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.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Cooling
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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 2020 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera works intermittently, heat seems to make it worse. Ford does not have replacement parks at this time, and schedule as to when they will."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Camera/software usually does not work, but sometimes it does. I'm waiting for the dealership to get parts to repair it."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"Works intermittently"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Intermittently the display would become fuzzy"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Backup camera only works about 60% of the time. When it works, it's great but when it does not work all I can see is a distorted image on the screen. It started doing this immediately after I took delivery of the vehicle from the dealer. I'm waiting for my first oil change to have the dealer look at/fix the problem."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN A MANUFACTORING ISSUE. GOT IT REPLACED"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Backup camera failed within days of my purchase. Have been waiting for a month for new parts. No date is promised. Was told to contact regional rep."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 Unsure 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Radio

"Radio freezes and volume can not be adjuste"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Routine software updates

"Received notice of GPS maps update 2 weeks after purchase. $40 for Ford-provided USB thumb drive or buy my own and download. I bought my own and downloaded update file. Plugged it in to USB in console, automatic update auto started. Console message said keep engine running and update could take up to 1 hr. Seriously?? Keep the engine running 1 hr for a software (maps) update?? No way! Took it do dealership and told them to do it since I'd had the truck less than 1 month. Their computer system was down....so couldn't do it. Gets worse...GPS Navigation system now won't even take a voice command. Suck quality control on a brand new truck."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Under recall. Clip on gear selector mechanism may be loose. Dealer has not looked at vehicle yet."

Anonymous, SC (2020 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission was under filled with transmission fluid by 25%-30% from factory."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission leaks

"The transmission has been cleaned by Ford Service Department twice and still have fluid on the pan, very concerning."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

"Drivers side lock failed within days when using the remote. After a two week delay the entire locking mechanism was replaced."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 Unsure 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"A defect in the connector to the rain sensor was causing the windshield wiper system to malfunction. However, my truck was so new (the first 2020 registered in Utah and this issue diagnosed in November, 2019) the parts required to repair the defect weren't even listed in Ford's part catalog for the selling dealership. So as a temporary fix, the mechanic simply glued the connector in place."

Anonymous, UT (2020 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

Differential

"The differential and parts of the axle were covered in rust from the factory."

Anonymous, FL (2020 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"The differential and axle were covered in rust from the factory."

Anonymous, FL (2020 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Moon roof squeaks on occasionally. Still happens after dealer allegedly lubricates it."

Anonymous, (2020 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

"Custom Bed Rug came lose 2 weeks after installation. Visually obvious not nearly enough adhesive used. Dealer advises that's all Ford has for the Bed Rug kit. Will remove and replace, but not optimistic. Glove Box molding is crooked, and will require a replacement. Apparently, Ford has it as a known problem, but couldn't fix it before building my new truck. Again...Suck quality control on a new truck."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

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

Mirrors

"The diver and passenger side mirrors vibrate when the truck is in motion. Took the truck in to be looked at. The passenger side mirror was resolved but the driver side still has slight vibration that is caught with your peripheral vision."

Anonymous, WI (2020 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.

Exhaust

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

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.

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Climate System

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

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
VISIBILITY
Sep 23, 2020
Reduced rearward visibility can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, Explorer, Mustang, Transit, Expedition, Escape, Ranger and Edge, and Lincoln Nautilus and Corsair vehicles. Due to a poor electrical connection, the rearview camera may intermittently display a blank or distorted image. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rear Visibility."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rearview camera, free of charge. The recall began November 17, 2020. Remedy became available on February 1, 2021. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20C19.
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: 20V575000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 620246
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Aug 10, 2020
Electrical arcing can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020 F-150 vehicles. An incorrect attachment nut may have been used to attach the battery positive (B+) power supply cable to the starter motor, possibly affecting the electrical conductivity, resulting in excess heat and electrical arcing.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the starter motor B+ power supply attachment nut, free of charge. The recall began August 25, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S40.
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: 20V467000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 431
POWER TRAIN
Apr 03, 2020
If the transmission selection does not match the indicated gear selection, and the parking brake is not applied, unintended vehicle movement can occur, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020 Ranger and F-150 vehicles equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions and certain 2020 Expedition vehicles equipped with a "police" package. The transmission shift cable lock clip may not be fully seated, allowing the transmission to actually be in a different gear than the gear shift position selected by the driver.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the shift cable locking clip installation, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began April 27, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S18.
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: 20V197000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 55158
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
TIRES
Dec 18, 2019
The damage can cause the tire to rapidly lose air pressure or detach from the wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020 F-150 trucks equipped with 17-inch spare tires. The spare tire could have been damaged when it was installed on the rim.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spare tire, free of charge. The recall began January 13, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S55.
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: 19V903000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33
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
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