really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,171 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #9

Nov 262012


  • 73,000 miles


Event occurred 3 times over a period from 27 Oct 13 to 21 Nov 13, decelerating while towing a trailer. Speed varied all three times from a high of about 60mph, to a low of 45mph. Message center would turn orange and display a wrench symbol, while the engine discontinues producing power. After pulling over, simply turning the vehicle off, then restarting, everything appears normal again. Two Ford dealers "found no codes", and were unable to further diagnose the issue. The second dealer attempted to collect data via an onboard computer as well, but the event wouldn't repeat while the device was installed, nor was I towing during that time. One of these events occurred on a two lane road with no shoulder available. Traffic had to stop until I restarted. Dangerous at best. The third even occurred going up a one lane freeway flyover. I was able to coast past the bridge structures and onto the shoulder, however, this occurred during rain, and multiple other vehicles had to make accident avoiding maneuvers, including tractor trailer rigs. Very dangerous. I have replaced the vehicle.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 222013


  • 40,487 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the advanced track system warning light illuminated and the turn signals became inoperable. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test where the dealer stated that the steering gear assembly module malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced the entire steering system. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 40,487.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jan 252013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 32,259 miles
Repeated misfires, and loss of power when accelerating, engine lights flashes. This has happened 2 additional times since the first incident. The last 2 times I narrowly avoided accidents at highway speeds. The inter-cooler has been replaced and now they say I need plugs. I need help to fix this problem.

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #6

Jul 312013


  • 38,578 miles


Attempted to pass a car. Speed at time of attempt was 55mph. Time 2:20 P.M. and partly cloudy. Two lane road but had plenty of time to pass or an accident could have occurred. Pushed down on accelerator and the engine actually decreased speed/significant deceleration. I let up on gas pedal, maintained speed then was gradually able to pass. Think the turbo had stalled. This had happened once before, shortly after I purchased the truck. At that time I was merging onto interstate and it stalled out, for a shorter duration. After the July 31 incident, I took the truck to Ford to inquire about the issues some owners have had on the eco boast engine, which I have. No codes appeared so I was told they couldn't do anything. Then talked to regional customer service and got the same story. I am very concerned as I use the truck to tow a 26' trailer. When the eco boast turbo works, I have plenty of power to merge or pass. The above experience was scary and I did not have the trailer behind me at the time. Now I feel I can not reasonably depend on it to work as it should. I think it is the turbo but it could be the electronic gas pedal, or the transmission but I really do not think these are the issue. Please help! thank you.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 022012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 44,520 miles
I was traveling in the righthand lane of the East bound side of I24 around manchester, tn. My speed was approximately 65-70 mph. I suddenly came up upon slower traffic in the same lane and signaled to pass the slower traffic. As I looked in my mirrors for traffic behind me I noticed another vehicle closing on me in a hurry. I depressed the accelerator to gain speed and make the pass. The vehicle lurched and the motor suddenly shut down and wouldn't accelerate in the middle of my pass. The vehicle behind me locked their brakes and managed to slow their vehicle down before possibly colliding with me. I let the slower traffic on the right pass and signaled to get back in the right hand lane. This has happened twice to me and I think there is a real possibility this could endanger lives and property if not corrected. My 2011 Ford F-150 is equipped with the 3.5 liter ecoboost V6.

- Hillsboro, TN, USA

problem #4

Apr 102013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 38,252 miles
When I'm accelerating the engine stalls, I may be leaving a stop sign climbing over an overpass or passing another slower vehicle. Seems to happen more often about 40mph to 70mph.

- Grand Saline, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 082012


  • 2,362 miles


This is very disappointing to have to experience so soon with a brand new truck. The location of this wiring harness is in an area that unless you have side steps and maybe even then, is not protected. Even then the way the wiring harness comes out from within the wheel wall makes no sense. I'm attaching a few pictures so you can see what occurred. Luckily, someone saw the wire dragging and told me before it was too late. I put up the harness and taped it to hold it up. This could have had a horrible outcome had the wires continued to shred or make contact with one another.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 302011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 500 miles
My new Ford F150 has recurring issues with the sync system. We drive down the road, hang up the bluetooth connected phone and the radio will begin playing at full volume and the steering wheel controls stop working, or you will be starting the car up and the air conditioning will be full blast or you will start the car and you wont have any radio/cd player/ media controls working at all. My Ford rep says that Ford does not have a fix and they don't expect one until maybe the first quarter of 2011.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 052011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
From a dead stop I accelerated to turn into her driveway the engine hesitated and stumbled it sounded like you had thrown a handful of marbles inside the intake the engine made a funny noise then died after getting it restarted the check engine light came on upon returning the vehicle to the dealership I found out it had melted the intake manifold sensors and part of the throttle body away Ford has no idea what caused this the truck is also been plagued with electrical problems. Apparently it came real close to an engine fire the truck is still broke down at the dealership since August 5, 2011.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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