Electrical, engine, headlights and transmission issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The 2019 Ford F-150 is part of America’s best-selling lineup. Even this particular model is labeled as being “a tough performance to follow,” yet many Ford fans are switching brands after driving this truck. It suffers from a shoddy electrical system, defective transmission, poorly built structure, malfunctioning engine and dangerous exterior lighting.
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Problems with the Electrical System
When a truck’s electrical system fails to work as it’s designed, owners can be left stranded on the side of the road.
That’s precisely what happened to this Edmunds user. “Bought 2019 Ford F-150 had it 5 day got in to start it put key in & screen reads turn ignition off. Couldn’t start couldn’t do anything after waiting all day for roadside assistance called dealership they had to flatbed truck back to dealership. It has been there ever since. In deep sleep mode they don’t have a clue what’s wrong! Brand new truck &I’m left with no answers & a loaner that is way too small for me I’m looking for anyone that has either had the same issues or knows anything about this issue because they sure don’t. I should’ve bought a Chevy.”
It turns out that there is also an electrical system-related recall. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V805000 states that the fastener, which secures the Power Distribution Box and Battery Monitoring System might have loosened on over 135,000 trucks. The problem could be related to excessive sealant adhesive and might lead to a stalling engine. There’s also a chance of a truck fire if there is a resistive short. Sadly, many truck owners won’t be disappointed if the pickup burns up and is never seen again.
2019 Ford F-150 Complaint Summary
|Number of Complaints
|Unknown Or Other
|Back Over Prevention: Sensing System: Camera
|Vehicle Speed Control
Problems with Engine
The automaker claims that this particular truck is the most capable made, which means it should be equipped with a durable and powerful engine. However, that’s not what users think.
One NHTSA complaint states, “Engine stalled while I was driving in a residential area. The auto/start was disabled at the time. I slowed down to let a car turn left into a driveway and went to accelerate and had zero power, engine was off. There was a message on the dashboard to shift into Park and restart vehicle.”
It shouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that there is another recall that’s engine-related. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V278000 states that over 130,000 trucks might have an engine block heater that was previously repaired during another recall, but the splice connector could have become damaged during that repair. This damaged cable creates a resistive short, which increases the chance of melted wiring, overheating and engine fire. At this point, it would appear that the F-150 is trying to blow itself up.
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Problems with the Transmission
The main component of a powertrain is the transmission. Drivers can’t find the reliability and durability they need from this transmission.
Read another Edmunds review, “Just got my factory ordered F150 with the 10 speed transmission. Total POS. It jumps back and forth when shifting, it feels like you are driving in OD at low speed where it bumps back and forth from OD to drive. I waited 2 1/2 months for this truck to arrive. I have driven it less than 50 miles and already having terrible shifting problem. I ordered it with the 5.0 coyote and 10 SPD trans. I had no choice. I will never own another FORD. Total disgrace!!!”
The transmission is one of the most complained about components on this truck. Even the automaker issued a statement through Service Bulletin #TSB 19-2358 that states the truck can make a rattling and metallic grinding sound from the bellhousing area, during some operating conditions. The problem stems from the torque converter studs making contact with the engine to transmission spacer plate. This plate needs to be replaced in order to cease making sounds. Until that happens, the annoying sounds serve as a reminder to owners about the level of quality Ford put into this truck.
Problems with the Vehicle Structure
It isn’t cheap to own most models of the 2019 Ford F-150. For the amount of money spent, one would assume that the structure would be well-built, but it’s not.
Here is one more Edmunds review. “I’ve been through four F150s though the years and just trade my 5 month old 2019 King Ranch for a Ram Laramie quad cab night edition. I was a diehard Ford fan. The KR was the worst Ford I’ve ever purchased. I had numerous paint flaws, debris, drips and the final straw was the start of the roof paint bubbling off. Ford and my dealer repainted a third of my vehicle twice assuring me a factory finish. Unfortunately it was Ruby Red mettalic and never matched. I escalated to Ford and the dealer even documented 14 pages of paint flaws and all I got was we will repaint it again. The dealer told me to fix it right the whole truck would need repainted. Ford wouldn’t budge on a new vehicle and asked me to give them another $7200 if I wanted another KR. I drove my first Ram on Monday and was hooked. May never buy another Ford.”
Again, there is a recall that shows the level of quality put into the structure. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V633000 states that the seat back in some trucks might have reduced strength, leaving occupants at risk during an accident. This recall affects more than 639,000 vehicles and requires replacement. Considering how dangerous this truck has already proven to be, it makes complete sense that the seats weren’t built correctly either. After all, what do the seats matter when the truck is going down in a fiery blaze.
Problems with the Headlights
The Ford F-150 is designed to get the job done, which requires effective lighting while driving at night. However, this is another common complaint among drivers.
Here is a complaint left with the NHTSA. “The contact owns a 2019 Ford F-150. While driving at various speeds at night, the headlights failed to produce adequate light. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to [dealer] where it was diagnosed that a light adjustment was needed. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 3,000.”
Surprise! There’s another recall dealing with lighting issues. NHTSA Campaign Number 20V097000 says that the daytime running lights may not dim properly, thereby reducing the visibility of other drivers and leading to an accident. Again, this situation affects a lot of trucks; over 166,000. It gives new meaning to the term “blinded by the light.” In this instance, it’s better to be behind the truck than in front of it. Maybe that’s where the tagline “a tough performance to follow” came from, hoping that people would stay away from the front of the F-150 and follow it instead.
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