When it comes to the most iconic pickup truck models throughout automotive history, nobody can deny that the Ford F-150 has practically achieved legendary status. We’re talking about the very truck model that several celebrities drive around with great pride. These include the likes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Josh Brolin, John Goodman, Toby Keith, and even reality star Scott Disick.
The F-150 was developed as part of the Ford’s F-Series pickup trucks. Specifically, the F-150 made its big debut way back in 1975. According to the website Car Gurus, the 1976 F-150 was introduced during this time.
Since then, the F-150 has developed into a dependable pickup truck model. Hence, it’s no wonder that it still enjoys great interest and following to this day. Despite all the fanfare though, it’s safe to say that there are still things that the F-150 can do which many may not be aware of. We’ve taken the time to list them down for you, along with 10 things that we wish this truck didn’t do. Check it out:
20 What It Can Do: Tow a massive payload
As you may know, a pickup truck is usually great for towing stuff pretty well and the F-150 is certainly no exception. In fact, according to Ford, the maximum conventional towing capacity of the 2019 F-150 is estimated to be at 13,200 pounds. However, you need to make sure that everything is properly configured.
19 What It Can Do: Accommodate a lot of stuff
Nobody can deny that the F-150 is a pretty massive beast. So much so that it is certainly capable of hauling a whole lot of stuff. According to Ford, it’s 2019 Ford F-150 trim that utilizes its 5.0-liter V8 engine and Heavy-Duty Payload Package has the “best-in-class” payload rating.” That said, its maximum payload is estimated to be 3,270 pounds when properly configured.
18 What It Can Do: Turn into a WiFi spot
Nowadays, just about anyone tends to stay online a lot. Fortunately, an F-150 truck is capable of turning into your own WiFi hotspot. That means you will stay connected throughout the drive, allowing you to do some online browsing or check in with your chat groups. Just remember, don’t use your phone while driving.
17 What It Can Do: Adjust your seat the way you like it
Indeed, there are a number of things that you should get excited about when it comes to the 2019 F-150. Among them is a memory setting that allows the seats to automatically adjust its settings, depending on who is currently accessing the truck. This way, you don’t have to spend a great deal time trying to get your settings back so that you can feel comfortable and confident when you drive out.
16 What It Can Do: Survive a crash
As you may know, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety regularly conducts crash tests on various vehicle models to determine which ones are safest for today’s motorists. And according to the organization, the F-150 has received a good rating for its 2015 to 2019-year models. That means that the truck is expected to increase one’s chances of survivability in the event of a collision or crash.
15 What It Can Do: Brake for you when absolutely necessary
The 2019 F-150 comes with a Pre-Collision Assist feature and according to Ford, “When a potential collision is detected, you’ll get a visual warning as well as an audible alert. Your brakes will also precharge and increase sensitivity to provide full responsiveness when you engage them. If a collision becomes imminent and you don’t take corrective measures, the brakes can apply automatically.”
14 What It Can Do: Keep occupants safe during a tornado
Yes, believe it or not. An F-150 is capable of keeping its occupants quite safe in the event of a tornado. According to a report from Fox News in 2011, an Oklahoma man and three other passengers managed to survive a twister even after their F-150 got tossed over 100 yards. In fact, all of the truck occupants only sustained minor injuries.
13 What It Can Do: Transform into a police vehicle
Now, if you think that only large SUVs (Ford Explorer) and certain sportscars (Dodge Charger) can become police vehicles, think again. According to Ford’s website, the F-150 has a Police Responder trim. Under the hood of the 2018 F-150 Police Responder is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that can deliver 375 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm.
12 What It Can Do: Wade through water
Here’s something that your local car dealer may not readily tell you about your F-150: it is capable of wading through water. However, keep in mind that the water fording depth of the truck may vary depending on the year model and trim. At the same time, we discourage driving through certain depths of water for any unnecessary reason.
11 What It Can Do: Go drag racing
Yes, believe it or not, an F-150 pickup truck can certainly go drag racing. In fact, earlier this year, The Fast Lane Truck crew decided to let a 2019 F-150 race against a 2019 Ford Ranger. As you may know, the F-150 is the more powerful truck of the two. And so at the end of two races, the F-150 was a clear winner.
10 What It Shouldn’t Do: Run with unresponsive windows
According to some complaints about the F-150, there are instances when the truck’s windows would refuse to work as intended. On CarComplaints.com, an owner of a 2005 F-150 XLT Supercab wrote, “After heavy rain I opened the window a bit and it didn't stop going down accompanied by a cracking sound. Luckily no more rain during the outing or things could have turned out very unpleasant.”
9 What It Shouldn’t Do: Stop cooling its seats unexpectedly
Certain models of F-150 readily provided a seat cooling feature. This would have been an incredible feature, especially when you’re forced to drive out on ridiculously hot afternoons. Unfortunately, some truck owners have complained that the seat cooling would suddenly deactivate without warning. Hence, it no longer provides comfort to drivers when they are driving out in hot temperatures.
8 What It Shouldn’t Do: Initiate corrosion
A statement by F-150 owner Joseph of Stonington, CT posted on Consumer Affairs read, “Bottom of truck has extensive rust. Shock fell off. Dealer and my body repair shops cannot fix, part not available. My body repair shop says springs also rusted. Ford dealer very cavalier about problem.”
7 What It Shouldn’t Do: Be recalled several times
Unfortunately, the F-150 happens to have a rather extensive history of recalls. In fact, based on recall records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this truck’s 1991 to 2019-year models have all experienced recalls at some point. The F-150 is certainly a formidable truck, but this just gives us something to think about.
6 What It Shouldn’t Do: Produce too much noise
According to Kevin of Atlanta, GA on Consumer Affairs, “Around the time for the first oil change I noticed a rattle or ticking noise. The advisor said it was normal when starting the truck. I let him listen to it while in the service bay and he said his does the same thing. The following week I returned to the dealer (due to this noise) same advisor was there and said yeah, that sounds odd and louder than last week.”
5 What It Shouldn’t Do: Blow out white smoke
According to a review from Daryll of Brooks, AB on Consumer Affairs, “So, we bought a new 2017 2.7 liter [sic] EcoBoost, with a 6 speed [sic] transmission. Great truck. Then around 10,000 kms [sic] it starts to blow white smoke upon start up [sic]. As most people know, white smoke usually means, you're blowing antifreeze. The dealer says they can't find a problem.”
4 What It Shouldn’t Do: Become hard starting
According to a post by user anthuhle on CarComplaints.com about a 2006 F-150, “The starting in my F-150 is either really hard (which it vibrates and rumbles to start) or the engine just does not start. It does this at random, I do not know what the problem is but I saw on MSN autos that it has something to do with the fuel injectors and I can believe that because the injectors are extremely loud and sounds like a diesel.”
3 What It Shouldn’t Do: Have its spark plugs break off
Another complaint about the 2006 F-150 on CarComplaints.com stated, “Broke off 7 spark plugs. Then piece got in engine. Had to take engine apart. Was told that the seals alone would cost at least $800.00. It would cost at least 16 hours of time. Then was told about the engine and the problems Ford had with the engine. Very disgusted and disappointed.”
2 What It Shouldn’t Do: Lose power while driving
According to a complaint posted on CarComplaints.com about a 2012 F-150, “My 2012 Ford F150 FX2 will shut off while driving. The engine light is on and when it shuts off the wrench sign comes on at the read out [sic] screen. I have to pull off the road put it in park and restart, it does this about every 100 yards. I'm afraid to drive it.”
1 What It Shouldn’t Do: Burst into flames
According to a recent statement by F-150 owner Marquetta of Fairfield, AL on Consumer Affairs, “On yesterday, April 2, 2019 my Ford F150 truck exploded into fire without a cause, the engine wasn't on nor the keys in the ignition. The fire generated under the hood and completed destroyed the vehicle. It also caught my grass in my front yard on fire.”
Sources: CarComplaints.com; Consumer Affairs; The Fast Lane Truck