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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,623 miles

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2015 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2015 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 222016


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate and the engine stalled without warning. The contact stated that a downshift occurred during the failure. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #11

Sep 222016


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. On several occasions when the vehicle was placed in reverse after the auto shift feature was used, the vehicle failed to operate as intended. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was again taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure or produce a fault code. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000. Updated 01/05/17

- Preston, ID, USA

problem #10

Sep 222016


  • 6,900 miles
Driving the Ford F150 (V6 ecoboost) on a city street (35 mph) it has failed at random times (I've now seen this issue more than 3 times) usually with 3 major failures. These 3 failures (1) engine, transmission, and emissions 2) brakes & suspension 3) restratins & driver assistance) cause the truck to transition to 'limp' mode which can actually be just as hazardous. If I'm turning onto a road with a 55+ mph speed limit I need to accelerate but if this system fails, along with the restraints & driver assistance, this could be a very dangerous and life threatening situation. The reason why is that the restraints & driver assistance goes off now disabling my airbags, etc. And if I now get hit (because now I'm in limp mode going about 7 mph) I have lost a great deal of 'built-in' protection without the airbags. Translate that to driving on a highway and encountering this situation and you can see that loss of life is not out of the question. I've taken the truck back to Ford for the warranty work and they say they believe it's an electronic throttle body controller that has gone bad and needs to be replaced but right now it's at least 3 weeks before they can get a replacement part. Compounding this issue is that Ford had issued an internal recall for V8's built at the same plant as my V6 ecoboost truck for the same type of issue.

- Logan, UT, USA

problem #9

Jun 092016


  • 8,800 miles


While driving - complete shut down of vehicle - loss of steering and acceleration. System warning says advance trac warning and shows a picture of a wrench. Stopped the vehicle - restarted and continued to happen. Very dangerous as it happened while driving - had to coast to the side of the road.

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 012015

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 1 miles
Since buying my truck brand new around a year ago, I have had consistent problems with my transmission. Most of the time, in the "drive" option, the transmission jerks jolts while changing gears. It is very loud, and makes you feel like something bad just happened. Most importantly, the transmission shifts into first gear while the truck is still moving in manual mode. It does it almost every time around 7-9 miles per hour. It happens so violently, it slams everyone in the vehicle forward. I reported in to johnson city Ford in johnson city, T.N. I think this problem is an immediate safety and mechanical problem for my family. I also believe it is doing permanent damage to my vehicle I will have to pay for later down the road. Thank you for your time.

- Newland, NC, USA

problem #7

Mar 092016


  • 9,071 miles
The powertrain has completely stopped working 3 times, stranding me, and my family in oncoming traffic. After turning the vehicle off, and on, several times, I was able to engage drive, and move the truck out of traffic. The truck has been repaired 3 times for the same defect, but Ford refuses to repurchase/replace the vehicle. No one in my family is comfortable riding in, or driving this vehicle. 1st time: While attempting to back into my drive way, reverse completely stopped working, stranding me perpendicular to traffic, in the road. 2nd time: With another adult, and 3 children in the vehicle, I was driving through an intersection in atlanta, and the RPM's went to 5000, with no movement. We were completely stuck in the dead center of an extremely busy intersection, unable to drive forward, or backward. After several attempts of turning it on, and off, I was able to move from the intersection, in four wheel drive. 3rd time: While driving in stop, and go traffic, in atlanta, I was attempting to make a left hand turn, when the same symptoms as before happened. I was unable to move forward, or backward, until a few cycles of turning the car on, and off. I have written E-mails to the CEO, managing director, and customer relations of Ford Motor Co., only to be handed off to a regional customer service person. Their answer is that they will stand behind their warranty, and continue to fix the vehicle. I have all the repair files, E-mails sent to all involved, and phone records of the many times I have had to contact the dealership, and Ford's customer relations manager. Too many to begin any upload.

- Sautee, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 042015


  • 200 miles


Truck shudders as transmission torque converter clutch attempts to lock up in third and fifth gear at light throttle position when shifting upward. This vehicle has the 2.7L engine with the auto stop/start feature. With this feature disabled the engine attempts to stall after stopping as if the feature is trying to override the off switch. After coming to a rolling stop and then trying to accelerate into traffic the engine will bog down and then a split second later feel as if it is going to full throttle without me depressing the throttle further. The engine speed surges when attempting to lightly accelerate and maintain speed with the flow of traffic. -Ford needs to give owners the option to turn off the auto stop/start permanently. I was not informed this feature could not be removed when I purchased this vehicle. The dealer attempted to shut it off and only succeeded in disabling the remote start feature. I will never buy another vehicle with the auto stop/start annoyance.

- Cottondale, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 032015


  • miles
New 2015 F150 with a vibration/ shudder coming from what feels like the transfer case or possibly the drive shaft. Happens when trying to shift from gear to gear, and on inclines...feels like it is going to stall. Also happens when just cruising at certain speeds. I've had it to the dealer twice and they say everything is fine but they have felt the same problem with this vehicle and ones on their lot. Vibration could lead to more serious problem and actually stall the vehicle while in traffic.

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 292015

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
2015 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to airbag problems, ignition problems and vehicle tires issues. The consumer stated the A/C blew out hot air, the transmission was jerky when he applied the brake, then the accelerator. When the vehicle was first started, there was a loud grinding/growling noise coming from underneath the vehicle by the driver front wheel, there was excessive cabin noise, and tire noise. The electric engine fan came on when the vehicle was sitting outside in the heat, the undercarriage was showing signs of corrosion. Water was leaking through the driver assist handle grip near the windshield.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #3

Dec 022015


  • miles
I have been having an ongoing issue with my transmission, where it shifts rough or does not shift appropriately. When the truck shifts rough, I barely have my foot on the accelerator, where it will slam into gear causing the truck to jolt. I also have been experiencing the truck failing to downshift out of 4th gear while going uphills. While going uphills, the rpms will go below 1000, where the truck will begin to shutter as if it is going to stall. You are forced to press the accelerator in order for it to shift, where the rpms/turbo booster will soar. I have had the truck at the dealership for this concern, where they performed a software update and it did not fix the issue. I feel the transmission shifting rough could cause an accident, if the engine in fact stalls and you lose control of the vehicle. I also feel being forced to accelerate could cause you to strike the vehicle in front of you or lose control it this occurs while negotiating a turn etc. The panoramic sunroof allows water to pass the rubber seal and drain into the water track. I frequently have had the windows fog up from moisture inside the passenger compartment and the odor of mold. If you google "2015 Ford F-150 sunroof leaks", you will find 1000's of concerned Ford owners on forums experiencing the same issues, where Ford states it is normal for the sunroof to leak past the seal. I feel the sunroof is a health concern, as I believe mold may be growing in the truck and is being breathed in. I have been experiencing the seat back getting extremely hot while using the "cooled seat" feature. I feel this could cause a burn or fire hazard.

- Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012015


  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and abruptly switched gears as the vehicle surged forward without warning. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle stalled when the failure occurred. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be reflashed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 500.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 112015


  • 15,000 miles
Vehicle transmission slams or bangs when shifting from 4 to 5 gear. It also hangs in 4th gear when at speed that is near the speed required to shift up from 4th or 5th gear.

- Springfield, MO, USA

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