definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,254 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jan 132015


  • 50,000 miles


After noticing the inside of my truck windows steaming up, I felt around and found the back seats and floor were soaked. It had been raining hard for several days and it turned out the 3rd brake/cargo light assembly for the cargo bed was full of water and had allowed water to inside of the cabin.the ceiling liner, seats and carpet were soaked. I have duck-taped it for now, but will have to replace the assembly. The light bulbs had never been changed. Ford is saying it's not their fault but with the amount of complaints on the net, it certainly isn't the customer's fault. Step up Ford and do what you should be doing; make a recall on this part and fix it. We spend alot of money for your product; stand behind it. There was a time when Ford meant quality, but it sure seems like it doesn't any more.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #21

Jan 032015


  • 89,974 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that water was entering the cabin through on of the rear tail lights. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the third rear tail light needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,974. Djr

- Gran Prairie, TX, USA

problem #20

Aug 012013

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The 3rd brake light doesn't seal properly, allowing water to leak through during rain & car wash. Took the truck to Ford once about a year ago and they caulked and reseated the light, but it started again. We took the raptor back to Ford dealer and they wanted to charge us $215 to put in a new light. #1. manufacturer/Ford defect & #2. aftermarket and oem are cheaper online. This is a known issue, that isn't being properly addressed. www.fordraptorforum.com/F39/3rd-brake-light-issues-3350/.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #19

Sep 092014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Vehicle was sitting outside after a heavy rain noticed water leaking from interior roof. My windows fogged up impairing my vision from the excessive moisture inside the vehicle. Also my vehicle smells musty and moldy causing health concerns to myself and other passengers. I turned on the light in the evening and could see light shining through between the gasket of the light assembly and the metal of the cab. I went to the dealer and they told me to make an appointment so they could look at it when I already know what the issue is. I asked the shop person if he could take a quick look at it so he could see what I was seeing and he told me it is a common problem and the gasket needs to be replaced. I was assured by the Ford dealer that I need to make an appointment for them to look at it and that Ford will not remedy the issue for the leak or the water damage.

- Horace, ND, USA

problem #18

Mar 102014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 40,500 miles
Water leaks through the third brake light lens during hard rain or auto car wash. Enough water comes in to soak the back seat and the floor. Then there is so much moisture inside the cab that the defroster can not clear the windows nor inside the windshield. This is definitely a safety problem as the driver's vision is very effected. Called local Ford dealership and they said there are not a problem - probably just a pinched gasket from changing a light bulb. But that is not the facts. Please check out the many online complaints about this same issue.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #17

Jul 222014


  • 52,000 miles
When I try to start my car all of the warning lights and theft lights flash and the vehicle won't turn. If I leave it for some time and come back and try it, sometimes it will work. When it does work it's only briefly, the A/C goes out but still blows air, the instruments including speedometer go to zero even when I'm on the highway. This is a huge issue due to safety and reliability. I've taken it to a Ford dealership, they held it for two weeks and gave it back to me saying it was working fine. On my way back from the dealership, the same thing happened again. This has been a huge hassle and I've had to miss work because of it.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 192011


  • 5,000 miles


Have been having electrical issues including failing backup camera at night and tail lights not working (dangerous at night) as well as fuses blowing. Dealer could not duplicate but dealer states there is corrosion in the fuse panel because water entered the vehicle. There are several instances where Ford is aware of this issue where water is entering the vehicle on the dot.gov and other websites. They are refusing to do anything about it. Please do something about this, Ford knows there is an issue and there is no reason for them do get away with issues that may cause fatal car accidents including tail lights going out while driving.

- Malvern, OH, USA

problem #15

May 192012


  • miles
When going through a car wash, the 3rd brake light leaks water into the back seat of the truck.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #14

Dec 232013


  • 35,618 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that during a rainstorm, water penetrated the vehicle. Upon inspection, it was found that water was entering the vehicle via the third brake light. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 35,618. The VIN was not available.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #13

Dec 032013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The original center high-mount brake light on the cab of my truck has a faulty gasket and does not form a proper seal against water. Water has leaked into the cab of the truck on numerous occasions, causing damage to the headliner of the vehicle, and unknown damage/rust to the floor of the vehicle due to water running down the interior trim panels and underneath the carpeting. I contacted the local Ford dealerships service department and was told that Ford was aware of the issue, and that the gasket and lamp housing on newer models of trucks was redesigned to form a better seal against water. I was told that I could either buy a new lamp assembly at the cost of approx. $115, or could use silicone sealant around the light. The cost of a replacement headliner was not addressed, however a new headliner for my vehicle will cost approx. $895 (plus labor) bringing a total in parts alone to approx. $1010. This is all due to a faulty designed gasket that was acknowledged and redesigned. There should be a voluntary recall issued by Ford Motor Co. As a quality issue, not necessarily a safety issue. I have read several other reports of this same occurrence in your "complaints" section on both 2010 & 2009 model F-150 trucks. In some instances, the dealerships took responsibility and replaced the faulty parts. I have filed a complaint with Ford Motor Co. And am awaiting a response, however, there are possibly several hundred, if not several thousands of other truck owners facing the same issue. Ford Motor Co. Should take responsibility for their faulty product, or this could result in a class-action lawsuit.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #12

Jul 102013


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the third brake light had a broken seam that allowed water to enter and leak onto the rear seating. The contact stated that the seats had become molded and needed to be replaced or cleaned. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Peebles, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 222012


  • 45,000 miles
Started truck one morning right before thanksgiving and no lights displayed in the control dash panel. Great right before a planned trip. None of the gauges worked. Began driving and the radio stopped working. Hit a bump in the road and something beeped and they came back on for a few minutes and then went back off, and this type of electrical behavior has been going on since right before thanksgiving. On occasion I can just shut the drivers side door and the display panel gauges and lights begin working for a few minutes and then without warning the dash is blank again. Sometimes I'm lucky and they stay on for 50miles before going out again. I put fuel in the truck today 01-13-2013 in sulfur okla and no fuel gauge. It didn't register and the display lights began going off and on. I stopped in pauls valley okla for a coke, while idling, the outside temp gauge climbed from 29 actual degrees to 86degrees in less than 5 minutes but when I began driving again the outside temp went back down to 29degrees. On 2 occasions while on I-35 the gauges would beep, reset and go back off. I drove from atoka okla to the Texas panhandle with no way of telling my speed, fuel gauge, no temp gauge no blinkers to signal lane changes, I even tried the emerg. Flashers and they wouldn't work either. I'm really afraid there is going to be a fire in the dash or something and I'll loose everything, and no one seems to care. It seems to be all about the sale. My warranty is almost up and no one cares!, this is not normal! before I left on my trip 01-08-2013 to okla. I called the dealer gene messer where I bought the truck, and they said they would have a service man call. Well it's the 14th and no call. There is defiantly something wrong when you spend over 40,000 dollars on a vehicle and afraid your going to get a speeding ticket, but worse burn up in it or get killed. Please help.

- Pampa, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 202012


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that water leaked through the brake lights and entered the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the failure was common. The contact was also informed that the necessary parts to perform repairs were on back order. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 44,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rock Spring, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 032012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 44,800 miles
: my 2010 F-150 XLT has spider web cracks on the headlamp housing both sides. I have kept my vehicle in a garage every night. I have a friend who has a 2009 F-150 that has 65,000 miles and his have no cracks. I called  maxwell Ford in austin who is where I purchased two vehicles there in January 2012 and was told its plastic and they could not do anything about it. These cracks did not develop from rocks or other things striking the headlamps. It looks to me that it is some type of defect and I have taken photographs of them for you to see. I want them replaced. I have an extended warranty from the dealership on my vehicle. The spider web cracks can be a safety issue in the headlamp performance. [xxx] my name is [xxx] and I am from the Ford customer relationship center (crc). I received your email regarding your 2010 Ford F-150 XLT. I am sorry to hear that the headlamp housing of your vehicle has spider web cracks.  I understand that you are seeking this to be replaced. For now, I recommend that your vehicle be inspected by a Ford dealership to determine the cause of any symptoms your vehicle may be experiencing. They have factory trained technicians, the most current engineering service information, and the specialized equipment to resolve your vehicle concerns. please note that the vehicle needs to be diagnosed first before any decision regarding financial assistance can be made. You may check out www.owner.Ford.com to locate a dealership near you. This was done at bird kultgen Ford, in waco, Texas. Photos were taken and sent to Ford rep. They said they do not warranty plastic parts. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- China Spring , TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 202012

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
There was a horrible storm last night. I got into my truck this morning and the entire back seat was soaked! I spoke with 2 other Ford F150 truck owners and they have had the same exact issue. Both of their issues were the result of the exterior light on the top back of the vehicle. I called Ford in temple tx. They confirmed they have had this issue a couple of other times and it was in fact the exterior light leaking as it was not properly installed. I have to now pay for this manufacturer's defect. This should be reported as a recall as it has happened to several Ford F150 truck owners. I am not happy with the experience of Ford!

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 042012


  • 52,000 miles
After owning my truck for nearly 2 years I began to notice a musty smell. Last weekend my kids were riding in the back seat and noticed water pooled on the center seatbelt frame. I immediately thought the sliding glass window was partially opened, but it wasn't. besides it was no where near where the water was pooling. Then we noticed in both corners of the headliner dark water stains. Just by looking at the cab of the truck it looks to me like it is the molding that extends about 18 inches up the cab of the truck. I'm thinking it wasn't properly sealed on the roof. I am sure it has been leaking since day one, but with the drought here in houston for the last year I am just now noticing since it rains at least twice a week. Ford is saying it is out of warranty and I would have to pay to have it fixed. Excuse me but why is this considered warranty work when it is clearly craftsmanship of the truck. First time Ford owner but never again. I don't have enough time to explain all the transmission and brake issues.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 152011


  • 5,700 miles
During day time driving in rain or overcast the dashboard lights will not come on making it impossible to determine speed you are going. Switching from automatic to manual control of headlights has no effect on dash lights. They stay off! I believe this affects all current Ford vehicles.

- Sheridan, WY, USA

problem #5

Aug 102010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact was driving in reverse approximately 2 mph and noticed that the illumination of the rear backup lights was extremely poor and failed to position correctly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the vehicle operated properly as designed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000. Updated 01/04/12 updated 01/05/12

- Lyknes, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 262011


  • 21,000 miles
Leaking third brake light resulting in wet roof liner and seats.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 302011


  • miles
3rd brake light at the top of the cab was leaking. Water against the electronics for the light could cause the light not to function properly resulting in a crash. Ford replaced the 3rd brake light since the vehicle is under warranty.

- Mount Pleasant, PA, USA

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