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Swollen and Stuck Lug Nuts

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Most lug nuts are one piece of hardened steel, but Ford chose a design that puts an aluminum cap over a steel core. The cap is notorious for swelling and delaminating when it gets hot, and it’s also a great place to trap moisture and promot…

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Spark Plugs Ejected in Triton Engine

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Ford Triton engines are spitting out spark plugs like sunflower seeds, but the suits in Detroit act like there isn't any problem. They're wrong. We believe this defect affects the following 2-valve engines: Triton 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8, 6.8L V10…

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Power Steering (EPAS) Failure

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Power steering is one of those things you don't think about until it's gone. And owners of Ford cars with electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) are thinking about it all the damn time, if you catch my drift.

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The Least Reliable Ford Models

Some models just can't seem to get out of their own way. We've created a list of the least reliable Ford models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency. Here's the worst of the bunch.

Ford Explorer

PainRank
116.19
Complaints
12945
Reliability
42nd out of 42

Ford Escape

PainRank
65.88
Complaints
4208
Reliability
41st out of 42

Ford Focus

PainRank
58.62
Complaints
5024
Reliability
40th out of 42

Ford F-150

PainRank
55.07
Complaints
5323
Reliability
39th out of 42

Ford Windstar

PainRank
49.45
Complaints
1995
Reliability
38th out of 42

Ford Fusion

PainRank
46.07
Complaints
2031
Reliability
37th out of 42

Ford Taurus

PainRank
38.92
Complaints
2567
Reliability
35th out of 42

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What Owners Complain About the Most

Sometimes it's easiest to just tally up all the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are.

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By the Numbers

  1. 44 models

    Each with their own trim levels, bodystyles, and special blend of headaches.

  2. 99 generations

    A group of years for a specific model with the same design, features, and problems.

  3. 31 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  4. 44,639 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  5. 15,501 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  6. 1,147 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.