Trending Problems

A few problems that keep popping up. There's plenty more where that came from.

  1. EcoBoost Engine Fires

    The EcoBoost engine has a design flaw in the engine block and cylinder head that allow coolant to leak into the cylinder. When those leaks begin drivers can expect misfires, overheating, engine fires, and catastrophic failure. …

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  2. Edge Flexplate Cracks and Rattles

    The flexplate that converts engine energy into something the transmisson can use to move the car is cracking in 2015-2018 Edge SUVs with EcoBoost engines. The cracks result in troubling engine rattles that, left unattended, can result in a …

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  3. Swollen and Stuck Lug Nuts

    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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What Owners Complain About the Most

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

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

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 GMC models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency.

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  1. Ford Explorer

    Reliability
    42nd of 42
    PainRank
    116.19
    Complaints
    12945
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  2. Ford Escape

    Reliability
    41st of 42
    PainRank
    65.88
    Complaints
    4208
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  3. Ford Focus

    Reliability
    40th of 42
    PainRank
    58.62
    Complaints
    5024
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  4. Ford F-150

    Reliability
    39th of 42
    PainRank
    55.07
    Complaints
    5323
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Key Numbers

  1. 44 models

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

  2. 102 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.

Worst Generations

A generation is a group of model years where little, if any, changes were made. They tend to have the same problems and some generations have horrible reputations for reliability. Here's a handful you should avoid.

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  1. 3rd Generation Explorer

    Years
    2002–2005
    Reliability
    94th of 94
    PainRank
    123.38
    Complaints
    9096
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  2. 12th Generation F-150

    Years
    2009–2014
    Reliability
    93rd of 94
    PainRank
    66.09
    Complaints
    1456
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  3. 2nd Generation Escape

    Years
    2008–2012
    Reliability
    92nd of 94
    PainRank
    58
    Complaints
    1648
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  4. 2nd Generation Windstar

    Years
    1999–2003
    Reliability
    91st of 94
    PainRank
    50.99
    Complaints
    1601
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Recent Ford News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. Ford thinks there's a good chance windshields can pop off the latest F-Series trucks during a crash

    because they weren't properly bonded to the structure. And while no injuries have been reported yet, the automaker says this greatly increases the chances of something bad happening during a collision. Yep, that checks out. Owners should be on the lookout for recall notices during the first week of April.…

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  2. Ford may have used obsolete Takata replacement parts during a previous recall, extending what already feels like a never-ending airbag saga.

    Some Ford dealerships kept defective parts on their shelves long after they should have been tossed, and those wound up being used in vehicles as part of a collision of theft repair. Now Ford needs to re-recall 154,000 vehicles to inspect part numbers and replace the inflators if neccessary.…

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  3. One of Ford's "solutions" to excessive oil concerns in the F-150 was to install new dipsticks with lowered minimum fill level markings. No wonder they're getting sued.

    A proposed class-action lawsuit says Ford needs to properly address oil consumption issues in the 5.0-liter Coyote engine.

    A couple major flaws inside the engine draw excess oil into the combustion chamber where it is burned off. Not only does this mean the engine uses much more oil than advertised, but all that additional carbon buildup causes wear on ignition and emissions equipment.…

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  4. Ford is recalling a problem that can cause a sudden loss of power while driving or an unexpected rollaway while parking. Neither of these things are ideal.

    The issue revolves around excess vibration that can prematurely snap a link shaft bracket somewhere in the powertrain. I'm guessing the transmission? Maybe the flux capacitor? Who can say for sure.…

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  5. Ford needs to repair 18 driveshafts that they believe have fractured weld seams.

    Only trouble is they'll have to recall a heck of a lot of vehicles to find them. The affected vehicles are all 2020 Ford Explorers or Lincoln Aviators built in Chicago between 08/24/2019 and 09/30/2019. That's roughly 12,200 vehicles.

    So while less than 1% will actually have the problem, it's imperative that all affected owners bring their SUVs in for inspection.…

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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.

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