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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,477 miles

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2005 Ford Crown Victoria Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 012015

Crown Victoria

  • 93,000 miles


Air bag light comes on everytime car is started flashes 3 then 4 then stays on constantly do not feel safe and my car isn't the first to have this problem Ford needs to step it up and put out a recall

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Apr 062015

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that the headlights turned off without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and was informed that the control module for the headlights needed to be replaced and it was not covered. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 6/3/15

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #12

Oct 212014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Recent article in paper indicates that high humidity states, such as Florida could have a air bag problem on several models and makes of automobiles, affecting the deployment of air bags. Please advise.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 042013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Lights failed when driving down dark freeway, nearly drove off road, stopped car, heard click and lights came back on, but a few minutes later, went off again. As I drive down the road I hear a click and then they come back on, but more minutes they go off again, continual intermittent on/off. This occurs when the lights are in headlamp setting, or autolamp control, lights don't work when in this condition in high beams. Fortunately they are working when held toward steering wheel in flash-to-pass, so have been holding the lights on this way for months. From what I've read, this is an ongoing continual problem with this vehicle. I'm surprised there have been no reports of accidents or death, but it's a hard issue to identify as it's inconsistent, and if someone was reported as 'loosing control of their vehicle', it could be loss of lights causing them to run off the road. Read how to do a quick resolution by kicking the lcm under the dash, which sometimes does cause the lights to come back on. Also, have seen a youtube video from a mechanic that shows how to solder on new relays to the computer panel, which fixes the issue for $15, which I've considered doing myself as a replacement unit is upwards of $400. This needs to be a recall issue!!!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 232014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 140,895 miles
While driving home from a wedding reception at 10:00 pm lights suddenly went out. Pulled over to side of road and tried all modes of lights operation (automatic, parking and regular lighting mode). Trying dims and high beams both. Finally got lights to work if I held dimmer switch in pulled position until reaching home. Looking on internet found out that this is an ongoing problem with crown vics. Failure in lighting control module. Still need some sort of repair.

- Dansville , MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 152013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Head lights turned off while driving on interstate hwy. At 70 mph needed to pull over and after 15 min. Heard click and lights came on (later occurances same thing happened) upon dealer repair at over $400+ learned this is a common occurance with this car. Has not happened since repair. Safety issue yes if you loose lights its pretty hard to see where you are going at night on a unlit roadway. Ford should recall these models and repair and refund those that had to pay for the repair.

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 062014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles


I was driving at night and a car hit me in the rear. The other driver said he didn't see me since I did not have my lights on. I showed him that they were on but yet the tail lights were not. When I had a shop check for the problem, they said the fuses, bulbs and relays were fine. They said the problem is a common problem with this model and it is a lighting control module which costs over $500.they said Ford has known about the problem but still has not recalled the item. When I searched on the internet, I find a ton of people reporting this problem. This could have easily caused serious injury and/or death to all involved. I am shocked at Ford.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #7

Oct 012012

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Head lamps intermittently turn on and off for extended periods of time when driving at night. Faulty lighting control module.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 172012

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 120,597 miles
Head lights went out without warning and will not come back on. Fuse is not blown.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 182012

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 21,538 miles
Headlights would not turn on, stranding me overnight. Headlights non-operational when set to auto, manual, or high beams. All other lights worked fine (parking lights, interior lights, brake lights). Took car in to Ford dealership for diagnostic. They found a non-operational lighting control module (lcm). I approved replacement with new Ford lcm (part # 5W7Z-13C788-ac). The repair bill was $860.22 + sales tax ($577.72 for the part, $282.50 for labor).

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 142011

Crown Victoria

  • 143,000 miles


Headlights go out without warning while driving. Must pull & hold dimmer lever to engage "bright" lights to have any illumination of the street.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. While driving at night, the contact noticed that the headlights would fail. She would pull over and wait a few moments and then they would illuminate again. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer advised the contact that there were no related recalls or service bulletins and offered no further assistance. The current mileage was 65,580 and the failure mileage was approximately 63,000. Updataed 06/03/11 updated 06/13/11

- Palm Dale, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 132009

Crown Victoria

  • 50,000 miles
2005 Ford Crown Victoria P71. Low beam headlights turn off while driving. Hi beam lights will work when the low beam lights are out. Light control module is believed to be the cause.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Dec 032008

Crown Victoria

  • 59,650 miles
Head light high and low beams go out. Occurs intermittently and for extended times. Installed new lighting control module. The old module had a poor soldered relay. The board was darkened from the heat buildup.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

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