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Ranking 104 Ford Generations by Reliability

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Gen Years PainRank (?)
104th Explorer Gen 3 2002–2005 123.2
103rd F-150 Gen 12 2009–2014 57.87
102nd Escape Gen 2 2008–2012 56.74
101st F-150 Gen 11 2004–2008 51.86
100th Windstar Gen 2 1999–2003 50.13
99th Escape Gen 1 2001–2007 47.67
98th Explorer Gen 4 2006–2010 41.85
97th Focus Gen 3 2012–2018 40.3
96th Escape Gen 3 2013–2018 39.95
95th Freestyle Gen 1 2005–2007 37.76
94th Taurus Gen 4 2000–2007 36.56
93rd Fusion Gen 1 2006–2012 36.39
92nd Explorer Gen 5 2011–2018 33.44
91st Focus Gen 2 2008–2011 32.33
90th Focus Gen 1 2000–2007 31.28
89th Expedition Gen 2 2003–2006 31.09
88th F-150 Gen 13 2015–2018 29.34
87th Explorer Gen 2 1995–2001 28.5
86th Edge Gen 1 2007–2014 27.59
85th Fusion Gen 2 2013–2017 27.33
84th Explorer Sport Trac Gen 1 2001–2005 24.39
83rd Mustang Gen 5 2005–2014 23.9
82nd Freestar Gen 1 2004–2007 20.5
81st Fiesta Gen 6 2011–2016 18.72
80th Taurus Gen 5 2008–2009 17.51
79th Taurus Gen 3 1996–1999 16.76
78th Edge Gen 2 2015–2018 16.65
77th F-250 Gen 11 2004–2008 16.1
76th Escape Hybrid Gen 1 2005–2007 15.56
75th Windstar Gen 1 1995–1998 14.74
74th F-150 Gen 10 1997–2003 14.3
73rd F-350 Gen 11 2004–2008 13.7
72nd Expedition Gen 1 1997–2002 12.63
71st Mustang Gen 6 2015–2018 12.47
70th C-Max Hybrid Gen 2 2013–2016 10.3
69th Thunderbird Gen 11 2002–2005 10.21
68th Taurus Gen 6 2010–2018 9.8
67th Ranger Gen 2 1993–2013 9.44
66th Flex Gen 1 2009–2018 8.72
65th Transit Connect Gen 1 2010–2012 8.18
64th Fusion Hybrid Gen 1 2009–2012 7.89
63rd Explorer Sport Trac Gen 2 2007–2010 7.65
62nd F-350 Gen 10 1997–2003 7.38
61st Contour Gen 1 1995–2000 7.31
60th Taurus Gen 2 1992–1995 7.29
59th Expedition Gen 3 2007–2017 7.26
58th F-250 Gen 12 2009–2014 7.23
57th Escort Gen 3 1997–2003 7.11
56th Explorer Gen 1 1991–1994 6.89
55th Fusion Hybrid Gen 2 2013–2018 6.47
54th Mustang Gen 4 1994–2004 6.25
53rd F-350 Gen 12 2009–2014 5.84
52nd F-250 Gen 10 1997–2003 5.83
51st Escape Hybrid Gen 2 2008–2012 5.27
50th Everest Gen 3 2016–2016 5.07
49th Fusion Energi Gen 1 2013–2018 4.2
48th Excursion Gen 1 2000–2005 3.79
47th C-Max Energi Gen 2 2013–2017 3.45
46th Taurus X Gen 2 2008–2009 3.26
45th F-150 Gen 9 1992–1996 3.26
44th Transit Connect Gen 2 2013–2018 3.24
43rd Crown Victoria Gen 2 1998–2011 3.07
42nd F-250 Gen 13 2015–2018 2.89
41st Transit Gen 5 2015–2018 2.54
40th Crown Victoria Gen 1 1992–1997 2.41
39th Thunderbird Gen 10 1990–1997 2.34
38th Escort Gen 2 1991–1996 2.14
37th F-350 Gen 13 2015–2018 2.14
36th Probe Gen 2 1993–1997 1.64
35th Econoline Gen 4 1992–2014 1.25
34th Probe Gen 1 1989–1992 1.22
33rd Bronco Gen 4 1987–1991 1.11
32nd F-150 Gen 8 1987–1991 1.11
31st Taurus Gen 1 1987–1991 0.99
30th Focus Electric Gen 1 2012–2016 0.99
29th Tempo Gen 2 1989–1994 0.95
28th Everest Gen 2 2009–2011 0.91
27th Fiesta Gen 5 0.76
26th Mustang Gen 3 1990–1993 0.74
25th F-250 Gen 9 1992–1996 0.72
24th C-Max Gen 2 2011–2012 0.71
23rd Transit Gen 4 2007–2007 0.71
22nd F-150 Gen 7 1984–1986 0.7
21st Bronco Gen 3 1983–1986 0.7
20th Ranger Gen 1 1983–1992 0.69
19th Escort Gen 1 1979–1990 0.6
18th Bronco II Gen 1 1987–1988 0.59
17th Thunderbird Gen 9 1987–1987 0.59
16th Ecosport Gen 1 2015–2018 0.51
15th GT Gen 1 2005–2006 0.51
14th Fiesta Gen 4 0.45
13th F-350 Gen 9 1992–1996 0.42
12th Fiesta Gen 7 2017–2018 0.39
11th Aerostar Gen 1 1986–1997 0.38
10th Econoline Gen 3 1976–1990 0.37
9th Fiesta Gen 3 0.31
8th Bronco Gen 2 1978–1978 0.28
7th Tempo Gen 1 1985–1986 0.28
6th Mystique Gen 1 1995–1996 0.24
5th Bronco Gen 5 1992–1996 0.2
4th F-250 Gen 8 1987–1991 0.16
3rd F-250 Gen 7 1984–1986 0.07
2nd Expedition Gen 4 2018–2018 0.0
1st F-350 Gen 8 1991–1991 0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).