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When Ford Motor Co. announced the Maverick pickup, it created a lot of buzz with its low base price under $20k and hybrid fuel economy of 42 MPG in the city. With its city friendly size, the compact pickup seemed like a big hit, and it has since sold out for the 2022 model year with orders now being placed for the 2023 model year.

Since the Ford Maverick is completely new, that means it’s fraught with problems, right? Sort of. Before you jump on the bandwagon, let’s take a look at 2022 Ford Maverick known problems so you can be an informed consumer.

Major 2022 Ford Maverick known problems

For this known problem list, I’m going to split the issues into major and minor. Also, I need to give a massive shout out to the Maverick Truck Club members for putting together an exhaustive spreadsheet on the known problems.

Starting with the major issues, there have been three recalls on the compact pickup so far. These recalls include a rear seat buckle not being properly attached, the fuel tank may have been damaged thanks to drill holes during installation of the spray-in bed-liner and a software issue for towed trailer with either electric or electric over hydraulic brake system not operating.

Looking further into the list and comparing my own notes, the other major issues have been reports of transmission issues, shifting and high revs, paint chips and a big shudder and jerking when the hybrid switches from gas to battery mode.

As someone who owned the Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid setup, I can confirm the first initial times the hybrid kicked on, it is rather abrupt and grabs your attention. Not a fault or problem per se, just something to know.

Finally, there have been reports of the radio freezing (SSM 50411), hood flutter (TSB 04-18-8) and the Ford Pass App remote start runs the engine rich causing the catalytic convertor to turn red hot (TSB 22-2124). There are corresponding Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) and/or Special Service Messages (SSM) for each of these issues. Basically, TSB and SSM are documents alerting the Ford dealership team to these protentional issues and how to resolve them.

Minor Ford Maverick issues

One the list of minor issues are a myriad of various items.

For example, there are reported issues with a dead battery, missing antenna from factory, hard bed cover leaking, weather stripping misaligned, tailgate not aligned properly, tire alignment, rattles from loose components, windshield cracks and issues with some of the parking sensors having corrosion.

Again, these issues have been pretty minor with just a few reports out there from new owners.

The bottom line on 2022 Ford Maverick known problems

Looking at this list, the synopsis is the known problems have been pretty minor overall so far. Sure, if you are one of the affected owners, you aren’t happy having an issue with a brand new truck. Yet looking at this list in the grand scheme of things, the problems shouldn’t scare you away, and it is much better list than the problems the Ford Bronco faced.

We’ll update this list as needed when new things emerge.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. Dennis Brown April 27, 2022

    Hi. Excellent article. I just bought a 2022 Ranger that, guess what, is missing the antenna. Otherwise outstanding. Thanks.

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  2. Ice May 5, 2022

    You forgot leaking sunroof, i’ve seen people reporting sunroof seal needed replacement after just few miles.. and those seals are not available anywhere, have to order them from the factory.

    Brake light acting strangely, related to tow assist, even after the TSB tow module was updated

    Paint bubbling or chipping due to missing primer. Very random

    Someone even reported mismatched interior panel, one side was orange while the other side was not.

    Side Windows not opening.. parts needed to be replaced. As always, parts will have to be shipped from the factory..

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  3. celosia June 6, 2022

    Have had my Maverick XL since January – have loved driving and experienced no issues until it up and died on me. Not a battery problem as that was full. But nothing. Couldn’t even get the park break released. It’s been at the dealership since this morning but I’m wondering if anyone else has had this issue? Couldn’t find mention of it on the forums I’ve looked through.

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    1. Scott June 11, 2022

      Yes my Maverick also died no electric component working. The 12V battery was fully charged. It was in the shop for 2 days and they found a bad weld on some electrical component that attached to the frame. Just got back from 2500 mile road trip and the next day no electric again. AAA got it to start and I drove it home. The next morning it was dead. I was tempting to jump it and moved a wire harness and it started up! It’s back in the shop and I’m waiting to find out what going on!!!

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    2. Scott June 11, 2022

      Yes my Maverick also died no electric component working. The 12V battery was fully charged. It was in the shop for 2 days and they found a bad weld on some electrical component that attached to the frame. Just got back from 2500 mile road trip and the next day no electric. AAA got it to start and I drove it home. The next morning it was dead. I was tempting to jump it and moved a wire harness and it started up! It’s back in the shop and I’m waiting to find out what going on!!!

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    3. Scott June 11, 2022

      Yes my Maverick also died no electric component working. The 12V battery was fully charged. It was in the shop for 2 days and they found a bad weld on some electrical component that attached to the frame.

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    4. Scott June 11, 2022

      Yes my Maverick also died no electric working. The 12V battery was fully charged. It was in the shop for 2 days and they found a bad weld on some electrical component that attached to the frame.

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  4. William July 12, 2022

    After hearing all the issues with the Maverick I’m waiting to purchase a 2024. The first year gremlins usually are fixed by the second model year. I’m playing it safe by waiting until the third year. I despise dealerships and the waiting game to get something repaired

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