Ford F-150 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford F-150 owners have reported a total of 20,668 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 (2,765 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 F-150
24
  2017 F-150
110
  2016 F-150
440
  2015 F-150
557
  2014 F-150
434
  2013 F-150
1,283
  2012 F-150
1,327
  2011 F-150
1,690
  2010 F-150
812
  2009 F-150
294
  2008 F-150
322
  2007 F-150
489
  2006 F-150
561
  2005 F-150
1,117
  2004 F-150
2,066
  2003 F-150
412
  2002 F-150
811
  2001 F-150
1,241
  2000 F-150
1,088
  1999 F-150
1,062
  1998 F-150
1,390
  1997 F-150
2,765
  1996 F-150
317

  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 (3,747 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,834 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford F-150

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
3,747
  Power Train
1,834
  Visibility
1,800
  Electrical System
1,741
  Service Brakes
1,695
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,379
  Steering
1,234
  Structure
1,070
  Gasoline Fuel System
971
  Tire
793
   
  Equipment
773
  Air Bag
757
  Other Fuel System
693
  Suspension
624
  Wheel
296
  Seat Belt
262
  Unknown Or Other
234
  Seats
220
  Exterior Lighting
199
  Latches/locks/linkage
115
  Electronic Stability Control
98
  Parking Brake
54
  Interior Lighting
47
  Air Brake
14
  Traction Control System
6
  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 110124,4771    
0.88
  2016 440525,9722    
0.42
  2015 557437,2303    
0.42
  2014 434540,0494    
0.20
  2013 1,283631,8425    
0.41
  2012 1,327363,7336    
0.61
  2011 1,690378,9877    
0.64
  2010 812448,9598    
0.23
  2009 294207,7319    
0.16
  2008 322351,78910    
0.09
  2007 489425,72711    
0.10
  2006 561506,28212    
0.09
  2005 1,117528,83013    
0.16
  2004 2,066530,22714    
0.28
  2003 412492,83415    
0.06
  2002 811500,78916    
0.10
  2001 1,241589,96017    
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
23
  2017 F-150
72
  2016 F-150
208
  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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