Ford trucks are among the most popular worldwide, and with good reason. They are generally a reliable and durable choice. However, there have been a few off years for the Ford F-150. If you’re in the market for a used pickup, there are three years you should avoid.
By the same token, three F-150s model years offer a redemptive value that Ford fans have come to expect. Let’s take a look at the particular specs that make each year notable.
Avoid these Ford F-150 model years
- The window regulators were a major issue. Typical problems include plastic window clips breaking and causing the window to suddenly crash into the door. The startling noise creates a dangerous distraction for drivers.
- Sudden spark plug ejection with the Triton 6L V8, 5.4L V8, and 6.8L V10 are specifically noted, but other models share a similar fate. Whether due to the cylinders’ aluminum heads, the four-thread design of the aluminum plugs, or over-tightening, the spark plugs are known for this problem.
- Spark plugs also have a tendency to break off while being remove from the engine, leaving the piece lodged inside the cylinder.
- The power window regulator failure continues to plague the 2005 Ford F-150 models.
- A common problem reported with the 5.4L engine is a knocking sound, which is attributed to the cam phaser and bad cylinder heads.
- Spark plug problems remain a central theme with engine concerns.
- Commonly reported complaints regarding My Ford Touchscreen include abrupt screen failure and unresponsiveness. It fails to recognize smartphones, and the rear-view camera stops working when trucks reverse.
- The passenger-side head gasket tends to leak.
- The engine oil pan gasket also tends to leak.
- It experiences a rough idle due to exhaust gas recirculation sensors that stick from an accumulation of carbon.
- More problems with the spark plugs cause ignition coil failure, leading to misfire and inability to start.
- Reports of the automatic transmission suddenly downshifting into second gear are common.
Reliable used Ford F-150 model years
- Offers variety with both cab size and bed length. The new SuperCrew cab allows for rear-seat accommodations and four full-size doors. With the bed length options, the wheelbase will also vary between 120 and 157.4 inches.
- The SuperCrew cab is outfitted like a luxury SUV and features a power-adjustable accelerator and brake pedals, leather interior, and rear-seat entertainment system.
- Antilock brakes are standard on all models.
- A new, more contemporary look is featured.
- Improved fuel-efficient engines included with the 4.2L Essex V6, 4.6L Triton V8, 5.4L Triton V8, and the 5.4L Supercharged Triton V8. The engines are highly ranked for reliability and above-average performance.
- New Super Duty style redesign includes a taller hood and beefier grille
- The six-speed automatic transmission replaced the four-speed and has smooth shifting and quiet ride. The six-speed also improves low-speed acceleration, fuel efficiency, and drivability.
- Improved overall handling thanks to the stiff frame and double-wishbone front suspension design
- The 2009 features full-compartment airbags for increased safety.
- A more streamlined exterior redesign features a new look for the bumper, lights, and grille.
- New safety features include Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian Detection.
- The entire F-series lineup stepped up the fuel economy and shifting ease by incorporating a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
- The Power Stroke diesel adds greater fuel efficiency and towing capability.
Even with its misses, Ford manages to come back strong with innovative changes that keep the F-150 at the top of truck-lovers’ wish lists.