really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,447 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 11)

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problem #124

Jun 242014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 15,800 miles


After driving for several hours on the interstate we had stopped to re-fuel. Upon re-entry onto the interstate the truck failed to accelerate, the check engine light came on, the truck was shaking it took 30-40 seconds before normal operation resumed. This is the 3rd time this has happened, twice on of which were on the interstate while attempting to merge into traffic or pass vehicles. All three times the conditions have been high humidity, rain & traveling at a relatively constant speed for an extended period of time.

- Mahomet, IL, USA

problem #123

Jun 152012


  • 350 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving 50 mph the vehicle hesitated and stalled on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to replicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 350.

- Sulphur, LA, USA

problem #122

Feb 262014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The following occurred in a 2013 F150 platinum with 12,000 miles on it. While accelerating from a traffic light, the car lost power and stuttered and fell into limp mode. You could not drive over 10 mph. This has been just one of many similar incidents. I have taken the car in several times but Ford cannot replicate the problem, so they will not fix anything. Recently, the car just misfired while driving around 40mph, these incidents occur suddenly then the car recovers. My car is currently in the shop, I will pick it up today, they said they could not replicate the problem, so no service was done. The reason it was in the shop this time? I was driving to work in the morning and the car basically collapsed while driving, almost causing a huge accident, this incident was more extreme than the others and the car was stuck in limp mode for about 5 seconds, the woman behind me almost smashed into me. This is a 50K truck with 12,000 miles on it. This truck is extremely dangerous to drive. Recall!!!!!!

- Bayville , NY, USA

problem #121

May 172014


  • 8,200 miles


2013 Ford F150 ecoboost supercrew (157" wb) when loaded exhibits pulse/bucking/shaking when taking off from a stop. Noticeably worse as more load is applied. Vehicle is rate with payload of 1500 lbs and it only takes 200-300 lbs in the bed to feel it and when you have 700-800 lbs it literally bucks. Had at dealer multiple times and been in contact with Ford tech line who all say that no damage or safety issue exists and to live with it. I paid $42K for this vehicle and now I can't even put anything into the bed to to unsafe starts that are going to leave me stranded. To make matters worse the computer tries to compensate for the vibrations and starts to lower power causing it to not go which is dangerous in left hand turn situations. The tech said there was nothing they could do as Ford states these are known issues.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #120

Mar 042014


  • 7,200 miles
2013 Ford F-150 3.5 ecoboost on multiple occasions has loss of power on take-off when making left hand turns. This loss of power seems more like a long delay in poer application to the wheels, long enough that when making left hand turns in traffic becomes dangerous and I have been in two near misses in these stall situations. The vehicle comes to life suddenly with a boost of full power literally scaring you when it finally does decide to go after a 1-3 second delay, and oftentimes even after letting off of the accelerator you still get the power surge and have to mash the brakes. I have learned to keep a foot on the brake and mange the delay, just hope I don't get in a tight spot where I need to have sudden power from a stop.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #119

Jun 012012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 30 miles
Engine stops on hard acceleration all most got hit on more than one occasion.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #118

May 052014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 9,600 miles


Unintended acceleration design defect in vehicles equipped with an electronic throttle control system.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #117

Apr 122014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 29,700 miles
Upon accelerating from a stop 4or 5 loud knocking sounds were heard and felt, and engine power loss was experienced. I let off throttle to reduce knocking sound, which sounded like turbo wastegate possibly, and engine shook and had reduced power for several miles. Temperature outside was warm and dry. I had been driving vehicle for over an hour before problem. It has had reduced power and minor shaking before, but nothing like this. Fortunately no other vehicles were coming. I do notice wastegate popping off on short, steep hills more lately. I have the ecoboost engine. Have not been to dealer yet, but have appt soon.

- Ellsworth, KS, USA

problem #116

Apr 212014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 7,712 miles
During acceleration to highway speed during rainy weather my truck exhibited a power loss. The check engine light started to flash and the engine looses power and the vehicle decelerated. This has occurred 2 times since I have owned this vehicle (since December 2013). I have the truck in the shop now for another issue and have informed the dealer of the incidents but have not heard back from them.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #115

Aug 242013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
During acceleration to pass a car, my truck exhibited a power loss. The check engine light starts flashing and the engine looses power and the truck decelerates. This has now happened 6 times in various conditions. In 3 instances the engine almost stalled. It continued to stutter until I put the truck in park, shut the engine off and restarted. Twice, this has happened in Chicago traffic while merging onto the highway and resulted in a very dangerous situation. I have taken my truck to the dealer 4 times but they say no computer codes were recorded. I have contacted Ford but the regional customer service manager says she has never heard of anyone with this problem before. They refuse to do anything about it and told me to continue to take my truck to the dealer when these issues occur. My truck is now 9 months old with 13,000 miles on it. The most recent occurrence was in March of this year.

- Granger, IN, USA

problem #114

Apr 072014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 12,100 miles


I was at a stop sign turning into a main street, I accelerated to turn into the intersection when I attempted to accelerate the truck did not do anything. It was really nerve wrecking, I stepped on the gas like 3 times until the truck finally reacted. I almost got into a really bad accident which would of been my fault because of the cars defect. This is not the only time that this has happened to me, but is the most recent. They really need to do something about this! I took the truck to the dealer and was told that they cannot duplicate customers concern. This is a $43,000 truck and think that I should get what I have paid for not a little piece of crap.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #113

Sep 172013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
The ecoboost engine looses power on take off in rainy weather. I has happened six times. The most recent was this morning 04/07/14. The problem occurs when the truck is taking off from a stop, such as traffic light or stop sign. The main problem seems to be the rain. After driving in rainy weather for a prolonged period of time the truck will not take off from a dead stop. The engine looses power and shakes violently. This morning while taking me daughter to school we pulled into traffic and tried to get up to speed. The engine failed and we had to pull to the side of the road. This has become a safety issue. It was not raining this morning but I did drive for several hours in the rain yesterday. I have contacted the dealer and they tell me my tuck already has the fix from Ford.

- Monticello, AR, USA

problem #112

Apr 022014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
When pulling out into traffic from a stop I experienced a sudden loss of power from the engine. The engine sputtered and it would not accelerate or increae RPM. After pumping the gas pedal twice the turbos finally kicked in and allowed mwe to once again accelerate. This loss of power while entering the roadway nearly caused a collision.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #111

May 082013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150 ecoboost. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly decelerated without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 8,000.

- Harlan, IA, USA

problem #110

Dec 292013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
I was on my way home from visiting family and while passing a vehicle on route 113 in Maryland my truck suddenly lost power and the engine began shuddering while attempting to accelerate. The engine had reduced power and continued shuddering until I stopped trying to accelerate. Luckily, there were no other vehicles approaching in the opposite direction and I was able to abort passing the slower vehicle without incident. This occurred at approx. 1600 on a rainy day. The symptoms went away after approximately 10 minutes and I had no further issues.

- Moyock, NC, USA

problem #109

Jan 222014


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the engine began to hesitate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that water had entered the turbo booster and but they could not provide a remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100. The VIN was unavailable.

- Eureka, SD, USA

problem #108

Sep 152013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
While entering I-275 after a football game, I was attempting to merge into traffic, and the acceleration was none existent. I was nearly run off the road by another driver. The acceleration finally kicked back in after approximately 5-7 seconds. The problem continued intermittently even after the vehicle was reprogrammed by Ford. Several months after the initial occurrence, while attempting to cross 3 lanes of traffic, the same problem occurred again and I was nearly T-boned by a semi after it stalled in the middle of the highway. After several seconds, the acceleration kicked in and I nearly plowed over a pedestrian. Ford seems to be oblivious that there is a problem.

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

problem #107

Jan 112014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 7,800 miles
I had been driving on the highway in the rain for approximately 2 hours, when I needed to pass a semi-truck and pushed the accelerator pedal to accelerate the truck started to shudder and stall, with an accompanying flashing mil light. I let off the accelerator and the mil light became steady. I pulled off to the side of the road, shut-off the truck and opened the hood to see if there was any obvious cause to the misfire condition...and there was not. I restarted the truck, but the mil light remained illuminated steady. I drove conservatively home and hooked up my code reader to the obd-II port. It showed codes of P0300, P0305, and P0306...the freeze-frame data showed the condition occurred at 65 mph and 2578 rpms. I called the dealer and setup an appointment to have the truck inspected. The dealer applied Ford tsb 13-8-10 as the fix (don't know if this will fix the misfires or not). My truck has the 3.5L ecoboost motor.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #106

Mar 302013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 600 miles
Vehicle will not start when parked on a decline of approximately 8% and fuel level below 1/4 of tank or less than 100 miles on fuel warning indicator. Low fuel warning light comes on and vehicle will not start until on level ground. I am not comfortable traveling off-road or in mountains if fuel level is below 1/4 tank as this issue may cause vehicle to stall resulting in an accident or being stranded.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #105

Jan 132014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 17,200 miles
Ford ecoboost engine. Traveling on state highway (one lane in each direction) at about 45mpg (speed limit was 55). I attempted to pass a slower car. I depressed the accelerator and move into the oncoming traffic lane. As I came even with the slower car, the engine cut out and I was only able to maintain a speed of 40 to 45 mph. Another car pulled in right behind me to also pass the slower car at the same time. A semi trailer crested the hill and was quickly approaching. I was unable to hit the breaks and return to my lane of traffic because the second passing car was accelerating quickly behind me and I was unable to accelerate at all because the engine was stalling. The second passing car realized something was wrong and hit the breaks allowing me to also slide back in line as the semi shifted onto the shoulder in his lane. We went three-wide on a two lane highway at highway speeds. After about a minute, the engine warning lights went out on the dash, the engine kicked back in. I was able to safely pass the slower car and traveled home. I took the truck to the local dealer for evaluation and they told me this is known to happen during rainy weather. Weather at time of incident, partly cloudy, around 4:30 in the afternoon. This is the third time my engine has cut out on me during acceleration. This is the only time to nearly wrap up four vehicles in a nasty wreck.

- Cameron, NC, USA

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