Ford F-150 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford F-150 owners have reported a total of 21,552 problems for their cars built in the 24 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 (2,768 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 F-150
1
  2018 F-150
81
  2017 F-150
143
  2016 F-150
542
  2015 F-150
673
  2014 F-150
506
  2013 F-150
1,457
  2012 F-150
1,429
  2011 F-150
1,813
  2010 F-150
828
  2009 F-150
305
  2008 F-150
331
  2007 F-150
500
  2006 F-150
576
  2005 F-150
1,130
  2004 F-150
2,078
  2003 F-150
415
  2002 F-150
816
  2001 F-150
1,243
  2000 F-150
1,090
  1999 F-150
1,062
  1998 F-150
1,390
  1997 F-150
2,768
  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 (3,845 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (2,034 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford F-150

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
3,845
  Power Train
2,034
  Visibility
1,829
  Service Brakes
1,821
  Electrical System
1,813
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,435
  Steering
1,322
  Structure
1,116
  Gasoline Fuel System
971
  Equipment
829
   
  Tire
794
  Air Bag
778
  Other Fuel System
721
  Suspension
631
  Wheel
303
  Seat Belt
277
  Unknown Or Other
234
  Seats
224
  Exterior Lighting
206
  Electronic Stability Control
118
  Latches/locks/linkage
116
  Parking Brake
54
  Interior Lighting
47
  Air Brake
14
  Traction Control System
7
  Child Seat
6
  Diesel Fuel System
4
  Forward Collision Avoidance
3

  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 143437,8591    
0.33
  2016 542525,9722    
0.52
  2015 673437,2303    
0.51
  2014 506540,0494    
0.23
  2013 1,457631,8425    
0.46
  2012 1,429363,7336    
0.65
  2011 1,813378,9877    
0.68
  2010 828448,9598    
0.23
  2009 305207,7319    
0.16
  2008 331351,78910    
0.09
  2007 500425,72711    
0.11
  2006 576506,28212    
0.09
  2005 1,130528,83013    
0.16
  2004 2,078530,22714    
0.28
  2003 415492,83415    
0.06
  2002 816500,78916    
0.10
  2001 1,243589,96017    
0.12
  2000 1,090456,69718    
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
80
  2017 F-150
77
  2016 F-150
209
  2015 F-150
149
  2014 F-150
41
  2013 F-150
236
  2012 F-150
218
  2011 F-150
116
  2010 F-150
80
  2009 F-150
38
  2008 F-150
46
  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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