Ford made a big splash in the pickup truck world when it announced that its top-selling F-150 would be put together with aluminum construction -- shaving about 700 pounds from the old model. The redesigned truck was also putting small-displacement turbo V6 engines front and center, with the idea to maximize fuel economy and performance.

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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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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 standard. ESC standard from 2009. FCW, and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

Ford made a big splash in the pickup truck world when it announced that its top-selling F-150 would be put together with aluminum construction -- shaving about 700 pounds from the old model. The redesigned truck was also putting small-displacement turbo V6 engines front and center, with the idea to maximize fuel economy and performance. Because many pickup trucks spend a lot of time in rural settings, it's a fair argument that Ford is betting the farm on these innovations.

In our tests, the reduced weight and high-tech powertrain wizardry pay dividends with an impressive 19 mpg overall with the 2.7-liter turbo V6 -- now paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission -- edging out all of its non-diesel competitors. (The Ram 1500 diesel still leads the class with 20 mpg overall.) The F-150's 2.7-liter and beefier 3.5-liter turbo-V6 engines provide plenty of punch even at low revs, with quick acceleration and effortless towing ability. You won't miss a V8 due to the V6 turbo's higher torque, but you might miss the V8's rumble.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
  • 10-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter V6 turbo (325 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (250 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (375 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (450 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (395 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 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

Apple CarPlay

"car play does not always recognize the usb cable connection even with different usb cables."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"When the cameras are wet they do not work properly"

Steve N., PA (2018 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Blurry camera is especially useless at night when the glare from the tail lights washes out the image. My Nissan Leaf has a great backup camera."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CD player

"During a 1000 mile trip the CD player was erratic. The first problem was that near the end of the 2nd CD of an audio book, the audio quit working. This was judged to be an over heating situation, since after turning the CD palyer off for a couple of hours the CD worked fine for about two hours then the problem would repeat. Near the end of our trip, the CD quit working completley such that the advance control would not work at all. All this happened after a part had been relpaced in the system under warranty. At this point, a warranty claim will be initiated withinin the next week."

Byard W., UT (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"CD player would freeze up.....had it to dealer five separate time and they could not repair"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"The CD player would player a CD for about 2 minutes and then quit playing. You could skip forward but it would not play. You could take the disk out and wait a bit and then reenter the CD, sometimes it worked sometimes it did not...the CD player has been changed out 2 times and the 3rd one in now quits once in a while. Frustrating."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Screen will freeze and sometimes will take a very long time to recognize the android phone that is paired with it. Sometimes it will stop working completely in the middle of an application. Not very impressed with SYNC 3"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

"With the screen freezing up I was unable to have GPS, radio selection at times, and / or Apple Play."

Denver B., KS (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Often when we touch the controls on the built in touch screen, there is a huge lag between the time we push the button & the time that it reacts. It is very annoying. Sometimes things don't change at all!"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch Unsure)

"module needed to be replaced and then software was reinstalled"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Screen would freeze from time to time and it would mess up bluetooth and nav system. Then next time I started it would be fine. Very frustrating. I took it to the Ford dealership and they said they would reinstall software and then give it back to me and if still a problem bring back in and they would replace the brain. I said no replace the brain now and they did. It solved the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"navigation screen sometimes does not display"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Touchscreen was not responsive. At first it was just the navigation but then it started with the entire screen. Could not use it"

Anonymous, KS (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Screen freezes up or is extremely slow after buttons are pushed. I have an appointment later this week & it should be covered under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"It started during the winter the screen would freeze up it interfered with my phone operation sometimes it wouldn't let the phone come on anyway they had to replace a module inside of it"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen would go blank intermittently. I took it to the dealer one day when the problem occurred and dealer replaced the electronic module behind the display. I have not had the problem since."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The dashboard display contains several fairly useful features. It is odd, but the display that shows what gear you are in works ~ 10% of the time. It doesn't affect function, just is annoying. Also the trailer toe detector - on the dashboard screen - doesn't consistently work."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"There have been a couple times where the screen doesn't come on at all. This got "fixed" but the touch screen control panel still isn't completely fixed, as the lag/freeze problem still happens."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch Unsure)

"Rear camera is sometimes black"

Anonymous, QC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"My display screen seems to go blank when there are drastic changes in the outdoor temperature.Happens in the morning when truck has been sitting all night. It maybe happened 4 or 5 times so far. The last time it happened I went straight to my local Ford dealer with the truck and the tech said that his computer was giving him a key problem reading. He wasn't sure what it meant. So i still have the problem as it has happened one more time since my last visit to the dealership. ??"

Anonymous, QC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"had to replace the screen display and module behind it."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Sometimes the display screen does not function, including the backup camera. It seems to be a random occurance."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The radio plays music from a memory stick and is supposed to play a list of songs. It sometimes plays about six and then stops."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Hardware replacement

"We noted it one day after purchase and it was repaired under warranty. It took Ford one week to get the matching part."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"We had the truck for only about 2 weeks, and the entire computer shorted out. It caused the engine to stop completely. The tow truck driver had a very difficult time getting it into neutral in order to load it on the flatbed to return to the dealership. It required the complete replacement of the motherboard. We have had no issues with it since."

Anonymous, OK (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS system simply did not work. It finally had to be replaced completely. After being replaced completely it has worked just fine. My son has had similar problems with his truck with the same result."

Lou J., TX (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.3-L V6)

"program had to be reset"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The distance to turn displayed is always inaccurate, varying from 50 ft to .25 miles. The dealership first upgraded the software, but nothing improved. The dealership tried replacing the GPS antenna and when that didn't help, replaced the entire unit."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The GPS system would freeze at times and indicate it was not available. Both of my issues were resolved when they replaced the computer board for my F-150 at the dealership."

Denver B., KS (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The navigation system quit working. The dealer had to order replacement modual. Took a week to get it and then the dealer had an issue with the setup that took 2 extra days. They provided a loaner after the first day. Works fine again now with no further problems."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Factory nav sux. My 8 year old Magellan works better"

Carl W., GA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"module needed be replaced then software was reinstalled"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Ford replaced the entire unit twice"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"NAV system would loose GPS lock and start drifting off actual course. When this occurred the entire info system also exhibited a 5-10 sec delay to any user inputs (button activations)"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 Raptor 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Began not working about a month ago. Took it in, they had to order a part. Installed part and now works"

Anonymous, KS (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"has map errors and I can't update map."

Anonymous, AR (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Loses satellite. Voice has speech impediment,"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Once they fix the unit I didn't have any more trouble with it right now everything's working fine but they had to replace the module inside it"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The issue seemed to be more apparent with Samsung than Apple."

Anonymous, ME (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Radio

"I can tune in SiriusXM stations, but I cannot pick up any AM or FM broadcast stations. The Sirius subscription, which came with the purchase, has since expired and I haven't tried it lately, but I don't care about it."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Routine software updates

"Trucks Sync 3 system WILL NOT update by itself as heavily advertised. Ford pushes it off to another division who pushes it back to Ford. 1 1/2 yrs old...no fixes. Bad purchase for $50k. Truck under warranty and they will not replace system, Ford corporate pushes it back on dealer"

Chris M., IL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The system will not pair up with my home computer. I can not update anything."

Anonymous, AR (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Software update fixes

"The radio/ touch screen/ blue tooth system was not working properly. My phone would disconnect, and not reconnect until I restarted my truck. The radio would freeze up, and need the truck restarted to work. There were several other radio problems, but all seemed to be fixed with the dealer doing a reprogram of the system."

Ron D., NY (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had electrical issues that effected the vehicle computer which caused the collision sensor to activate, seats stated to move on their own windows went up and down, it was fixed be reset, however did it again."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"wasn't able to update software, kept failing. dealer was able to resolve the issue and update the software."

Anonymous, ME (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"couldn't update sync on own. Tried several times and required vehicle to be running. Had to take to dealership. Took an hour."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"What updates and fixes? My truck refuses to fully install updates. I downloaded the MyFord App as I was told by a friend that this would "fix everything and I would love it". I could not hate it more, continue to have issues and the center control center (radio, sat nav, etc.) still seems to be operating poorly. My local Ford dealer thinks they can plug in and update/fix the system, though they would have to be plugged into the truck for an unknown amount of time. They did this to a truck recently and it took hours to fully update. I don't have time to sit around and wait for that!"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Voice control commands

"Almost worthless"

Carl W., GA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Wouldn't shift into gear, mysteriously. After several tries, magically started working. Happened on several occasions. Looking for a time to take it in to dealership for diagnosis & repair"

Chris D., TX (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rough shifting

"Noisy downshift when coming to a stop (1st gear)"

Stephane B., QC (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The 10 speed transmission periodically shifts hard and uneven."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"At times while towing my camper, there is a vibration from the transmission on takeoff, until it shifts to 2nd gear. The other problem is rough shifts from 3rd to 4th and 4th to 5th, after that it shifts fine. The dealer could not replicate it, so they couldn't do anything about it. For the towing problem, I told that that they are now going to experience it, without towing my camper."

Ron D., NY (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The transmission intermitently makes a clunking noise and a vibration that you can feel when up shifting and down shifting. The typically happens in 5th gear and when engaging in reverse 1 use of the day. It didn't start doing this until about 5,000 miles. I have noted this with the dealer 3 times with their response that the computer shows no code. It is very obvious and apparently this is a growing problem with these 10 speed transmissions."

Montero L., OR (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The new 10 speed transmission clunks hard shifting up to 4th and back out of fourth. It is hard enough I am concerned about u-joint driveshaft damage. Ford work on twice with updates...no better on my $50,000 truck!"

Chris M., IL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Consistently stumbles or stalls when shifting from 3 to 4 or 4 to 5 on first drive of every day. two dealers have tried unsuccessfully to correct it. Each dealer has made it worse. Each dealer has kept vehicle multiple days and each has indicated numerous code problems."

Wayne C., OK (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Transmission is constantly “hunting” in between gears when driving around town, jerky like it’s unable to decide what gear it wants to be in.. the transition between gears is awkward and not smooth."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"10 speed transmission is awful.......they lied and said it will adjust within 1k miles did not.....now its like they ignore me ..i will go back again and try or ask for a buy back as this is a lemons"

Anonymous, AL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"When slowing down the down shift is rough and you can feel it. Then when you speed up the up shift is also a hard shift. I feel it should be much smoother."

Johnny P., NC (2018 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Mine shifts hard ONLY into 5th gear during slow and go traffic type acceleration. drops into gear so hard that the rear differential clunks. any other time it shifts just fine. sometimes it seems to downshift slowly at highway speeds, so slowing to an exit, it will stay in 9th or 10th, when you accelerate out of the ramp, it abruptly drops to 7th or 8th pretty hard, but this is rare."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The 10 speed transmission is shifting roughly at lower gears... up and down for no apparent reason. Ford dealer unable to verify."

Jody E., CA (2018 Ford F-150)

"The transmission would bang into gear when shifting from 3rd to 4th gear."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Rough shifting.long delay hesitation to down shift when passing. Occasionally hard clunk when down shifting. Had trany reprogrammed....made no difference."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"On occasion the engine just it quits for a short period of time"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Viscous clunk on occasion... almost sounds like you hit something. This occurred in reverse vs forward but it happened in both."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"gears did not shift cleanly and quickly. hesitation occured."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Vehicle started jerking between gears on the 10 speed transmission. It started when I had about 3000 miles on the truck. It has become more of a problem."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Problem is on EVERY trip. When cold is much worse. 4th gear going up to, or down to, slams very hard, as though a loose trailer is attached. Known issue, had tranny reprogrammed twice....no help."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Very rough 3-4 shifting, worse when cold."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Shifting in low gears causes a clunking sound that we can't seem to stop."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"seems to pause when shifting between 7th and 8th gear, sometimes with a noise"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"at low speeds around town the trans is best described as jerky and clunky with lose motion in the drive train.theservice mana says the comput has to get used to the way i drive drove a 77 with 4speed and clutch 250000 miles much smother"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"transmission slips between 1st and 2nd gear (engine revs like it's in neutral for 2-3 seconds ) then goes in third gear.intermitent problem."

Stephane B., QC (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"I put 52000 on the truck in less than 18 months. I noticed intermittent hard shifts so, thinking I drive more than most, I asked the Dealership to flush the transmission. That's when more problems happened. There was transmission fluid leak which caused smoke & the transmission began to slip after the leaky hose was repaired. I didn't "punish" the truck by over-driving it while it had transmission problems. I once pulled over & had it towed to the Dealership, another time I drove directly to the Dealership. The Dealership then pulled the transmission, ran it through spec tests, called the Ford Hotline, and began rebuilding the Transmission. The truck has been at the Dealership for 14 weeks. Very frustrating..."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Transmission randomly acts as though it's in neutral"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"transmission slips often...told this is what this truck does"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Transmission computer

"It would not shift out of 1st gear. I had to stop, put it in park and turn off the engine. Then start the engine and it worked."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Adaptive learning needed to be reset, downshift issues"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Ford has been slow to develop software to correct the transmission issues.. and as a result slow to address the concerns. Trying to schedule this to be looked at by local dealer is sometimes 2-3 weeks out... versus for same week a year ago when scheduling routine maintenance on previous vehicle. Maybe their workload has increased that dramatically for other F150s with 10-speed transmission issues too?"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"rough shifting"

Anonymous, AL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Transmission jumps or pauses"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"A sensor or pump was at fault"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Rough shifting. The dealer reprogrammed. OK now"

Anonymous, GA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The truck has had transmission issues that got progressively worse over time. It would randomly stall at low speeds; almost like you shifted the truck into neutral. I would leave stop sign or pull into traffic and push down on the gas pedal several times with no movement from the transmission. It would occasionally "jump" into gear after stalling and then throw me forward. "Clunking" and rough sounds when shifting into/out of reverse. Local Ford dealer "flashed" and reprogrammed the transmission. Seems to be working much better now."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Took my truck in on three occasions... transmission also made Humming noise. Transmission fluid was low..."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Gear selector malfunction did not accurately indicate the correct gear"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Did not no something was wrong until I took it in for service"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Still in the shop. Initially Ford could not find problem, we were told to drive until the problem resurfaced, it quit on the highway."

Anonymous, RI (2018 Ford F-150 XL 3.3-L V6)

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

12V power plug

"Recall notice for potential fire hazard"

Todd C., SD (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

"Rear AC plug (not cigarette adapter) stopped working."

Jody E., CA (2018 Ford F-150)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Hood sensor was faulty causing alarm to trigger"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Body control module

"Suddenly, I was unable to unlock or lock the car from the passenger's side using the sensor on the door handle. Also, when starting the car, the driver's side mirror would move up and down for no reason, then return to the adjusted position."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"In freezing temperatures, there's a persistent issue with the rear passenger door not closing fully or the system mis-sensing that the door isn't closed which prevents the automatic step/running board from being drawn back up so that the vehicle can be driven. Bottom line, when it's freezing and frosty, I don't open the rear passenger door unless I have time for the whole vehicle to warm up. When I investigated this issue, there was no known resolution with Ford."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.3-L V6)
Cruise control

"it stopped working they had to replace its control module"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"drvr side tail light just went out, this one part had to be replaced, not repaired,luckily warranty covered as part alone was over 700 dollars"

Vernon J., TX (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Broken tailight discovered after one day of ownership. It was replaced by the dealership."

Chris R., NY (2018 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Tail light casing allowing water to seep in"

Thomas H., VA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)

"A ground wire came loose causing the tail lights and turn signals to become inoperable. The Ford dealership refused to troubleshoot since I had installed an aftermarket receiver hitch and camper shell on the vehicle. After discussing with a couple of friends, I started troubleshooting on my own and discovered a loose ground wire from the harness to the chassis. Problem solved."

Anonymous, NV (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Water build/standing in rear tail light. Light should be sealed"

Anonymous, VA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)
Gauges

"The Computer screen went blank that controls the radio and Heating and AC. The truck was in the shop for a week while they figured out what happened."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Headlights

"Absolutely terrible headlights and fog lights. All used basic halogen bulbs. I replaced the headlight bulbs with Sylvania Ultra Star high and low beams and the fog lights with LED bulbs....even now, I certainly have had better lights on many previous vehicles. Ford should be ashamed of putting such cheap lights on a high priced vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Headlights were totally unacceptable. They were way too dim. The vehicle was unsafe to drive at night."

Norman M., MD (2018 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

"The headlights are so poor that I had to stop driving during a rain storm because I could not see the lines on the road. Worst lights I have ever seen on a vehicle since the 1960's."

Donald S., IL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"factoty recall to ewpair problem. scheduled to be repaired on May 19, 2020"

Anonymous, AL (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver seat heating stopped working. Took 3 separate visits over a 5 week period for the dealership to get it fixed. Ford does not stock parts very well and you need to wait weeks to get them."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The motor for seat adjustment on the left side failed and was replaced by the dealer. I was not aware it was broken until the dealer diagnosed the problem on another visit."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The control pad on the side of the seat that controls lumbar and "active motion" is flakey. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not work at all, sometimes the button perform the wrong functions."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The cooled seats were impacted by the air-conditioning and resumed function once the AC was repaired"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Driver's seat heater stopped heating. Lower seat heating element and seat foam were replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Drivers side seat heater failure."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"seats stopped massaging. wiring had to be re-routes. failed to cool - dealer says operating properly"

Anonymous, AL (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Keyless entry

"The battery went into low power mode (dealer unsure why) and the keyless entry system would only work on the drivers door as a way to conserve the battery. A complete recharge of the battery solved the issue."

Anonymous, PE (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Door lock was frozen. Door opened while driving"

Anonymous, QC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"DOOR LOCK WAS FROZEN IN THE WINTER"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Warning lights

"Everything electronic quit except the engine and shortly a heavy rainstorm happened. I had no wipers, turn signals ,running lights, power features; nothing."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"could not solve the engine light problem. Reset from 4 different dealers, always came back on. Finally took it back to dealer where purchased, had it for half a day to figure out it was a loose ground wire.A couple of dealers gave smart ass answers to just ignore it or cover it with tape-not impressed."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"When it is raining, I would get notifications that the trailer is connected, then shortly later that it was disconnected, even though I never had a trailer connected. The dealership replaced the trailer light coupler on the rear bumper under a campaign by Ford. Unfortunately, it still does it."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"The motor would stop working in random times. Mostly if the rain was intermittent, the partial dry windshield would create too much drag and the wipers would stop working in the middle of the stroke and obstruct your view while driving. Nothing would make the wipers work but they would start working again the next time you drove the truck."

Amber W., MT (2018 Ford F-150)

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 integrated wheel end components failed due to a air vaccum leak"

Michael T., FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"low fluid in transfer case"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"I had a noise generated by the 4 wheel drive EVI on acceleration that sounded like the engine was going to blow up. It wouldn't do it all the time so was hard to get a mechanic to hear it. I left it with the dealership for 4 days and on the 4th day he heard it and changed out the EVI cylinder and air lines. The problem seemed to go away but after about a month it came back. Thinking of trading this Ford for a CHEVROLET which I never had problems with."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"very loud intermittent grinding noise"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"while driving a chatter happened from the front left wheel area. It was real sporadic. kind of sounded like a heat shield,."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Noise in the front end when turning the steering."

Darryl K., AB (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"front left wheel noise relating to vacuum driven gear engagement. Periodic problem just defined...must be a service notice out on issue"

Anonymous, OR (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Problem with the vacuum tubes that run that 4WD system in the front of the vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"IWE not enough vacuum to prevent front wheels from attempting to shift into 4WD Low at highway speeds. This is a known issue with TSB's issues."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"17000 miles"

Anonymous, ND (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"4 WD engaged die to vacuum system failure"

Anonymous, ME (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The IWE check valve had to be replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)

"I starting experiencing a noise in the drive train about 6 months after purchase. Took it to dealer 3 times before determining it to be the actuator for IWE system. Everything was fine for several months and then noise returned occasionally. After putting up with noise for several months, I took it to another dealer and explained the problem. They had seen this issue quite a few times before but let Ford engineering decide what to replace again. After changing out both actuators twice, wheel bearing on driver side, transfer case and hoses to actuator, problem still existed. I read in a mechanics forum that the noise usually is caused by either the vacuum pump for actuators or the solenoid which controlled the actuators. I asked them to change these and they did. It's been 3 months now with no noise so hopefully the problem is fixed. I figured up that Ford spent over $2000 in parts when it could have been taken care for less than $100."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Grinding noise from left front of engine compartment, usually shortly after starting off. Repaired under wty. Mech said it was the vacuum system that engages 4WD."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Grinding noise from 4wd actuators. Ford says they can't replicate the issue so it hasn't been fixed even though it seems like every owner has had this issue."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Differential

"Defective front differential in 4x4 mode, bad grinding and rumbling when engaged"

Paul D., NH (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"In the past 9 months I have had my Front diff rebuilt once (Nov 2019) and my Rear diff rebuilt twice (Nov 2019 & July 2020) clunking, whining noises and leaking. It was repaired under warranty both times."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Leaking. Replaced on warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"There was an internal issue that resulted in a grinding noise when turning. The problem occurred any time I drove it. It started after about 1 year of ownership and went on for a few months before I made an appointment to have it looked at. It was cheaper for the dealership to replace the entire differential than to rebuild. It was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Driveline vibration

"At about 37,000 miles I was hearing a LOT of road noise...which I thought was my OEM tires starting to go or getting chopped. It wasn't. After speaking with other 3 - 4 current F-150 owners, many said it was the front, driver-side hub and bearing assembly. I took to Ford dealer and that was it. Replaced under warranty at 43,496 miles. No issues with it since."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"At speed up to 25mph and speeds from 25mph to a complete stop vibration emanated from drive shaft which indicated to me it was out of balance, never dealt with this issue and I was dealing with oil issues all the time"

Anonymous, ME (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"A tire-like noise was heard coming from the front of the vehicle. It turned out to be a bad right front wheel bearing which was repaired under warranty. I was able to drive the vehicle but did not drive much until the bearing was replaced. Just occurred at 21,009 miles."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Stability control (ESC)

"both ESC and traction control lights came on, steering became heavy and lack of power"

M G., CA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Unreliability and the reliance to be assured of the performance required to navigate a road condition"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"ESC light came on as well as abs light and steering got heavy. Twice in to dealership, replaced battery and then rear wheel sensor. No further problems"

M G., CA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The wheel bearing had to be replaced at 28000 miles, and some sensors had to replaced at 40000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Traction control

"same as with the ESC"

M G., CA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Slippage problems caused traction problems"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transfer case

"Defective motor in transfer had to be replaced and rebuilt transfer case"

Paul D., NH (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine was missing on one or more cylinders. Ran very rough."

Norman M., MD (2018 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

"Crank case sensor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The computer controlling the fuel octane reading failed to switch from E85 back to 87 octane. Engine ran rough. Codes were reset and told not to mix 85 and 87 fuels together."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"Continuous attempts to fix an engine knock including removing the cylinder heads and replacing various parts."

Geoffrey P., ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Thought we had a cold start issue. It took Ford 2 days to figure out the phasers were bad and replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"had to step up to mid grade fuel to eliminate ping"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Engine is very load ticking sound, usually after it heats up or has run for a bit. Ford insists this is normal engine nosie for this engine."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"When I went into my Ford dealership for a routine oil and filter change, they noticed that my oil pan was leaking. They had to replace but didn't have the parts in stock. It was very inconvenient to wait 4 hours for an oil change only to find out I would have to leave my truck and use their loaner car. I live an hour away so it was a big inconvenience having to come back again for a repair where they should have had the parts in stock."

David R., CA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"excessive oil consumption with a new vehicle, one quqrt in 3000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The seals/gaskets were improperly installed on the turbo oil line."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Oil leak was found during six month service. leaking on skid plate, none on ground. Need truck 3 to 4 days to repair leak. Ford well not release part for another week and then another week to get it in for repair."

Robert T., WA (2018 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"I have had my "plastic" oil pan replaced 4 times in the 27 months that I have owned the vehicle. They have to keep the vehicle overnight to ensure it sealed properly when the put the new one in, a huge inconvenience. This has been done under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Known issue with cylinoid associate with eco boost."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Began at new, have excessive oil consumption of about 1 quart per 3000 miles and it has continued"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"oil plug horrible design had to have it replaced due to oil loss and garage floor staining"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"After purchasing this vehicle new, a major oil leak developed after 500 miles as a result of a failure in the oil line connected to the turbo."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Oil pan gasket started leaking. Dealer had to replace oil pan gasket. No problems since repair."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Dealer found oil leak during routine maintenance and repaired under warranty. Took 5 days of downtime and a return visit to complete the repair."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"from new, it uses about 1 quart of oil per 3000 miles and continues that problem"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"The issue was oil consumption. The dealer after several attempts reprogramed the engine and the problem was eliminated. It took almost 18 months to solve the problem. I had been burning 1-2 quart of oil every 2000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2018 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

"Water intrusion in the rear doors. Doors freeze shut in winter. If able to open doors wont engage latch and therefore can't remain closed. Recalled by Ford, Repaired and still leaking. 2nd appointment made to have it repaired."

Bastone P., NY (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Water leak from sunroof."

John D., CA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The sun roof started leaking. I have brought it to the shop. They are working on fixing it."

T D., LA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Apparently a hose was broke that connected to the sun roof. Water leaked into the cab."

Anonymous, UT (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rain water came in through the top of the truck. Took vehicle in three times for repairs. Each time, we were assured that the problem had been located. The first two times, it had not. We were told that the water leak was from a crack somewhere in the sunroof tracks."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

"Sunroof leaks and water runs down the door."

Anonymous, LA (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch Unsure)

"Water leaked through down through the inside lighting panel. They sent it to the body shop who could tell it was leaking... duh, finally after a week it went to service people who ended up replacing the whole sun roof panel."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rear window was leaking"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Water / moisture entered drivers and passenger doors and caused complete lockout of the doors. That happens in the cold weather, the door locks freeze. Repaired by the dealer and corrected the issue for the most part, but continues in extreme cold climate"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Puchased truck new, within 1 year it had developed a serious leak near the top of the windshield and/or in the moonroof. Dealer kept telling us it would be done tomorrow. They kept the truck for a week and at least 3 of those days it was sitting on the lot not being worked on. About 6 months later the leak was back and worse than ever. We're trying to get Ford to fix it through someone other than the original dealer. We'll never buy another Ford."

Debra R., MI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"I had squeaks from the moon roof & the dealer resealed & problem was gone."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"moon roof rattles"

Sandra S., MA (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Moon roof rattles when driving on surface streets."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"They was a winding noise that was identified in the axle & dealer resolved."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"I find there are more noises when this truck initially starts but go away once warmed up. The dealer hasn't found anything wrong."

Lewis D., ON (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"There is a rattle in the passenger side mirror mount"

Anonymous, UT (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"There are major rattles on the driver side and the dealership can't get it fixed. It has been in the shop 3 times for this issue."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Wind noise

"Excessive wind noise when traveling at 55 mph or more. I have been in friends other similar Ford F-150's and they do not have this wind noise. In fact, the cabin quietness in these other vehicles was paramount to my purchase of this truck."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"It is more road noise that seems to come from the rear passenger area and rear doors. Wish I would have had it undercoated. That may have helped."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The truck is simply noisier than when we first drove it off he lot. Not sure why"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-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 passengers door (RH front) doesn't always close unless you shut it harder than normal. The dealer found the door is not aligned exactly right to hit the door striker. Ford did not make it adjustable. The only fix they offered was to put it in the body shop and pull the door and frame. I declined the repair."

Decarli S., MI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The primary issue with the doors is they won't seal effectively. The wind/road noise is very bad."

David G., WI (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The problem didn't happen in the last year - it was right after delivery. The passenger door had to be closed much harder than the left to close it. They found it was body alignment that they can't adjust. Body shop would have to do the repair. I elected to leave it alone."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Drivers side door failed to latch on closing. Had to have vehicle towed for repair. NHTSA recall notice covered repair. A second repair notice required followup shop visit for further work on same problem"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford F-150 XL 3.3-L V6)
Glass defects

"Windshield developed crack. Dealer had to be something hit it. That was highly unlikely because it happened overnight and nothing could have hit windshield. I paid $600 to fix it"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Locks and latches

"Driver door would not latch. Ford Customer Care Program provided a fix for the latching problem."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford F-150 XL 3.3-L V6)

"Continuous freezing of the door locks despite multiple TSB repairs."

Geoffrey P., ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"rear door latch assembly would not catch unless door was slammed"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The locking tailgate would intermittently not unlock. Solenoid defect was the problem."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Door latches would freeze so that the door would not latch closed. Still occurs occasionally after recall repair."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Tailgate latch failed, so I could not access the bed of the truck. The latch was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"Vehicle was subject to TSB issue, and eventual recall, that occurred in freezing weather. Started in December 2019. If it rained or there was melting snow or ice, that moisture would invade the door cavity. locks and latch mechanisms including encased cables were saturated, and then there were several days of frigid weather. Doors could be usually opened, but then won't latch when closed."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The door locks were freezing and would not latch. This was corrected by the dealer"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Sunroof

"I really feel Ford should have put more technology when installing these sun roofs on Pickup trucks. These are put through a little more rigorous use than with a regular car."

T D., LA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"1 of the big selling points was the double moon roof...I do love being able to have the feeling of openness and daylight. At 2.5 years old and without excessive use the rails need to be replaced because the moonroof will not slide open; it goes up fine, but will not slide open. If you're going to put such a feature in a vehicle use components that aren't going to break with such little use...I'm waiting for the moonroof shade/screen motor to go next...all of which are expensive repairs."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"sunroof opened past the sunshade, causing sunroof to not close. was supposed to rain, contacted dealer, was told to drop off. dealer had vehicle 6 days, made temporary repair while parts on order. when parts came in they had vehicle for 2 days for repair."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The tailgate does not close properly as the bed itself is not 100%centered. I had a bed cover installed and because if the tailgate it leaks. I've been to the dealer 3 times about it, they have failed to adjust it properly, I gave up."

Gregg T., AL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The solenoid unlocking the tailgate failed to work. It was an intermittent problem. The tailgate would not open when activated manually or by remote control. Had to take the truck to the shop to have it replaced (the solenoid)."

Kirk F., OR (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Tailgate opens by itself. This truck has had more problems than any auto I have ever owned. Complete failure of entire driver assistance systems. Sheetmetal issues (roof over cab is too thin and supports are breaking through). Numerous safety recalls"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"vehicle pulls randomly in both directions."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The truck continually drifts into the left lane."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"ALWAYS PULLS LEFT. 2 ALIGNMENTS NO FIX YET."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Electronic or air suspension

"Outside temperature display takes a long time, about 10 minutes, to adjust to new outside temperature when I resume driving."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Power steering leaks

"The power steering assist became unusable so it was undriveable"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Same issue , made truck undriveable"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Shocks or struts

"There was a clunk noise when making slow turns. The dealer determined that the rear shocks were defective."

Lewis D., ON (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Factory front left shock was leaking oil. Dealer replaced under warranty. No further problems with it."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Left front shock needed to be replaced because of a leak."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Constant vibration early 2019. Front and rear. Neither covered by vehicle warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"When making turns we started hearing a "clunk"; like an empty tin can bouncing against something. Another vehicle turned up near the same time with the exact same issue. The dealership changed out the springs; I'm not sure but I believe they were leaf springs. It drives very well now."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The leaf springs at the rear of the truck are too rigid, when the truckits making a turn and goes over a bump the rear end of the truck give you the sensation of loosing control of the vehicle, this mostly happen with an empty or no heavily loaded bed."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Unsure)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Since it was purchased, vehicle wanders in both directions. Alignment has been checked three times and alignment is ok. Dealer says that the factory is aware of the problem, but after 18 months, no solution yet. All they know is that the problem is with the steering."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Wheel bearings

"One front wheel bearing failed under warranty. Was found during regular maintenance inspection."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I'm not sure it was wheel bearings, but I think so. At and above 45mph, the truck would shudder as I drove on smooth roads. The mechanic said I'd been driving on gravel/dirt roads and dirt/mud had gummed up the bearings or something - pretty typical he said, and an easy fix - just clean it out. He did that, and it's been fine since."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"There was a failure of the left front wheel bearings. The dealership replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 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

"2018 5.0 engine burns oil every 2000 mi.not just me almost all. Check."

Kenneth T., PA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Burns 1 quart oil or more every 1,000 miles. Currently under TSB-2058 and oil consumption program. TSB states if it burns more than a quart in 3,000 miles, replace engine. I'll burn 3 quarts...on my way to new engine. Then, get rid of this truck and never look at Ford again!"

Anonymous, AL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Same as previous"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Cam issue with the engine, currently in repair, parts are back ordered for approximately 1 month so I will be without my truck for 5 weeks. Still in shop, Ford gave me a Loaner F150 crew can to drive at no cost."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Failure and lack of compression in #1 cylinder, causing smoke on start up. Ford replaced engine with a brand new Eco-boost at 16K miles. Excellent outcome."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"the engine started burning and excessive amount of oil. The heads were replaced to start. Then after approximately a month it started burning oil again and at that time the engine was replaced. All work was done under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

"cam phasers needed replacement making noise. Cam phasers replaced and shortly thereafter the timing chain broke. The block and heads then required replacement. runs great now."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"At 1000 miles I checked dipstick for oil level after reading about issues with oil consumption on the internet with the 5.0 L V8. There was no oil showing on dipstick which indicated at least 2.5 quarts low. Took truck to dealer and they placed vehicle in a "oil consumption test". They changed the oil/filter and placed a notch in the dipstick and told me to check level every 200 miles and if the oil level got down to the notch within 2000 miles to let them know. Level steadily went down and with the odometer at 2973 oil was down 3/4 of a quart. Dealer extended the @test" for an additional 1000 miles and when the truck had 3500 miles on odometer oil was down on quart. Dealer informed me that Ford would replace engine with new 5.0L. Three weeks later they got my truck into the shop and two weeks after that truck was delivered back to me, mileage at that time was 3800. Almost immediately noticed that this engine was using oil as well and dealer placed truck on another "oil consumption test". Well at this point I have decided to unload this piece if crap and will undoubtedly take a huge hit in a trade but I'm sick of going back and forth with issues, will never consider a ford or CHEVROLET again"

Anonymous, ME (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"Ratcheting or clicking sound upon a cold start each morning and after work. Dealer said it was normal."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The timing chain and oil pump replaced u see warrant."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Vvt actuator module failure. Repaired under service bulletin/ warranty"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"High pressure fuel pump broke loose, even after recall service on the bracket that holds the cam-driven pump to the head."

Tom T., OK (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"makes clatter noise on startup after sitting 4 or 5 days"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"On Dec 25 in Phoenix I was driving and could hear a whine from the engine, sounded like the turbo but much louder, check engine light came on so I took it into the shop the next day. They kept it that day and the next and I got it back Dec 28."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Crank case vent system"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford F-150 XLT Unsure)

"Failed inspection due to catalytic converter on one side of engine, later converter on other side failed."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Had serious oil consumption problem. Drive 300 miles, had to add half quart of oil. Service note at dealer indicated a faulty emission valve. Had it replaced, no issue since."

Anonymous, KS (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"Direct injector failed. Engine vibrated violently and stopped. Dealer needed Ford engineers to figure out, which took 2 days. Spent 1 week in the shop."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Service engine light came on. I took the car to the dealer . I was told there was a TSB 18-2310 active. They replaced the fuel injectors. Problem solved."

Elijah W., GA (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Fuel pump

"The engine began running rough right after starting up and then died after driving a short distance and the Check Engine Light came on. I restarted and drove a short distance and it seemed to run normal. I brought the truck in the next day and the technicians identified an intermittent short in the fuel pump relay. The technician recommended replacing the relay that could completely fail at a later date leaving me stranded. I opted to have the repairs done which took two days and was completely covered under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-150 Raptor 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had oil consumption issue. After driving about 300 miles, had to add half quart of oil. Dealer did some testing/diagnostics and Ford service note advised to replace some sort of valve. After repair, have had no problem since. Fuel pump is NOISY. A tapping sound almost like a valve tap. Dealer said Ford is aware that the fuel pump is noisy and nothing could be done!"

Anonymous, KS (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"replaced 4 times. Engine light still comes on"

Dave H., ON (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Started at 29000. No disruption of driving. Dealer replaced it within 2 days"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Ford F-150 Raptor 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"2 sensors on the same side of exhaust pipe went bad at different times. Mileage is no where close to the 23 estimated on the highway even in economy mode. the best hwy mileage is 20."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 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)

"Dead cell? Auto engine shut off would not function until battery was replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Coil

"an ignition coil and spark plug had to be replaced on a two year old truck that wasn't covered under the drive train warranty"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Electronic ignition

"My truck starts with a fab. Although I had the fab in my hand the truck did not start and indicated with a dialog box that a key was not present. The shop had my truck, removed the dash and found wires that were bent and some broken from the dash installation. The wires were repaired and the truck starts all the time."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"After 1000Km there was an ignition miss fire which caused the vehicle to have a different exhaust smell, sound and look."

Michael M., ON (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Ignition switch

"Key would not turn in ignition. When I called for help I was casually told oh, that happens somtimes if the wheels are turned too far. Absolutely no help in correcting the problem. Only assistance offered was to send a tow to the dealership (with over an hour's wait.)"

Samirah A., MI (2018 Ford F-150 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Starter

"Truck had a loose wiring harness connection that was when my original dealer reviewed,it was quickly fixed. The local dealer looked at it first and couldn't figure it out. Very happy with a quick and successful fix."

Anonymous, NV (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 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

"The plastic door trim along side the window on the front passenger door was slightly cracked when delivery was taken. It was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Loose tail light assembly."

Anonymous, UT (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint quality is very poor. There are at least three areas where the exterior black paint is just missing. The undercoat is dark blueish colored so not real obvious but the paint application is very poor quality."

David G., WI (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"When truck arrived at the dealer it has over 6 flaws in the paint. Dealer was not sure if the truck had been damaged in transport and repainted. They sent it to body shop for 4 weeks. All problems were not corrected; for I wanted my truck back."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The paint will scratch with very little abrasive action. I scratched the passenger door paint by rubbing hard on some dirt while washing the truck. A cat scratched the rear of the cab climbing on the truck."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rust

"The entire drive train is covered in rust including the frame, rear axle and pumpkin. Looks like it was never painted."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 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

Master cylinder

"Loss of fluid. Loss of braking. Almost killed my family."

Jimmy E., (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Premature brake wear

"I pulled a recreation trailer (RV) and stopping and going across country caused the brakes to wear out sooner than normal."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"The back brakes had to be replaced at 21000 kilometres."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Regular brake failure

"Loss of brake fluid. Loss of braking. Almost killed my family."

Jimmy E., (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"I noticed a check engine light on for two days & it went out. I have Allstate drive wise & they sent me an email telling me about a problem with the catalytic converter. Took it to Ford & it was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The Catalytic converter continues to fail and has been replaced 6 times. Ford has agreed to buy back the vehicle per Florida Lemon Law."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Other/unsure

"several blind spots are dangerous."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The truck displayed an error code. The dealer found the problems when checking it. All service was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Truck has been at Dealership for 12 weeks. Each time they say they'll have it ready they find a missing or incorrect part. The parts supply chain has been sketchy."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The cooling hoses began leaking. The leak was enough that heat was lost to the interior which alerted me to the fact that the coolant was low. Ford replaced all these hoses under warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Overheating

"Temperature sensor became faulty with 4000 miles and caused the vehicle to go into limp mode. It took 8 days for the dealer to receive permission from Ford and replace the sensor."

Thomas B., OH (2018 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

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

"The climate control system, air-conditioning specifically failed and was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Two problems. First, air does not flow to the rear vents, unless the front vents are closed. Second, the blower that pushes cold air to the ventilated seats, starts blowing hot air after 10 minutes."

Steve S., MN (2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
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