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Ford F-150 vs. Toyota Tacoma Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford F-150 or Toyota Tacoma reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tacoma truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 Ford F-150 45 F-150s, 8.6 months of data per F-150, average 8600 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 43 F-150 EcoBoosts, 8.3 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 11900 miles24
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Tacoma 35 Tacomas, 10.5 months of data per Tacoma, average 11400 miles20
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford F-150 29 F-150s, 9.4 months of data per F-150, average 20200 miles31
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 32 F-150 EcoBoosts, 10.4 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 24000 miles32
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota Tacoma   21 Tacomas, 10.2 months of data per Tacoma, average 28500 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 39 F-150s, 8.7 months of data per F-150, average 31900 miles

EcoBoost V6 has TSBs for intercooler condensation. Also multiple reports of poor transmission shift quality.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 54 F-150 EcoBoosts, 9.3 months of data per F-150 EcoBoost, average 40000 miles

EcoBoost V6 has TSBs for intercooler condensation. Also multiple reports of poor transmission shift quality.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Tacoma   18 Tacomas, 9.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 30700 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 66 F-150s, 10.0 months of data per F-150, average 51800 miles49
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota Tacoma   14 Tacomas, 8.3 months of data per Tacoma, average 49400 miles

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2009 Ford F-150 51 F-150s, 9.4 months of data per F-150, average 61000 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota Tacoma   13 Tacomas, 10.9 months of data per Tacoma, average 57700 miles

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2008 Ford F-150   16 F-150s, 9.6 months of data per F-150, average 74800 miles

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2008 Toyota Tacoma   16 Tacomas, 9.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 73400 miles

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2007 Ford F-150 30 F-150s, 8.9 months of data per F-150, average 82500 miles49
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota Tacoma 27 Tacomas, 8.3 months of data per Tacoma, average 83000 miles16
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford F-150 31 F-150s, 9.2 months of data per F-150, average 92800 miles46
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota Tacoma 25 Tacomas, 9.7 months of data per Tacoma, average 88500 miles54
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford F-150   20 F-150s, 10.4 months of data per F-150, average 115200 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma 26 Tacomas, 9.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 104400 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Ford F-150 34 F-150s, 8.9 months of data per F-150, average 102700 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota Tacoma   13 Tacomas, 8.8 months of data per Tacoma, average 108300 miles

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2003 Ford F-150   16 F-150s, 8.3 months of data per F-150, average 130800 miles

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2003 Toyota Tacoma   11 Tacomas, 8.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 137200 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 31 F-150s, 8.1 months of data per F-150, average 134000 miles72
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Toyota Tacoma   17 Tacomas, 8.5 months of data per Tacoma, average 138200 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 30 F-150s, 8.5 months of data per F-150, average 145100 miles52
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Toyota Tacoma   12 Tacomas, 8.4 months of data per Tacoma, average 171200 miles

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2000 Ford F-150   21 F-150s, 8.3 months of data per F-150, average 164800 miles

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2000 Toyota Tacoma   16 Tacomas, 7.6 months of data per Tacoma, average 153500 miles

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1999 Ford F-150   15 F-150s, 7.6 months of data per F-150, average 148300 miles

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1999 Toyota Tacoma   15 Tacomas, 9.3 months of data per Tacoma, average 168700 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford F-150

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford F-150

Ford F-150 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
While only having only 4000 miles on my FX4, I also have a Ecoboost F150 Platinum with 10,000 miles on it and no problems to report so far. Neither has failed us at any time and the engines have zero oil consumption. Seen long trips with no problems too!
2010 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
I like having a truck I can count on. I want my dollars per mile driven to to be low I want to be able to haul and pull when needed So far my Ford trucks have not let me down This the definition of reliability 300,000 miles is the definition of durability
2010 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Tested and true power plant
2010 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
So far I have about 48,000 miles on it and have not needed any repairs.
2009 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
These trucks have a very good reputation, and have served my family well in the past
2009 2dr Regular Cab 8ft bed 248-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
owned 7 of them so far all with over 200k miles and one with over 500k miles
2009 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Driven 17,000 miles, across country twice. Changed the oil... added gas. One flat tire.
2008 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
What few issues I have had with the vehicle have been immediately remedied and issues known for this vehicle from other owners has never been anything serious that would hinder using the vehicle.
2007 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Solidly built pick-up, best work truck in the market
2006 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 231-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bought this 4 years ago at 44K miles and am the 3rd owner. I had to replace the 4WD solenoid ($25) and both 4WD IWEs ($150 for 2) shortly after purchase. These are common issues on the 4WD system from my research. Absolutely no problems since, at 93K. This continues to be an extremely dependable and capable truck.
Ford F-150 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
The bi-xenon headlights developed a problem at around 30,000 miles. The high beams either wouldn't work or would stay in the high position. It seems to have worked itself out - but I don't have a lot of confidence in them. It's also worth mentioning that while the xenons are great, the difference between the high and low beams isn't very significant.
2013 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
I've been hearing an inconsistent low-speed hum (sounds like you're driving through snow). It goes away after 15-20 mph. Seems to happen most often in -20 to +10 temps.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Crew Cab 6ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Good reputation for reliability - most known issues are minor and the 2011 is far enough into the 2nd Gen to have most resolved.
2008 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Toyota has a great reputation for building quality vehicles with low repair rates.
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
It always started
2007 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Takes a beating. Uses regular gas. Easy maintainance. 4cyl runs forever.
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
I have over 31K miles and never been into the dealership
2007 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Toyota makes some of the best I4 engines out there. I wanted an engine and drive train that would be trouble free for years.
2007 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
4-speed automatic RWD
Hopefully very few repairs over the next 200K miles vs. a ford ranger.
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
To date I have 31K miles on the taco with NO PROBLEMS! It gets excellent fuel economy for a 6,000lb pickup truck.
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
After 10,000 miles, no problems to report so far.
2007 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 159-horsepower 2.7L I4
5-speed manual RWD
They are top notch according to Consumer reports. I compared all trucks before buying, the Tacoma came in #1.
Toyota Tacoma Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
My Tacoma front axe had to be replaced at 15k. Rear differential started to go at 29k, and eventually went out at 34k. Rear leafspring snapped in half at 38k. Toyota told me to kick rocks. transmission actec funky when shifting. and more to the list.