What is PainRank™?

PainRank™ is a scoring system by CarComplaints.com that uses relative complaint analysis to determine which vehicles suffer the most defects. It's more than just complaint volume as the score also considers the average cost of repairs, the mileage at failure, the age of the vehicle, among other factors.

Bottom line: the higher the score, the more painful it is to own.

Least Reliable Ford Models

Ford models have an average PainRank™ of 19.41.

RankModelComplaintsScore
42ndExplorer12,945116.19
41stEscape4,20865.88
40thFocus5,02458.62
39thF-1505,32355.07
38thWindstar1,99549.45
37thFusion2,03146.07
36thFreestyle42139.44
35thTaurus2,56738.92
34thEdge1,92538.91
33rdC-Max Hybrid18530.83
32ndFiesta64230.22
31stFreestar31429.97
30thMustang1,40225.33
29thExplorer Sport Trac43625.21
28thExpedition1,53921.29
27thFusion Hybrid22618.29
26thThunderbird23016.3
25thEscape Hybrid21615.62
24thFlex26714.66
23rdF-25057214.09
22ndRanger73312.69
21stTransit Connect8911.65
20thF-35032811.49
19thContour2069.66
18thEscort2187.02
17thTaurus X296.54
16thFusion Energi536.52
15thC-Max Energi646.4
14thTransit336.02
13thExcursion634.81
12thEverest144.35
11thCrown Victoria1844.1
10thEconoline191.98
9thFocus Electric71.94
8thProbe581.86
7thEcoSport71.47
6thTempo231.3
5thBronco191.24
4thC-Max20.94
3rdAerostar160.88
2ndGT40.36
1stMystique20.24
N/AMustang Mach-E0N/A
N/AFusion Plug-In Hybrid0N/A

Least Reliable Ford Generations

Ford generations have an average PainRank™ of 13.83.

RankModelComplaintsScore
94th3rd Generation Explorer (2002-2005)9,096123.38
93rd12th Generation F-150 (2009-2014)1,45666.09
92nd2nd Generation Escape (2008-2012)1,64858
91st2nd Generation Windstar (1999-2003)1,60150.99
90th11th Generation F-150 (2004-2008)2,40450.58
89th1st Generation Escape (2001-2007)1,58647.99
88th3rd Generation Escape (2013-2019)96845.69
87th3rd Generation Focus (2012-2019)1,85143.55
86th4th Generation Explorer (2006-2010)1,11741.52
85th5th Generation Explorer (2011-2019)1,68939.52
84th1st Generation Focus (1998-2007)2,69438.7
83rd1st Generation Freestyle (2005-2007)42138.41
82nd1st Generation Fusion (2006-2012)1,38738.39
81st4th Generation Taurus (2000-2007)1,74936.56
80th2nd Generation Focus (2008-2011)47932.74
79th13th Generation F-150 (2015-2020)71532.39
78th2nd Generation Expedition (2003-2006)66931.4
77th1st Generation Edge (2007-2014)1,69230.63
76th2nd Generation Explorer (1995-2001)94028.75
75th5th Generation Mustang (2005-2014)98024.65
74th2nd Generation Fusion (2013-2020)64424.4
73rd1st Generation Explorer Sport Trac (2001-2005)33724.37
72nd1st Generation Freestar (2004-2007)31521.5
71st5th Generation Taurus (2008-2009)10117.63
70th11th Generation F-250 (2004-2008)17717.2
69th3rd Generation Taurus (1996-1999)33117.07
68th2nd Generation Edge (2015-2020)23316.41
67th1st Generation Escape Hybrid (2005-2007)11816.17
66th1st Generation Windstar (1995-1998)39314.83
65th10th Generation F-150 (1997-2003)66314.76
64th6th Generation Fiesta (2009-2020)65614.64
63rd11th Generation F-350 (2004-2008)12613.58
62nd1st Generation Expedition (1997-2002)56512.84
61st6th Generation Mustang (2015-2020)18112.5
60th2nd Generation C-Max Hybrid (2013-2018)18612.18
59th1st Generation Transit Connect (2009-2012)4511.13
58th11th Generation Thunderbird (2002-2005)17110.72
57th2nd Generation Ranger (1993-2013)7169.62
56th1st Generation Fusion Hybrid (2009-2012)1209.61
55th6th Generation Taurus (2010-2019)2919.54
54th3rd Generation Expedition (2007-2017)2988.38
53rd12th Generation F-250 (2009-2014)1058.05
52nd1st Generation Flex (2009-2020)2677.97
51st2nd Generation Explorer Sport Trac (2007-2010)997.55
50th10th Generation F-350 (1997-2003)937.42
49th1st Generation Contour (1995-2000)2087.36
48th2nd Generation Taurus (1992-1995)857.27
47th3rd Generation Escort (1997-2003)1517.14
46th1st Generation Explorer (1991-1994)997.06
45th4th Generation Mustang (1994-2004)2226.28
44th2nd Generation Escape Hybrid (2008-2012)976.1
43rd12th Generation F-350 (2009-2014)626.03
42nd2nd Generation Fusion Hybrid (2013-2020)1065.97
41st10th Generation F-250 (1997-2003)2205.73
40th3rd Generation Everest (2016-2016)105.7
39th1st Generation Fusion Energi (2013-2019)534.61
38th13th Generation F-250 (2015-2020)604.47
37th2nd Generation C-Max Energi (2013-2017)644.19
36th13th Generation F-350 (2015-2020)374.09
35th1st Generation Excursion (2000-2005)633.86
34th2nd Generation Taurus X (2008-2009)293.38
33rd9th Generation F-150 (1992-1996)693.2
32nd2nd Generation Crown Victoria (1998-2011)1393.16
31st5th Generation Transit (2015-2019)323.15
30th2nd Generation Transit Connect (2013-2020)442.77
29th1st Generation Crown Victoria (1992-1997)452.58
28th10th Generation Thunderbird (1990-1997)592.39
27th2nd Generation Escort (1991-1996)652.14
26th4th Generation Bronco (1987-1991)181.72
25th2nd Generation Probe (1993-1997)381.64
24th1st Generation Taurus (1987-1991)171.55
23rd8th Generation F-150 (1987-1991)271.43
22nd4th Generation Expedition (2018-2020)71.3
21st4th Generation Econoline (1992-2014)181.25
20th2nd Generation Tempo (1989-1994)250.98
19th1st Generation Focus Electric (2012-2016)70.98
18th2nd Generation Everest (2009-2011)40.9
17th1st Generation Probe (1989-1992)290.88
16th1st Generation Ranger (1983-1992)460.87
15th2nd Generation EcoSport (2015-2020)110.84
14th3rd Generation Mustang (1990-1993)160.74
13th9th Generation F-250 (1992-1996)90.72
12th4th Generation Transit (2007-2007)10.71
11th1st Generation C-Max (2011-2012)20.7
10th3rd Generation Ranger (2019-2020)30.6
9th6th Generation Explorer (2020-2020)10.6
8th1st Generation Aerostar (1986-1997)170.53
7th1st Generation GT (2005-2006)40.5
6th9th Generation F-350 (1992-1996)90.42
5th3rd Generation Econoline (1976-1990)40.31
4th1st Generation Mystique (1995-1996)20.24
3rd5th Generation Bronco (1992-1996)50.2
2nd1st Generation Escort (1979-1990)110.19
1st8th Generation F-250 (1987-1991)30.17
N/A8th Generation F-350 (1991-1991)0N/A
N/A2nd Generation GT (2017-2018)0N/A
N/A4th Generation Escape (2020-2020)0N/A
N/A6th Generation Mustang Mach-E (2020-2020)0N/A
N/A1st Generation Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (2020-2020)0N/A

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