It’s easy enough to fully charge with the F-150 Lightning. It’s an exciting electric truck that’s taking the market by storm. However, is this new truck reliable? Do you have expensive repairs? Also, do you know how much it costs to replace the battery?
How much does it cost to replace the Ford F-150 Lightning battery?
Battery replacement can cost around $30,000, depending on which dealer you buy it from. This is the cost for the standard range and extended range battery pack.
they shared that they found an extended range local battery with 320 miles of range for $35,960 and a standard range battery with 230 miles of range for $28,556. At those prices you could buy a used truck!
But the battery is covered by the warranty. The Ford F-150 Lightning battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is expected to maintain 70 percent of its original capacity during that time.
Batteries degrade over time. Just like a cell phone battery, the charge may not last long. Experts estimate that electric vehicle batteries can degrade by about 2-3% over time.
But on a positive note, the risk of the battery failing randomly is low. Ford sold 15,617 Lightning models last year, and there’s only one high-profile replacement that can be found online.
How reliable is the F-150 Lightning?
Currently, the Ford F-150 Lightning has no official reliability rating. It is still brand new and needs to be tested. However, critics predict it will be less reliable than the average new car.
The prediction is based on similar models in the lineup, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the gas-powered Ford F-150. The Mustang Mach-E has an average reliability ranking, and the Ford F-150 scores slightly above average.
You can expect the average Ford F-150 model to last between 200,000 and 250,000 miles. But some models have been biting the dust for around 150,000 miles, while others have surpassed 300,000 miles. Engine type and proper care can affect its life.
Drivers struggle with the cold outside and while towing. But that doesn’t affect its trust score. Additionally, Ford has released information on how to better hold a charge when it’s cold outside.
How many recalls does the F-150 Lightning have?
It currently has eight recalls. It’s a little higher than expected. The first problem involves non-functioning windshield wipers which reduce visibility. Also, flickering parking lights can reduce visibility.
Improper airbag deployment increases the risk of splintering, and some of the wheel lug nuts may have been improperly tightened, causing the wheel to detach from the vehicle. Also, the drive shaft could break, resulting in a loss of power.
Something is wrong with the steering harness which could be spinning the wheel in unwanted directions, the trail brakes may be failing and there is another problem with the drive shaft.
These issues appear to be related to electrical issues and manufacturing issues. The Lightning has collected 95 complaints related to these issues.
Maybe those issues will be fixed when the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning hits the roads. But we have to wait a little longer for an official reliability ranking.