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The 2017 Ford F-150 Is a Bargain With Some Serious Recalls

If you’re interested in getting a used Ford F-150, the 2017 version is an enticing option to purchase. When it was new, the 2017 F-150 earned praise for its potent engine options and exceptional safety ratings. Ford also made new tech features available on this model. But at the same time, there are some serious safety recall actions on the 2017 F-150 to consider before you buy.

There are 13 NHTSA safety recalls on the 2017 Ford F-150

Ford F-150 trucks on display at a car dealership.
Ford F-150 pickup trucks at a car dealership | Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The 2017 F-150 had everyone talking about its impressive performance. It also made headlines for its numerous recalls. At the time of this writing, there are 13 NHTSA recall actions on the 2017 F-150. One of the earlier ones addressed a concern with the F-150’s gear shift, which could fail to illuminate, increasing the likelihood of unintended vehicle movement.

Other recalls addressed potential issues with the F-150’s front and rear seatbelts. Some models had doors that could open after a collision or while driving in general. Additional concerns on this pickup relate to its airbags, parking brake, engine corrosion, and service brakes. Before buying this pickup, make sure to address the recall issues and other trouble spots with your auto dealer. 

Because of its extensive recall history, Consumer Reports gave the 2017 F-150 its lowest possible reliability score. Some of the other common concerns on the F-150 are its paint and door latches that refuse to open. But despite its problem areas, the 2017 F-150 has a high owner satisfaction rating. 

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What 2017 F-150 owners like most about their truck

The Ford F-150 has a spacious interior with comfortable seating.
Ford F-150 interior with reclining seats

The F-150’s comfort levels are one of the best things about it. The 2017 model came standard with cloth upholstery that owners said feels “long-lasting” and that it’s even comfortable on trips over 300 miles. Others loved the luxurious amenities on the truck, including its massaging seats and electronic controls. Many also agree that the F-150 offers a wonderfully quiet cabin and feels smooth on the highway. Road imperfections don’t pose a threat to this pickup either. 

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Which used 2017 F-150 trim is best?

Ford Ranger Raptor performance pick-up truck on display at Brussels Expo
Ford Raptor model | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

There are a variety of cab styles and engines on the F-150, so there’s truly something for everyone. The Regular cab style seats three people, and the SuperCab and SuperCrew models seat five or six. Additionally, the F-150 is available in seven different trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Raptor

Deciding which trim to get comes down to what your main priorities are. If you want exceptional comfort and style while remaining cost-efficient, consider the King Ranch Trim. Those interested in a simple, modern workhorse will want to stick with the base XL model. And for the most off-roading capability, the Raptor is the best version to get. 

Pricing 

Another reason why buyers opt for a used F-150 is its above-average depreciation rate. By going for the 2017 version over the 2020 model, you can save over $16K on the F-150. The average price for a 2017 F-150 is $35,619, according to iSeeCars.com.