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2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Quality Aggravates Tech: Video

Over the past several months, Ford has made waves in the press for its myriad number of quality issues, which led to it ranking below the industry average in both J.D. Power’s 2023 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study and 2023 U.S. Initial Quality Study. However, the automaker has pledged to have “best in class quality” by 2025at least for some of its models. In the past, Ford technician Brian Makuloco of the YouTube channel Ford Tech Makuloco has pointed out many of these flaws as it pertains to the ICE-powered Ford F-150, but now, he’s back with a video discussing quality issues with its all-electric counterpart, the Ford F-150 Lightning.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Quality Issues - Interior 001 - Door Panel

What’s particularly notable about this Ford F-150 Lightning is the fact that it isn’t a customer’s truck, which is usually the case. Rather, it belongs to Makuloco himself, and he’s put around 900 miles on it thus far. Over that time, however, he’s found a few quality issues present on the truck, and must also take it back to the dealership for a battery pack recall fix, as he outlines in this video.

For starters, Makuloco isn’t a fan of all the noises the frunk makes when it’s in the process of opening and closing, which he attributes to a possible misalignment and a cheap striker design. Inside the cabin, there’s a rather large divot in the passenger side front door panel, which is being replaced under warranty, but is a $950 part, as Makuloco points out. On top of that, there’s a chunk of paint missing from the rear bumper, to boot.

In addition to all these annoyances, Makuloco notes that the there is some buffeting noise that occurs when the rear windows are rolled down but the front ones aren’t, while the weather seals flap around in the wind as well. Throw in a popping noise from the front wheels when turning or accelerating, and it’s easy to see why Makuloco isn’t terribly happy with his $90k pickup, which is completely understandable, even if he is just leasing it for two years, as he notes in the video.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. StarLord

    I have the same buzzing flapping noise with the weather strip on my driver’s door on my 2023 F150 Platinum.
    I wonder if there will be TSB for it. That is inexcusable quality control.

    1. Davido49

      It’s rare for sure but a great truck nonetheless. Best of best. 8500 parts in average vehicle. Have dealership fix at next oil change an enjoy ur truck. Can’t best F150s!

  2. Davido49

    Paint chip missing on rear bumper is definitely due to dealership & shame on them for not fixing before shipping! My ’22 Edge ST, ’20 F150 Tremor are impeccable. Zero issues. I’ve checked all w/fine tooth comb. As i do w/all my new vehicles regardless of brand.

  3. E moron

    My tesla was a fit and finish lemon

  4. B. R.

    Click bait. I like his videos overall but this is click bait. How many vehicles don’t make a buffeting noise when just the rear windows are down or the sunroof is open and back windows not cracked. Every vehicle I’ve owned is like that. Paint and nick in the door panel is damage from something. Either way, pretty minor I’d say.

  5. Al

    All his complaints seems so so MINOR and NORMAL..

  6. Buck

    Farley says it’s going to take two years or more to fix the quality control issues this show Farley and Ford doesn’t care about how bad the quality is getting. Instead of the quality issues getting better they are steadily getting worse who wants to pay 90k for a vehicle and have to keep taking it back for fixes even if it is under warranty.


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