Ford F-150 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford F-150 owners have reported a total of 21,169 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Ford F-150. The 1997 Ford F-150 cars have the most problems reported (2,766 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Ford F-150

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 F-150
56
  2017 F-150
136
  2016 F-150
487
  2015 F-150
630
  2014 F-150
477
  2013 F-150
1,383
  2012 F-150
1,388
  2011 F-150
1,760
  2010 F-150
820
  2009 F-150
299
  2008 F-150
327
  2007 F-150
495
  2006 F-150
564
  2005 F-150
1,123
  2004 F-150
2,071
  2003 F-150
414
  2002 F-150
815
  2001 F-150
1,243
  2000 F-150
1,088
  1999 F-150
1,062
  1998 F-150
1,390
  1997 F-150
2,766
  1996 F-150
319

  Common problems of Ford F-150

The following chart shows the 28 most common problems for Ford F-150 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (3,800 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,949 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford F-150

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
3,800
  Power Train
1,949
  Visibility
1,809
  Service Brakes
1,783
  Electrical System
1,777
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,409
  Steering
1,284
  Structure
1,095
  Gasoline Fuel System
971
  Equipment
806
   
  Tire
794
  Air Bag
768
  Other Fuel System
712
  Suspension
629
  Wheel
301
  Seat Belt
266
  Unknown Or Other
234
  Seats
223
  Exterior Lighting
201
  Latches/locks/linkage
115
  Electronic Stability Control
109
  Parking Brake
54
  Interior Lighting
47
  Air Brake
14
  Traction Control System
7
  Child Seat
6
  Diesel Fuel System
4
  Forward Collision Avoidance
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Ford F-150 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across F-150 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Ford F-150 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across F-150 Model Years

F-150
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 136437,8591    
0.31
  2016 487525,9722    
0.46
  2015 630437,2303    
0.48
  2014 477540,0494    
0.22
  2013 1,383631,8425    
0.44
  2012 1,388363,7336    
0.64
  2011 1,760378,9877    
0.66
  2010 820448,9598    
0.23
  2009 299207,7319    
0.16
  2008 327351,78910    
0.09
  2007 495425,72711    
0.11
  2006 564506,28212    
0.09
  2005 1,123528,83013    
0.16
  2004 2,071530,22714    
0.28
  2003 414492,83415    
0.06
  2002 815500,78916    
0.10
  2001 1,243589,96017    
0.12
  2000 1,088456,69718    
0.13

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Ford F-150 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 F-150
55
  2017 F-150
77
  2016 F-150
209
  2015 F-150
149
  2014 F-150
41
  2013 F-150
236
  2012 F-150
217
  2011 F-150
116
  2010 F-150
80
  2009 F-150
38
  2008 F-150
45
  2007 F-150
56
  2006 F-150
65
  2005 F-150
77
  2004 F-150
252
  2003 F-150
51
  2002 F-150
28
  2001 F-150
98
  2000 F-150
76
  1999 F-150
96
  1998 F-150
113
  1997 F-150
136
  1996 F-150
26


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