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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,888 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 292015


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to and independent mechanic for scheduled maintenance. While the vehicle was on the lift, the mechanic noticed that the entire frame was severely rusted and there were fractured areas in front of the wheel well on both sides. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Colrain, MA, USA

problem #14

Jul 242014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Front end collision into the rear of another truck. Whole front end damaged through radiator, hood, headlights, bumpers etc. Airbag never deployed and upon return of vehicle after repairs, I am now getting a code 42 that the sensor is bad and after research find out there is a recall on this but for the opposite reason but also now understand there are corrosion issues with the connection of the sensor also. Hope this helps. Please advise what to do, will Ford fix this whole problem and replace with a new sensor and the wire chaffing problem? thank you in advance!

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #13

Apr 242014


  • miles
Bad perforation corrosion around wheel arches. Paint blistering.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 012013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Dash electrical relay issue, paint peeling tailgate, transmission shutter going into overdrive 45 mph.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 052013


  • 91,583 miles
After washing and waxing my truck I noticed that on both of the back fenders the paint is starting to bubble up and there appears to be rust coming out of the bubbles. I have seen others online that are having this same problem and Ford knows about it check the link car and truck companies should be held responsible for their mistakes.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 022006


  • 20,000 miles
The coil packs and plugs have been changed on different times and the vehicle still has the same problems. Ford has to find a better solution to fix these ongoing issues so the customer does not have to keep paying all this money for the same problems over and over again. Engine lost power on several occasions and shakes when idling. Paint on front of vehicle started peeling off. All service work has been conducted a T a Ford dealership since the vehicle was purchased except for today with (2) more coil packs had to be installed at a local garage. This is apparently a big problem and something has to be done about it or Ford will find good customers going to other vehicle brands.

- Saxe, VA, USA

problem #9

Dec 172012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 49,750 miles


When accelerating slowly from a stop light, the drivers side window fell down into the door. Apparently the window regulator broke, an issue which is documented on numerous internet sites. The window dropping into the door created a very distracting driving situation, not to mention visual safety hazards as in today during rainy, foggy, humid conditions affecting the visibility through the remaining glass in the vehicle.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #8

May 062012


  • 60,000 miles
Driving to church on May 6th, 2012 @ 0900 a.M. on the interstate traveling @ 70 mph. I lowered the window about an inch. When I pressed the button to raise the window a loud pop occurred and the window dropped into the door-well. It scared everyone in the truck. It was a sunny day. Potential for loss of life is present with this issue. Inclement weather or blinding debris within the cab could raise the potential for loss of life. Please petition Ford Motor Company for a recall on this potentially life threatening issue.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 312011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 52,032 miles
The truck was not running. When the door was opened the flames, from the burning seat shot up and burnt the carpet and door panel, before it could be put out. The controls on the seat were completely melted. It still has a smell of an electrical fire.

- Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #6

Jan 012011


  • miles
Poor quality paint on my 2005 Ford F-150. It has begun peeling and exposing the primer.

- Camby, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 152008


  • 20,000 miles


2005 Ford F150 (22K) has several areas where paint is blistering.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 202009


  • 46,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford F-150 FX4 with 48,000 miles. Towards the middle of winter, I noticed that the paint inside of the gas cap door at the bottom edge was starting to peel away from the body. It has progressively gotten worse over the last couple of months and is now visible with the gas door shut. I find this very disappointing considering the truck only has 48,000 miles on it and has been well taken care of.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 022009


  • 101,000 miles
Passenger side window regulator failure - fell inside door. According to dealer is a very common complaint caused by Ford using cheap plastic clips to secure cables. Had to tape up the window with plastic to proceed home. This is very unsafe and I know that Ford is aware of the problem but refuses to fix this defect because the vehicle is out of warranty. Glass cracked when it fell inside the door. Ford needs to fix this common defect, or at least tell all future customers of this - before they put their money into this shoddy workmanship.

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #2

Jul 032008


  • 54,952 miles
Dealer did not repair vehicle per the recall notice, no work was done at all. Contacted dealer serv. Mgr., no attempt to look at vehicle. Called Ford cust serv. Just took info, no follow-up or call back. Filled out cust card after service was performed noting complaint, no call or attempt to contact me. Talked to a salesperson via email about dealer when approached to buy a truck by sales person, did not report to general mgr. About my issue with his serv. Dept.. recall was for power brake booster line which fails. No sign of new parts, clamps or disturbed engine compartment dirt, grime, etc. When I brought truck home right after service.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 012008


  • 20,000 miles
2005 Ford F-150 with <25K miles has paint spontaneously peeling off of the tailgate, hood and roof. The local dealership (who did not sell this truck) initially stated that there were problems with the paint job, in the metal itself and pretended to file a pictorial claim of the damages. Ford's "customer service" department denied the claim, stating that our request was to repaint areas that had scratches and dents. This is the furthest thing from the truth. "customer service" said that once a claim is reviewed they are done with it and there is no further recourse. In the meantime, we are stuck with a three-year old truck that is losing paint daily and beginning to rust.

- Pulaski, TN, USA

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