8th Generation (1987—1991) F-150 Problems

This generations ranks 31st out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (29%), electrical (22%), and the fuel system (18%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Oil Leak 2 complaints at an average of 122,500 miles in the 1991 Ford F-150.
  2. Won\'t Stay Running 2 complaints at an average of 134,000 miles in the 1988 Ford F-150.
  3. Gas Pumping Out the Gas Cap 1 complaints at an average of 110,000 miles in the 1989 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 1991 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 8 6 71 2.24
1990 3 8 63 0.61
1989 3 7 56 0.72
1988 10 3 42 1.62
1987 3 4 29 0.51

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