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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,129 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Aug 182008


  • 35,000 miles


Front end vibration, contacted Ford they advised not their problem, even though Ford service bulletin 050502 states differently NHTSA 10017890. Ford has failed to contact me again. And the vibration is getting worse. I have complained since day one of owner ship, Ford continues to push me off.

- Ripon, WI, USA

problem #12

Mar 122008


  • 41,000 miles
Loss of brakes while driving our F150 in March. Almost hit a car in front of us - had to pull onto side of road into grass to stop the vehicle. Local auto shop fixed the problem-"main vacuum feed off on back of manifold".

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #11

Apr 182006


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. The contact noticed that his brake pedal was soft and spongy, making it difficult to brake. The brake pedal would extend to the floor when it was depressed. The dealer and manufacturer stated that the vehicle was supposed to function in that manner. The dealer worked on the vehicle several times, but failed to correct the failure. A Ford representative drove the vehicle, acknowledged the failure, and ordered parts for the repair. However, the failure still persists. The current mileage was approximately 25,000 and failure mileage was approximately 4,000.

- Jolo, WV, USA

problem #10

Jun 162007

F-150 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


I was involved in an injury crash. I hit the brakes and there was no stopping the truck. I didn't get the truck stopped until about 100-150 feet past the crash scene. There were no skid marks at all.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

May 012008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 23,800 miles
Ford F150 brake failure, sudden and without warning. Occurred when driving to work. I was going approximately 25 mph, couldn't at a stop sign, rolled through and used my emergency brake to stop.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #8

Apr 202008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Sudden total brake failure on Ford F150 2005. Result of vacuum line popping off of rear intake manifold.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 212008

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles


Severe front brake shudder starting at 40,000 miles: Turned rotor, severe brake shudder at 60,000 miles: Replace L front rotor and brake pad: Severe shudder at 80,000 miles: Presently at 110,000 miles and Ford tells me I need to replace the rotors and caliper to solve a problem that Ford knew about before I purchased the new vehicle in Aug 2005 (service bulletin 100117872 June 1 2005). It was not right for Ford to sell me a truck with brakes that were already under a service bulletin.

- Muleshoe, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 242007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,900 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 10 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal, but it would not move. As a result, the vehicle would not stop and ran a red light. The parking brake was applied and the vehicle finally stopped. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and they stated that the vacuum hose detached from the manifold. The hose tubing was replaced. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 36,900.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 132007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,173 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 10-15 mph, the brake pedal felt very stiff when it was depressed. The contact had to depress the brake pedal with excessive pressure in order to stop the vehicle. When the vehicle finally came to a stop, it was in the middle of an intersection. The vehicle was pushed back to the driveway. There were no warning indicators and the road conditions were dry. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The current and failure mileages were 49,173.

- Wichita Falls , TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 052006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
2005 F150 rwd vehicle has been into Ford repair 3 times for brakes (parking brake, ABS). One occasion the temperature of the lt rear hub was 385 degrees F by inferred thermometer. Another occasion rt rear was too hot to touch after sitting for an hour. This vehicle has aluminum rims that the dealer states show no damage. Also unknown is what this temperature may have caused to the rear bearings, seals and other brake components (calipers). ABS light intermittent on and driveablity was intolerable with shaking and vibration. Fuel consumption got worse by 30%. vehicle taken to dealer and parts were replaced (rotor, ABS sensor, parking brake reattached), parking brakes was found disconnected in the semi locked position on the second return, missed on first return. Unable to get old parts.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #3

May 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


: the contact stated after releasing the emergency brakes from the vehicle in preperation to drive, the emergency brakes would stick in place. This caused the vehicle to travel with the emergnecy brakes appied generating pressure toward the tires which caused them to run hot and burn. The burning released a burning tire odor. The dealers determined there would be a charge for any service even though vehicle was under warranty. No repairs were done.

- New Boston, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 192005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
May 2, 2006 the accident happened December 19, 2005: Cause: Break failure. We were stop at a red light and I was holding pressure on the break pedal and it collapsed to the floor and rolling in to the car in front of us. At that time there was only 2000 miles on the pick-up. I wasn't sure what happened until we were at another stop light and it happened again, but this time I pumped the break pedal till I had pressure. We returned home in March and I went to the dealer whom we purchased it from (valu Ford at elbow lake, Minnesota) and told them of the problem. He tried it and said he could not find a problem. I got into the pick-up and showed him how the master cylinder collapses when pressure is held on it. He tried another pick-up same year and said that"?S the way its supposed to be??" I went to another Ford dealer in alexandria (juettner motors) and told him what happened and what I wanted done and they told me my insurance company should take care of the problem and didn't even check the breaks. I have taken the pick-up to 5 different independent garages and they have all said the master cylinder should not collapse when pressure is held on the pedal. I went back to the dealer and ask if they could have a company tech explain to me why the master cylinder collapses when pressure is held on the pedal. I have heard nothing from them. I feel very strongly that Ford has a problem with their master cylinder and should be fixed. I complained to Ford again and ask them to have some one explain to me why the breaks should collapse when pressure is held on them. They sent out a independent source and he had the pick-up for about three hours and sent a report back to Ford saying that the electric breaks for the camper were the probable cause?? there is no hydraulics involved with the electric breaks.

- Hoffman, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 092006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,400 miles
Brakes failed 3 times. Last time pedal went to floor and I went through stop sign. Also had throttle sticking. After pedal sinks to floor & you try a second attempt then it works fine. Truck has been at dealership since February 10, 2006 & is still there today April 17, 2006. Ford refuses to acknowledge or repair problem. Ford told me to drive it until it happens again and notify them. Vehicle is not drivable in it's current condition.

- Ingleside, Ontario, 00, USA

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