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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,284 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Dec 282013


  • 30,000 miles


As of January 28, 2013 my 2013 F-150 has continually had electrical issues resulting in a dead battery that has not been corrected as of today, 3/10/2014. Error messages that arise include " battery saver on' and "audio off" indicators and after jumpstarting the vehicle will start with the key in the "on" position and in some cases such as mine, the vehicle will not shift out of 5th gear until the ignition is cycled off and then on again. Over the course of the previous 2.5 months I have had my vehicle in the dealership service department 6 times totaling over 30+ days. This vehicle has left me stranded on multiple occasions requiring me to find someone to jumpstart it each time. There are an increasing number of complaints on this year model for the exact same issue with no resolution from Ford. I have utilized every possible avenue to get this issue resolved and am hoping that by filing this complaint I can bring greater attention to an issue that is affecting a growing portion of F-150 owners.

- Canyon , TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 052014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
When out to truck in the morning to clean snow off. I retrieved a pair of gloves out of the backseat and nothing was out of the ordinary. It was approximately 7 degrees F outside. I then went inside and remote started the truck. After a few minutes I went to get in the truck, looked in the rear view and noticed the middle, sliding rear window was open. I turned around and found that the center glass was broken and had shattered into the truck. The two side panels were both completely shattered and still intact. I took the truck to the dealer and asked the parts and service department if this was something they had heard of. I told them I felt like the rear defroster combined with the cold exploded the window. They said they had never heard of that. The vehicle is currently at the dealership being repaired at a cost of $1,420. I have filed a complaint with Ford and am awaiting a call back as they opened a case number for me. As this stands now it looks like it will come out of pocket and will be filed against insurance.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #10

Oct 252013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 15,908 miles
Repeated problems with check engine light, reduced power, and poor gas mileage. The 2013 Ford F150 XLT crew cab with 3.5 V6 ecoboost has had repeated problems with the check engine light appearing at engine startup or while driving at city or highway speeds. The cel stays on for several days then disappears. If the check engine light is on the engine goes into limp mode with reduced power and gets extremely poor gas mileage of 11 mpg. The vehicle has been serviced by 2 different Ford dealerships 7 times for the same problem. The last service took 13 days 12/20/2013-1/3/2014. A case was opened with Ford on 12/14/2013 and assigned to a Ford regional rep. Ford refuses to buy back the defective vehicle and asks that the truck be taken back to a Ford dealership until the problem is resolved. This is a safety issue in that the driver will think there is an engine problem, brake or reduce speed and potentially cause an accident. The reduced engine power during cel is a safety risk. Copies of shop invoices and case number from Ford are available upon request.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 192013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 15 miles


Wipers not working right--battery light comes on - engine stalls on road while driving--gauges not working right-had speed set at 55 mph and motor went down but start up on it's own---radio stops working alone with the phone too; they but in a new battery on my request and now new things are happening to gauges an tack jumping up and down with the key out"?" alarm goes off some times when my phone rings an I am not in the truck!!!

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #8

Aug 302013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 130 miles
Very noticeable popping/bouncing/knocking of steering wheel/column when going over bumps. Occurs at all speeds and all steering angles.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 172013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 10,303 miles
This is a serious problem and a major safety issue!!! I experienced this twice last weekend on a major highway. I was driving (25mph) and all of a sudden the truck began shuddering and went into limp mode. I couldn't go more than 5 mph and almost caused and accident. The dealer was closed, so I disconnected the battery and after reconnecting it the truck ran fine, until later that night when the same thing happened but at 70mph. Once again the only thing to do was disconnect the battery (to reset everything). The truck was taken into the dealer first thing Monday morning just to be told that nothing is wrong with it.

- Johannesburg, MI, USA

problem #6

Jul 082013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles


After a prolonged period (8+ hours) of driving at highway speeds in frequent rain the vehicle shuddered and stalled (without completely dying) while in a passing maneuver. The service engine light flashed multiple times then went out. As a consequence of the power loss my vehicle was unresponsive to accelerator input and resulted in compromised safety between two rapidly converging vehicles. After approximately 10 -15 seconds the engine resumed normal operation.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 222013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 4,087 miles
This is the 5th incident with the same problem, but worst now. I had this truck at the Ford dealership on Monday June 17,2013. They said it will be hard to diagnosis without a fault code. How is it they can tell me how fast I have been driving for the past month, but the inboard computer cannot tell Ford technicians what is wrong.the engine cut off again for the 5th time, but this time it would not start. The instrument showed 2 icon's this time, a ( wrench and check oil ), I'm sorry but the wrench indicates I believe something to do with a rear end on a 4 X 4 truck, sorry this is only a 2 wheel drive vehicle. I tried the ( 2 ) recommendation in the instruction book and when turned the ignition to start it only tried for less than 3 seconds, then the power to the ignition went blank. I tried for 30 minutes, then called Ford road side assistant for a tow truck, which was dispatched within a hour. I had already called Ford Friday June 21,2013 for an appointment for # 3 & 4 with the engine cutting off. I then called Saturday morning and asking then for a better appointment, they gave me one for Monday 6-23,2013 instead of Tuesday 6-24-2013.I badly need transportation this next week, I'm going to ask Ford for ambulance service this next coming Friday June 28,2013, I am a disabled senior veteran and having hip injections next Friday out of town at the veterans hospital and need a care giver, since I won't be able to drive after the procedure.Ford this is beginning to be a very serious condition when driving and probably cause accidents very soon. Lets get the problem fixed or order me a new truck because of North Carolina lemon law.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 212013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 3,991 miles
This is the 2nd time today, I've had this problem and is the 4th episode of the same problem. This is a flex fuel 2013 Ford F-150.this is beginning to be a big concern, as stated I was only going about 10 mph, since I was in a shopping center getting ready to park. The engine usual cranks after I come to a complete start and turn the ignition off. I need this fixed asap. I've got a trip planned.

- Charlott, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 212013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 3,970 miles
This is the 3rd time that this new F-150 truck engine suddenly has cut off. I was at the Ford dealership in belmont, N.C on Monday June 17,2013. They said they could not find anything wrong. They then said they put in a new update code. I now have only drove about another 50 miles since Monday. It cut off again while I was driving about 30 mph on a busy charlotte, nc street. I thought my nuckles were going to part since I had to control the vehicle and not cause an accident. I am schedule to take in back to keith hawthorne Ford on Tuesday, June 25,2013--there phone number 704-825-5186-service person- will

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 122013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 3,750 miles
On this new F-150 with eco boost engine, the engine now has shut down 2 times the last 2 days on June 12 and 13, 2013. The engine oil light came on. I was only going 20 mph when this happened both times since I was stopping at the stop sign 3 blocks from my house. On the highway with the engine in cruise control at speed of 60-65 mph the transmission goes from 6 th gear to 5th gear alot.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 062013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 600 miles
Traveling on the interstate during heavy rains. Traffic in my lane stopped. I tried to change lanes and accelerate briskly. When I tried to accelerate, the vehicle started to shutter and the engine power died. It seemed to go into limp mode. The check engine light flashed several times. The vehicle would not accelerate and left me hanging in the travel lane with faster traffic almost causing a crash. Vehicle is one week old and has approximately 600 miles on it. The engine is the Ford ecoboost 3.5L V6. The vehicle had to be turned off and restarted to get it to drive normal again.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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