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Old 01-27-2016, 07:40 PM   #1
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2010 F-150 final report...

2010 Ford F-150 Platinum 6 years and 125,000 mile reliability report

I purchased my Ford in October of 2009. It is a 4wd, 3:31 diff ratio 5.4 liter truck with 1180 pounds of payload capacity. When we bought it we did not yet have our Airstream, rather I simply liked the thought of and the look of this truck.

As I had a "feeling" I purchased a Ford ESP extended warranty for the truck after its 3 year 36,000 mile warranty expired. The warranty extended the "bumper to bumper" coverage of the original 3/36 with the exception of "wear" items like brake pads and rotors, soft surfaces, and shock absorbers...

The warranty cost about $2600 in early 2012 and it gave me an additional coverage for 5 years or until 125,000 miles total.

We just turned over 125,000 on our way to Florida last week so for the first time in 6 years we are out of warranty!

Let me say first of all that I have simply loved my F-150!
It has been both incredibly comfortable for long trips and a joy to own in many ways. It has never left me on the side of the road nor has it been difficult to maintain.

That said the warranty repairs have totaled up to a rather large number (well in excess of $10,000 in retail repair costs just in extended warranty coverage!) and in the end I am thinking that the next vehicle will probably be something other than an F-150...

The following list is from memory and is likely to be incomplete:

1. Transmission shift issue. Repaired with software downloads. Three trips to dealer(s) to get it right.
2. Left rear shock failure before 20,000
3. Brakes warped. Ford recut rotors under warranty.
4. Right rear shock failure before 25,000 miles
5. Transmission bulkhead seal leaked and was replaced at 30,000
6. Left rear shock absorber failed at about 35,000 miles
7. Drivers side power running board failed and was replaced under warranty
8. Brakes were pulsing/shaking again. Ford replaced front and rear rotors under warranty.
9. Passenger side heated seat began acting in odd ways. Seat heater module replaced under warranty

ESP warranty went into effect at 36,000 miles

We purchased our Airstream when the truck had about 50,000 miles on the odometer.

10. Drivers side heater blend door actuator failed at about 55,000 miles. This requires that the entire dash be removed to repair. It was covered by ESP warranty.
11. Right rear shock failed. All four shocks replaced with a Ford parts at this time not covered by warranty.
Several tire pressure transmitters fails in this period. Warranty replacement.
12. 65,000 miles, transmission began shifting strangely again. Another reflash and the issue was gone.
13. 75,000 miles Brake rotors again warped. I replaced all pads and rotors with aftermarket parts and checked new parts for runout. All parts well within spec.

14. 80,000 miles drivers side blend motor failed again. Warranty replacement.

15.Seat heater module failed again. Warranty replacement.
16. Passenger side electric running board failed. Warranty replacement.
17. 100,000 miles. Shock absorber failed in rear of truck again. Replaced all shocks with Bilstein shocks.
18. Rotors out of round again, turned rotors on vehicle as there was virtually no wear.
19. 120,000 miles drivers side running board failed, replaced under warranty.
20. 122,000 passenger side exhaust manifold warped and leaking. Replaced under warranty.
Brakes warped again, replaced rotors and pads with slotted StopTech rotors and very aggressive pads. Best the brakes have ever been!
21. Passenger side heater blend module failed and replaced under warranty.
22. Heated seat module failed and replaced under warranty.
23. Evap check valve failed and replaced under warranty.

Remember, I have made my living maintaining and repairing European autos and although I shut down the shop and retired a year ago, I am very aware of the problems as they developed.
My standards are high and I am demanding but most of these repairs were fairly black and white...ex."there is no heat on the passenger side"...

All in all it was a mixed experience. There are a lot of parts on this truck that have never been touched and probably will not be for a long time. Then there is the list of failures above, many of which fall under the category of "electrical".
I think it is about time for another vehicle now and as much as my first "personal" pick up was a Ford that I loved driving,
I think I will look elsewhere this time although I am conflicted about what exactly we should purchase...

Bruce
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:59 PM   #2
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I have a friend w/ a2011 fx4, w/ many of the same issues. Overall the F150 is a nice truck,but the problems incurred by owners is a testament to the lack of quality!(IMO). I have a 2005 Tundra. I have had none of these problems,aside from normal maintenance.I guess I expect more from a vehicle w/ a price of $50 to $60k!
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I have a friend w/ a2011 fx4, w/ many of the same issues. Overall the F150 is a nice truck,but the problems incurred by owners is a testament to the lack of quality!(IMO). I have a 2005 Tundra. I have had none of these problems,aside from normal maintenance.I guess I expect more from a vehicle w/ a price of $50 to $60k!
In principle I'd have to agree! As I said, I was thrilled with this truck in many ways but some of this is simply unnecessary! How much would it cost to make those heater blend door modules or the heated seat modules reliable? Not much is my guess!

The problem with the new Tundra's is that they seem to be standing still feature and design wise... I'm drawn to some of the new features and technology in modern vehicles... I guess I'm simply a sucker,
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I would like to see the hp, torque, and mileage numbers using premium verses regular.
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Well... Today is the day! I'm trading her in on a new vehicle!
Not sure if I should share decision here yet as his forum seems so polarized by tow vehicles...
I will give his much up though, it is not a Ford!
I will miss the best parts of my F-150, it was a great vehicle in many ways. It is kind of sad to see it leaving. Now I'm off to strip our "personal effects" from the truck and head to the dealer
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Good to see real world reports from an experienced driver. Thanks forbthe info
Good luck with your Ram.
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Good to see real world reports from an experienced driver. Thanks forbthe info
Good luck with your Ram.
Well... It is a Ram! That is all for now...
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It's a logical choice for someone as astute as you. You'll love it.
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It's a logical choice for someone as astute as you. You'll love it.
Thanks, I needed a good laugh this afternoon!
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Hi from AZ. . . my '11 F150 Ecoblahblah FX4 has 82K on it, many pulling my FC28, & I have liked it. The steering box was replaced (??) at 50k under extended warranty, both front shock/struts replaced at about 60k+, not warranteed, & of course brakes done along the way. I'll probably look around when it's time to go on, but. . . All the new ones are over $60k no matter the name on them.. . . Regards, Craig
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but. . . All the new ones are over $60k no matter the name on them.. . . Regards, Craig
The price of new trucks is really getting kind of stupid - $60k was once only luxury car territory....
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63K would have bought three of the same truck I bought in 08 that I still drive daily and tow my A/S.

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The price of new trucks is really getting kind of stupid - $60k was once only luxury car territory....
My new Ram is more luxurious than most "luxury cars"...
As was my Ford before it.
The amazing thing was the trade in value of the F-150 after 6 1/2 years and almost 130,000 miles. It was still worth about 47% of what I'd paid for it!

Try running those numbers with any Mercedes Benz or BMW or Cadillac and see what you come up with...

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I too was surprised when last year I sold my 1998 F-250 (gas) for 25% of what I paid for it 17 years prior!
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