Pump the breaks before buying a brand new Ford F-150. We aren’t saying don’t buy the truck. It’s an excellent option to consider. However, more and more reports of 2022 Ford F-150 problems are emerging. So, let’s see how serious they are.
2022 Ford F-150 Problems
According to Pickup Truck Talk, the 2022 Ford F-150 has a few different types of engine problems floating around. The EcoBoost engines already make some people nervous because replacing the turbo cost thousands.
But the 5.0-liter V8 is actually the most unreliable option and could face issues related to the cylinder deactivation. It may lead to excessive oil consumption. Both the 3.5-liter EcoBoost PowerBoost Hybrid engine and the 3.3-liter V6 have fewer reports of problems.
However, the 10-speed automatic transmission continuous gaining tons of complaints and even spurred a class-action lawsuit. The transmission is prone to slipping gears, harsh shifts, jerking, random acceleration, and loss of power.
Reportedly, having the transmission reflashed doesn’t solve the issues. It’s a learning transmission that will improve based on your driving habits, but it might not work correctly.
Ford F-150 trailer software issues
Aside from recurring transmission issues, the 2022 Ford F-150 struggles with the trailer brake software. It may forget that the trailer is attached, and the brake controller could stop working as a result. This causes owners to pull over and reset the system by restarting their trucks.
The trailer problem could lead to stress and dangerous driving situations. However, Ford is on top of this problem and has already issued a recall. About 393,836 Ford F-150 models will need to be serviced.
Another huge problem involves the windshield wipers failing to operate correctly. Due to having an incorrect spline casting tooth height, the wipers wouldn’t function. This may create visibility issues.
However, Ford got its rear in gear with this problem too and issued a recall for 652,996 trucks. The problem is related to the supplier building the wrong part.
Smaller issues include a water leak that leads to mold growth in the cabin, power steering failure, and the air damn not deploying.
How reliable is the F-150?
According to Consumer Reports, the 2022 Ford F-150 has a predicted reliability ranking that’s below average. The score is based on issues reported in previous model years. It looks like the 2018 model racked up the most complaints.
Models built after 2018 have fewer reports of trouble, indicating that Ford fixed the major fiascos. Ford F-150 trucks can make it past 200,000 miles with the proper maintenance. But the Toyota Tundra can make it over 300,000 miles.
The Ford F-150 doesn’t seem to have any significant problems that should stop you from making your purchase aside from the transmission lawsuit. But Ford hasn’t issued a recall for the 10-speed automatic transmission.
We will keep an eye on the lawsuit to see how things go. It could result in another recall. Until then, the Ford F-150 seems like a safe option to buy, but hurry up. The 2022 F-150 is almost sold out.