Trucks & SUVs

You Need To Avoid The 2015 Ford F-150 At All Costs

Are you looking to save with a used Ford F-150? That’s one smart way to save some cash while still gaining the power and capabilities of the best selling full-size truck.

However, some model years have problems that could leave you with tons of frustrating issues. The 2015 Ford F-150 is the worst model year that needs to be avoided at all costs. 

Avoid The 2015 Ford F-150 

In recent years, the 2015 Ford F-150 has had more issues and complaints reports than any other model. Even though you can find plenty of used options for the 2015 Ford F-150 for about $20k to $23k, don’t be tempted without learning about the most common complaints first. 

2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor | Clive Sutton UK

Transmission Issues 

The 2015 Ford F-150 has several transmission issues that need to be considered. The most prevalent complaint includes hard downshifts. Drivers have encountered hard shifts while hauling loads around 5,500 lb. Suddenly their trucks will go from 50 mph to 0 like they slammed on their brakes. 

Other drivers have noticed a run shift from 5th to 4th gear. When the F-150 shifts, there is a loud noise as it jerks forward and can be described as feeling like you just hit a large bump. Plus, the 2015 F-150 seems to shift randomly and make a lot of loud clunks. 

Other complaints include an excessive grinding noise coming from the transmission, upshifting too early, slipping, and leaking transmission fluid. 

Electrical Issues 

Shockingly, the 2015 Ford F-150 has a multitude of frustrating electrical issues that drive owners crazy. Some drivers started out on a typical day, then had their cluster display flash tire problems, trailer issues, and more before their trucks suddenly lost all power. 

Some people had to wait two to three minutes before their truck would restart, and others couldn’t restart. 

The Ford F-150 being unveiled at the North American International Auto Show
The Ford F-150 | GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images)

Also, a lot of strange things seem to occur. Truck alarms randomly sound, some people can’t get warnings to disappear, one driver noticed that their infotainment center went blank every time they took a left turn and more. 

Some mechanic suggested a computer reset to get to the bottom of this issue, and others suggested replacing the entire dash. However, after being serviced, the electrical problems seemed to continue. 

Window/Windshield Issues 

The Ford F-150 has several frustrating window issues. The windshield seems to be cheap with an aluminum frame. Smaller chips, about the size of a pea, quickly grow into long cracks, and seemingly minor impacts create large cracks as well. 

Side windows seem prone to cracking too. Also, some drivers found that their windows wouldn’t roll down anymore. When drivers experienced their rear window shattering, their claims weren’t covered. They had to pay for the repair costs themselves. 

However, the moon roof seems to be the most frustrating window. Drivers have reported that it’s very leaky, and the interior gets soaked when it rains. Other drivers dealt with their moonroof failing to open, and others had their moonroof get stuck open! 

So as you can see, the Ford F-150 has a few frustrating problems on the inside and out that make it not worth the risk. Other used models, including the 2016 and 2017, have fewer issues reported and are considered to be a safer bet.