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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,397 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 10)

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problem #19

Apr 152013


  • 1,200 miles


2013 Ford F-150 XLT V6 ecoboost displaying shuttering and violent shaking upon 1st start up of the day and sometimes 2nd start up of the day if it's been a while between starts in St louis, mo. Feels like an old vehicle start up not anything like a brand new $42K truck should sound like. My wife also states it shutters while driving on the highway sometimes. I took to dealer (sunset Ford) and let them keep it overnight so they would start and check in the morning. Of course they had the nerve to say it did not do anything when they started it. Well after reading various posts about how they seem to not want to fix the product they sell I was upset. So when I went up there I had the service manager go with me outside to start it later that day after they already started it and it did the same thing I took it in there for. It's like they didn't even do their job properly. He hemmed and hawed and stated to bring it back up for another service apt later in the week. I have yet to do so B/C my time is too valuable for them to give me the run around but it still always shutters and shakes sometimes violently upon start up. Don't know what to do other than trade it back in for another truck brand for someone else to deal with. It's a shame B/C I really like Ford my grandfather retired from there. I guess like every other company they just keep getting leaner and meaner. Good for their pocket books I guess but not for the everyday man or woman.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #18

May 022013


  • 7,000 miles
While driving North on I-95 in Georgia at 65 mph, I attempted to accelerate. The truck began to shake violently, lose power, and the check engine light illuminated. The weather at the time was 70 degrees with moderate rain. I had been driving for approximately one hour at the time of the incident. I had to pull over to the emergency lane and shut off the motor. The engine restarted ok. I did not attempt any more hard accelerations. I had no more stall problems. I took the truck to the dealer where they found a misfire code, but had no explanation or fix to prevent the problem from happening again. This is an ecoboost vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 032013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
I went to pass a car and the engine started to cut out and lose power. I did finally pass the car and the engine was erratic for at least 2 more miles. Engine light was flashing the entire time but then stopped and everything was okay. It had just stopped raining at the time and was humid, temp 75. It happened during full throttle. I have contacted my local Ford dealership and they are looking into it.

- Star, NC, USA

problem #16

May 232013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,150 miles


While on I95 in Virginia, after traveling for about an hour with the cruise control on in an intermittent rain, I attempted to accelerate to pass another vehicle. I depressed the accelerator and the truck started to shake and buck. The check engine light started flashing and I was not able to accelerate. Any attempt to do so caused the truck to jerk and shake. As I moved to the right lane to get to the shoulder, the light stopped flashing and the truck behaved normally. I could not replicate the incident since I did not drive at a constant speed again for any period of time remaining in the trip. This occurred in a 2013 Ford F150 XLT supercrew with a 3.5L eco boost engine.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #15

Mar 152013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns 2013 Ford F150. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #14

May 252013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,750 miles
2013 F150 XLT w/ ecoboost 42K cost, had to accelerate to get out of the way of a potential accident and the engine stalled started missing barely missed totaling the truck had to plow in to a grass median to keep from being hit. I was able to restart the truck and get it home and have not driven it since. I am so disappointed. If this is not a safety issue I don't know would be, this is scary stuff.

- Mcqueeney, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 012012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Stuttering, loss of power, bad fuel mileage.

- Clinton, TN, USA

problem #12

Dec 142012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,608 miles
Ecoboost V6 3.5L. Driving about 3 hours 70-75 mph with last hour in rain. Had to pass cars on two occasions after the rain. Both times upon acceleration, car shuddered violently, lost speed and engine light was flashing. Both times had to pull over and turn off car, then restart to get engine to work. First time engine light turned off. Second time engine light stayed on solid until I got it to dealership. They replaced the intercooler and cac shield. Has not occurred since with 6 months driving including several tests of acceleration. However, I have not tried it in the rain, and I'm seeing reports of moisture accumulation as the issue.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 282013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
My Ford F150 XLT, 4X4 stalls and almost shuts down at times. The truck is brand new. This truck has the ecoboost V6 engine. The conditions were that the road was wet. Unhappy because I paid a tremendous amount of money for this vehicle.

- Maysville, GA, USA

problem #10

May 222013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
While driving on the interstate with cruise control set approximately at 70mph, I stepped on the gas to accelerate past a vehicle. The truck did not respond but decelerated and the steering wheel began to shake. The check engine light flashed. I continued to drive and with only slight pressure to the gas to maintain speed. After approximately 5-10 seconds the vehicle regained power. The incident happened a second time, same conditions same results. The Ford dealer says its a known problem with parts back ordered. This seems unacceptable if its a know problem. Someone can get in a serious accident at highway speeds if they pulled out in fast moving traffic expecting acceleration to be there.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #9

May 102013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,300 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly decelerated and independently engaged into limp safe mode. The contact mentioned that while attempting to accelerate, the vehicle started to shake violently as the check engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 1,300.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

May 172013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
Upon hard acceleration to pass on highway the truck lost power check engine light continually flashed and shuttered when attempted to give truck any acceleration. After a few minutes of driving on shoulder to get to safe exit vehicle seemed to reset and regain all functions and power.

- Ozark, MO, USA

problem #7

May 262013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 1,503 miles
I have a new Ford F-150 with only 1,500 miles on it. I was leaving a restaurant getting on the road with cars rushing behind me going about 45mph when all the sudden the trucks engine started shaking really bad. The engine light come, truck started beeping and the tool wrench started to flicker on the dash board saying "service". the truck stopped accelerating all of the sudden and no matter how much I pushed the petal to accelerate, truck would not accelerate at all. Lost all power to accelerate. Cars from behind had to quickly maneuver out of my lane to avoid hitting me. Could have been much worse if I would have been going faster. Called Ford roadside assistance to take truck to dealership to see what??S going on. I have read other similar problems to mine stating the weather and/or condition of road was wet but as for my issue the weather outside was cool and sunny no rain or wet road at the time the issue happened.

- Lawrenceville`, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 182013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,499 miles
I went to pass a slow moving vehicle and only had a short distance to pass. I pressed down hard on the accelerator, the engine shutdown, truck was coasting, and the orange traction slip light came on. Then the engine came back on and I was able to finish passing. This was in carlsbad, nm. I took it to the local Ford dealer they said there nothing showed on their diagnostic computer, but they did try to charge me $150 labor. I refused to pay, because this is a new truck and the incident happened twice driving into carlsbad. I have tried to duplicate the incident once since, but the engine did not shutdown.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 192013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
I just read a story and the one on fox news. This exact ecoboost problem happened to me about 1 month ago in my 2013 F-150 king ranch (28K miles). I was driving North on I81 in pa and suddenly my truck went like a bucking Bronco, losing power as I went along until I was down to about 30mph on a highway. This lasted for about 10-15 minutes and then miraculously cleared up. I fear the damage it has done to the engine and could be very dangerous if this happens again in heavy traffic on a highway. This has happened one other time as well. All I could assume at the time was a bad tank of gas or some sort of misfire/cylinder problem. Who do I report this to? I am sure Ford will just say oh well, it works now.. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 082013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 75 miles
Not getting sticker mpg; took vehicle back and Ford milham dealership in easton pa off rt 33 said " there is nothing we can do about it" power steering rack also malfunctioned at 7,000 miles. Dealership manager agreed there is an issue with the vehicle. I dropped the vehicle off on a Wednesday. Thursday night they called and stated everything checked out and "Ford says it's within range". I was also told I will receive a survey online - I never received the email to communicate my dissatisfaction with the vehicle and the dealership. Vehicle now has 10,000 miles and now I get 16 mpg on highway (no city driving).

- Walnutport, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 122012


  • 289 miles
Said vehicle does not get the mileage stated on window sticker and advertisements. 2013 4X4 ecoboost states 15city/21hwy, it does only get about 13-15mpg in city, but on highway; average is roughly 17mpg, which compared to the sticker is a 4mpg difference.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Dec 062012


  • 50 miles
I was traveling at exactly 70 mph on the interstate at about 40 degrees in my brand new 2013 F-150 ecoboost. While attempting to pass a line of slower semi-trucks, I put the accelerator pedal to the floor. The engine rev'd and the started violently shuttering to the point I thought the engine mounts were surely breaking. The vehicle lost most of its power and with another trucker behind me in the passing lane, it immediately became an extremely dangerous situation. I could not accelerate at all and fortunately was able to let the lower traffic pass me so I could fall into the slow lane -- it was very dangerous to put it mildly. The truck fixed itself after about 5 miles of slower driving. I took it to the Ford dealership the next morning and they kept it for several days and couldn't find any problems. I tried to duplicate the event and couldn't. the scene repeated itself three times under exactly the same circumstances with two or three weeks separating the occurrences. The last time the dealership service department said Ford corporate engineering did not know what the problem was and to try re-installing the computer software. This appears to have fixed the problem but my gas mileage has gone down to an average 18.5 mpg and previously I was getting up to 25 mpg average.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 292012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,875 miles
While traveling in rain on the highway - outside temp 40 deg F / dewpoint 40 (this is relevant - this issue occurs whenever temp & dew point are within 10 of each other for many others) at 65mph - I attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. After my lane change, I attempted to accelerate & the vehicle downshifted & revved high for a second and then ilost 90% of my engines power, the vehicle began to shudder & shake and a check engine light (cel) began to blink on my dash. I was nearly hit be 2 fast moving semi trucks as I tried to cross 3 lanes of traffic to get to the berm with 0 ability to accelerate any further. Stopping & starting the engine made the issue go away. A similar even occurred this morning as well but cleared itself after I let off of the gas. I have heard numerous reports of this issue on different F-150 forums. The issue is apparently too much condensation in the ecoboost engines twin turbo intercooler (hence the temp/dew point correlation). Ford has been attempting to resolve this for 3 years now - and just released a new tsb 12-10-19 which I hope will resolve it. I have had the vehicle for 14 days - and it should not have been sold to me with this known dangerous failure possibility being present. The tsb is being applied to my vehicle tomorrow & I hope it works. Numerous others have had different attempts at repair & none have made the issue permanently go away. This is a major safety concern.

- Willowick, OH, USA

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