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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,623 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #58

Oct 092015


  • 34,911 miles


Driving appx. 60 miles per mile.the powertrain malfunction light came on power was reduced and I had to pull over, shut off the engine, then restart to clear the alarm(this is the second time this has happened) the Ford garage can not find any thing wrong?because the alarm in cleared.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #57

Nov 072015


  • 37,000 miles
This is an update to my complaint filed preciously. After the second episode of loss of power and the check engine light coming on. I took my ecoboost powered truck to a Ford dealer and they performed tsb 14-0017. This was supposed to fix the engine loosing power. This is why the NHTSA closed the investigation of the F150 ecoboost. This has not worked. Yesterday 11-7-2015 I was on a 2 hour highway trip in rainy conditions. While driving the motor again lost power and could not even maintain highway speeds. This was dangerous to my family and everyone around us. The tsb from Ford has not fixed the dangers of these trucks. Please re-open the investigation into this dangerous vehicle before someone is killed or injured. American roads deserve safe cars.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #56

Dec 012013


  • 1,500 miles
We have taken this vehicle numerous times to fix the transmission and motor (eco boost 6-cylinder) the transmission does not shift smoothly, the vehicle lurches and has a lack of power/acceleration. The vehicle is in motion and experiences these problems both in city and highway driving. The NHTSA has hundreds of complaint and Ford has received over 4000. The last time we took it to the dealer their explanation was: "cannot duplicate customer's complaint" this platform is faulty and somehow Ford has been able to keep it off the radar. Apparently Ford does not know how to fix it and continues to deny that there is a problem.

- Bartonville, TX, USA

problem #55

Oct 262015


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle lost power and failed to accelerate. In addition, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #54

Oct 222015


  • 60 miles
Driving down the road going about 45mph and lost power to gas wouldn't go over 30mph tool light came on then and number 1 warning light came on. Let it sit for half a hour, turn back on and it must have reset it self P. drove back home which is 20 miles away and it did it again. I bought this truck brand new it only has 60K miles on it.

- Morgantown, KY, USA

problem #53

Jul 182015


  • 62,500 miles
Vehicle experiences sudden & rapid power loss, deceleration and vehicle shuttering at highway speeds. Occurs quickly and without any warning, presenting major safety issue as it has almost caused several vehicle crashes. At highway speeds this can result in severe vehicle damage and potential injuries. Dealer attributes issue to be with the throttle body and has been a problem on a number of Ford vehicles over the last 2 years. I have verified this by internet query. I have not seen or received any notification or recalls from Ford on this or any other problems with my truck model. The vehicle in question is a 2013 Ford F150 with the eco-boost engine.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #52

Jun 012015


  • 80,000 miles


I was driving down freeway and went to exit and heard a sound with a warning light with advancetrac service and power steering default. I was unable to move my steering more than just a few inches left or right and stopped immediately. I had to get it towed to the dealership do to the steering was unable to function any longer.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #51

Dec 182014


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150 with eco boost. The contact stated that the vehicle started to switch gears without warning and jerk violently. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred, the check engine light illuminated and the gauges on the instrument panel stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 49,000.

- Watford City, ND, USA

problem #50

Jan 102015


  • 6,800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 35 mph, the downhill assist warning light illuminated and the down hillassist engaged independently. As a result, the transmission downshifted and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 6,800.

- Bald Knob , AR, USA

problem #49

Feb 042014


  • 6,000 miles
My Ford 150 V8 supercab at 32 miles per hour starts shaking the whole truck and vibrates. It does this regardless of road conditions and or gear the truck is in. It only goes away when you drop below 32 or go faster than 35.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #48

May 302014


  • 9,500 miles


My 2013 Ford F150 XLT began flashing a warning saying service advancetrac. Then it immediately begins flashing shift to park. The truck then begins to downshift causing a rapid slowing of the truck.. when I get to the side of the road to stop I hear metal on metal grinding noises from the engine compartment that I believe is the transmission trying to shift to park... the truck then loses all blinkers and flashers as well as all lighting on the instrument panel. I was able to drive it to a safe location off the road this time.. the truck randomly continues this and its been in the shop several times and they say nothing is wrong with it. I finally got fed up and began video of the dash display in order to document my safety and problems. This truck is 9 months old and has 14000 miles on it. It has done it again and all electrical systems would not reboot and left me stranded for a long time. We have been driving on I95 at 75mph during holiday traffic and it happened again and we literally thought we would be killed because cars had to slam on brakes to avoid our disabled car. It was even scarier since my 6month old daughter was in the vehicle then.we are at a loss because Ford has completely ignored the problem and just assumes I will stop making them fix this at some point. I'm in a 1 car family and bought this to accommodate my new baby and have her a safe ride...this problem is dangerous and it is going to hurt or kill someone if its left unaddressed. [xxx] at jim hudson Ford service has told me he knows its something wrong with it but Ford will not allow him to fix it under the warranty terms for new trucks. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #47

Aug 032014


  • 11,800 miles
Driving in rainy conditions attempting to accelerate my truck started to lose power, shaking and check engine light started to flash. After getting out of traffic to pull over called my wife to bring me my O.B.D hand held found that I had codes P0300, P0304, P0305 and P0306 which is for cylinders misfiring. This is the second time this has happened in heavy traffic condition it could easily cause a traffic accident, does someone have to die before ya'll take action. My truck is at kenly Ford in kenly North Carolina and like the first time they play it off like I don't know what I am talking about and they always say they can't find anything wrong with it. Please don't sit around and let this problem cost someone their life......

- Lucama, NC, USA

problem #46

Jun 052014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
On slow take off the truck has a vibration up to 5 mph. It does not happen every time unless there is something being towed behind it.

- Murphysboro, IL, USA

problem #45

Jul 042014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 7,800 miles
Regular morning, right as I was driving out of the parking lot, two alarms went off: "power train" and "service engine soon". at first I thought it was an error so I continued to drive out of the parking lot. Not even 10 yards out, my truck began to jerk forward so I put on park and shut the engine off. I started again, attempted to drive back to my parking stall, and same thing happened. I bought this truck about 10 months ago and it only got 7800 miles on it. I haven't put any strenuous work load on this truck, mainly used for commuting so far.

- Newmarket, NH, USA

problem #44

Aug 182013


  • 2,805 miles
Was accelerating entering interstate I95 North bound from an on ramp and suddenly my vehicle lost power and began to stall and shutter. The truck rapidly lost power plus speed and a tractor trailer truck almost ran in to the back of me. I dealt with this issue for the remainder of my 500 mile trip to nyc (and still dealing with this issue today now weekly bases). Once back home I took the truck to the dealership who was aware of misfire issues with my truck model (apparently it is known by the manufacturer that the truck stalls and misfires issue and said I had all the latest updates however still today I experience stall and misfire mainly under hard acceleration. Lately the issue has worsen and I am told by the manufacturer that there is nothing that they can of will do about it until they come up with a fix. This vehicle is a major safety risk period. I have asked the manufacturer over and over to correct the problem however they simply told me they don't have a fix for is as of yet. I am asking that you look into this and investigate my concern please don't wait until someone god forbid loose their life because this is a major safety concern. We need to be more proactive than reactive. The Ford F150's equipped with the turbo eco boost engine is a major safety hazard it is just a matter of time before someone gets hurt and loose their life before something might be done - that is the sad part. Please I beg you to look into my concern and follow up asap. Just last night my vehicle stalled I have to constantly drive it cautiously. I only have less than 14,000 miles on the vehicle because I am scared to drive it - I don't want to sell it to no one else because I would feel bad knowing the major safety issues this vehicle has - I just can't bring myself to putting someone in a vehicle that could hurt them. Please get behind Ford and investigate this issue.

- Aiken , SC, USA

problem #43

Oct 082013


  • 4,000 miles
F150 2013 ecoboost. Truck as a vibration at the speed of 25 to 30mph and again at 40 to 50mph and again at 55mph. If you press the gas pedal a little more the vibration stops or if you release the gas pedal the vibration stops as well, (only on those speeds) I' taken the truck 5 to 6 times to the dealer and they can't find the problem and that it is normal.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #42

Jun 132013


  • 5,000 miles
My brand new Ford F150 svt raptor was in park at my residence and while I was standing outside my truck it started coming backwards like someone put it into reverse. My mother was in the yard and she is a witness to what happened. I had both of the doors open and while it was like someone had put it into reverse which no one was in my vehicle I jumped into the truck and tried to apply the brake it was too late. The truck while coming in reverse which the transmission was in park the drivers side door caught the pole on our carport and about ripped the door off. I called everyone under the sun with the Ford company and they thought I was telling them a fib. I don't know what can be done about this but something needs to be done because it could hurt or cause a death to someone.....

- Scottsboro, AL, USA

problem #41

May 272014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 160 miles
Engines runs rough especially at idle and other random times through the day. Coolant loss continuing from new in July 2013 to present day May 2014. Evidence of water in oil with milky residue in filler cap. No external leaks. Dealer and Ford say that coolant loss is normal and milky residue in engine oil is normal. Ford will not authorize any repairs.

- Kent , WA, USA

problem #40

May 052014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 9,600 miles
Unintended acceleration design defect in vehicles equipped with an electronic throttle control system.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #39

Apr 122014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 29,700 miles
Upon accelerating from a stop 4or 5 loud knocking sounds were heard and felt, and engine power loss was experienced. I let off throttle to reduce knocking sound, which sounded like turbo wastegate possibly, and engine shook and had reduced power for several miles. Temperature outside was warm and dry. I had been driving vehicle for over an hour before problem. It has had reduced power and minor shaking before, but nothing like this. Fortunately no other vehicles were coming. I do notice wastegate popping off on short, steep hills more lately. I have the ecoboost engine. Have not been to dealer yet, but have appt soon.

- Ellsworth, KS, USA

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