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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,075 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 11)

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problem #172

Mar 012016

F-150

  • 170,000 miles

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

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

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

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

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

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

problem #163

May 202016

F-150

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle shifted from sixth gear into first gear without warning. The rear wheels locked and the rear throttle failed, which caused the vehicle to spin. The contact was able to turn off and restart the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was still able to be driven; however, the dealer stated that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The contact stated that the failure was directly related to NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #162

May 252016

F-150

  • 75,000 miles

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

Truck will downshift at random

- Veedersubrg, IN, USA

problem #161

May 212016

F-150

  • 65,925 miles
We were driving down the highway doing the speed limit of 55 mph when suddenly the truck down shifted straight to first gear which caused the vehicle behind us to slam on their brakes and nearly miss an accident. It stayed in first gear despite pressing the gas. Only got it to shift to second gear after putting into manual and shifting up from there. There was a separate occurance where the speedometer failed to read our speed (was at 0 mph for miles) and the screen where all the fuel economy info should be showed blank spaces. There has been a recall issued for just this (we were notified by our Ford app) but when I call our local dealership they say they have not been provided with a remedy yet. It is highly dangerous to drive our truck in this circumstance yet nobody is able to provide the powertrain control module reprogramming at this time, although the recall was issued April 25, 2016. Unsure what we are to do as this is our main vehicle.

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #160

Apr 292016

F-150

  • 28,400 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 35 mph, the rear wheels screeched. The contact looked at the instrument panel and noticed that the vehicle downshifted on its own. The contact slowed down the vehicle and continued driving. The dealer was contacted by telephone and stated that there was a recall for the failure. The manufacturer was notified and confirmed that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 28,400.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #159

Jan 152015

F-150

  • 10,000 miles
While my vehicle was warming up it began to shake and a wrench icon came up on the vehicle's screen. The vehicle would only only go about 5 miles per hour and was shaking. I drove it to dealership and the mechanic did a update on the computer. Couple of weeks late the vehicle did the same thing. The dealership does not know why this is happening. This was about a year ago and hasn't happened again. Was wondering why my vehicle isn't part of the recall?

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #158

May 042016

F-150

  • 30,000 miles
On 3 occasions the transmission would not shift out of 1st gear. Two of these occurred when pulling onto a 50mph roadway. I was able to pull to the side of the road, turn off the truck and restart the truck. The transmission worked properly after that. On the most recent occasion I had been slowed down by an accident on the freeway. After clearing the accident I accelerated to get up to freeway speed but could not go over apx. 20 mph because the transmission would not shift out of 1st gear. I was in the middle lane and could not get to the side of the road to shut off and restart the truck. After shifting to first gear manually (auto transmission) I was able to manually shift the automatic transmission through the gears and had normal transmission operation after that.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #157

Feb 072011

F-150

  • 12,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle downshifted erratically causing for the vehicle to lunge forward. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer and the diagnosis was that the downshifting was a normal function of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure since it was purchased in 2011. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was informed that he VIN was not included in a manufacturers recall related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,500.

- Valencia, PA, USA

problem #156

Apr 232016

F-150

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while reversing, the transmission failed to shift into gear as the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician made the contact aware that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V190000 (exterior lighting, power train). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was mileage was 15,000.

- Tahlequah, OK, USA

problem #155

Apr 062016

F-150

  • 60,000 miles
#1: driving down the interstate, attempting to pass a semi; vehicle lost power as I tried to accelerate and we had to coast to a stop. This has actually happened twice. The first time they replaced the intercooler and the second time I replaced the spark plugs. It occurred about three weeks after getting the vehicle it's regular service. If there was a problem with the gaps on the plugs, and they knew cars were losing power because of it, then they should have mentioned that at the service! #2: driving down the interstate and speedometer jumped around and went to zero. After I got off the highway, I lost power and had erratic shifting while trying to cross an intersection. There's a tsb out for this too!! why isn't there a recall if there's a defective part that creates dangerous situations!"!"

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #154

Apr 192016

F-150

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 70 mph, a clicking sound was heard from the instrument panel and the speedometer failed. The vehicle veered to the right independently. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and restarted it, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission oil filter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #153

Apr 032016

F-150

  • 83,000 miles
At 50 mph while accelerating in traffic the engine shook and I lost power. This only happens with the ecoboost engine. Ford told the NHTSA this was corrected and the suit was ended. Ford will not install this repair in my truck.

- Bellmawr, NJ, USA

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