7th Generation (1984—1986) F-150 Problems

This generations ranks 21st out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (61%), electrical (15%), and the hvac (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Will Not Run 2 complaints at an average of 149,500 miles in the 1984 Ford F-150.
  2. Stalls Out While Idling 1 complaints at an average of 150,000 miles in the 1986 Ford F-150.
  3. Stalls When Under Load 1 complaints at an average of 164,000 miles in the 1986 Ford F-150.

What F-150 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1986 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1986 5 1 26 1.15
1985 2 2 21 0.28
1984 6 2 14 0.68

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