2019 Ford F-250 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, engine, headlights and transmission issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The 2019 Ford F-250 is part of the Super Duty lineup from the automaker. It’s designed to handle the tough tasks and is labeled the “most capable worker on your job.” However, owners wish they could fire this worker due to the faulty electrical system, dangerous steering, defective suspension system and poorly built engine.

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Problems with the Electrical System

A modern vehicle’s electrical system is designed to keep everyone on the road safe when it’s working correctly. Sadly, this F-250 model has a lot of issues that put people in danger.

One NHTSA complaint states, “Shortly after starting and while in motion, received a Blind Spot System Fault and a Cross Traffic System Fault. It indicates the driver rear to be the problem. This is intermittent in nature.”

Ford hasn’t released any communications about repairing electrical issues. Still, it will become evident soon enough that there are dangerous electrical situations leading to other concerns with major parts, such as the engine. This truck can’t possibly be the “most capable” if it can’t manage to get the basic systems in order.

2019 Ford F-250 Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Power Train
Electrical System
Back Over Prevention
Electronic Stability Control
Vehicle Speed Control

Problems with Steering

The majority of the complaints around this Ford Super Duty have to do with a dangerous event referred to as the “death wobble.” This condition affects the steering and suspension systems.

Here’s an example from a Cars.com review. “At first it was great, until the first death wobble. It pulls great, but when you have to drive it on the highway it is horrible. You never know when a little bump is going to cause death wobble. Called the local dealer and turns out they know about it and Ford isn’t doing anything about it. They will change any affected parts, but not eliminate this horrible condition. Was a big fan of Ford. Now, I’m going to go get something else. Not worth your money.”

The “death wobble” has caused several other vehicles to be recalled, but not the F-250 yet. With the amount of complaints issues, it’s amazing that there isn’t anything being done at this time. Instead, owners are left fishtailing left and right on busy highways across the country. Maybe it’s best for other drivers to stay far away from any 2019 Ford F-250 that’s spotted on the road for now.

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Problems with the Suspension

Again, the suspension complaints reveal the same type of issues with the handling.

Here is another Cars.com review. “Poorly built. In the first year, sun roof broke and twice the front stabilizer failed while doing 80. This causes the truck to go into a ‘death wobble’ and all control is lost. I paid 80k for a truck I do not feel safe driving anymore.”

Aside from the lack of “death wobble” recalls, there was another suspension-related problem worth noting. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V688000 states that the right rear axle shaft can fail prematurely on almost 30,000 vehicles. If this occurs, the drive power could be lost and the owner might struggle to hold the vehicle in Park without the parking brake applied. This “most capable worker” can’t maintain a straight line or remain still when parked. It acts like a drunken partier, not a hard worker.

Problems with the Engine

To be capable and powerful, the pickup must contain a potent and reliable engine. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the 2019 Ford F-250.

Here is another complaint left with the NHTSA. “The contact owns a 2019 Ford F-250. On random occasions, the engine would not restart. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was towed to [dealer], but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The contact was informed that an engineer from Ford would inspect the failure… The failure mileage was 1,400.”

Some of the diesel-powered F-250 models are facing troubles of their own. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V894000 states that over 400,000 vehicles might have a faulty block heater cable splice connector. When the heater is plugged in, the corrosion could lead to a resistive short and increase the chance of a vehicle fire. While the service departments were supposed to correct the problem, many owners found that they were simply disconnecting the block heater. That means that owners were paying for equipment that was completely unusable. If this truck were an employee, it would have been fired a long time ago to make room for a new Chevy or Ram model instead.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • William G

    2019 f250 just hit 70,000 miles so I can’t lemon law it. Timing chain failure, crankshaft and oil leaking in pistons. Has been meticulously serviced and maintained. Towed one time. Other than just takes me to work and back. Disgusted with ford

  • Ken

    Went through the death wobble had corrected. But sometimes feels it’s still there slightly and could come back with a vengeance. An early problem was sticking throttle. Went away for 40 thousand miles it’s back all a sudden. Any body else have issues? thanks very concerning

  • Rod

    60000 kilometers later and 2 death wobbles which Ford corrected and this diesel is running great.
    2 trips across Newfoundland, Canada towing our fifth wheel up and down the coasts some not so smooth roads and not an issue.
    As for the block heater, this was an issue with the F150s.

  • John m

    I have a 2019 f250 diesel
    Up until 4 months ago everything was great until death wobble happened out of nowhere.Just before the death wobble incident, my computer was not working,
    I take in to the dealership that I purchased from.
    My truck was there for 2 months .
    Now I hardly drive this truck ,it has less than 5000 miles
    This morning my computer shows -40 degrees on the screen and the a/c doesn’t work
    Should’ve stuck to my gut before buying
    Ford=found on road dead
    Ford= fucked up repaired dodge
    Ford =fix or repair daily

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