This version of the F-250 Super Duty has many strong points. The Ford-built Powerstroke 6.4-liter turbodiesel V8 got the best fuel economy among the heavy-duty diesel trucks of its day, while providing plenty of towing and payload-hauling capability. Cabin space is generous, with a large backseat and abundant storage. Nice features abound, including an optional tailgate step and built-in switches for accessories.
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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2012 Ford F-250 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"Replaced EGR cooler due to clogging, then shortly afterward had to replace DEF injection pump and sensors"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON and IT TOOK FOREVER & EXPENSIVE REPAIRS TO GET IT OFF -FOR NO APPARENT REASON !!"

Mark G., TX (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"TheEGR software shut my engine down - completely, along the side of the road leaving me stranded. It was discovered it was a software problem from Ford. Poorly engineered system"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Sensors failed on the system. System did not fail--but sensors said they would fail. Ford replaced sensors. Truck is going in again this week for another sensor failure on the exhaust--another one what will shut engine down completely"

Jay N., OR (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"EGT sensor went bad. Computer commands engine shutdown after notifying you that you have 45 seconds to get to safety. This could get you killed if you were on a busy road with no way to get to the side"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Message came up and said pull over immediately. Truck died and would not start again. Called AAA"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Same as other problem, I think"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Shut truck down; had to be towed; part replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"4 sensors in the exhaust line have failed at various time. 3 EGT sensors and 2 nox sensors and finally the diesel exhaust filter"

John C., OK (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"I had a engine ex host temperature sensor go bad. Also the DEV sensor went bad"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"We have had 4 sensors on the exhaust system fail. The system didn't fail; the sensor did. 2 problems we encountered will shut down the engine--unacceptable safety feature when far from home and out of cell range!"

Jay N., OR (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"The sensor for the DEF failed but was covered by the extended warrenty"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"all had to be replaced because 1 broke"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Engine stopped and would not start. Ford issued safety recall, hopefully to fix the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"EGT sensor maybe falsely signals too high of a temperature and the computer flashs a message STOP SAFELY NOW. Engine then quits almost immediately stranding a 3 ton vehicle whereever it happens to be, like going down a mountain, middle of the freeway"

Herb S., FL (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"The EGT sensor when bad. Warranty covered replacement"

Robert M., TX (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"faulting reading"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Changed the Track bar but did not fully resolve issue. Will be going to aftermarket to fix issue"

Ty G., TX (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"had a shimmy on very rough road. Ford replaced the linkage part under warranty, and fixed it"

Anonymous, WV (2012 Ford F-250 XL 6.2-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"Death Wobble caused by worn track bar"

Ty G., TX (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Caused by tire issue previously described"

Jeffery R., KS (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Shocks or struts

"Failure of one shock"

Mark F., PA (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Vehicle is a work truck and having a load in the rear caused the rear end to sag down which resulted in the front end being too high leading to steering problems"

Marc W., WY (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"20" Michelen tire went egg shaped. 60% of cost warranties by Michelen but two tires still cost my $360. I believe it caused tie rod problems. Ford dealer incorrectly diagnosed tire problem as balancing issue. Needs "forced" balancing equipment/proced"

Jeffery R., KS (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Wheel bearings

"Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"See other comment about rotors"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"Calipers failed to release on one side; severe overheating resulted; had to interrupt trip to have dealer order parts and replace calipers, brake line, turn rotors"

J D., NC (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Master cylinder

"The cylinder continues operate, loudly hum, after the engine is turned off., for several minutes"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Rotors

"As the wife, I am not sure about the part. However, the brakes froze up while driving. It required a $1200 repair. Supposedly, it was because the truck hadn't been driven enough"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"Rotors were warped due to sticking calipers"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"no brakes.. pedal goes to the floor"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford F-250)

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

"SOMETIMES WORK - SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T"

Stephen H., LA (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"Cargo light, linked with door interior lights. covered by same module"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"THE INTERIOR LIGHTS DO NOT WORK WHEN OPENING DOORS"

Stephen H., LA (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"Interior and cargo lights could not be turned on. Had to have a module replaced. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Service engine continually without alarms in information system. Problem was with DEF sensor not reading accurately or giving false readings"

Dewey G., AR (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Experienced increasing rattling inside one of the converters within the 1st year of ownership, but worsened over time. Finally became unbearably loud. Returned to selling dealer and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"The catalytic converter/exhaust gas filter failed at 40,000 miles and had to be replaced"

John C., OK (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Exhaust manifold

"both needed replacement"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"will not always sync correctly"

Tyrone P., TX (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"Sync would place phone in "privacy" mode and no way to clear except by turning off cell phone"

Ted D., CO (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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

"Camera doesn't work sometimes. Dealer won't replace because it works when at dealership"

Charles B., KY (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.2-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"connected to radio issue cause by service dept. Our other issue was the remote controlled mirrors quick functioning and had to be replaced"

Judith F., TX (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Radio

"satellite radio portion went out, had to replace and while we were waiting for parts, what they disconnected during the service of the radio caused GPS and clock to not work also"

Judith F., TX (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Voice control commands

"machine does not understand commands until I turn it off and restart"

Tyrone P., TX (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"A few weeks After scheduled coolant change which included pressure test, radiated developed a none repairable leak requiring total replacement at my expense. Thanks mr ford dealer!"

Raymond P., IL (2012 Ford F-250 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Both my partner's 2011 F-250 Diesel's radiator and mine failed and had to be replaced. His at 70,000 and mine at 72,000 miles - BOTH at or expense"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Overheating

"Had truck in twice for over heating and came to find out that it was a computer problem and after replacing some parts and taking four days to do it I got it back and said it was a computer issue"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Water pump

"Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"A small oil leak towards the rear of the engine resulted in a major tear down on my nickel. Thanks again ford!"

Raymond P., IL (2012 Ford F-250 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Over a year ago I had small leaks on water and oil.It was a seal on both cases. Under warranty dealer fixed the problems and have not encountered any more problems. Love my truck"

Jose C., FL (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Engine computer

"Exhaust fluid system is not calibrated correctly in computer and gives warnings. Computer had to be reprogrammed"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Wind noise

"Very annoying"

Donald B., MI (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"Wind noise from rear of the cab with canopy on Even more so with camper on"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"Wind noise around windows and door seals"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Blower failure during very cold weather, so no cabin heat, could not clear windshield"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Refrigerant leaks

"Early on we had to start adding refrigerant. Several times in the service dept at the dealership PLANET FORD they failed to find the until warranty was expired. They want $1900 to repair. Greatly disappointed in Ford Service"

Becky L., LA (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Since new the truck has always had a ruff shift"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Bad computer"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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

"Vacuum leak in 4wd system preventing front hubs from locking"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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

"gas door does not stay closed"

Ronald R., MI (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"It failed at 120000 miles which is unusual for a truck that low mileage and Ford would not fix I had to pay for it"

Dexter W., TX (2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"trim on gas door peeled and was loose"

Ronald R., MI (2012 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

Engine Major

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

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

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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
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Dec 08 2011
THIS WILL ALLOW THE OPERATOR TO INADVERTENTLY SHIFT THE VEHICLE INTO GEAR WITHOUT THE BRAKE PEDAL BEING DEPRESSED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH OR INJURY TO A NEARBY PEDESTRIAN.
Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 9, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2012 F-250, F-350, F-450 AND F-550 HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 12, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22, 2011. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 114, ¿THEFT PROTECTION.¿ THE TRANSMISSION CAN BE SHIFTED OUT OF THE PARK POSITION WITHOUT PRESSING THE BRAKE PEDAL DUE TO BRAKE SHIFT INTERLOCK SWITCH PROBLEM.
What should you do:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BRAKE SHIFT INTERLOCK SWITCH FUNCTION AND REPLACE THE SWITCH IF NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 22, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V582000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16091
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