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I'll drive 2-F150s. One is owned by a freind the other by the father in law. Both have issues with tranmission shifting. It's the software not the tranmission.
Ford says there's no harm, nothing wrong when the transmission jumps gears and makes a thunk.
When not loaded the father in law has several of the gears locked out in his F150
May also want to look into the durability of the aluminum boxes. From what I've seen they are not as durable as a steel box.
The skipping of gears is 100% normal and the easiest way to "fix" the perceived problem is to hit the "down shift" button while the truck is in drive (it will hide the gear display). Ford did release an update to stop the "thump" but it's also caused by overly cautious drivers watching the gear indicator and trying to manipulate the transmission shifting.
As for the durability of the aluminum beds, I have had two. One in a work truck and one in my personal truck. Neither has had any issues. The aluminum bed is cheaper and easier to repair than its steel predecessor.
I mean...its not like commercial trucks/trailers have run aluminum beds for decades....oh....wait...lol.