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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
69,074 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Ford Crown Victoria engine problems

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2005 Ford Crown Victoria Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 152012

Crown Victoria

  • miles


The spark plugs have been ejecting themselves from the engine, taking part of the cylinder head with them making repairs dangerous and costly. Sometimes the spark plug stays attached to the coil, causing fuel vapors to ignote, but most of the time they rip the coil pack and boot out with them. This has happened four times with my last Crown Victoria and twice with my current one. It always happens as the vehicle has been driving down the road, causing a dramatic loss of power and sometimes a fire.

- Rosamond, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 032015

Crown Victoria

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted. The contact discovered that the serpentine belt failed and was replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #4

Jan 262015

Crown Victoria

  • 130,642 miles
At first the car would slip into neutral instead of going into 2nd gear so I had to turn od off now the car want go into drive at all. I see on the internet that this has a lot of complaints.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 182013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 103,800 miles


I was responding as a volunteer ambulance emt from my residence to the fire station for an emergency call when the steering locked up. I tried to turn the steering wheel back and forth while applying the brakes and it began to steer again. I continued to the station about 3/4 mile away, made the ambulance call. Upon completion of the call I lifted the hood and observed the lower joints of the steering shaft were rusty and corroded. I sprayed the joint with wd-40 and turned the steering back and forth. In preparation for a trip two days later I was checking the vehicle and found the "exhaust heat shield" lying on the frame between the engine and frame. It was then I figured the part had come off and jammed between the steering shaft and the frame causing a momentary loss of steering control. I have not replaced the heat shield. After a factory recall replacement of the lower shaft resulted in the car steering like new with very little effort for a month or so. I then noticed the steering seemed to bind again at times. I looked and the upper steering shaft is corroded so I sprayed the U joint contained in the upper shaft with lubricant. I contacted the dealer who said the upper shaft was not part of the recall so I called Ford and was told the same thing. The upper shaft joint is experiencing the same failure as the lower shaft. Corrosion in the U joint is causing the needle bearings to not operate properly resulting in more difficult turning of the steering. I lubricate the joint at times. I believe the "upper steering shaft" should be included in a recall due to corrosion effecting the parts due to design not sufficient to prevent contaminates from entering the steering U joints. The "exhaust heat shield" was deteriorated due to corrosion of the mounting holes used to secure the shield to the exhaust manifold mounting bolts.

- Richfield , PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 312013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph the wrench warning symbol illuminated and the engine stalled. Upon restarting the vehicle it failed to accelerate over 5 mph. The failure was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000...updated 02-28-14 updated 03/19/2014

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • miles
My wife died in this police car lost control due to engine jerking and seat belts came loose and ejected my daughters havin head injury concussion and broken skull.

- Lake City, FL, USA

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