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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 1 of 11)

problem #203

Nov 162016

F-150

  • 101,200 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 various speeds, the vehicle independently downshifted into different gears without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,200.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #202

Nov 132016

F-150

  • 132,300 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 60 mph, the speedometer went down to zero and the vehicle independently shifted from sixth gear to second gear. Also, the service vehicle soon warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician reprogrammed the PCM; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 132,300.

- Woodville, MS, USA

problem #201

Nov 162016

F-150

  • 108,000 miles
Hello, I just had recall # 16V248 performed on my vehicle (Ford recall # 16S19) (performed on 11/15/2016). I drove the vehicle to work this morning (11/16/2016) and experienced the exact same symptoms outlined in the initial recall. I am going to reach out to the servicing dealer (eby Ford out of goshen, in) and Ford to find out what my next steps are. The vehicle will suddenly downshift into first and slow the vehicle down at a very fast rate. I have to then put my hazard lights on, pull over, turn the vehicle off and start it to get it to come out of first. This happened to me three times in less than a 20 mile commute.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #200

May 092016

F-150

  • 10,000 miles

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

Purchased my F-150 used (private owner), had 8K miles on it. At 10-14K, I've notice when starting off and coming to a stop, there's "jerking" coming from the rear of the truck. Just this pass weekend, I pulled a trailer, a 70 mile round trip, with no "jerking" issues however, once the trailer was removed and I went back to normal driving, the "jerking" started to appear...again. Trying to gather info before heading to Ford.

- Atoka, TN, USA

problem #199

Oct 212016

F-150

  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle experiences rough idle on cold starts, lunges when in drive and hesitates on quick take off, dealer indicates that codes indicate that the transmission pump is failing. Vehicle has 35,000 miles and has been owned less than 60 months, yet the dealer indicates that a transmission pump is not covered under the manufacturer's drive warranty. A transmission is undoubtedly an essential part of the drive train, failure of this part at this level of mileage is not acceptable and the manufacturer's failure to cover this essential repair is unacceptable

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #198

Oct 192016

F-150

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 65 mph, the speedometer needle began to swing and provided various incorrect readings. The vehicle came to a sudden halt and the rear of the vehicle veered. In addition, while starting from a stop, the vehicle jerked violently. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- West Lake, OH, USA

problem #197

Sep 012016

F-150

  • 130,000 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 various speeds and slowing down, the rear of the vehicle jerked without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed, but not repaired. The results of the diagnostic were unknown. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #196

Dec 102011

F-150

  • 2,000 miles
2011 Ford F150. Transmission slams 2nd to first at high force. Has done this since new. Reported problem to dealer multiple times. Problem most frequent when slowing over speed bumps 2nd to 1st gear and can result in tires squealing.

- Lithia, FL, USA

problem #195

Jun 012016

F-150

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While operating the vehicle, the transmission failed to go into reverse. Also, when switched to reverse, the "R" failed to illuminate intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission range sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V190000 (power train). The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #194

Aug 292016

F-150

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the vehicle independently downshifted into first and second gear intermittently without warning. The contact coasted to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred shortly after the vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The dealer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #193

Sep 222016

F-150

  • 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 received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number number: 16S19000. The contact stated that the parts needed for the recall remedy were still not available and that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Petersburg, VT, USA

problem #192

Sep 182016

F-150

  • 100,400 miles
There is a recall on the 2011 Ford F150. However, my VIN is not the one affected. Even though it is the same transmission and year.I am having the exact same issue being described in the recall and on the forums. I drove the car after it was left for 36 hours and it downshifted after going 25 mph. I coasted back into a parking lot and turned off car and restarted, with the same issue. It eventually gave me a maint error (yellow wrench) I had to have it towed home. After it was shut off overnight if was fine the next day and no error code. I had a mechanic put a scanner on the truck and he could not pull the error code. I have used it sparingly for 3 days without an issue. I am just worried, it will happen again at any time or cause an accident with someone plowing into me when it downshifts. This could be a major problem if I am on a highway and it happens. I called Ford Corp and they said since I am not on the recall per my VIN (even though it is the same year 2011 and transmission) so I am on my own. I have it documented with Ford and the dealer. Now what, just wait? NHTSA vehicle safety recalls recall number 16V248000 recall date 04/27/2016 component power train:automatic transmission summary Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured August 19, 2011, to March 9, 2012, 2012 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator vehicles manufactured August 19, 2011, to December 19, 2011, and 2012 Ford mustang vehicles manufactured August 19, 2011, to February 21, 2012. The affected vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission that may unexpectedly downshift to first gear, regardless of vehicle speed. Consequence an unexpected downshift into first gear can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly without warning and the rear tires may slide or lock, increasing the risk of a crash.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #191

Sep 162016

F-150

  • 111,000 miles
This vehicle was recalled recently for the following reason: Dearborn, Michigan Ford is recalling 201,900 vehicles in North America, including the 2011-'12 Ford F-150 and 2012 Ford Expedition to repair a transmission defect, the automaker said on Wednesday. The recall also includes the 2012 Ford mustang and Lincoln Navigator. The defect has been traced to an output speed sensor on the vehicle's transmission lead frame. "under certain conditions, the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear, " Ford said in a statement. "depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. "this condition could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash." Ford said it is aware of three accidents, but no reports of injuries, linked to the recall. Affected vehicles are equipped with a 6R80 transmission. The info above is copied from edmunds.com this problem happened to me this morning. Driving 68mph rear wheels locked up. Trucked fishtailed. Almost flipped it. A miracle I did not rollover, get rear ended or cause an accident. No recall fix available at this time per Ford. Are you kidding me? these vehicles should not be allowed to be driven until this issue is addressed and repaired. Almost kille D me and maybe others.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #190

Jul 112016

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 recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #189

Aug 202016

F-150

  • 163,000 miles
Experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor (oss) signal to the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear. An unintended downshift into first gear may occur causing the rear tires to slide or lock up. This has been going on since April 2011. Still no remedy. Too dangerous to drive.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #188

May 022016

F-150

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 10/05/16

- Abington, VA, USA

problem #187

Aug 172016

F-150

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving, the tramsission downshifted to first gear from a higher gear. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V190000 (power train). The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #186

May 312016

F-150

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving various speed, the power control module suddenly downshifted from six to first gear. In addition, the rpms increased from seven to eight thousand rpms, which caused the rear wheels to lock up. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. 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 approximate failure mileage was 86,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #185

Apr 012016

F-150

  • 85,000 miles
Vehicle has abrupt shift from 1st to second resulting in violet jerk, also from 6 to 5 or 5th to 4th. Numerous people online have same problem. Also using black stone labs fluid diagnostic has shown major wear in transmission. I'm seding in second test next week. Vehicle manufacturing date is 03/2011 this happens from 1st to second at very low speeds 5mph or less. And downshift bump at any speed but mostly between 40 to 30 mph. Jerk is enough to shake entire truck feels like someone hit you from behind.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #184

May 012016

F-150

  • 83,000 miles
We have several of the Ford F-150 with the recall of 16S19 but this one has experienced down shifting and coming to a complete stop in the middle of the road and almost causing a wreck several times to the point we have had to take it off the road for safety reasons. We have taken it to the dealership and was told that there is not a remedy for this problem and they do know when there will be one. We have called Ford customer service and was told the same thing mean while we have a truck that only has about 83,000 miles on it that cannot be driven and it was not bought to be yard art. If Ford cannot fix the problem they should at least give a loaner vehicle until they figure out how to fix it.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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