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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,235 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #154

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 #153

Sep 302015


  • 20,000 miles
While trying to merg unto interstate engine lost power and started to shake.

- Winfield, WV, USA

problem #152

Sep 282015


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle lost engine power and the warning light illuminated. The rpms increased to 1,000. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic was unable to locate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #151

Aug 112015


  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While making a turn at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle resumed normal operation shortly after the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #150

Aug 102015


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart; however, the failure immediately recurred. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Crossroads, TX, USA

problem #149

Jun 302015


  • 27,750 miles
June 30, 2015 3:30pm F150 shuddered and then stalled out while running traffic. Wrench insignia appeared on dashboard screen. I was able to coast to the side of the road, put it in park and it restarted. I was the only person in the truck. June 30, 2015 5:45pm F150 shuddered and then stalled out while in running traffic. Wrench insignia appeared on dashboard screen. I was able to coast to the side of the road, put it in park and it restarted. There were 4 people in the truck. Truck not used from June 30 to July 4th. July 4th, 2015 6:30pm F150 shuddered and stalled and went in to some type of barely running mode. The wrench insignia again appeared on the dashboard screen. I coasted to the side of the road. Truck struggled to start but eventually did so and I took it home and parked it as it was becoming dangerous to be on the road with it. July 1, 2015 called and made an appointment at wayne county Ford service dep't in honesdale pa. They gave me an appointment date of July 6 at 9:30am. They could not diagnose the problem and the truck is still sitting there as of July 7th.

- Lakeville, PA, USA

problem #148

Jun 302015


  • 27,750 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle hesitated, stalled, and the wrench warning light illuminated. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The failure recurred two times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 27,750. MA 10/6

- Lakeville , PA, USA

problem #147

May 012015


  • 45,000 miles
Vehicle hesitation with jerking and loss of momentum when lightly accelerating at speeds between 60 mph and 70 mph when hot. Dealer determined this was caused by the spark plugs and boots and changed them out at 48K miles. Dealer maintenance book lists changing out the spark plugs and boots at 100K miles which a gross underestimated maintenance schedule. This is miss leading to the buyer for expected repair costs and dangerous for the owner while on the road and dangerous to other motorist because of the unexpected loss of momentum and jerking of the vehicle.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #146

Mar 112015


  • 13,000 miles
Ford F150 ecoboost 2013 13,000 mile the engine shakes and a lost of power when passing. The check engine light come on while its happen but shuts off when the power come back. I have taken it to Ford 4times but because it has no check engine light on they look at me like if I'm crazy.

- Mission , TX, USA

problem #145

Apr 062015


  • 32,098 miles
When cold starting the eco boost engine a loud rattling noise can be heard for several seconds... Ford service stated that the noise is timing chain stretch and stated that over time this will cause the check engine light and could destroy the engine... the check engine light will come on indicating the engine is out of time. If the timing chain should slip or break it would cause the engine to be destroyed which would be a safety hazard....

- East Liverpool, OH, USA

problem #144

Feb 162015


  • 17,600 miles


Pickup has a ticking noise coming from engine compartment after engine reaches operating temp. Notified Ford about issue and was advised to take to dealership. Took to dealership as advised dealership stated this was normal for a 5.0 liter engine. Notified Ford after taking to dealership they have not responded back.

- Atoka, OK, USA

problem #143

Feb 242015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle did not decelerate and increased in rpms when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was taken to a body repair shop, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #142

Aug 212014


  • 8,000 miles
This occurred on a rainy hot day southbound towards cape cod. I was driving my second 2013 Ford F150, both of which have the ecoboost engine. I attempted to pass on a two lane road, and upon acceleration the engine began to shutter, engine light came on, engine lost most of its power, and vehicle slowed dramatically. After approximately 20 to 30 seconds the engine began to return to a normal operating mode. Had there been oncoming traffic, I would not be writing this. As I said, this is my second ecoboost, and I thought that Ford would have fixed what is clearly a potentially fatal flaw with this engine. I had the same issue occur twice before in my prior ecoboost F150. I brought the truck to a dealer today for another minor issue and asked that the ecoboost issue be addressed, but that request was rejected by the dealer, whom sighted Ford policy. Clearly there is a pattern of failure on these engines, and just as clear it appears there is an effective and economical fix, based on my personal research of available information on line. It is unexplainable why Ford would not get in front of this issue before there is a fatal accident.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #141

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 #140

Aug 182014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 17,325 miles
While traveling on the highway going about 50 miles per hour, the vehicle loss power and would not respond to me pressing on the gas pedal. I pulled over to the side of the road and stopped, then the vehicle start to shudder real bad. I turned off the vehicle and restarted it, and the problem disappeared for about a week, then it occurred again with the same effects.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #139

Jan 152014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Vehicle would repeat law battery message. Took to dealer battery tests good. Vehicle would sometimes die overnight with a no start condition in mourning. 6 dealer visits and one new battery, "no problem found" from dealer. This vehicle could strand you at any time. I have a open case from Ford but problem continues.

- Tomah, WI, USA

problem #138

Jan 062015


  • 34,000 miles
I was driving to pick my son up from school going about 25 mph I turned right accelerated and the truck completely lost powered it did not stall just lost all power and the gas pedal had no response I was able to idle to my son's school. Thank goodness no one was on the road behind me because when I lost power the truck just stop abruptly in the middle of the road. Can't imagine how that would have played out if I had been going 70 down the highway. Ford is saying it's the throttle body I don't think that's correct :(

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #137

Dec 132014


  • 38,000 miles
Yesterday, my truck started fine with no issues, all systems were fine. This morning, 12/13/14, I went to start my truck and my battery was completely dead. I left nothing on and nothing plugged in. I purchased a new battery and it started fine although the remote start (factory installed) no longer works when pressed, the horn blows once and the lights flash twice. I looked out of my window a few minutes ago and noticed that the white instrument cluster lights are on. I went out to make sure my truck was locked, got in, started the engine and shut everything off again but the instrument cluster lights won't go out.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #136

Dec 082014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Vehicle sputtered and stalled while slowing down on freeway. After towing to dealer, dealer could only find loose battery cable. 2 days later engine stalled again while accelerating on freeway with same symptoms. Vehicle will not start and is with dealer who initially said no issues can be found. Vehicle symptoms match description of "limp mode".

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #135

Jan 222014


  • 7,800 miles
Purchased new 2013 Ford eco pickup. It was advertised and sold to be a high efficient fuel economical vehicle. First time temperatures dropped below 30 degrees F, my fuel mileage drastically dropped. After discussion with dealership, they seemed to be aware of the affect cold air had on its fuel mileage. Prior to cold weather I was experiencing 18 to 24 mpg. As soon as cold weather arrived I was experiencing 12 to 14 mpg. This type of mileage is consistent all through the winter until late spring. Seems the 24 mpg is unachievable anymore. Dealership briefly explained the boosters work best in warm weather. This information was not offered during the purchase process. I even showed them a magazine article written on how Ford eco boost had been experiencing lower than advertised mpg. The salesman acknowledged the article and said they had corrected the problem. I was told during a maintenance process, that it had to have 12,000 miles before they could test it for lack of mpg. I had it inspected at 11,800 miles and they claim there is nothing they can do. My advice to anyone purchasing a 150 eco boost expecting good to above average mpg, it will not happen.

- Emerson , NE, USA

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