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.
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Reliability

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

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 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

"I connected my vehicle to my WIFI and it took a number of updates. After each update I would get a blue screen for 20 minutes or more during which I could not get a response from the system"

Daryl J., FL (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"The display screen issue happened a couple of times. I took it in to the dealership (under warranty) and they fixed the issue.."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)

"On occasion the display screen and steering wheel controls freeze. Stopping the engine for a period of time seems to clear the problem."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Just happened, where the entire screen froze. Radio would still work but couldn't change stations. GPS would not keep track properly and time froze as well. When I turned vehicle off screen stayed on. Finally, reset and has not re-occurred."

Bob C., MI (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Software update did not update properly thereby resulting in blank screen"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I am unable to control the volume on my radio."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Radio

"Radio will stay on one station and wont be able to change it, this just started.Radio station display will change on its own this happens all the time"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Wrong radio installed twice by Bayway Lincoln Mercury In Houston"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Routine software updates

"Could not interface with internet"

Anonymous, MO (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Software updates had to be done by dealership"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I usually do NOT carry a cell phone. The dash display keeps nagging me to add a device. I should be able to opt out of this if I do not want to participate!"

Anonymous, WI (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Software update fixes

"Could not pair with internet successfully"

Anonymous, MO (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Setting up FordPass has been an issue. Not working properly, Instructions don't help me and dealer said bring it in to get fixed"

Bob C., MI (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"vehicle stutters when backing up; slowing down to make a turn vehicle downshifts obviously hard; on starting vehicle has a "clunk" from the transmission area;"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Skips gears while pulling off and jerks. Goes from 1 to 3 to 5 jerking each time. Runs smoother as the vehicle heats up."

Anonymous, GA (2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"When you are slowing down from high speed the transmission slips roughly."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Transmission would jerk and make a loud clunking sound on occasion when cruising at freeway speeds and I would quickly step on the accelerator to pass. This would cause the traction control to briefly engage and truck would hesitate before it accelerated. It would also cause the cruise control to deactivate. Dealer reprogrammed transmission computer once and it initially helped but it's starting to happen again, though not as bad as before."

Anonymous, KY (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Brand new f150 with 10 speed tranny. Does not shift smoothly in lower gears. only 3000 mi so may be a bit early, but the 2001 f150 i drove for 20 years seemed to shift better. Also have to wait for it to go into gear before you take off. On my old one it was instantly ready to go."

Anonymous, WI (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"don't like the way the transmission shifts very hard upshifts and drownshifts."

Anonymous, KY (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"In 1/2 year of ownership there have been two transmission leak repairs. First was output shaft seal, where were advised not to drive the vehicle. Repair took a week and we got no loaner. We also ended up with stained driveway. Second repair took two days for torque converter seal (discovered while investigating engine oil leak). No loaner provided either."

Anonymous, TX (2019 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

"The sliding rear window leaks water."

Anonymous, IA (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"rear door weather stripping not installed caused water leaking. Fixed when addressed by dealer."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"The drivers side turbo had a rattle when started with a cold engine and was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rattle appeared within the first 3 months of owning the truck, behind the rear seat on the driver's side (crew cab) located in the wall of the rear cabin. Was noticeable and constant when reaching speeds above 45 mph. Had to take it to the dealer twice to repair it--first time they said was fixed but problem reappeared within a month and had to take it back in. Seems to be fixed since then."

Anonymous, IN (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"It was a noise under the dash that was annoying. I took it to the dealer twice with little success. I ended up putting foam between a few parts underneath and that solved the problem."

Anonymous, AB (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 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

"Cruise control would not work, could not get over 40 MPH, when came to a stop, engine would stop. It took 3 days at a ford dealer to find out it was a loose module in computer"

Anonymous, VT (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"problem with electronic controlled cam system. when engine is cold the engine sounds like a diesel and makes a distinct loud rattle."

Anonymous, SC (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"I have a recurring knock or ping with severe hesitations when accelerating. The truck also dies when idling. I've had the truck at the dealership several times and have had have solenoids replaced and may need to have the cams replaced if the problems persist."

Anonymous, MN (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Noticed oil drops on the driveway. The vehicle was more the 2qt (out of 10) low. But the rate of dripping did not seem to justify the amount lost. Dealer repaired. No observable loss now."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"the leak was interior and found when brought in for an oil change. the dealer has fixed it, we hope"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.3-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

"Headliner was cut too short and was dropping over driver's door. Horn would not blow unless you pushed on the bottom of the airbag. Dealer replaced airbag and headliner without charge."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Front passenger side had scratches that were covered with a paint pen by dealership driver that used it for personal use."

Anonymous, OK (2019 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

"there is a scratch on the hood from the edge to about the middle of the hood."

William H., WV (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)

"We are getting rock chip on the lower portion of the truck"

Tony S., MO (2019 Ford F-150)

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

Body control module

"first week of ownership step boards quit working to weeks later get a safety recall on module for seat belt 3 times for modules not sure of last repair and what system but was a recall"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Whenever it rained rear tail light would fill with water and short out the tail lights, this took 3 trips to dealer to fix."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Headlights

"it was a recall from Ford, stating the hi beams may not turn off when an oncoming vehicle was approaching. It was fixed."

Anonymous, OK (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"Aug 8 attempted to start vehicle remotely from inside house the vehicle felled to start attempted again with no luck. When outside and stood next to truck it finally started but after a long delay. the first two time received messages that truck failed to start"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 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

"The mid shaft cracked causing grease to drop and get everywhere."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"valve that engaged 4WD mal functioned causing grinding noise and damage to the parts. all parts were replaced by the dealer and works normally now."

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CV joint

"Found to be actively leaking at the first oil change at 4k miles"

Anonymous, MN (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 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

"All doors will open by themselves vehicle was sold and delivered to me with this recall vehicle spent 2 trips and 8 days at dealer to resolve"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"There is a dent on the bottom corner of the back door on the drivers side,it is from the inside out it looks like from the factory.there is a scratch on the hood my have come from the factory or dealer"

William H., WV (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The tailgate frequently open on it own even when the truck was in motion."

Mark K., MA (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-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

"Climate control would not turn on the AC compressor. This happened in the summer with the temps in the triple digits. Ford had to replace the AC module."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Diagnosed to be a leaking valve causing loss of refrigerant. Was not in stock; required additional wait & trip back to dealer. Replaced / repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"O-ring leak caused loss of refrigerant at less than 500 miles driven. Brand new."

Stephen I., MO (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"the same module affects all my issues"

Joel H., FL (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"faulty part, waiting on replacement"

Joel H., FL (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Upon first startup, vehicle would bog down initially. After run all was good. Dealer addressed."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Problems with shuddering in overdrive gears (8,9 10) when light acceleration is applied at highway speeds. Vehicle shudders and vibrates when trying to maintain speed uphill, or accelerating slightly on flat ground."

Anonymous, WV (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-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

"high oil comsumption"

Anonymous, KY (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor went out on the vehicle immediately after 1st oil change. The dealer "fixed" it with an explained electrical connection, but the problem occurred again 8 days later. This caused the service engine light to come on, the engine to overheat immediately, and the vehicle to go into "safe mode" or limp mode which was dangerous when it happened on the highway. The vehicle had to be towed in and because the part was on back order, it sat at the dealership for a full month plus."

Anonymous, WV (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-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.

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

Brakes

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Feb 21, 2020
DRL that cannot dim may reduce the visibility of other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018-2020 F-150 trucks equipped with high series LED headlamps with Autolamp (On/Off) functionality. The Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) may remain activated instead of dimming to parking lamps when the Master Lighting Switch (MLS) is manually rotated from the "Autolamps" switch position to "Headlamps On." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module, free of charge. The recall began March 10, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20C03.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V097000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 166196
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 12, 2019
Inoperative vehicle systems or an engine stall can increase the risk of a crash. Reduced braking and steering efforts increases the risk of a crash. This condition could also create a resistive short, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019-2020 F-150 vehicles. The fastener securing the Power Distribution Box (PDB) 12V cable and Battery Monitoring System (BMS) eyelets to the positive battery terminal may loosen and affect the vehicle's systems such as instrument panel displays and braking or steering assist. The engine could also stall.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the positive battery cable/BMS/PDB joint for excess sealant adhesive and remove any excessive adhesive, reassemble the joint, and retorque the fastener, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 25, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S40.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V805000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 135725
SEATS
Aug 28, 2019
A seat back with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018-2020 F-150 and 2019-2020 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty pickup trucks, and 2018-2019 Ford Explorer, 2019-2020 Expedition, and 2020 Escape vehicles equipped with driver and/or passenger's manual front seat back recliner mechanisms. Also included are certain 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles equipped with rear outboard seats and manual seat back recliner mechanisms. The recliner mechanisms may be missing the third pawl required for seat back strength, resulting in a loose seat back. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 202, "Head Restraints" and 207, "Seating Systems."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and Ford and Lincoln dealers will inspect the seat structure and replace them, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 21, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C07.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V633000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 639137
ENGINE, EQUIPMENT
Apr 08, 2019
A damaged cable could cause a resistive short, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2015-2019 Ford F-150 and 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty, F-450 Super Duty, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks equipped with an engine block heater and previously remedied under recall 18V894. During the previous repair, the block heater cable's splice connector may have been damaged.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will disable the engine block heater from being used. When replacement cables become available, a second notice will be mailed and dealers will replace the engine block heater cord, free of charge. The recall began May 31, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S11.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V278000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 131068
ENGINE
Dec 18, 2018
When the heater is plugged in, prolonged corrosion could cause a resistive short, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring which can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2015-2019 Ford F-150 and 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty, F-450 Super Duty, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks equipped with an engine block heater. Water and contaminants may get into the block heater cable's splice connector causing corrosion and damage.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will disable the block heater cable, free of charge. Once parts are available, Dealers will replace the engine block heater cable, free of charge. The recall began June 3, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S45.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V894000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 410289
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