Ford F-150 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford F-150 owners have reported a total of 22,116 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
151
  2017 F-150
182
  2016 F-150
605
  2015 F-150
725
  2014 F-150
566
  2013 F-150
1,600
  2012 F-150
1,465
  2011 F-150
1,867
  2010 F-150
838
  2009 F-150
312
  2008 F-150
333
  2007 F-150
502
  2006 F-150
583
  2005 F-150
1,136
  2004 F-150
2,082
  2003 F-150
415
  2002 F-150
818
  2001 F-150
1,244
  2000 F-150
1,090
  1999 F-150
1,064
  1998 F-150
1,392
  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 (3,906 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (2,156 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford F-150

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
3,906
  Power Train
2,156
  Visibility
1,875
  Electrical System
1,864
  Service Brakes
1,838
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,459
  Steering
1,352
  Structure
1,181
  Gasoline Fuel System
973
  Equipment
880
   
  Air Bag
796
  Tire
796
  Other Fuel System
743
  Suspension
637
  Wheel
317
  Seat Belt
286
  Unknown Or Other
234
  Seats
225
  Exterior Lighting
208
  Electronic Stability Control
129
  Latches/locks/linkage
126
  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
  2018 151249,4291    
0.61
  2017 182437,8592    
0.21
  2016 605525,9723    
0.38
  2015 725437,2304    
0.41
  2014 566540,0495    
0.21
  2013 1,600631,8426    
0.42
  2012 1,465363,7337    
0.58
  2011 1,867378,9878    
0.62
  2010 838448,9599    
0.21
  2009 312207,73110    
0.15
  2008 333351,78911    
0.09
  2007 502425,72712    
0.10
  2006 583506,28213    
0.09
  2005 1,136528,83014    
0.15
  2004 2,082530,22715    
0.26
  2003 415492,83416    
0.05
  2002 818500,78917    
0.10
  2001 1,244589,96018    
0.12
  2000 1,090456,69719    
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
142
  2017 F-150
83
  2016 F-150
212
  2015 F-150
151
  2014 F-150
42
  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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