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Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,072 miles

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

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problem #31

Sep 032010


  • 58,020 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving at any speed the vehicle stalled and the dashboard light illuminated indicating that the throttle body caused the failure to occur. The contact shifted into neutral gear, turned the vehicle off and was able to restart it. The dealer stated that the vehicle didn't have any related recalls. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The VIN information wasn't available. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure mileage was 58,020, and the current mileage was 58,040.

- Avon , IN, USA

problem #30

Aug 192009


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically fail to respond to the contact's attempts to accelerate. The vehicle would slowly accelerate and would feel as if it were dragging. When the failure occurred, the vehicle would not accelerate over 10mph. The dealer cleaned the throttle body and the repair briefly corrected the failure before recurring. The dealer then advised that the entire throttle body would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000 and the current mileage was approximately 94,000.

- Buclwald , TX, USA

problem #29

Jul 302010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. The contact was driving approximately 5 -10 mph when he smelled a burning odor. The vehicle was maneuvered off the roadway and the engine began to exhibit an unusually high increase in engine rpms. Suddenly, a fire ignited from underneath the hood. The engine was turned off and the contact immediately extinguished the heavy flames until the fire department arrived to assist. The entire front end of the vehicle was destroyed. The cause of the fire was not determined. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #28

Mar 032010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated he was traveling at speeds of 50 mph with the cruise control activated. Upon depressing the brake pedal, the cruise control would not deactivate and the vehicle proceeded to accelerate without driver intent, crashing into a street sign. The vehicle continued to maintain activation of the cruise control and the contact utilized the emergency brake in order to bring the vehicle to a stop. The contact did not report any injuries. A police report was not filed. The dealer could not duplicate the failure and stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. There were no prior warnings and the current and failure mileages were 23,000. The consumer stated he was unable to stop the vehicle and consequently, he drove off the road and hit a sign post and side swiped the back of another vehicle. Updated 04/23/10.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #27

Mar 162010

(reported on)


  • miles
Ltr fwd fm (va) re incident of unintended sudden acceleration fm owner of a 2005 Ford F-150 truck, reply to emporia, va ofc. The consumer stated he experienced sudden acceleration about four times during the 4 1/2 he has owned the truck. There were minimal RPM's created and he was previously told to hold the truck with the brake and shift into neutral. The truck would then decelerate. However, the last time the incident occurred, the consumer was unable to stop the truck and it accelerated into an intersection. The consumer stated the incidents occurred when the vehicle was cold, or hadn't been driven very far.

- Franklin, VA, USA

problem #26

Dec 012009


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2005 F-150 supercrew. Over the last several months - approximately 70K miles on truck at the time - the vehicle goes into a "fail safe" mode with the codes P2111 and P2104. The accelerator stops working and you have to coast to the side of the road and turn the car off. The orange wrench light comes on. This has happened about 15 times over the last 3 months. It has been very unsafe and concerning, especially when it happens on the highway. I was told it was the throttle body and that there have been numerous complaints. It seems to happen intermittently and without warning. I have taken it to the dealer and contacted Ford who states there is no current issues with this. I am very concerned about the safety of my family and the vehicle and have found numerous complaints on online Ford forums. When I went to order the part, I was advised by my dealer that it was on backorder. That causes me even more concern!! I know I am not the only one who is having this problem and it seems to be a serious safety problem.

- Waynesville, OH, USA

problem #25

Feb 182010


  • 63,000 miles


The following incident has been filed with the Ford Motor Company. I want to be clear that this incident was not the result of a floor mat or driver error. At no time did the driver have her foot on the accelerator nor was there an object on, around, under, or over the accelerator. Incident: On 18 February 2010 at approximately 1230 pm my wife, mother in-law, father in-law and infant daughter were proceeding northbound on water tower rd. Located in bentonville, ar. There were zero distractions inside the vehicle and my wife was fully alert with no physical impairments. Road conditions were dry and weather was sunny with great visibility. As they approached the intersection of water tower rd. And battlefield blvd. At approximately 5-10 miles per hour, my wife began breaking. After placing her right foot on the brake pedal, she immediately noticed/heard/felt/experienced increased acceleration and decreased breaking power during her attempts to stop. She immediately increased pressure on the brake pedal ensuring her right foot was not on the accelerator. The engine continued its efforts to increase speed while my wife fought to bring the vehicle to a stop. They proceeded into and through the vacant intersection at approximately 5-10 miles per hour and fortunately without incident. My wife's efforts to stop the vehicle continued beyond the intersection for an approximate 150 - 200 feet. The vehicle finally ceased its efforts to accelerate and came to rest at that point. After regaining their composure, my wife pumped the brakes in effort to determine the malfunction. Unable to determine the problem and feeling comfortable to drive again, they proceeded cautiously only to have this happen once more. This second occurrence happened less than mile from the previous location with my wife being prepared for the malfunction. During this occurrence she pumped the brakes and stopped the increased revolutions of the engine immediately.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #24

Jan 132005


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. The contact experienced rapid acceleration whenever he came to a complete stop. He had to use both feet on the brake pedal and shift into neutral gear to slow the vehicle down. The dealer stated that there were no problems with the vehicle. The Ford manufacturer was notified and they stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #23

Jan 102010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 F-150 crew cab. While driving 50 mph the vehicle accelerated past another vehicle. The vehicle started to sputter and lost power causing the contact to apply the brakes to avoid a crash. The vehicle nearly accelerated into traffic which could have caused a crash. The contact stated that this is a manufacturers defect. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Waycross , GA, USA

problem #22

Aug 122009


  • 73,500 miles
2005 Ford F150 vehicle loses power and all control while driving on the road. This happened at least six times. Very lucky traffic was light most times but one almost a caused rear end collision. I replaced a throttle sensor and the problem disappeared and the problem returned after a couple of weeks. I took it to the dealer and they replaced electronic throttle body and throttle body and motor assembly. They also performed PCM reflash power train control module and retest. The codes received with scan tool were P0121, P2104 and P2112.

- Fawn Grove, PA, USA

problem #21

Jul 012009


  • 44,500 miles


Occasionally the cruise control will not release either by pressing brake or turning off on steering wheel button. Have to brake against cruise control until vehicle slows enough for it to drop out. Which is nearly stopped.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #20

Jul 312009


  • 89,900 miles
My 2005 Ford F-150 stalled while driving at 30 mph. Accelerator had no response and truck went to idle RPM. Had to coast to the side of the road on a busy street. I consider this very dangerous especially if it happened under different circumstances such as entering an intersection. The dealership fixed it and said it was a problem with the electronic throttle system.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #19

Oct 012008


  • 75,000 miles
My wife was driving to work when the vehicle loss power at the accelerator pedal, the truck was running but when she tried to depress the accelerator pedal nothing, she said on the dash it said that the vehicle was running in a fail safe mode. She safely made it to a area where she pulled the operators manual out and begin reading. The only fail safe mode she found was about the cooling, the temperature was fine, she called me I told her to turn the vehicle off then restart it she did and it ran fine. I had the vehicle in for a recall for the breaks I ask the dealer to run a diagnostics on it to see about what had happened, also it a had repeated the problem a couple days in a row but only did it in the morning after 20 minutes of driving. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the truck, no codes were showing any issue. The tech said he ran through the system but found nothing he said he reset the computer if it did it again to bring it to the dealer. It did it a couple more times I took it to my mechanic he said it wasn't showing any codes either. I contacted Ford consumer with the issue telling them I just wanted it fixed they said the dealer could not find any code faults and could not repeat it so they Ford could not fix it. My mechanic said that he had the same issue with another 2005 Ford 150 truck he said it was a problem with the electronic accelerator. I'm afraid it's going to do it again and my wife won't be able to prevent getting rear-ended. Also Ford consumer said they didn't show any issues with the accelerator on this vehicle, I know this isn't true by what I've read here on this web site. Please help...

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #18

Aug 172008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 5 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck to the bottom of the floor. The contact stopped the vehicle and placed it into park. He also noticed that the RPM's were at 5,000 while the vehicle was still in park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that there were no defects or failures. The current and failure mileages were 17,000. Updated 09/24/08. The consumer stated while pulling out of a parking lot when the incident happened. Updated 09/30/08.

- Waverly, OH, USA

problem #17

Mar 282008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 11,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150 super crew 4X4. The vehicle caught fire while parked. The fire department extinguished the fire and filed a report. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department stated that the fire originated from the wiring harness. The contact has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 11,200. Updated 07/07/08. Updatted

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #16

Apr 112008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We own a 2005 Ford F150 supercrew pickup bought in June 2005. Over the past 3 years we have had numerous instances where the truck will accelerate unexpectedly when either just coming to a stop or when completely stopped. Example- sitting at bank drive through- stopped- when the gas was hit to move forward, the engine revved up and it took both feet on the brake to stop the vehicle- with wheels spinning. We believe it to have something to do with cruise control. Have had to dealer on 2 occasions they find nothing. Last week, I drove the vehicle and was coming to a stop behind a truck at a red light. As I braked, the engine revved to high, wheels were screeching, I kept both feet on brake- the engine would not slow down. I threw it into park- still had engine revving and turned off key before it stopped. We had our personal mechanic look at it. He can find nothing wrong. I refuse to drive it anymore and want it on record that there is something wrong with this vehicle that could kill someone some day. Any feedback is appreciated. 3/11/2010 update invoice received. Updated 09/13/10

- Selbyville, DE, USA

problem #15

Mar 282008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. While slowing down to a complete stop, the vehicle rapidly accelerated. The contact depressed the brake pedal again to make sure that she depressed the correct pedal, and the vehicle jerked, continued to accelerate, and the engine revved. The vehicle only stopped when the passenger placed the gear into park. The contact struck the preceding vehicle and the bumper sustained minor damages. The contacts vehicle was towed to the dealer because she was afraid to drive it again. A police report was filed. She filed complaint number 0405860938 with Ford. She was informed that it would be at least two weeks before she would hear from their legal department. There is currently an open investigation number PE08001 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum. Service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). The current and failure mileages were 34,000. Updated 4/29/08 the damage was minor. Updated 05/16/08

- Thonotosassa, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 70 mph, the contact released the accelerator pedal, however, the RPM would not decrease until the brakes were applied. If the brakes were not applied, the RPM would drop a half mile later. The dealer stated that there was no failure. The failure mileage was 5,000 and current mileage was 27,000. The consumer stated that when the car is started the RPM goes to 1400rpm when the ignition is off it returns to 0. updated 11/06/07

- Unionville , CT, USA

problem #13

Oct 302006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,300 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at low speed through a parking lot, the vehicle lurched forward into an embankment without warning. No injuries or damage was sustained. The police was not alerted. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not contacted. The consumer stated the truck was in park, when he applied the brake to it in gear, the pedal became stuck. Updated 02/22/07.

- Marion, NC, USA

problem #12

Oct 272006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,781 miles
While operating vehicle in cold conditions or on cold starts the engine races. Also during this time as you try and apply the brakes the motor races and if in gear it will surge/leap forward. This cause the vehicle to crash into a block wall and damage the front end of the truck.

- Aiken, SC, USA

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