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The Ford F-150 is a famous, popular truck, but many drivers think the newest model year is too expensive. The solution may be to buy an older model year, like the 2017 F-150. Before doing so, however, you need to know the most common problems about this model year via Car Complaints.

Updated: 7/26

The 2017 Ford F-150’s exterior problems

2017 Ford F-150 side view
2017 Ford F-150 | Ford

The exterior of the 2017 F-150 has a lot of reported problems on Car Complaint. That said, compared to this model year’s other issues, these exterior complaints aren’t that bad. The most common problem with the F-150’s exterior — and it’s third most common issue overall — has to do with its latches. Sometimes the doors simply won’t open.

Some drivers reported this issue occurring in the winter, while others said it happened in other seasons. Some blame the 2017 Ford F-150’s electrical system, but a design problem could also be the cause. While this was a common issue, it wasn’t a huge problem for most drivers.

Another common exterior issue has to do with the windows and paint. During the winter, some drivers reported the window suddenly shattering. In other seasons, some said the paint chipped. The latter issue is clearly more serious, but both are frustrating.

The 2017 F-150’s interior issues

The most common and serious problems with the 2017 F-150, however, have to do with its interior. Many drivers reported the brakes suddenly giving out.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), several crashes and injuries have been reported due to the 2017 F-150’s brake failure. This is the 2017 F-150’s most common issue on Car Complaints. It’s a serious concern, but no brakes recall has been issued.

Another common problem with the 2017 Ford F-150 involves its engine stalling. This is the second most common issue about the 2017 F-150 on Car Complaints. Many drivers complained about this issue. It hasn’t caused any crashes or injuries yet, according to the NHTSA. 

That said, this engine stalling issue has caused at least three car fires. Since car fires will always be dangerous, it’s possible that this engine issue will lead to future injuries. The concern also affects many engines available to the F-150. It’s unknown how much it costs to fix this problem.

The 2017 Ford F-150 is still a good truck

Despite all of these problems, especially for a relatively new truck, the 2017 Ford F-150 remains a great truck that satisfies many of its owners. One of the big reasons why the F-150 is a beloved truck involves its selection of diesel engines. These are powerful and practical — exactly the type of engines that truck drivers seek. 

On top of this, the F-150 is still one of the best trucks on the market today. Other trucks will likely be more problematic. Furthermore, while some of the F-150’s issues on Car Complaints are severe, they aren’t common when taking everything into consideration. 

Many other trucks suffer from severe and chronic issues. For example, Ram and Jeep trucks have experienced the “death wobble” for years. The F-150, on the other hand, doesn’t have issues that are this severe.