really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,957 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Apr 122014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 6,724 miles


I was at a complete stop on a main street making a left turn. Traffic was coming in the opposite direction and I was waiting for clearing within the traffic in order to make my left turn. There was an opening in traffic and I stepped on the gas to accelerate across the lane. As I stepped on the gas a message on my dashboard came on stating "low oil pressure" and the vehicle completed stalled. I completely lost all power on the engine and also the steering wheel. The vehicle drifted across the busy lane and barely made it across the lane as traffic was coming directly towards me. Multiple vehicles were coming in my direction and some honked there car horn to get out of the way. This was extremely frightening as I had my baby with me in the back seat. The cars would have clearly hit my vehicle if I had not drifted across that lane. The truck is practically new as it barely has 6724 miles. Updated 10/8/2014

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #42

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 #41

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 #40

Feb 102014


  • 8,200 miles


I was accelerating up a hill at approximately 50 mph when a rapid deceleration occurred. I had to quickly merge onto the shoulder in order to avoid being hit from behind. I then shut off the vehicle, waited, composed myself, restarted the vehicle, and drove safely to work. I did, however, have the "check engine" illuminate on my way home and seemed to sense some stiffness in the brakes. This should not happen in a vehicle with 8000 miles on it.

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #39

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 #38

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 #37

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 #36

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 #35

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 #34

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 #33

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 #32

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 #31

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

problem #30

Jun 082013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 7,100 miles
Driving new Ford 2013 F-150 with the ecoboost engine. It was raining at the time. I tried to pass a vehicle and it went into limp mode, engine light came on and would not accelerate. This happened again several weeks later and the check engine light stayed on. I took it to the dealership and they replaced #6 spark plug and the catalytic converter. The problem happened again. Now I hardly drive the truck and it stays in the garage especially on rainy days.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #29

Mar 042013

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
Loss of power under acceleration while driving on I 95, attempting a lane change when power dropped, almost hit by a tractor trailer, pulled over finally and sat for 15 minutes then coasted to my destination. No engine warnings or lights/faults registered. Happened on two more occasions since then. The first time, I took it to my dealer service department and they said they could find nothing wrong. My truck had all the updates they said. The second and third times were on back to back days. All occurrences were during rain driving. The servicing dealer now says there is tsb on the intercooler and they will fix it.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #28

Jun 232010

F-150 6-cyl

  • 700 miles
When first accelerating early in the morning the truck accelerates suddenly when 1st taking off. This really became a problem when someone stepped in front of me, the truck took off and then I had to stop suddenly. I have reported to Ford and taken it in twice, but they insist no one has had this problem. The motor's RPM fluctuates about 200-300, then settles down.the visibility has been a problem since day one. Ford replaced the wiper blades, but the problem is still there. I have back to the dealer 3 times and all they say is "we can duplicate the problem".

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #27

Sep 232013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
While trying to merge into traffic I pressed the accelerator to the floor to get the truck up to the speed of traffic flow.I had no response from the engine for approx 1 to 2 seconds. This put me in a very dangerous situation as I had to get on the brakes hard to slow the vehicle on the on ramp to keep from getting hit by the faster traffic on the highway. In addition the traffic behind me had to rapidly slow down to keep from hitting me.we took the vehicle into the Ford dealership on Monday 30 Sept 2013. This was ruidoso Ford in ruidoso New Mexico. They checked the vehicle and said there was no problem with it and that they knew of no other problems of this type on 2013 F-150 fx-4 pickup trucks. I am still in the talking stages with them about this problem as I feel they have made little effort to solve it and the research I have done indicates that Ford Motor Corporation is aware of this problem. (this problem has happened to me several times since I purchased this vehicle, I thought that after the break in period, as the truck was new when purchased this problem would go away but it has not. Also this truck does not get the gas mileage that it is claimed to get.

- Laluz, NM, USA

problem #26

Sep 292013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 720 miles
Ford F-150 ecoboost loss of power. - trying to pass a semi on the highway when the vehicle stumbled after a downshift, lost power, check engine light flashed, and the vehicle started to shudder. Tried to pull off of side of road but once I was able to get over to the median, the light stopped flashing and the shudder went away as did the light. It was in the mid 60S, I had traveled about 120 miles on the highway at about 70 mph in Ohio on I-75 South of toledo. It had been raining off and on all day.

- Wilder, KY, USA

problem #25

Sep 192013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
I was driving at 48-50- mph when I decided to pass a cement truck that was going below the speed limit. As I pulled out to pass the truck everything seemed fine. When I got alongside the cement truck my truck started to hesitate and misfire. The engine light started flashing. I was stuck from going back as another car was behind me, also trying to pass the slow truck. I barely made it past the cement truck as an oncoming vehicle had to swerve into the shoulder to miss me and the vehicle behind me. When I returned home I looked up ecoboost problems on the internet and found numerous other people with the same problem. Thankfully no one was injured or killed today, I believe the it will only be a matter of time before there is a fatality if there hasn't been one already.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #24

Sep 152013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
I was driving from milwaukee to des moines on Sunday Sept 15th, 2013, and when I went to pass another driver in dubuque that pulled in front of me the truck lost power and failed to accelerate as I anticipated. It was raining off and on throughout the trip, temp was 55deg, and I had been on cruise control for the majority of the time before this happened. Basically, I went to change lanes and pushed the accelerator pedal and instead of gaining speed quickly I received no acceleration causing the cars behind me to have to brake quickly. During this time the check engine light was flashing indicating a mis-fire was occurring at which point I knew what was happening and got off the highway and the mis-fires ceased and after a brief stop I was able to continue my drive. My truck was built on 1/15/2013 and has all the updates to the intercooler Ford claims addressed the issue. The issue is definitely not fixed and despite Ford claim in their response to the NHTSA investigation this is a safety issue. Ford also claims in their response to the NHTSA investigation that many complaints are just against the dealers and not for safety concerns so let me be perfectly clear here this is a safety complaint!

- Ankeny, IA, USA

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