Notes: We aren't rating the 2015 F-150 as "bad" yet, but there is an early trend of complaints about the transmission shifting roughly.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,966 miles

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2015 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Aug 032016


  • miles


I was driving the vehicle when its diagnostic system reported "low brake fluid". I pulled into the closest gas station and checked brake fluid level. It was almost totally out, so I purchased 2 small cans and filled up brake fluid reservoir. I had just had the vehicle into the dealer for its scheduled maintenance, so it was odd that brake fluid was low. No external leaks were visible. I drove another 5 miles, and the diagnostic system reported again, "low brake fluid". I pulled into another gas station and rechecked the brake fluid reservoir. Again, it was almost totally empty. I could not detect a visible brake fluid leak, but could smell brake fluid in the engine bay. I parked the vehicle, and called the dealership to see if they were still open. They were about to close. I restarted the vehicle and the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. I called a tow truck and had the vehicle towed to the dealership. While attempting to park the vehicle in the dealer's lot, I had no braking capabilities. Dealer diagnosed the problem as a defective master cylinder. Repair was done by dealer by replacing master cylinder and brake booster. There was an approximate 30 day delay in repairing the vehicle because there is an existing recall on 2014 Ford F-150's for defective brake boosters, and Ford was back ordered on the parts. I just picked up my vehicle from the dealership and it was successfully repaired.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #19

Aug 092016


  • 43,000 miles
Brake pedal dropped to floor and significantly lost ability to stop. Mechanic says needs to replace brake master cylinder and brake booster. Parts are on backorder which indicates there is a problem - parts department said there are 700 on backorder and it will take over a month to get them

- Myersville, MD, USA

problem #18

Aug 082016


  • 32,000 miles
Low brake fluid light came on, with in one mile the brake pedel went to the floor with very little stopping power. Brake fluid resevior was completely empty. Added brake fluid as warning light recommended, drove 1 mile and brake fluid resevior was empty again. Luckly I was driving in town with very little traffic.

- Lewiston, ID, USA

problem #17

Jul 082016


  • 19,000 miles


I was driving to work at ~65mph during rush hour and the brakes failed. First a warning light about low brake fluid then followed immediately by complete brake failure. I was lucky and got to the shoulder and coasted until stopping. The truck has been at the dealership for almost a month (still don't have the vehicle back).

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #16

Jul 202016


  • 5,600 miles
I was on my way to work one morning when I noticed my break pedal seems to be going lower than normal. After driving a little more it seemed to be ok. As I got about half way across houston, I was coming T a red light and when I hit my breaks they went completely to the floor and I went through a red light. Luckily it was so early that there was not much traffic. I called roadside to row my truck to the Ford dealer to find that this seems to be an ongoing issue with trucks around this year model, and the master cylinder is on recall until (hopefully) Aug, 22. That's is a full month without my truck. There has currently been no recalls on these models, but if there is not one soon, someone is going T get seriously injured or even killed with this default. ( I only have 5600 miles on this truck by the way).

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #15

Jul 102016


  • 29,122 miles
Driving on interrstate 70 at 65 mph, I had several alerts begin flashing ranging from check 4X4, hill assist failure, 2H, parking brake and many more. In addition I lost power steering, brake lights and turn signals. I was able to drive truck home. This happened 4 more times. I called dealer and they suggested I drive it to their establishment some 20 miles away. I did not feel safe and contacted roadside assistance to tow the truck. I had to beg for a loaner one week later I received a call stating the technician needed to drive the truck to see if the same alerts happened even though they found 12 plus alerts when they analyzed the truck in their shop. I allowed this to occur as I wanted answers. I received a call today stating they had found the problem, a wire had became corroded in the steering column causing all the alerts to malfunction. They are replacing the entire column and my truck will be completed by Tuesday. I had purchased this truck just 4 months prior and have been a loyal Ford customer for 30+ years.

- Brazil, IN, USA

problem #14

Jul 102016


  • 18,000 miles


My girlfriend and I were driving down the highway on a sunny day at around 70 mph. I was using adaptive cruise control. There were other cars on the road, but none within distance to affect my speed/cruise control (they were all way ahead or behind). All of a sudden, for about a half second, my truck flashed the warning light and sound as if I was going to hit something, and it automatically pressed the brake for me. It was very scary and dangerous. Then it came out of the warning and we continued on our way (we were in a bit of shock). I of course turned off the adaptive cruise control so the vehicle was under my complete control. Thinking back, I'm wondering if the shadow from an overpass caused my truck to think there was a vehicle close and an impending crash. Either way, it was very unsafe, and I'm hoping it doesn't happen again to me, or anyone else.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #13

Jun 172016


  • 20,000 miles
While on vacation and towing a 16' enclosed trailer the trailer brake control module (tbc) failed. While driving, failure was temporarily indicated by a momentary winking off, then back on, of the tow haul mode indicator. No trailer brake control failure code was given. The vehicle was able to continue to the next stop at which time it was turned off. After re-starting and attempting to leave, the trailer brakes were fully locked. After removing the electric pigtail connector the trailer brakes released and it was taken to a nearby rv dealer where it was determined the fault was with the vehicle not the trailer. The vehicle was then taken to the nearest Ford dealer were it was determined the trailer brake control module had failed. The dealer indicated the part was on back order for several weeks, at which time it was determined the best solution was to install an aftermarket unit which was done so the following day. Although the vehicle is still under warranty, neither Ford nor the dealer would cover the cost. Failure of the tbc at highway speed may cause the trailer brakes to lock, causing serious damage or injury. This seems to be a recurring problem as indicated by the back ordered part and noting several threads regarding the same issue on the F150 forum.

- Pryor, OK, USA

problem #12

Jun 222016


  • 15,000 miles
Complete brake failure. Brake fluid low level light illuminated while driving a very busy road and within 2 minutes the master cylinder had depleted all fluid and brake pedal was going all the way to floor board. Luckily the wife was able to get the truck into a parking lot unscathed. Truck has been at dealer for a week due to master cylinder being on backorder. Apparently the issue affecting 2013-2014 F-150S is also affecting 2015S as well. Truck has approx. 15K miles.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 222016


  • 29,095 miles
Brakes went out while driving. Pedal went completely to the floor. A warning light came on indicating low fluid. I took the truck to a local garage and they determined that the master cylinder had failed and also brake fluid had looked into the booster. The brake fluid reservoir was completely empty. The vehicle had been parked for a few days. We drove the vehicle 5 miles without issue. Vehicle was towed to nearest Ford dealer nearly 40 miles away. That Ford dealer has failed to begin repairs, claiming they are busy and consequently it will take 4 or more days to repair. We are 12 hours from home and stranded by this new pickup. This is precisely the same issue as raised in the complaint with NHTSA id number 10873438

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #10

Jun 162016


  • 8,000 miles


"check brake or check brake controller" appears on dash. Has occured twice in first 8,000 miles. Dealers clear code the brakes seem to be fine. Now " check hill decent" has appeared and truck will not accelerate more than 2-3 mph. This has occured twice in first 8,000 miles on city streets in motion or when starting from a stop light.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #9

May 102016


  • 7,700 miles
I purchased a new 2015 Ford F-150, super crew cab, 4X4 in June 2015. It has a V6, 3.5 L ecoboost engine. The vehicle currently has about 7700 miles. For the past several months as I come to a slow stop I hear an intermitting rotating scraping sound which appears to be coming from the right rear break. It has been to the dealership, where I purchased the vehicle, for this issue three times but the service department has not been able to locate or correct the issue.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #8

Nov 102015


  • 15,000 miles
New 2015 F150, accelerates and decelerates on its own. Brakes create loud noise. Wiring harness as it relates to the shifting of the truck was replaced within the first six months as well. Auto off frequently refuses to restart. Loss of complete power on highway.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #7

May 302015


  • 980 miles
Saw recent news article about F150 brakes..I purchased my 2015 F150 last March 2015. With only 980 miles (yes 980) on it my brakes began to fade out. Ultimately they stopped working and the vehicle would not come to a stop as the brakes continually faded out. Brought it back to Ford who ran several tests and could not find out why this happened. They confirmed that there was a problem but did not know why.they told me same. The western U.S. Ford representative even called me to apologize. Ultimately they replaced my rotors and pads, not certain what else they may have replaced. I asked where all the parts were going that they replaced and was told by the rep that they would be sent back to their engineers and I would most likely never hear why the brakes failed. I do not have documentation. The vehicle was purchased and serviced at towne Ford in redwood city ca. I can prove this occurred by asking them for my work order which should be in their system if needed.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 092016


  • 4,000 miles
I received a recall notice from Ford telling me to bring the truck to the dealer to have the adaptive cruise control reprogrammed. I did have this work done. After the work was done I had an incident where I was passing an 18 wheeler and the truck set off the collision warning alarm and applied the brakes hard. If someone was following closely it would have been a collision. There was no traffic in my lane for at least 1/4 mile ahead. Ford has not been helpful in resolving this issue and their only suggestion is to turn off the adaptive cruise control. I paid a lot of money for what I feel is an important and useful safety feature and want Ford to fix the system so it will not malfunction and possibly cause a rear end collision.

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 242016


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 20 mph, the brake pedal was forcefully engaged with both feet; however, the vehicle failed to slow down and crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The contact injured both legs and knees, including the hip area. The contact did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not towed. The vehicle was driven with caution. The day prior to the crash, the brakes were depressed numerous times before coming to a stop and there was a delayed response. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 6,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 022015

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
My 2015 Ford F150 platinum has had the Ford recall 15S29 applied Sept 30, 2015. The above mentioned 2015 Ford F150 platinum has since had the original problem, hard braking while passing a semi trailer while on the interstate at interstate speeds. This serious event happened Oct 2, 2015. The recall did not fix the problem. The hard braking is a very sudden and serious event. It takes the truck from 70 to 55 or less mph within the time it takes me to react and hit the gas pedal to stop the braking (1 second?). this problem has happened many times since I purchased the vehicle new on May 29, 2015. I have been lucky so far that no one has been close behind me when it has happened. The problem has happened for multiple types of semi trailers, box, tanker, shiny aluminum, painted white, etc. Once, it appeared to happen as I went under an interstate over pass (no vehicles were anywhere near in front of me at the time). I have purchased a car dvr camera, specifically to track this problem, and a problem where the car very frequently says to put my hands on the steering wheel (while they already are). The camera power cable had come out (no recordings) on Oct 1, 2015, so I do not have a recording of the post-recall hard braking event. The interstate hard braking events happen to me about once every 500 miles (one time many times in single day). There is no doubt in my mind this problem continues to be a severe and significant safety issue with my 2015 Ford F150 platinum. The consumer referenced recall # 15V614000.

- Story City, IA, USA

problem #3

Apr 222015


  • 3,000 miles
The truck is equipped with adaptive cruise control and collision alert systems. Intermittently, when traveling at interstate speeds with the adaptive cruise control activated and passing tractor-trailer sized vehicles, the adaptive cruise control will falsely sense another vehicle directly in front and activate the brake system, resulting in rapid deceleration of the truck and creating the potential for a collision from behind. When the system activates, there are no other vehicles in front of the truck, only in the adjacent lane. This has happened over half a dozen times, and has resulted in near rear-end collisions from vehicles behind the truck because of how rapidly the adaptive cruise control slows the truck. Passengers in the truck have been thrown into their seatbelts from the rapid deceleration of the truck. Luckily no one has been hurt, but this presents an extreme safety problem and has resulted in having to turn off the adaptive cruise control and collision alert systems. Ford has not successfully created a fix for the problem. This problem has been well documented at

- Prospect, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 072015


  • 1,950 miles
As I pulled out of my driveway and came to first stop the brake pedal went to the floor. Took it to dealer and the master cylinder was bad.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 022015


  • 3,000 miles
When driving at night in the far left lane going 72 mph with the adaptive cruise control on, the truck randomly slammed on the brakes and the red crash indicator flashed although there was nothing in front of the truck. If someone was behind me, it is likely they would have rear ended my vehicle. There seems to be a defect in the auto cruise control, although Ford believes this behavior is normal.

- Plate City, MO, USA

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