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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,918 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 11)

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problem #183

Aug 102016

F-150

  • 61,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Since I've owned this vehicle new, I've had a number of problems related to acceleration. Vehicle would almost stall on hard acceleration when getting on the freeway. Dealer replaced spark plugs & boots, but condition was not completely resolved. Vehicle would still on occasion repeat the same problem. More recently when driving yesterday, the engine light started blinking, then became steady. Of greater concerned I got an engine light & poor acceleration. Took the vehicle to the dealer & dealer is telling me that the timing belt needs to be replaced at a cost of $2000+. vehicle had just turned 61000 miles. Dealer service agent tells me its not uncommon and could be caused by not getting the oil changed at recommended intervals. Vehicle has had regular oil changes at the dealer & other service facilities. Never heard of this & I think it's premature for a vehicle with 61000 miles to need the timing belt replaced. Never had this happen in 45+ years of driving.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #182

Jul 302016

F-150

  • 10 miles
While driving on hwy when acceleration the vehicle looses power and I had to pull over and shut off the engine and re-start it, almost causing an accident. Then when driving on normal road conditions and accelerate the vehicle to pass, and the same thing happens, the engine miss fires, looses power and the check engine light is on since the first time it happened. Took the truck to the Ford dealer and they said it was "an ongoing problem with the ecoboost and the air charge cooler". they said the fix is to put a intercooler deflector (piece of plastic over the intercooler), change the spark plugs and do a vehicle software update witch is going to cost around $700 to fix. Outrageous cost for a tune up and a piece of plastic for something they know its a "ongoing problem" and don't want to have a recall. This is a safety issue, and they know about it but since the vehicle is out of warrantee I have to deal with it. Wonder how many others have this issue?! this is definitely the only and last Ford I will buy. This does not guarantees that its going to stop it from happening again. With this amount of money I could buy an aftermarket intercooler, do a complete tune up and still have money left.

- Byron, GA, USA

problem #181

Jun 082016

F-150

  • 99,000 miles
Trouble with the transmission gearing down while driving, I am sending in this complaint in case transmission goes out or causes me to have a wreck this will be on file. When I am running in regular speed the transmission will gear down without me doing anything, it does it itself.

- Milan, IN, USA

problem #180

Jul 192016

F-150

  • 60,128 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Truck will randomly shift from 5 gear to first gear while driving causing my wheels to lock up. Trucks has also ben shifting from 1st gear into 5th gear when starting up which will not allow the truck to accelerate.

- Genesee, PA, USA

problem #179

Jun 012016

F-150

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. In addition, the vehicle rolled backwards while the gear shifter was in the park position. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle failure mileage was 70,000.

- Waynesboro, MS, USA

problem #178

Apr 052016

F-150

  • 51,250 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to reverse from the gear shifter several times, the instrument panel failed to illuminate for the gear in reverse, there was no illumination on the gear shifter, and the gear was difficult to change in reverse. Prior to the failure, the instrument panel lights illuminated for the gear shifter when changing gears. The failure continued to randomly progress. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 51,250.

- Falls Mills, VA, USA

problem #177

Oct 062015

F-150

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, the transmission downshifted without warning. The intermittent failure became progressively worse over a period of time. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000......updated 08/11/16

- Waterloo, IL, USA

problem #176

Jun 302015

F-150

  • 56,000 miles
While driving down the highway about 55 mph the vehicle will down shift and the odometer will die and drop to zero, most of the indicators will have dashes instead of numbers. The truck will automatically slow down causing me to have to pull off the road to avoid an accident. I then have to turn the vehicle off and remove the key from ignition and restart the vehicle up again to reset all the gauges. This normally happens within the first 10 miles of driving the vehicle. This would only happen on a few occasions now it is happening more frequently. There was a recall issued around the 1st of July 2016 but I was told the software fix would not be ready until the 3 quarter of the year. Ford now wants to charge me $131 to diagnose the problem. I should not have to pay for it to be diagnosed if they already have a recall. I wonder how many lives will be in danger until the 3rd quarter update is available.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #175

Jul 022016

F-150

  • 100,000 miles
Truck would not start but had power. Paid for new starter and still would not start. When able to get truck started manually underneath the truck- wrench light was on dash and truck would not shift gears, no cruise control, and no lights on dash for R P N D M. trs code pulled on my truck when tested and this is part of a Ford recall but Ford stating my VIN is not part of the recall yet my truck is having this issue and they dont have to fix it.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #174

Jun 302014

F-150

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle lost power, came to a complete stop, and the rear wheels locked up. In addition, when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to accelerate. In addition, the steering wheel completely seized and the rpms increased. Multiple warning lights illuminated. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 40,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

problem #173

Jun 242016

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

As I was pulling out of the yard the truck started shifting from 1st, 2nd, to 5th and then back to 1st gear. The transmission speed sensor was replaced today and it fixed the issue.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

problem #172

Mar 012016

F-150

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 65 mph, the speedometer gauge failed and the vehicle independently downshifted into first gear. As a result, the vehicle lost power although the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The contact mentioned that the vehicle jerked before resuming normal acceleration. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the output shaft speed sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000. Updated 08/02/16

- Welch, OK, USA

problem #171

Apr 252016

F-150

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #170

Jun 152016

F-150

  • 66,000 miles
Transmission lead frame needed to be replaced, however, was not included as part of the recall of 2011 F-150 lead frame. Apparently, the transmission "number" is different from the recalled version, however, since one transmission was recalled, not sure why all 2011 models were not included in the recall. We were forced to incur out of pocket costs which would have been covered in a recall. While driving vehicle, service engine light appeared and the transmission temperature appeared on the dash screen. Truck would not shift out of 5th gear and had to be towed to dealer who replaced lead frame.

- Mt Pleasant, PA, USA

problem #169

Jun 012012

F-150

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While operating the vehicle, the transmission downshifted hard and the vehicle jerked without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician made adjustments to the transmission sensor, but the failure recurred. In addition, while driving various speeds, the vehicle shook and vibrated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine cylinder coil failed and the cylinder battery pack needed to be replaced. Eventually five of the six cylinder battery packs failed and were replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 20,000. Updated 08/04/16

- Waynesville, NC, USA

problem #168

Jun 062011

F-150

  • 92,000 miles
I was driving and I had loss of power started misfiring shifting funny and I was almost killed by a large truck something needs to be done.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #167

Jun 132016

F-150

  • 114,900 miles
Transmisison has skipped or clunked into gear since the day I bought it byt dealershiup stated on every occassion that they could nopt replicate issue. This morning I started driving to work and the wrench tool showed on panel, speedomotor does not move from zero, and the transmisison is stuck in 5th gear. My VIN is not part of the recall and I want to know why? I cna not get on the highway, I nearly casued an accident in local traffic as starting in 5th gear from stop light everyone was having to go around me and I nearly got hit mergin into traffic even with flashers on.also my trip meteres is all dash lines except for the miles driven last trip.

- Liberty Township, OH, USA

problem #166

May 312016

F-150

  • 112,000 miles
While trying to accelerate at high speeds, such as passing on an interstate or accelerating up an incline, the truck shudders violently and engine light flashes. If driver maintains speed, engine loses all power and engine light stays on. Loss of power at highway speeds is deadly. I was almost rear-ended while trying to accelerate up a hill in busy highway traffic. Truck shuddered and lost power for 5 seconds. The truck coasted until I could apply power again to the engine. Applying power caused more shuttering, but engine did not lose power again because I was closer to the top of the hill and not as much strain on the engine.

- New Market, AL, USA

problem #165

Jun 022016

F-150

  • 109,000 miles
Down shifting of the transmission

- Flatrock, AL, USA

problem #164

May 312016

F-150

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 70 mph, the transmission unexpectedly downshifted to first gear and the vehicle slowed down. The check engine light illuminated. The contact exited the highway, turned off the engine, and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who stated that there was a recall. The technician informed the contact that the part needed to be ordered and reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired; however, the dealer billed the contact for the repairs, claiming that the repairs were not done through the normal recall process. The contact was assured that he would be reimbursed by the manufacturer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and confirmed that there was a recall, but stated that the reimbursement would not be issued until the fourth quarter. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Yardley, PA, USA

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