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 6 of 11)

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problem #104

Jan 122014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 19,549 miles


When hard acceleration, vehicle losses all power and will not accelerate. This has almost caused a accident three different occasions. Ford dealer tells me they can't find a problem but there's other ecoboost owners with the same problem.

- Rutledge, GA, USA

problem #103

Jan 022014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled as nd the check engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 8,100.

- Roanoke Rapids , NC, USA

problem #102

Jan 022014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 16,400 miles
While driving my Ford ecoboost F-150 on I-40 on the way to work this morning I had a severe loss of power while merging onto the highway. I had to take evasive action to miss other traffic due to the sudden loss of power and others had to avoid me as well. This was a very dangerous and scary situation. I am taking my truck to the dealership for them to look at the problem. Conditions were damp and cold this morning while I was driving. I think this may be related to the wet / damp conditions that affect the ecoboost engines losing power.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #101

Dec 282013


  • 8,600 miles


After driving in rain for a couple hours in my ecoboost F150, I was merging onto an interstate where traffic required heavy acceleration and the vehicle stalled from 60-65 abruptly to 45 mph. The vehicle shuttered and would not accelerate back to highway speeds for nearly a minute. The engine ran extremely rough and was unresponsive to throttle input from driver. I had my family with me and was very upset that we could have been in a very bad accident. The dealership did not inform me of problems with the ecoboost at the time of sale, even though this problem has been going on since the ecoboost introduction. This is a serious safety issue and I find the NHTSA has failed to recall these trucks. The dealership where purchased is marler Ford, near alexandria, la. You are not to use my personal information in anyway except to handle this complaint. Which includes but not limited to selling or otherwise providing this information to outside agencies.

- Ball, LA, USA

problem #100

Jun 192013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 15 miles
Wipers not working right--battery light comes on - engine stalls on road while driving--gauges not working right-had speed set at 55 mph and motor went down but start up on it's own---radio stops working alone with the phone too; they but in a new battery on my request and now new things are happening to gauges an tack jumping up and down with the key out"?" alarm goes off some times when my phone rings an I am not in the truck!!!

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #99

Nov 212013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
My family and I were driving on an interstate in dallas. The vehicle was a 2013 Ford F150 ecoboost. It was towards the end of morning rush hour traffic. I traveling approximately 60 mph and went to pass an 18-wheeler. I accelerated to pass it, when the entire truck started violently shaking. The check engine came on and the engine immediately lost power. The trucks engine was unable maintain highway speeds and I feared we would be struck by another vehicle. We were able to limp it off the highway without any further incidents. Fortunately this didn't happen on a two lane road while attempted to pass another vehicle.

- Manchaca, TX, USA

problem #98

Dec 212013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 10,590 miles


This is the third time the vehicle has done this to me while driving at highway speeds the vehicle (ecoboost motor) the engine has shuddered and lost all powers when attempting to pass another vehicle or accelerate. On the first instance I was on a two lane road attempting to accelerate to pass a semi truck when the truck started missing so bad it choked out and shut down in the middle of the road with oncoming traffic I had to swerve into a ditch to avoid a head on collision. The second time was on a four lane during a 45 minuet drive when I went to pass it lost all power causing me to drop to 40 miles an hour in the passing lane of a highway causing many vehicles to swerve to avoid collision. The most recent time was when same as the second going to pass somebody the truck lost all acceleration would not get out of the way of traffic nearly causing another accident. I have had it into the dealer several times and I am constantly getting we see the history code but we can not reproduce the problem. This problem has left me feeling unsafe to drive my vehicle and hurting resale value as well as putting my safety on the line.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #97

Dec 042013


  • 17,300 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph the vehicle stalled and the engine warning illuminated. Approximately 15 seconds the vehicle responded and accelerated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 17,300.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #96

Nov 122012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 200 miles
The engine runs very rough at idle and other times during operation, its losing coolant level and shows a milky white residue in the oil fill cap. Dealer says the milkshake stuff is normal, not!!! dealer says loss of coolant level is normal from atmospheric conditions. Dealer says that these 3.5L V6's just normally run rough. Transmission hesitates and pulses when pulling a load. Recently I get a load snap/click sound at the heater control. This truck is brand new and feels like an old beat up truck. Ford got rid of the 3.5L V6 and replaced it with a new revamped 3.7L V6. They couldn't fix the problems with the 3.5L V6 but won't fix those issues with mine and others who are stuck with a problematic engine. There should be a national recall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #95

Nov 232012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 3,400 miles
I was driving to Virginia beach, va from beaufort SC on interstate 95. I was pouring rain, night, and lots vehicles (around). I had driven about 200 miles in the rain when it occurred. I was in the process of trying to pass a truck in the passing lane when the truck just started shaking and felt like it was slowing down. I let off the accelerator and the shaking stopped. Then proceeded to try it again and the same thing happened again started shaking and losing power again. I then found a rest stop to rest and think about what just happened. While leaving the rest stop accelerating up to speed it happened again. I finished my trip to Virginia beach, va driving below the speed limit. Note: Was using regular at the time of incident. To date: I have not driven the vehicle in heavy rain or the vehicle has not been to Ford for service, and currently has 4,500 miles. I have not had shaking since event back on Nov 23, but I have noticed on damp days the vehicle seems not to accelerate properly, feels like it hesitates and then will surge like it just received a boost of fuel. Currently driving with premium gas.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #94

Dec 092013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 4,860 miles


I was driving and went to pass another vehicle. My check engine light began to flash and my vehicle suffered an immediate power loss. Dealership has informed me that there is no fix and that this was an ongoing issue/investigation with NHTSA? this sudden loss of power leaves drivers in a very unsafe position. This is a brand new vehicle and Ford is of no help.

- Montz, LA, USA

problem #93

Nov 112013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
Upon acceleration to pass on freeway, engine shudders and loses power. Transmission down shifted to try to recover, but engine would not respond to throttle press. Had to back off on throttle and move to right lane all the while thinking to take the truck to the shoulder. Very scary when trying to pass and no power. Luckily I was not rear ended for slowing down so fast!

- Saint Helen, MI, USA

problem #92

Dec 052013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
Driving down highway at approximately 60-65mph when I attempted to accelerate. Vehicle began to stall/shake and lose power. I was unable to accelerate while the vehicle was shaking. Check engine light began to flash on and off.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #91

Aug 132013


  • 7,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 35 mph when the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle began to shake violently and then stalled. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed. The contact was informed that the cold air cooler was defective however, a remedy was not available for the defect. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 7500.

- East Dublin , GA, USA

problem #90

Nov 092013


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated and began shaking violently. The check engine warning light was also illuminated. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the spark plugs would have to be replaced. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Burgoon, OH, USA

problem #89

Jul 042013


  • 12,000 miles
We bought our 2013 F150 XLT 4X4 V6 flex fuel at denham Ford in wetaskiwin alberta. We traveled across country to Ontario. We have continued to drive it. Approximately 9000 kms for mileage our truck has steadily lost acceleration power. Going up burlington skyway and garden city skyway (100 km/H major highway) truck struggle to maintain 60 km/H uphill with pedal to the floor! had instrumental panel problems improper display of amount of gas or distance to E. driveshaft constantly clunking and transmission slippage. Ford refused to replace after towing of problems and constant call ins to customer service. Took to local dealer and 7-8 technicians stood round scratching head replaced fuel pump did not make a difference. Ford ask for payment $558.08 we not have funds as all of our money going into gas to repair truck and false reading on panel and Ford refused to help us. We felt used and scared of being rear ended by a semi was not safe. Did diagnostic no codes. Beyond code problem. First known problem in North America...huge lemon.

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #88

Nov 062013


  • 3,400 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150 ecoboost. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the accelerator failed to respond to acceleration attempts as the check engine warning light illuminated intermittently. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle erroneously decelerated when the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 3,400.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #87

Nov 062013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 11,750 miles
I was merging onto the highway while it was raining. In attempting to accelerate to merge in front of a semi my vehicle stated shuttering violently and lost power. I could not get past 40mph. The check engine light was flashing. This was after the truck had been running for two hours. The semi almost rear ended me as I got off the road as soon as possible. I shut the truck off and restarted the engine and it ran fine after that. I took the truck back to my dealer the next day and they could find nothing wrong, not even an error code. The truck has a Ford 6 cylinder eco boost engine.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #86

Jul 262013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 400 miles
While making a left hand turn across traffic I floored the gas pedal and all power was lost almost resulting in a crash. The next time was on the highway while trying to pass another vehicle total loss of power. Unable to pass almost rear ended, luckily able to get off the road. Today November 3rd 2013 9:00 am traveling 40 mph on flat ground clear sky about 45 degrees I floored it and the truck did nothing it did shake alittle and I kept my foot to the floor for about 1/2 a mile and it never regained any power. Then I smelled something burning. No check engine lights ever came on and my fuel economy get worst every day. The truck feels like something is dragging it down all the time. Poor fuel economy mixed with unreliability is going to equal disaster. Ford is lucky no one has been hurt or killed yet.the truck will be towed to the dealer in the morning I simply will not risk my life while Ford sits on there thumbs. Fix the problem before someone is hurt!!!!

- Gilberts, IL, USA

problem #85

Oct 312013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 3,300 miles
My family was driving home from a trip on the interstate in rainy weather conditions for the majority of the trip. On two or three different occurrences, when accelerating to pass or merge, the truck engine shuddered and failed to provide power necessary to accelerate. Never did it completely stall, but there was a noticeable shuddering of the engine and the truck felt like it was riding over rough pavement. I had read about this issue with the ecoboost engine in the F150 (unfortunately after I bought the truck) but had never experienced it until yesterday. When I felt the shuddering of the engine, I eased off the gas and gently reapplied as I had heard about instances of the vehicle completely stalling when pushing the accelerator to the floor. If it would have stalled last night on the interstate, in stormy weather, late at night, it would have been a scary and very dangerous incident. When I called my local Ford dealer today and asked him about service bulletins, recalls, or possible fixes, he acted like he had never heard of the issue before...

- Trenton, OH, USA

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