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Even the most popular vehicle in America can be annoying at times. The Ford F-150 is that model, and it’s a pickup truck trusted by millions of Americans every day. For the most part, this Ford truck does an excellent job of handling every type of drive while giving owners the strength needed. Whether using it for daily hauling, work at the construction site, or taking the family to the lake while towing a boat, this Ford pickup truck is a regular participant. That said, there are some ways this truck can annoy its owners.

Where’s the permanent shutoff for the stop-start function of the Ford F-150?

2021 Ford F-150
2021 Ford F-150 | Ford

The stop-start function in the F-150 engines should improve fuel mileage for this truck. The system turns off the engine whenever the vehicle idles for more than a second. The engine restarts as soon as the driver presses the accelerator. Many vehicles include a button to disable this feature, which is what you find in this Ford truck. Some owners complain there should be a way to permanently disable this feature, not a button that must be engaged every time you take the ruck for a drive.

Where did all the oil for this truck go?

Dark blue 2022 Ford F-150, which has a quiet cab according to Consumer Reports, parked near a pond
2022 Ford F-150 | Ford

Ford F-150 models from 2018 to 2020 equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine are known to burn a lot of oil. Even though there aren’t any visible leaks, these trucks tend to consume more than one quart of oil for every 3,000 miles. This is something owners must understand when driving this truck.

More transmission gears are not necessarily a good thing in the Ford F-150

The 10-speed automatic transmission became available starting in 2017 for the F-150. This transmission should be smoother than the six or eight-speed models, but many owners complained this model has rough shifts and searches for the right gear. When downshifting is required, this transmission struggles with this function as well.

You’ve got to refuel this truck more often than others

This Ford F-150 is ready to tow a heavy load.
All-new F-150 XLT | Ford

According to Car Buying Strategies, the fuel mileage of the 2022 Ford F-150 isn’t as good as some competitors. The highest fuel economy numbers come in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that returns 20/26 mpg. Across the board, For trucks are more powerful than the competition but not quite as efficient. By comparison, the Chevy Silverado 1500 can reach 23/31 mpg.

Where are you supposed to put your stuff in the Ford F-150 cabin?

The interior cabin space of the F-150 pickup truck is spacious and comfortable, but it lacks some of the small-item storage spaces you desire. The cabin isn’t a good place for groceries unless they are on the floor in the rear, and you won’t find places to put all your stuff. This truck could use some more in-cabin storage areas for your smaller items.

What problems do Ford F-150 trucks have?

The Ford F-150 might be the most popular truck in America, but there are some ways it might annoy you.
2021 Ford F-150 Tremor | Ford

The most popular engine for the F-150 is the 5.0-liter V8 model. This engine has plenty of power and delivers the towing and payload you need, but it has some problems you might not want to overlook. This venerable engine suffers from:

  • Spark plug issues
  • Braking problems
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Engine noises
  • Engine stalls

What are common problems with Ford trucks?

If you drive the Ford F-150, you might notice some issues as it ages. While expected, some of the most common issues with this truck include:

  • Suspension troubles
  • Corrosion
  • Durability
  • Recalls (specifically the 2018 model year)
  • Air conditioning failures
  • Loose power seats
  • Poor handling

Are these issues you want to face when driving your pickup truck?

What years did Ford F-150 have transmission problems?

Gray 2022 Ford F-150 Tremor on a hill of rocks
2022 Ford F-150 Tremor | Ford

The F-150 trucks from 2017 to 2020 with the ten-speed automatic transmission have enough reported issues to cause a lawsuit, according to My Lemon. If you’re looking at a used Ford truck, you might want to avoid these models to ensure you don’t have a truck with a transmission that has many reported issues.

Will this truck become too annoying for you to drive?

Whenever you buy a vehicle, you want to perform proper research and ensure you’re doing your best to get a great vehicle. The Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle in America, and many enjoy years of worry-free driving with this truck. That said, you may want to steer clear of some of the model years and features mentioned here.

Next, check out the big power of the Ford F-350 Super Duty, or watch the reasons not to buy a Ford F-150 in the video below:

This article was updated on 8/30/2022.


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