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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,398 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

Apr 012007


  • miles


When vehicle's engine is cold, and approximately 8 minutes into driving, vehicle will cut off while in motion & wrench light comes on. Vehicle then has to be guided to a stop with no power or can be shifted into neutral & restarted while still moving. Following vehicle restart engine light is on. Code indicates truck has been placed in "limp home mode". after about 2 weeks, engine light goes off. I was advised to replace the throttle body in Feb. 2010, however the throttle body had just been replaced in April 2007 when the vehicle was only 2 years old.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #22

Dec 272012


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. The contact stated that he shifted into park and exited the vehicle however, it began to roll away in reverse. The contact jumped back in the vehicle and applied the parking brake. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Clover, SC, USA

problem #21

Nov 132012


  • 62,000 miles
My fuel control module shorted out which caused my PCM to be erased. It seems to be a common problem after researching it, but no recall has been issued. My pregnant wife was driving my truck and lost all power. This resulted in a near accident due to having no power steering and less brake control. If this is such a common problem with the placement of the control module why has this not been recalled. $1000 later I hope this doesn't happen again.

- North Chili, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 302012


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the shifter cable detached from the connection in the transmission. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and the mechanic replaced the shifter cable. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Westend, NC, USA

problem #19

Mar 122008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The torque converter on my 2005 Ford F-150 has had two torque converters fail in the drive train. One failed within the 3 year or 36,000 mile warranty period. The second torque converter failed around 50,000 miles. I believe this information warrants an investigation into the Ford line of torque converters for the Ford F-150 truck line.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #18

Nov 292011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Yes my 4X4 is not working and I have read over 300 post easy about the same problem people are having. Thousands of people are having the same problem I have had with my truck. Obviously if there are that many people with the same year of truck and same problem why isn't Ford doing a recall? they say the problem is the iwe, solenoid, the problem why it happens in the first place is there isn't a rain cover over the solenoid underneath the hood. I do believe that this is a huge safety hazard and almost caused me to be in an accident about three weeks ago because my four wheel drive went out! Ford please do a recall before someone gets hurt or even die! I do believe that Ford should be responsible for this issue and have a recall to get these vehicles fixed.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #17

Nov 052008


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the four wheel drive feature malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to engage the four wheel drive system while driving 60 mph. The front end of the vehicle shook violently when the failure occurred. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer replaced the four wheel drive sensor because water had entered the old sensor and caused the malfunction. The replacing of the four wheel drive sensor did not remedy the issue. The contact called the manufacturer and they advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Hadley, MA, USA

problem #16

Oct 212011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I was coming to a stop when the transmission would not release from gear and then finally did with a loud clunk. When I went to drive forward the engine revved up and then jumped into gear jumping the truck forward. There was no warning for a transmission failure it all of a sudden lost all gears. The mechanic at the Ford dealership said it was a known issue to them and that one of the internal seals probably broke and caused a "catastrophic transmission failure."

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #15

Mar 152011


  • 84,855 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the transmission would slip at anytime at speeds around 60 mph. The vehicle had the transmission replaced in March of 2011. The failure recurred on September 8, 2011. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred on the September 23,2011. The dealer was in the process of diagnosing the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 84,855.

- Novoato, CA, USA

problem #14

Sep 012008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently shift into four wheel drive unexpectedly. The failure occurred when driving 30 mph and above. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that water was penetrating the actuator. Various repairs were performed, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #13

Sep 092010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


Limited slip rear differential clutch pack has needed to be replaced three times in 25,000 miles. Failure of components causes harsh vibration and control problems in turns and curves.

- Alexander , IA, USA

problem #12

Sep 042011


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that he attempted to accelerate from a stop, but the vehicle would not accelerate and a loud grinding noise was heard coming from the engine. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the drive shaft was corroded and split in half. The vehicle was towed home and parked. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 96,000.

- Rancho Viejo, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 012011


  • 139,000 miles
2005 Ford F150, 139,000 miles. Truck started making grind/buzz noise intermittently and would stop when accelerator was released. Took to Ford dealer and was told 4WD vacuum switch damaged from water and driver side independent wheel end needed replaced. New switch has water shroud to prevent water damage which would indicate this is a known problem.

- Morgantown, IN, USA

problem #10

Oct 012010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 165,822 miles
A spark plug blew out of the cylinder head, destroying the coil above it. No hint of any problems prior to blow out.

- Bartonville, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 312010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
Truck would idle extremely bad, when you cut it off it wouldn't start. This started happening on Friday, December 31, 2010. I took the truck to Firestone and they run a diagnostic test which at the time did not show the throttle body problem because the "check engine" light was not on at the time. However, Firestone replaced the fuel filter, did a tune up and replaced the battery and removed the gas tank to clean it but this still did not resolve the problem and this cost me $369. The truck was then taken to a Ford dealership and on the way there the "check engine" light did come on. The dealership advised us after the diagnostic test that we needed a throttle body and electronic egr valve which will cost $1330.

- Somerville, TN, USA

problem #8

Dec 272010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 129,650 miles
On certain model Ford vehicles using their 5.4 liter engine (which includes Ford/Lincoln models) the spark plugs are of a 3 part design which will separate and shoot out of the top of the engine while running causing serious injury or even death and extensive damage to the engine. Ford is aware of this problem as I have been told by several service managers but Ford refuses to do anything about it because for every vehicle repair is a $1500 repair bill for the dealer/Ford. For people whom don't have $1500 to replace spark plugs which should be a $50 repair, they remain at risk.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 312010


  • 116,154 miles
As I was driving down a major highway in South Carolina, I felt like my transmission might be slipping in my 2005 Ford F-150. I took it immediately to a local and reputable mechanic who tested the transmission and subsequently informed me that it was the engine, specifically the spark plugs. In their investigation it was determined that 4 of my 8 spark plugs were broken. They had to use a special tool, developed by Ford just for this "problem", in order to extract the broken plugs. The mechanic stated that Ford should have to recall these or forced to reimburse consumers for the expensive repairs due to a design error. Upon researching on-line, I was totally amazed at how many and how much a problem people have had with these plugs and the consumer is paying for their defect. This is not right. The total cost for this repair for me was $358.55. Tell me how many other cars or trucks require this type of repair to replace spark plugs? I would L like for your Agency to investigate the number of repairs consumers have had to make because of this defect. [xxx] SC drivers license no. [xxx] VIN [xxx] thank you for investigating this defect. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #6

Sep 102009

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 39,500 miles
Truck engine cutting off at any time while driving, loss off steering and control of truck. Many complaints on line of same problem. Truck is out of warranty. It has 40,000miles. It happens a couple times a week.

- Timmonsville, SC, USA

problem #5

Mar 202010


  • 74,000 miles
Ford Motor Company-there was a service bulletin put out show there was a problem with the cam phasers and cam chain tensioner causing the engine to make noises and then engine failure there has been lots of complaintsto Ford with nothing being done if you where driving onthe road and the engine blew couldcause a accident I contact Ford and they have all most admitted to it that they new there was a problem I have found that there has been 1092 complaints over this problem and nothing done. I contacted Ford and that's how I found out about you they keep saying there sending the complaint to another dept..but this is aproblem that could have been correct before the engine was ruined.

- Oelwein, IA, USA

problem #4

Mar 222010


  • 72,000 miles
Fordmotor company on the 2005 Ford F150 there has been over 1000 complaints about the actuator on the four wheel drive there is a vacuum switch that operates them water runs down off the cowl contaminating the vac.line causing the actuator to go out therewas a service bulletin put out showing that they new of this problem and did nothing to correct it. The switch controls the vac. To the actuator with no vac. The four wheel drive is engage make it simply it takes vacuum to disengage the four wheel drive if you are going down the road and the switch fails what's going to happen you will ruin the four wheel drive actuators and could get into or cause a accident.

- Oelwein, IA, USA

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