really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,546 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #215

Jan 162017


  • 101,000 miles


Electronic power steering (epsa) is leaking water and power steering fluid. It's making noises and I am scared to drive it since this is my main transportation for work and family. I've read about this issue and people saying their wheels have locked up and just missed fatal accidents especially doing higher speeds on highway travel. Is it going to take a death before this part is recalled? truck comes to a quick stop like its jumping gears.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #214

Dec 282016


  • 60,000 miles
Transmission range sensor is malfunctioning. Truck shifts gears erratically, reverse lights will not operate creating a safety hazard. The shifting is also a safety hazard due to the inability to maintain control of my speed on the interstate. At times the reverse lights will come on while driving in traffic even if the vehicle is moving forward. Ford has issued a recall for the same problems for the same vehicle built in the same plant, however the manufacture date for the recall begins in August of 2011, my truck was built in June of 2011. Therefore my truck is not covered. I have already been placed at risk for an accident for this issue. I feel this is a defect already acknowledged by Ford, and can't understand why they wouldn't choose to fix every vehicle affected by this instead of just a few.

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

problem #213

Dec 222016


  • 90,500 miles
Steady driving down road at 40+ mph, truck automatically shifted into 1st gear. Coasted to a stop, shut truck off, started it back up, and transmission was locked into 5th gear. Vehicle would not down or up shift, or disengage into neutral. Lcd and instrument cluster lost all information including speed, mpg, miles remaining, current mileage, etc. Current model year is covered by existing Ford/NHTSA recall including my build date and build location, however Ford says that the specific part in my vehicle is not applicable, despite tsb/recall symptoms matching my issue perfectly. NHTSA recall # 16V248000, Ford recall # 16S19.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #212

Jul 012016


  • miles


Whenever I start to drive and excelerate the gear shifts or jumps

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #211

Dec 142016


  • 90,000 miles
My 2011 F150 FX4 has been acting up with the transmission. This has happened multiple times and the dealer is unable to replicate it. So far they have changed all of th coil packs, reset the transmission, changed all the spark plugs in a hope that was the issue. Well it's not. The truck lunges forward with loud bangs and grinding noises. RPM's go up and down and the truck sounds as if I downshifted from 6th gear to first. Then I can only go 40 miles an hour with high rpms. Engine lights have lit up and now a wrench. This is crazy my gauges don't work this is dangerous.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #210

Dec 042016


  • 85,000 miles
When starting off from a stopped position the transmission will shift very hard. This has happened on numerous occasions. Vehicle was taken back to dealer and it did not do it for a few months. Now it does it every once in awhile. This should not do this anymore after being at the dealers.

- Herington, KS, USA

problem #209

Mar 012015


  • 65,000 miles


When taking my foot off the accelerator, the transmission will automatically down shift to an inappropriate gear, mostly at highway speeds, although it has happened in city driving. ( I.e.70 mph to 4th gear, 55 mph to 2nd. Etc.) now, all this downshifting has caused the trans to slip, not go immediately into gear, etc. Ford has a recall for this issue but says my truck was built before they started having problems, so is not included in the recall.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #208

Sep 052016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that there was a drastic reduction in speed while driving the vehicle at any rate of speed. The dealer was notified twice, but was unable to replicate and diagnose the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer a third time. The vehicle was serviced for a manufacturer recall, but the failure continued. The failure mileage was not available.

- Plumsteadville, PA, USA

problem #207

Oct 112016


  • 111,476 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the gear shifter independently shifted gears without warning. The failure recurred randomly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 111,476.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #206

Nov 252016


  • 103,000 miles
This is the second time I have had this issue with this truck, while merging on a highway, my truck loses all power and starts shaking rapidly, once again I was almost involved in an auto accident because I could not merge. When I initially had this issue 50 thousand miles ago, I brought my truck to auto-nation Ford in white bear lake Minnesota, they said it was an issue of spark plugs, wires and coil packs, Ford also said the issue was the inter-cooler. Ford fixed all of those issues roughly 50 thousand miles ago, but here we are, my truck is at 100, xxx miles and this issue happened again! this is a serious safety issue, I have now been run off the road twice and almost crashed into a lake! when my truck loses all power and starts shaking rapidly, I lose control of the half ton truck. I contacted my local Ford dealership, (auto-nation Ford) in white bear lake, where I bought the truck and they would like me to pay in full for all of these issues, which Ford clearly knows about. I know for a fact I am never buying a Ford again, my safety and the safety of my family has now been compromised on multiple occasions and Ford has not once taking responsibility or offered to fix the issue. I am very disgusted with the way Ford has been handling these safety issues. When you buy a brand new truck and things like this happen, the company should take care of you, but once again, Ford has proved that they do not care about their customers.

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

problem #205

Nov 172016


  • 156,000 miles


When shifting the lever to reverse, the transmission does not engage reverse immediately and has a long delay before shifting to reverse. The "R" indicator does not illuminate and the backup lights do not come on even when the transmission engages in reverse. The issue seems to be similar to NHTSA recall #12V190000, but when I contact Ford I am told that there is no recall for my vehicle.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #204

Nov 162016


  • 101,200 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the vehicle independently downshifted into different gears without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,200.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #203

Nov 132016


  • 132,300 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 60 mph, the speedometer went down to zero and the vehicle independently shifted from sixth gear to second gear. Also, the service vehicle soon warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician reprogrammed the PCM; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 132,300.

- Woodville, MS, USA

problem #202

Nov 162016


  • 108,000 miles
Hello, I just had recall # 16V248 performed on my vehicle (Ford recall # 16S19) (performed on 11/15/2016). I drove the vehicle to work this morning (11/16/2016) and experienced the exact same symptoms outlined in the initial recall. I am going to reach out to the servicing dealer (eby Ford out of goshen, in) and Ford to find out what my next steps are. The vehicle will suddenly downshift into first and slow the vehicle down at a very fast rate. I have to then put my hazard lights on, pull over, turn the vehicle off and start it to get it to come out of first. This happened to me three times in less than a 20 mile commute.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #201

May 092016

F-150 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Purchased my F-150 used (private owner), had 8K miles on it. At 10-14K, I've notice when starting off and coming to a stop, there's "jerking" coming from the rear of the truck. Just this pass weekend, I pulled a trailer, a 70 mile round trip, with no "jerking" issues however, once the trailer was removed and I went back to normal driving, the "jerking" started to appear...again. Trying to gather info before heading to Ford.

- Atoka, TN, USA

problem #200

Oct 212016


  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle experiences rough idle on cold starts, lunges when in drive and hesitates on quick take off, dealer indicates that codes indicate that the transmission pump is failing. Vehicle has 35,000 miles and has been owned less than 60 months, yet the dealer indicates that a transmission pump is not covered under the manufacturer's drive warranty. A transmission is undoubtedly an essential part of the drive train, failure of this part at this level of mileage is not acceptable and the manufacturer's failure to cover this essential repair is unacceptable

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #199

Oct 192016


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 65 mph, the speedometer needle began to swing and provided various incorrect readings. The vehicle came to a sudden halt and the rear of the vehicle veered. In addition, while starting from a stop, the vehicle jerked violently. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- West Lake, OH, USA

problem #198

Sep 012016


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds and slowing down, the rear of the vehicle jerked without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed, but not repaired. The results of the diagnostic were unknown. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #197

Dec 102011


  • 2,000 miles
2011 Ford F150. Transmission slams 2nd to first at high force. Has done this since new. Reported problem to dealer multiple times. Problem most frequent when slowing over speed bumps 2nd to 1st gear and can result in tires squealing.

- Lithia, FL, USA

problem #196

Jun 012016


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While operating the vehicle, the transmission failed to go into reverse. Also, when switched to reverse, the "R" failed to illuminate intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission range sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V190000 (power train). The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

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