The Ford F-250 has always had a single-mind focus: handle heavy loads and tough jobs. The redesigned 2017 model builds on that legacy by reducing the beast's overall weight and going heavy on refinement and technology. Of all HD trucks, the F-250 is a unanimous favorite among our staff.
Alerts
There are 6 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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2018 Ford F-250 has been recalled 6 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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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 2018 Ford F-250 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"The hose broke twice and I had to towed both times. First time it happened I was off-roaring and hit a dip. The second time I was stuck in the snow, I stepped on the gas and it broke again."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"torsion bar joint wear helps causing the wheel vibration"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Apparently this was part of the problem with the front end shake. The service dept. seemed to be very familiar with the issue as it seems to be a common occurrence with the F250 models"

Danny P., TX (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I am not sure what the problem is, but I don't know that Ford does either."

Anonymous, OK (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"When hit tough spot on road while going g through a curve, the steering wobble and vibrate very badly and make it difficult to steer. Slow down and it would stop."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Steering wheel vibration

"its called the death wobble. Its a known steering problem with F250s. There is a ford service bulletin out. The problem is serious at high speeds"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Very scary wobble of death at 15K miles. Had to stop on the freeway to stop the wobble. Steering wheel vibrated nearly out of my hands! Happened many times once it happened the first time. Ford put me off for 2 months before they had the part to repair. Don't know at this point how long the repair will last. I wish CR would write about this 3/4 ton pickup problem, particularly with the F250s."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Steering stabilizer was bad. Replaced under warranty. Tried to get dealer in Alaska to look at it but they said they didn't know what it could be and it would be a month before they could get to it. Took it to the dealer in Colorado I bought it from and they knew what it was before they even looked at it."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"I found later the problem was termed "Death Wobble", which could cause you to lose control with no warning. Ford Motor Company issued a Service Bulletin, but declined to Recall. Mine was first repaired at 9,000 miles, and again at 12,000 miles. at 12,000 miles, I had to wait 2 months for the repair parts. It was operable, but not safely. I now have 13,200 miles and just don't trust it. Ford Customer Care tried to be helpful. I feel they just have a design flaw."

Anonymous, OK (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Ford had to replace the steering damping shock."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Vehicle developed the death wobble at 75 mph on the highway. The front end of the truck began to shake violently and I had to pull over and stop completely to make it stop. Restarted, and 5 miles down the road it happened again."

Danny P., TX (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Tie rods

"tie rods replscement are part of the f250 service bulletin"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-250 King Ranch 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

Air or water leaks

"Water leaked in from front windshield finding its way down frame and into cab at the emergency brake."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Wind noise

"Appeared that the doors weren't sealing completely."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"noise mainly pulling a 31 ft. boat"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Ford F-250 King Ranch 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

Display screen goes blank

"Main mother board had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Hardware replacement

"Main master mother board had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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

Horn

"Horn completely stopped working March 2020. We have not taken it in to repair due to COVID-19"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Warning lights

"The emergency light goes on. When I turn the engine off and turn it back on, the light doesn't come back in. This happens every once in a while."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

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 caused front wheels to not engage when selecting 4WD mode"

Todd S., TX (2018 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Transfer case

"Vibration under the Drivers feet at highway speeds of 100 km/h or more"

Anonymous, NS (2018 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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.

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 Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

Climate System

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

Paint/Trim

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

Exhaust

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

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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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
STEERING
Dec 09 2020
If the steering locks, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Icon Vehicle Dynamics, LLC (Icon) is recalling all 05-UP FSD 2.5 Centerline Stabilizer Kits with part number 65050. The kits were sold as an accessory for certain 2005-2021 Ford F-250 4X4 and F-350 4X4 pickup trucks. The foam ring inside the stabilizer "through shaft" may block the piston ports, possibly causing the steering to lock up.
What should you do:
Icon will notify owners, and dealers will install a new shock assembly with a revised foam ring and steel support disc, free of charge. The recall began December 21, 2020. Owners may contact Icon customer service at 1-951-689-4266.
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: 20E090000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 102
STRUCTURE:BODY:ROOF AND PILLARS
Dec 11 2019
A vehicle fire could result if materials ignite inside the vehicle.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017-2019 F-Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 SuperCrew Cab vehicles with carpet flooring. If a front seat belt pretensioner deploys as the result of a crash, the sparks may ignite materials such as carpeting or insulation within the B-pillar area.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will apply heat resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation, and modify the B-Pillar insulation as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 20, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S52.
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: 19V880000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 490574
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:TAILGATE:LATCH
Dec 04 2019
Unintended tailgate opening may allow unrestrained cargo to fall out of the truck bed and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks equipped with an electric tailgate latch release switch mounted in the tailgate handle. Water may enter the electrical wiring system and cause a short circuit, activating the switch and releasing the tailgate latches.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the tailgate/frame wiring harnesses by adding jumper pigtails to isolate the tailgate release control circuits and will install a new tailgate handle release switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 20, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S48.
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: 19V864000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 231664
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Nov 12 2019
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 2018-2019 F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty trucks. The Daytime Running Lights (DRL) may not dim when the headlight switch is moved into the "On" position. 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 has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module (BCM) software, 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 19C10.
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: 19V808000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 86296
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL
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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