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.
What Owners Complain About the Most
Sometimes it's easiest to just tally up all the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are.
- 2004 Explorer cracked panel below the rear window 769 (100%)
- 2002 Explorer cracked panel below the rear window 622 (81%)
- 2004 F-150 window does not roll up 614 (80%)
- 2003 Explorer cracked panel below the rear window 549 (71%)
- 2002 Explorer transmission failure 441 (57%)
- 2004 Explorer transmission slipping, shifts hard 392 (51%)
- 2002 Explorer o/d light is blinking 386 (50%)
Recent Ford News
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.
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.
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.
Ford is recalling over 2,100 Fusion Energi sedans to prevent accidental electrocutions. There are small gaps behind an access panel that allow for physical contact with an uncovered, high-voltage fuse. Engineers made the shocking discovery while inspecting the 2019 model year. To meet federal safety standards (and to stop frying its customers) Ford will install better covers starting on April 1st.
A jury has blamed Ford for concealing dangers that could have prevented a 1998 Explorer rollover crash. According to the lawsuit, concerned Ford engineers wanted to change the design of the 1998 Explorer to stop rollovers. Ford refused and switched to computer simulated rollover tests instead. Ford will appeal the jury’s decision to award $151 million to an Alabama man who was paralyzed in a 2015 rollover crash.
By the Numbers
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