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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,758 miles

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2012 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2012 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #148

Oct 012016


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the vehicle would unexpectedly downshift to first gear. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the electric coil was replaced, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The contact experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #147

Dec 052016


  • 45,000 miles
Transmission shifts from 6th gear to 1st gear and other lower gears with out warning. Late time was today 12-5-16. Traveling at 60 mph; it shifted without warning to 2nd gear and then to 1st gear. Causing vehicle to skid side ways on rain slick road. This is the 6th or seventh time this has happened. No lights are turned on. Almost always I am using cruise control. This is very dangerous. Can easily loose control of vehicle. Vehicle has 45,000 miles and dealer maintained.

- Strawn, TX, USA

problem #146

Nov 092016


  • 102,000 miles
Vehicle unexpectedly downshifts when at a high speed on the highway. Downshift was so sudden and abrupt, it caused my back wheels to lock and actually skidded to an almost complete stop while passing a another car going 55 on a 65 mph highway. If other cars were around, it would have caused a major accident. Ford has recalled vehicles like mine (recall # 16S19) from Kansas City, where my vehicle was made. But has told me that my vehicle does not show up. I bought this vehicle in Canada. It was export from the same plan having the problem. This sudden downshift can cause a serious accident. Effect is like slamming the brakes at 65 mph. I will be taking in for repairs at my expense. But Ford needs to be more safety conscious with their customers and society in general. This issue is very dangerous.

- Canyon Lake, TX, USA

problem #145

Nov 052016


  • miles


I took my F150 in for the recall regarding the transmission unexpected downshift. When I got it back, I lost power, mpg. It's harder to push the accelerator down. It went from 21/24 to 15/16on the highway. I've had it back in to our local Ford dealer 3 times. They put it on the computer and found nothing wrong. They know there's a problem, but can't do anything without Ford company instructions. I put over 3,500 miles on my F150 and still get crappy mileage. I want it fixed since it worked fine before I took it in for the recall. I either want it fixed or swap for a new vehicle, or I will see my attorney. I am tired of the stress. I never had any problems until I took it in for the recall. I'm afraid it's going to break down when I'm traveling or it could cause a wreck. I want something done now, not later when it's to late. Our dealer, show walter Ford in vernal Utah caused the problem. Photo showing mpg is from our trip from billings mt to casper wy. Total trip mpg was 16.9 for 1340 miles11/05/2016 we've had two other trips with the same.

- Vernal, UT, USA

problem #144

Oct 242016


  • 93,100 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. While driving at any speed, the vehicle shifted gears without warning. The vehicle also stopped in the middle of the road and restarted when it was turned off and on. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred several times and was not remedied. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 93,100.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #143

Nov 012016


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle downshifted into first gear and caused the vehicle to become unstable on the road. The contact stated that the rear wheels seized. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Fulton, MO, USA

problem #142

Oct 262016


  • 172,000 miles


Driving at about 65 miles per hour hwy 134 heading East bound when the speed odometer stopped working and the truck down shifted causing a sudden decrease in speed. I was lucky no one was following close behind or this could have caused an accident. I took the truck to the Ford dealer right away and have the truck at sunshine Ford in North hollywood being repaired. I was told my VIN # is not part of the recall. I checked and this is the same problem the trucks that were recalled have. I expect my truck to be added onto the recall. This is an unsafe defect. I wrote to Ford corporation Friday the 28th day of October, 2016.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #141

Apr 122016


  • 115,000 miles
When vehicle was in motion, transmission began to shift into reverse on its own. I took it to my Ford dealer and was told repair was not covered by the current recall.

- Atascosa, TX, USA

problem #140

Sep 282016

F-150 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
VIN: [xxx] recall date: Apr 25, 2016 recall title: Powertrain control module reprogramming NHTSA recall number: Awaiting# Ford recall number: 16S19 recall description: Some vehicles may 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. In some cases, the oss signal could recover while driving and the vehicle will resume normal function; in other cases the vehicle may need to be stopped and restarted to regain normal transmission operation. Ford is aware of three reports of accidents and no injuries related to this condition on the affected vehicles. Risk to safety: Depending on vehicle speed at the time of the downshift, an unintended downshift into first gear may occur causing the rear tires to slide or lock up until the vehicle slows. This may result in a loss of vehicle control without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy program: Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the powertrain control module reprogrammed with updated software. There will be no charge for this service. Ford is excluding reimbursement for costs because the original warranty program would provide for a free repair for this concern. Ford will forward a copy of the notification letters to dealers to the Agency when available. Status: 12 - recall incomplete. Remedy not yet available. Manufacturer notes: To check for non-safety-related programs applicable to your vehicle, see or call your Ford dealer. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hill Spring, AL, USA

problem #139

Jun 222016


  • 69,000 miles
I was driving my pickup down a gravel road going about 55 mph when it suddenly downshifted to first gear and the brakes locked up. This happened in June and there is still no fix from Ford Motor Company. I am in college now and don't trust this vehicle going down interstate. This vehicle is unsafe to drive. We took it to the Ford dealership and they couldn't do anything about it. After dealing with this problem for 4 months, this is getting flat out ridiculous. These vehicles affected are dangerous and it shouldn't take this long to get fixed. We haven't even been notified by Ford about the recall.

- Langdon, ND, USA

problem #138

Jul 012016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 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 notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Whitewater, KS, USA

problem #137

Feb 082016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle jerked independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the vehicle was inspected; however, the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #136

Sep 232016


  • 137,919 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 40 mph and shook violently. The contact had to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road to a complete stop. The engine was shut off and restarted in order for the vehicle to return to normal. The failure occurred at least 30 times within the past year. The vehicle was taken twice to independent mechanics and one time to the dealer. The failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 137,919.

- Gardendale, AL, USA

problem #135

Mar 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train) and stated that the part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The manufacturer was not contacted to determine when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repair. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Fremont, OH, USA

problem #134

Aug 112016


  • 170,000 miles
While driving approximately 50mph there is an apparent loss of signal to the speedometer followed by a sudden down shift from 6th to 2nd causing the truck to nearly come to a halt. Happens very randomly and intermittently. Almost caused an accident a couple of times. On one occasion the truck was in drive, I was pressing the accelerator and the truck would not go any where. Put it in park and turned it off and back on and then it was fine.

- Blackwell, MO, USA

problem #133

Dec 172015


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that there was a burning odor under the hood of the vehicle. The contact looked and found that the cables connected to the battery were burning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery caused excessive battery corrosion and ate through the positive battery cable. The vehicle's motor also failed. The motor, battery, and battery cables needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the power train was covered under warranty; however, the other repairs were not. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #132

May 212016


  • 999,000 miles
For about a month we would be driving down the road and the truck would "down" shift all by its self and stop. We would have to put the truck in park in the middle of the road or if we could safely get off to the side and restart it. And then 5/21/16 my wife was driving it down the road and lots "all power" the little " wrench symbol came put and the truck just stopped, she was able to get into a parking lot. She waited about 15 minutes like Ford had told us and nothing, turn it key on and off still nothing waited another 15 minutes and it worked. So she set there and let the truck warm up and she went to pull out and as she did the truck lost all power as she pulled out and the truck died again in the middle of the highway. So we had the truck towed to the dealership (pioneer Ford) and the oss sensor had broke and was causing the down shift and lose speed. So we had to pay out of pocket $450 plus towing fees. And this could have been worse all because of this oss causing the truck to lose speed of 65-70 miles per hour on a highway. I can't upload the invoice on my ipad, but I could fax if needed.

- Bremen, GA, USA

problem #131

Jul 122016


  • 79,000 miles
Rear tire lock up while traveling at differant speeds.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #130

Aug 292016


  • 73,500 miles
Fluid loss: On 2 separate occasions I have parked my truck in my driveway at night and in the morning I awake to find puddles of fluid under truck. I have taken the truck to a Ford service center and both times have been told I have no leaks. 2 days ago the puddle of reddish fluid was much bigger. Once again I am told no leaks by service department. I have shown them pictures & I am told there are fluids they cannot check, Ford has not provided a way to do that on this truck. I purchased an extended warranty as I can't afford a huge repair bill. Other F150 owners have had similar issues and I am concerned. Is Ford going to wait until someone dies or are they hoping the consumer will pay for fix after warranty has expired" what are they hiding"

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #129

Aug 062016


  • 87,000 miles
I was driving close to 50 mph on a street and the truck suddenly downshifted to first gear without warning. The rear wheels locked up and went into a skid. The engine revved to the redline. After several seconds the transmission shifted back up into a higher gear and resumed normal operation. It was a spontaneous problem and has not been able to be reproduced. These symptoms are consistent with a recall issued by Ford for the 2011-2012 F150's with the 6R80 transmissions, but my VIN was not included in the recall. My truck's build date is 8/29/2012. The transmission's lead frame connector was replaced by the local Ford dealership, but the software has not been updated as prescribed in the recall.

- League City, SD, USA

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