Ford F-Series trucks have been the best-selling trucks in America for more than 40 consecutive years, and the line had its best sales year ever in 2019 — by a long shot. According to data from Motor1, 896,526 F-Series trucks were sold in 2019, while Ram came in second with 633,694 trucks sold. The Ford F-150 and other F-Series trucks amount to more than the combined total of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models sold, which equals 807,923.
There’s a lot to love about the F-Series line of trucks, including robust engine choices, enormous towing capacities of up to 13,200 pounds, spacious cabins, and a number of available bed sizes. Better-than-average fuel economy is also a strong suit of Ford trucks, thanks to its line of EcoBoost engines.
The 2014 Ford F-150
The 2014 Ford F-150, in particular, was highly sought-after when it was new, and it remains a popular choice among pre-owned trucks today. It offers a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, premium available features such as a power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control, and excellent safety ratings from both the NHTSA and the IIHS.
For all of its “pros,” however, there are some commonly experienced 2014 F-150 “cons” as well.
The climate control system
A substantial number of 2014 Ford F-150 owners have reported issues with the trucks’ in-cabin climate system on RepairPal. Problems cited specifically mention the blower motor only working when turned to high speed and the fan speed changing constantly while driving, despite being untouched.
Other issues include the climate control system simultaneously blowing hot air on one side of the truck and cold on the other, or the climate system simply failing to work at all. Although a recall was never issued for problems related to the trucks’ climate systems, the complaints are very well-documented in owners’ forums online.
The infotainment system
There was a widely known issue with the touchscreen infotainment systems in 2014 Ford F-150 models. It affected music playback, the backup camera, GPS navigation, and Bluetooth pairing, among other problems. The display screen would reportedly sometimes go completely black, freeze up, or not shut down when the truck was turned off. Some owners reported having to open and close the doors or turn the key on and off in the ignition to get the system up and running again.
It’s worth noting that Ford completely overhauled its in-vehicle connectivity systems at the end of 2014. The company announced it was replacing its Microsoft-powered MyFord Touch infotainment system with the BlackBerry QNX-based Sync system in December that year. It makes perfect sense that 2014 F-150 owners report so many problems with the system.
The Ford F-150’s brakes
After a number of drivers’ reports about a complete loss of brake functionality, Ford issued a recall in 2016 for over 270,000 2013 and 2014 F-150s. Faulty master brake cylinders caused fluid loss that resulted in a loss of brake power, particularly at the front wheels. The recall applied primarily to trucks with the base model V6 engine.
Ford actually issued another brake-related recall in late 2014. This one was for brake lights that either did not illuminate whatsoever or did so after a substantial delay, caused by an improperly-adjusted brake pedal switch. The brake light issue fortunately only affected about 600 trucks.
Electronic power steering
A number of engine issues plagued the 2014 Ford F-150, including a problem with the Electronic Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS). Approximately 5,675 trucks were recalled in June 2014 because of an incorrectly installed motor position sensor magnet. The faulty sensor magnet could cause power loss to the entire electronic power steering system, resulting in erratic or uncontrollable steering.