1-1/2 days they told me I needed new computer, not covered under warranty. Result was me out of pocket over $1000.00"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"The whole climate system stopped functioning."

Ralph J., CA (2012 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"After driving for several miles the speedomater died. The fix was somewhere in the transmission. Fixed by having to drop the transmission with a cost of $900."

John H., TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The read window defogger quit operating for the third time. Keeps blowing fuses for trailer lights/brakes."

Leo M., FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Traction control

"Pulsing with wheel spin"

Joseph K., MO (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Same, wheel sensor went out, left front"

Michael Z., IN (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Occasionally the service advancetrac alarm goes off and then my traction control indicator light comes on and often my signal light will no longer stay on. Some dealership mechanic told me this had to do with a steering column position indicator fault that is very expensive to fix not worth it. This problem usually clears itself the same day and then I don't have any trouble for a week some. Just glitchy and annoying"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Traction control quit working. Created for dangerous driving on wet roads"

Leo M., FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transfer case

"The truck shifted extremely hard at various times for no apparent reason."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"seat adjuster housing trim broken loose about a year ago"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Truck in accident and the body shop was unable to match the color correctly and 6 months later it is beginning to peel"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Poorly design rear bumper stick out too far and get sandblasted from the rear tires even with factory splash gaurds"

Dean S., ON (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Areas on the truck were repainted under warranty the first time and then we were required to pay $700 on the second reprinting. Not impressed with Ford service with regards to our issues"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum)

"Peeling paint on both rear fenders is directly associated with rust emerging beneath the paint."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Rust

"Cab, lower rear, both sides, paint peel with rust."

Richard L., VA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Initially the front bumper needed to be replaced because of rust through from the back side out. Then the rear passenger side half bumper rusted and required sanding and re-painting. Now the driver's side rear bumper is also rusting. Very poor quality bumper metal. The rest of the truck still appears new."

Mark E., OH (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Paint started to bubble up on passenger side rear wheel well and rust is apparent along entire width of the bottom of the tailgate."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Because of the paint bubbles and peeling rust became an issue"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum)

"Chrome on one running board blistered"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Several painted areas on the front grill and rear bumper have begun to bubble and rust. I consider this unacceptable on a truck that is less than five years old"

Josh H., NE (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Front bumper rusting from inside out. Perfect paint started bubbling with large patches eventually falling out. Ford wouldn't warrantee it unless it rusted thru"

Richard G., NH (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"small areas of rust"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum)

"The vehicle is showing rust on both rear fender wells, both rocker panels, the tailgate, the front, lower corner of the bed (driver's side) and the front bumper."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Rocker panels, door threshold and cab corners have all been repaired or replaced because of rust. All was covered by the Ford rust proof warranty I purchased when I bought the truck."

Anonymous, IA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Bought from dealer after previous lease of it by another. Almost immediately discovered bubbling paint and rust on bumpers. Had bumpers removed, repainted, and reinstalled but rust recurred and they look bad. Need replacements soon. Doubt Ford will help. Rear cab corners and rear fenders also rusting through."

Lon F., MI (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"Rear corners of the cab have completely rusted through"

Scott E., FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Rust around the 2 rear tire wells, looks like water gets inside the wells and rust on the outside"

David D., MA (2012 Ford F-150)

"Paint bubbling around rear fenderwalls"

Jerry N., MI (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"bottom of doors and rocker panels are rusting"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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 would simply not work"

Jasper R., FL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The backup camera has stopped functioning"

James L., TN (2012 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

"Stopped providing lines on the camera. Camera system had failed, expensive to fix"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Have had problems with the sync system and display from the beginning. Dealer worked on it twice and still did not repair it properly"

Terrance C., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Display stopped working"

Craig W., TN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"When we first purchased it new the nav and sound system would just go blank. It hasn't happened for a while"

Kathleen V., WA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.7-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I feel like it’s extremely difficult to interface cell, iPad, etc. to the ford SYNC electronics in vehicle."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Unable to connect a smart phone"

Jasper R., FL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The phone interface on 2012 Ford F-150 is difficult to use. In fact I’ve quit using it totally."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"it does not work."

Rodney W., PA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Upgraded to iPhone 7 and learned Ford Sync 2 is not compatible. No software upgrades for Sync were offered, so my phone cannot hold the sync."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Radio

"Radio crashed and was unsalvageable. A replacement radio had to be ordered."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Radio did not work and you cannot use the phone system in truck. The dealer incorrectly diagnosed the problem. We had to pay for diagnostics and then had to pay for half the cost of the radio to fix. They told us we would have to pay for new software to get phone working and we chose not to."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"At 12000 miles radio has stopped working."

Jack J., OR (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Radio made a loud pop sound and all the previously mentioned features stopped working."

David H., NC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The radio unit, which also controls the bluetooth, phone, steering wheel conrols, etc., went out. The OEM replacement part is very expensive, and so is the labor to install it"

Annette F., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

"Radio quits at 83000 mi. Replacement over 400.00. What kind of inferior products are they putting out and expecting us to pay to replace?? I will not have ford fix this issue and be over charged."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)
Speakers

"Lost clarity."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Turn signals worked intermittently, media controls would change station or mode when I turned the steering wheel"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The radio volume control button sometimes changes the station."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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)

"Door close sensor malfunctioned and requires a whole new latch in order to repair. All for a $.50 sensor."

Jim J., CA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Body control module

"Console warning light control module needs replacement. requires removal of front dashboard"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

"Malfunctioning Console control module causes brake light to stay on intermittently, the Service Advance Trac light and occasionally other warning lights. The module has been checked by factory rep - repair over 1000 dollars"

Radi P., AZ (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Pretty minor, license plate light burnt out. Interesting, 2018 did the same thing, gravel roads likely."

Don B., AB (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 6.2-L V8)

"Tail light needed to be re-seated"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"fog lights aren't working right now"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Gauges

"temp gauge stopped working, had to replace entire display including speedometer & tach"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"See previous response"

Arnold L., IL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Fuel guage doesn't show full anymore....it never reaches the full point, so now I must use the trip computer to see how much fuel has been used so I know the status of remaining fuel."

Tim P., IL (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Headlights

"front passenger headlight was broken and had to be replaced. This was a collision repair bill as the damage was consistent with a collision."

James R., TX (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The driver's side heated seat got so hot I had to turn it off and get out of the truck until it cooled. After that, the heated seat stopped working all together. The dealership fixed it (out of warranty) and now it works fine."

Michael H., IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Keyless entry

"Both rear door locks stopped working."

Charles S., CO (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"drivers door lock did not work with FOB. I ended up changing the door lock module, inside the door."

Steven P., WA (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.7-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Remote start was closest choice. Actually the electronics to the starter it self. When colder than zero F, turn key, but - not crank or start. Not a battery issue. An electronic issue. Towed to dealer. No codes. Could not duplicate. Same issue four winters in a row"

Anonymous, AK (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Sensor failed. Not mentioned in the survey was backup sensors failed for the 4th time"

Dean S., ON (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
USB port

"The Ford Sync system is badly programed. Does not remember where you are on your USB devices and the menu controls are clunky and difficult to use."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Warning lights

"The door Open sensor would not go off. The issue was a broken ground wire in the door panel"

Sheri G., MN (2012 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Check engine light went on. Auto parts store read the code and it indicated low voltage on O2 sensor on converter. Called dealer and he said we usually just delete that code. Did nothing and the problem has not reoccurred"

Arnold L., IL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers go on intermittently when they are turned off."

Anonymous, MT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Washer motor went bad. Replaced under extended warrenty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Whenever I take the truck through a car wash, water is either leaking near sunroof or front windshield. Dealer says he fixed the problem, but evidently not"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The third taillight has been replaced three times due to leaking into the truck cabin"

Jack J., OR (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Driver's side of rear window. Apparently pretty much every last F150 made from the late nineties on through today end up with the back window letting in water. Poor seal design, and Ford absolutely refuses to fix them. They are, quite simply, incompetent"

Richard L., KY (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Water leaked from drain-hose connection to top of driver side front window pillar on inside of cab"

Richard S., AB (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Water leak around door driver side"

Francis S., MD (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rear window was replaced under warranty 4 years ago for a bad defroster. I didn't realize the new installation was leaking in the rear left top side. It is in a hard place to see the leak. It was running down behind the rear seat. I finally noticed the rear cab corner was rusting from the inside out which alerted me to the window seal. I did notify the dealer (NYE Ford, NY) but they wanted to do nothing about it."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"water is coming from the roof through the back window."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford F-150)

"water still leaking after 6 years"

J S., NJ (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The wind whistles in the passenger window or door"

Maria M., IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Seal and trim on drivers side door has torn and leaks a little. The trim holding it down had to be snapped back in place."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"weather stripping on passenger side front door was leaking when it rained. Repaired by dealer. Not covered by warranty."

Richard C., NC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"In cold weather the door weather seals ice up. They peel off the truck body when you open the truck doors."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Where I live there are four Ford trucks and I know exactly when anyone leaves as backing up and touching the brakes they sqeak terribly and the fellow next door has a very expensive brand new ford f350 and the same thing."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Rattle in the rear driver side door"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wind noise

"It sounds as if the door or the window is not closed well. You do not feel it any air coming in, it is just noisy."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 King Ranch 6.2-L V8)

"Wind noise at 70mph in the driver door. Multiple repairs by the dealer failed to correct the issue."

Al G., WI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The wind noise gets louder and is very annoying"

Jimmie D., AL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"I have looked at the seals... . The wind noise seems to be getting worse. Can hardly use the Bluetooth phone system at Highway speeds"

C M., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"There is a wind noise in the passenger side, rear door. Sometimes the weather stripping on that door does dislodge for no apparent reason."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"catalytic converter"

Donald P., GA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"EVAP Purge Valve stuck in the open position causing fuel tank to collapse. Caught the issue right away which prevented permanent damage. Was easy to diagnose and repair"

Edmond V., FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"The control devices were covered under warranty but it took me 3 trips to the dealer for them to finally get it right"

Marcella W., ID (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The catalytic converter had to be replaced along with the O2 sensors"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel cap

"door to the refill tube does not close as designed. Cost of new door was prohibitive."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"the gauge shows less gas than it has. Have tried to fix problem new sender etc to know avail"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-L V8)

"Problem has developed with the fuel level sensor. The three problems I've noted have to do with this. The check engine light goes on when my gas gauge gets to 3/4s full and goes off when I get to 1/4 tank. Local ford dealer wanted to charge me $75 to tell me what the codes were involved, went to local parts store and they told me what the codes where for free."

Arnold L., IL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuse and wire for fuel pump is undersized according to service report and it causes fuse connection to heat up and also burn out fuse. They had to replace that part of wire harness to larger gauge wire and lagrer amp fuse."

Jim J., CA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine light comes on"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"O2 sensor caused the engine to run very rich and used more fuel"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Check Engine light"

Jessica G., VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 6.2-L V8)

"Had multiple sensors fail causing the engine light to come on and prevent passing inspection"

Jay W., TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Dealer replaced sensor at no cost. Vehicle was certified"

Thomas H., OH (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The emission evaporator purge valve was bad. It was intermittent and took them a week to figure out which one of the sensors was bad"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"they were diagnosed to be defective and were replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Mass air flow sensor went out suddenly and made the engine run to lean making it nearly impossible to drive from a cold start. Was able to drive to dealer and replace for about $700"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

"Brought the F150 into a State sponsored emissions test facilities. The vehicle failed the emissions test due to sensors being Not Ready. Not sure how this happens, but was told to drive it another 100 miles and bring it in for a retest. Still awaiting the retest."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Out of alignment, I had them realignment and correct the towin"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Turning all the way to the left caused a loud buzzing noise and the ABS system would go out and the blinker would not stay on. I had to turn off the Vehicle and turn it back on to clear the issue"

Anonymous, ND (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"right side front leaked replaced both front struts"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Shocks needed replaced all around after 115,000 miles. I do quite a bit of towing and regularly haul reasonable heavy loads. I replaced them with factory original parts to keep the original suspension and handling characteristics. The originals did a good job for a long time."

Anonymous, MT (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion was replaced in August of 2016. Had to go in again a year later in August of 2017 and have it replaced again. Luckily this time was under warranty for the parts. Still had to pay labor though. Not sure why it keeps having problems."

Brady H., WY (2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-L V8)

"The entire power steering system needed to be replaced due to a non-functioning steering unit that caused vibrations, squealing, steering looseness, mis-alignment and other issues. This was a serious problem that could have caused a dangerous situation and possibly a wreck. I checked on-line and many other Ford F-150 owners for 2011-1014 trucks had experienced this same issue yet no recall or safety warning was issued by Ford or the government. The fix cost almost $4000 out of my pocket for what is obviously a faulty system. PLEASE LOOK INTO IT!"

Chris T., WA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Computer error message resulting in replacement of rack and pinion system. (Had been replaced with aftermarket items prior to, per mechanic)"

Cali Y., AZ (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Linkage makes a loud metal bang when turning and going over bump at the same time"

Larry B., TX (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Electric Steering Rack had to much play mechanically. Was replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The steeling position sensor failed and the rack and pinion had to be replaced"

Dave L., AB (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Have had to replace the rack and pinion almost every year now for the last 3-4 years. Keeps going bad"

Anonymous, WY (2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-L V8)

"Steering went out all of a sudden while parking in a lot, luckily almost in the space and didn’t block traffic. Part alone was $3,000"

Elizabeth L., TX (2012 Ford F-150)

"Lots of issues in the front end, linkage, steering. Again, very expensive to fix"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Tie rods

"Needed replacing of right one had to replace fuel pumps"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wheel bearings

"left front wheel bearing failure, caused vibration at high speeds. Mainly street vehicle odd to have a bearing failure less than 80000 miles"

Christopher D., KS (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died and wouldn't accept a jump. Had to call tow truck. Fuses had to be reset (they were fine but not fully seated for some reason) truck started (with new battery)."

Mike K., FL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Battery cables

"excessive corrosion on battery cables. Had cables cleaned and battery replaced but corrosion has began again."

Roger L., NC (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Electronic ignition

"turn the key; sometime starter starts, drags, stays engaged, or nothing. Usually okay. In 2017 changed out starter and computer, still erratic."

John E., TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Cool went bad"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Ignition switch

"It was an electronics problem. Cost $700 to repair plus towing."

Bryon C., IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"started to run bad shaking and rought"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Multiple spark plug and coil failures resulting in significant lose of acceleration"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Plug became loose, failed to work properly, caused truck to run rough and overheat. Ford dealer repaired problem, at a high cost"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"replaced plugs as regular maintenance. Hasn't run well since and dealer has not been cooperative"

Jon D., CT (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Ford told me the spark plugs were failing and so were the wires. This was at like 75,000...the plugs were supposed to be good for 100,000 miles...seems like a rip off. Ford said if it did not "code" then it is not warranty or smog related. It cost $900 to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Spark plugs, plug wires and boots had to be replaced. Engine was running rough and getting reduced gas mileage. This was disappointing since plugs on this vehicle was supposed to last 100000 miles before changing. This was and ECO Boost engine"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"recurring problem has caused numerous repairs"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Ford F-150 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Spark plugs had lots of miles on them. Time to change"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"Factory defect. #6 cylinder loss compression"

Ken L., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

"needed engine replacement. Obvious signs in bearings of loss of lubrication"

Stuart S., NV (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I took my truck in for an oil change and about a week later the check engine light came on. I had the codes read and it turned out that the cam phasers were in need of repair. I believe the dealership put the wrong oil in or did something else that caused the problem. They charged me $4K to fix it. two weeks later, the light came on again and it was an emission problem. That one cost me $500. I looked to trade it in and they shot me a ridiculous offer. The day after I got it back, the light came on again. Same code. This one cost me another $500. Turns out is was a tube on the top of the engine related to emissions that they had to remove to do the phasers so here too I think it was a result of their sloppy, or intentional bad work. This dealership is developing a bad reputation for this type of thing happening. Ford knocked off $1000 from my bill but it still ended up being $4K to fix a truck that ran perfectly before that. Bill Walsh Ford was the dealership. I will never go back there."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"The truck is currently at the shop. The reason is because of trouble codes that indicate a possible problem with the timing chain, but it has not been confirmed as of yet. The dealership is unable to determine the problem and is in contact with Ford Engine Engineers trying to figure out what to do."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Was thankful to have purchased an extended warranty as this item would have been very expensive to replace"

Kristen R., WI (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"timing chains out of clearance"

Ken C., MN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Truck made loud mechanical noise at cold start. The timing chain had to be replaced as well as the tensioners"

Vern R., IN (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Stretched timing chain on Ecoboost Engine"

Stuart S., NV (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"60000 miles turbo had to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Intake taking in water during rain and rapid acceleration. No recall but design defect and ford won't repair it. The engine will stall and there is a service bulletin about it. Major safety issue.....no support. $560 to "repair""

Pat L., MI (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Turbocharger bearings failed, caused exhaust system to overheat. Had to replace turbocharger and all exhaust system parts beginning with exhaust manifold and stopping just before catalytic converter"

Vern R., IN (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I recently had a check engine light come on that indicates it's a problem with the turbo but it hasn't been diagnosed yet. Tomorrow or Weds it will go to shop."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 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

"the back door doesn't open"

Alicia K., TN (2012 Ford F-150 3.7-L V6)
Glass defects

"rear window glass cracking/complete failure when exposed to low temperatures (0d F)."

Robert S., VA (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Go to activate heated seats and they cool instead"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Locks and latches

"This is one of the easiest door lock systems to defeat with a small screwdriver. My door lock was popped, along with 48 other fords in the same parking lot during a weekend. Police state that Ford's door lock is targeted by criminals in the area because they are so easy to pop...Replacement was almost $1100.00 with no improvements. I just do not have a way to open if the battery goes dead"

C M., TX (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

"The door on the drivers side that covers the gas cap does not close properly. I need to give it an extra push to keep it closed"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"power door locks fail to always actuate. the problem migrates from door to door and now resides in left-rear lock. it fails to lock or unlock. what makes it MORE irritating the placement of the manual lock (rear doors)! I can't reach the lock to manually lock/unlock unless I crawl thru the opposite side door, because they put the lock at the REAR of the door instead the front! Many people failed to THINK when engineering this truck! On another note, the windshield wiper/washer is a failed design as well! It is totally impossible to wet the windshield to clean it BEFORE the wipers begin wiping! So when trying to clear bug splatter, all I do it smear the dead bug with a dry wiper blade!!...and by the time the washer fluid sprays, the bug smear has dried to the point where I can't clean it at all! A REAL brain fart, Ford!"

Tim P., IL (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rear passenger door would not open"

Anonymous, ND (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Sunroof

"Sunroof was opened and quit working. Causing the sunroof to stay in an opened position"

Daniel W., CO (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Became disengaged from track in operation. Will now make loud grinding noise and not operate with push button"

Jason K., AZ (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Windows

"One of the rear electric window panels shattered while driving down the road. I was running the electric defroster at the time."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The rear window defroster in the back window went out within the 1st two years of ownership (new vehicle). Ford replaced the entire window (warranty). Then it stopped working again in another 3-1/2 years, this time it was a 50/50 split of $400.00 plus dollars. Now, it's out again, within a year of the other new window. I have another appointment in a few days for another new window. Each one is approx $800 to $1,000.00 because of the power sliding glass in the middle."

Mark E., OH (2012 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rear slider doesn't operate"

Richard G., NH (2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"aftermarket computer, hasn't really made any difference in truck operation."

John E., TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

"Replaced the PCM twice within 12 months. Kept throwing a check engine light but systems were within specs but Ford determined only way to solve problem was to completely replace PCM"

Kristen R., WI (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Computer had to be reprogramed twice along with changes to the intercooler to avoid engine stall out on hard acceleration in wet weather"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had to replace the turbo sensor"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"When warm at idle, the truck makes a tapping or knocking sound that comes from under the engine near where the transmission and engine meet. It only occurs when idling warm and not under acceleration or when the engine is cold. We cannot find a fix-"

Christopher H., VA (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Engine would cut out under load, leaving the vehicle severely under powered"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"This problem was related to the phasers that control the timing on the ecoboost engine."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel leaks

"Fuel is getting into the oil"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Oil leaks

"Rear seal on engine leaking. Required replacement."

Daniel C., CT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had a major oil leak that was very expensive to repair."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Advised by dealer that the timing belt cover was starting to leak. $2200 in labor and $300 in parts to replace the timing belt cover gasket. Also advised to replace the steering gear to the tune of $1300. Keep my truck in tip-top shape and follow all recommended service intervals, but still had to put $4500 into the vehicle."

Michael R., MN (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Red light came on. Catalytic converted was replaced on warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had to replace at 20000 miles. Computer said something was wrong"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"MESSAGE TO REPLACE"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Exhaust manifold

"It had to do with a temp setting in the exhaust manifold. Cost me about $250. Had the same problem with it about a year earlier"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Other/unsure

"The airbag light would come and go intermittently. I would check all the electric connections under the Driver and passenger seats. This would sometimes clear the light. I took it to independent privately owned shop and they fixed the problem. I t appears that the wiring routing under the seat is routed so that if you move the seat position many times it will loosen or compromise the connections. They also recommended I do not allow any thing under the seat that might interfere with the wiring or movement of the seat. They did not charge me."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The line from the over flow tank leaked due to faulty assembly by Fiord and the dealer failed to repair it in two attempts."

Al G., WI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Water pump

"water pump began leaking and needed repair. I felt that a water pump should have lasted longer than 75k miles. fairly costly repair and downtime of two days due to the dealer not having the part."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Went out at 61000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Was making a whining noise and discovered it was the torque converter."

William L., MI (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"a small transmission circulating line rusted and the transmission fluid leaked out. My first indication that anything was wrong was a shifting problem. The damage was already done so I needed a new transmission"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"A motor in the transfer case went out. I was about 100 miles from home when the transmission would not come out of 4X4. With a little help we were finally able to drive it home. Drop it off at he Ford dealer and it was fixed in two days. Told it was not a common failure."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
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