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 8 of 11)

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problem #64

Aug 082013


  • 12,000 miles


2013- Ford F150 ecoboost: I was driving along at highway 100km/hour highways speed. I came upon a car going 70km/hr. It was safe to pass, and as I stepped on the gas to accelerate, my truck lost complete power and decelerated to about 40 km/hr, eventually slowing right down. I tried frantically to push the gas, as there were two semi trucks behind me trying to pass at the same time as me. The trucks both ended up having to pass me unsafely on the shoulder to the left of me, into oncoming traffic. I was able to glide over back to the lane I was in, and eventually rode the shoulder. I continually tried to get power to the vehicle. My engine light was flashing. Eventually after several attempts, my truck did "grab" and shoot forward. The engine light then went off, and for the remainder of my drive, the truck was fine. Again, two days later, the truck did the same thing, but at slower speeds in town. As I read into the issue, I found that this is a "common" problem"??" my situation too was during rainy/wet weather, long distance highways the first time, and wet weather, in town, the second time. This is a severely dangerous issue. I too brought my truck to the shop and was told that this issue was being investigated and that Ford had solution to try. What boggles my mind is that there are "solution" to try, which means this problem was known, yet when I bought the truck the dealership did not make one single mention, even when I asked if they had heard of any issues with the ecoboost system! the shop just updated the computer, an a day later, it happen again! :) I'm no longer driving my truck on the highway. Not sure who to contact to return my truck. I don't even want it anymore!

- Prince George, AK, USA

problem #63

Aug 172013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 10,303 miles
This is a serious problem and a major safety issue!!! I experienced this twice last weekend on a major highway. I was driving (25mph) and all of a sudden the truck began shuddering and went into limp mode. I couldn't go more than 5 mph and almost caused and accident. The dealer was closed, so I disconnected the battery and after reconnecting it the truck ran fine, until later that night when the same thing happened but at 70mph. Once again the only thing to do was disconnect the battery (to reset everything). The truck was taken into the dealer first thing Monday morning just to be told that nothing is wrong with it.

- Johannesburg, MI, USA

problem #62

May 202012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Had been driving in rain all day. Pulled out to pass on two lane highway and check engine light started flashing. Engine started sputtering and stopped accelerating. Had to pull back behind vehicle I was trying to pass. Dealer said I had same problem other ecoboost owners were having and replaced intercooler. It did not fix problem as it has happened 3 more times. Dealer said Ford was "working on a solution". I have to wait for recall and just be aware that problem could occur if conditions are right.

- Jourdanton, TX, USA

problem #61

Aug 172013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 13,280 miles


I was traveling down a secondary road in rainy conditions at approx 35mph as I pressed the gas to accelerate, the engine lost power and would barely accelerate. Engine light began flashing with what I assume is the infamous ecoboost misfire. The truck is a 2013 with only 13000 miles. Once I stopped briefly the misfire went away and normal operation resumed. There were no other vehicles around but as others have stated this is a problem that needs to be addressed because in different circumstances it has the potential to cause an accident.

- Harleyville, SC, USA

problem #60

Aug 172013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
While trying to rapidly accelerate from a slow speed of 20 mph to avoid a possible collision my F150 ecoboost engine lost all power and the engine light started blinking. I had to pull over to the side of the road and wait for the engine light to go off. This is a serious safety issue that needs to be fixed. This is a recurring issue with my ecoboost engine.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #59

Aug 042013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 980 miles
While trying to pass slower vehicles on the freeway my F150 ecoboost engine lost power and the truck started to shake. This situation almost cause a serious accident as traffic behind me had to rapidly slow down to allow me time to pass the slower vehicles and get out of the way.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #58

Apr 242013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 150 miles


Reduced engine power during hard accelerations with the 5.0 V8 engine. Safety issue pulling out into traffic or needing to accel for any reason.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #57

Apr 032013


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without any warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was 6,700.

- College Station , TX, USA

problem #56

Aug 092013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 10,985 miles
I was traveling on the highway behind a truck towing a big camper. When I got a chance to try and pass him I got over to go around him and went to accelerate and my truck lost all power (check engine light started flashing) and I had to apply brake hard to slow back down to get back behind the truck. Luckily there was not anyone behind me so I was able to get back over. I had to pull over and set and the check engine light finally went out and truck started running fine. I took my truck into Ford and they say nothing is wrong with it. This is a 2013 F150 with the ecoboost 3.5 engine with less than 11K miles. I'm afraid to even drive it now.

- Rittman, OH, USA

problem #55

Aug 012013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
While attempting to pass a semi truck after driving a constant speed of 65 in arizonas humid monsoon season, under hard acceleration my F150 had a sudden loss of power along with a very strange shudder and loud revving sound. After I let off the accelerator and pulled behind the semi I was attempting to pass (due to on coming traffic), the truck ran normal. The dealership was unable duplicate the issue. The conditions were different the day of test drive and the truck was not driven at highway speeds for nearly as long. This could be a very serious issue that needs resolved immediately.

- Bagdad , AZ, USA

problem #54

Aug 022013


  • 940 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F150. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred twice however, the contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 940.

- Briggsville , WI, USA

problem #53

Jul 312013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The first time the incident happen I was driving about 30 mph on a bright sunny day about 70 degrees out. I tried to go around a car and when pressed the accelerator the vehicle kind of stalled and shook, did not accelerate at all. I let off the pedal and tried again and it accelerated fine. There wasn't much danger involved in this mishap as the other driver and I were the only 2 vehicles on the road for a fare amount of distance. The second time this happened is what really worried me. I was leaving a gas station preparing to cross a 4 lane highway with a speed limit of 55 mph. This time it was morning about 65 degrees and sunny, I rolled up to the intersection and when an opportunity to cross was presented I pressed on the accelerator and the vehicle shook pretty bad and the engine about died. I hit the brake and the engine worked itself out of the shake. That's when I realized this issue is life threatening. If I would have pressed the accelerator and the vehicle brought me to the center of the highway and stalled there is a very good chance I could have been T-boned! and to top it off another issue I have been having with my 2013 Ford F-150 platinum is the bluetooth is rarely capable of syncing to my iphone, so I were to be T-boned the vehicle would have been incapable of utilizing its 911 assist feature and the injured involved in the accident would have to rely on a witness dialing 911.

- Watertown, SD, USA

problem #52

Feb 012013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
I purchased my 2013 Ford F-150 ecoboost in December 2012. The first incident occurred in approximately March 2013. It was raining. I was accelerating from a stop light where I had made a complete stop. I could not gain speed very well. The engine light was flashing. The engine was sputtering/popping and the whole truck was shaking violently. The same has occurred ever since on more than a dozen occasions and at various speeds. However, each time was while it was raining. Never has had a problem in fair weather. I experience a total loss of power, many times when on the interstate or while trying to overcome a vehicle. The front-end lurches, I lose speed dramatically, the engine shakes violently when I accelerate. The engine sputters and sounds like it doesn't know whether to choke out or blow up. The engine light flashes for approximately 1 minute each time. Almost sounds like a misfire. Happens several times during one trip often, but always when it rains. Continuous occurrences and beginning to become more frequent. Have taken my truck to 2 dealerships, neither of which can detect any dtcs or any other problem. Offer no advice other than to keep driving it until the engine light stays on permanently. They have no idea what causes the problem. I am really afraid that the problem may result in a motor vehicle accident. Have not had one yet, but have a had a couple of incidents where I had to pull over to avoid an accident. Problem is so persistent that I am considering trading vehicles, especially since I have been offered no remedy for the problem. I have also filed a complaint with Ford Motor Co. On 07/30/2013.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #51

Jun 232013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 5,200 miles
I was driving my new 2013 F150 ecoboost in the rain and I tried to pull to the left to pass a slower car on the highway. As I went to give it gas, about 90% throttle, the truck felt like it hit a brick wall, stuttered and started shaking. The check engine light came on and I was unable to drive the car about 55 mph. If I tried to drive past that it would just shake. The truck had no power. I drove it like this for about five minutes and then the check engine light went off and everything was ok. On the way back about a week later, once again in the rain, the same thing happened. Since then I have tried to duplicate this in dry conditions and the truck performs perfect. Only when it is wet outside does this problem happen.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #50

Jul 192013


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph in rainy weather, he attempted to pass another vehicle when the engine stalled with the illumination of the check engine warning indicator. The engine resumed normally within ten seconds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a diagnostic was performed. The technician stated that the failure was related to the eco boost engine, however there was not a remedy available for the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 6,000.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #49

Jul 212013


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 44 mph, the vehicle stalled as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air deflector plate needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 16,000.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #48

Jun 232013


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 38,000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #47

Jul 102013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
Just bought this truck for a great deal of money. This has happened several times, with both my wife and I. driving at low and higher speeds trying to merge or pass another vehicle. As we apply the accelerator to pass or merge there is a lose of power and the truck almost stalls. We have almost been in 6 accidents because of this issue. I took my truck back to phil long of Colorado springs, co. And was told I was lying and they have not had any other complaints and they could look at it for $150 as my truck is brand new and still under warranty, im not happy I cant drive my truck safely and feel like Ford has let me down. Don't seem to be getting any post sale customer service. Please help.

- Colorado Springs , CO, USA

problem #46

Jul 082013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
After a prolonged period (8+ hours) of driving at highway speeds in frequent rain the vehicle shuddered and stalled (without completely dying) while in a passing maneuver. The service engine light flashed multiple times then went out. As a consequence of the power loss my vehicle was unresponsive to accelerator input and resulted in compromised safety between two rapidly converging vehicles. After approximately 10 -15 seconds the engine resumed normal operation.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #45

Jul 132013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 345 miles
As I was passing a slow moving tractor trailer in my brand new 2013 Ford F-150 limited V6 ecoboost with only 345 miles on it, on a two lane hwy in light rain well into the pass the vehicle just lost power almost causing me to have a head on collision with an oncoming vehicle. After talking to one of my friends who works at a Ford dealer told me that this is a big problem with the Ford ecoboost engine. I took it the dealer I purchased the vehicle from and was told by the service agent that this is a common problem and that the Ford engineers are working on a fix but haven't found one as of yet. How can I trust this vehicle to get me were I am going safely.

- Quitman, GA, USA

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