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2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,677 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #20

Jan 202009

F-150

  • 51,299 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Intermittent problem with the passenger side window switch on my 2005 Ford F-150 then driving down the freeway the window just fell down into the door.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 092009

F-150

  • 36,500 miles
2005 F150 regulator broke and broke window. I have read that this happens frequently.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #18

Dec 172008

F-150

  • 49,000 miles
Window regulator failure on my 2005 F150. 2 failures in the last 8 months. Paid Ford $332 dollars to fix, each.

- Paris, MO, USA

problem #17

Sep 252008

F-150

  • 33,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Ford F150 window regulator failure.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #16

Oct 102008

F-150

  • 50,000 miles
Windows failure, will not go up.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #15

Oct 032008

F-150

  • 34,500 miles
2005 Ford F-150 super crew pickup window regulators break (quite commonly), causing the window to no longer have any support. The window then can fall abruptly at any time, including while driving the vehicle. When this happens, the driver tends to think that the vehicle has gotten hit by something large, and swerves to avoid it. This can result in driving off of the road or into oncoming traffic. Ford denies that the window regulators are not fit for their intended purpose, and refuses to release a properly engineered part. A cursory examination of the regulator will show that it is not designed to handle the loads and stresses that exist in the window system. Replacing the part with the current design only starts the clock over on when the window will fall again. After-market regulators are not available. Please insist that Ford recall these faulty window regulators and replace them with properly engineered units that will not fail in such an abrupt way.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 022008

F-150

  • 50,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The driver side power window regulator has failed and the window will not roll up. It happened while I was out of town and it was raining. This is a huge safety risk. Apparently, after doing very little research on the internet, there are a lot of folks having the same problems. Not only did this leave my vehicle open to the elements, it also left it open to anyone who wanted to help themselves to the vehicle or it's contents. I am very concerned that this will happen again.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #13

Oct 032008

F-150

  • 83,000 miles
The driver side window of my 2005 Ford F-150 super crew made a loud popping noise then fell into the door, all when I pressed the button to roll it up. It had been locking up for several days on and off. Cost to repair is about $300, so until I can afford it, the window is held in place with vice-grips. Local Ford dealership tells me that haven't heard of any such problems with this model, but I have found hundreds of complaints just like mine on the internet simply by typing "2005 Ford F-150 window problems" into google.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #12

Oct 022008

F-150

  • 29,300 miles
Was sitting idle in a parking lot when suddenly I heard a loud pop. When I started to roll my window down on my 2005 Ford F150 super cab, the window dropped down and sounded like broken glass. After removing the panel I saw the cable messed up. Then after googling to find an answer, I discovered that this is the exact problem that dozens, perhaps hundreds of others are experiencing with the power window regulator. The plastic clip breaks and the cable gets messed up. Ford is making a killing off owners by using cheap, breakable parts. This should be recalled! I have no money to replace this regulator right now, so I am at the mercy of the gods in hope that someone doesn't steal my truck, or it doesn't rain, since with this part broken the window will not stay up. Please push this through for a recall!

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 132008

F-150

  • 41,000 miles
I have a 2005 F150 Ford FX4, and two front windows fell into the door within three months. I have been told this is very common problem for this truck, that the power window regulators are faulty. When these windows fall inside the door I am left scared and very unsafe. I have researched this problem and found complaints all over about this same problem. What does it take for someone to address this problem?

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 012008

F-150

  • 73,350 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Ford F150 lariat supercrew 4 door truck-failed power window regulator on passenger side door. Power window switch was being used to raise window and the glass fell into the door panel making a loud bang. The noise was loud and I believed the glass had broken due to the noise. The window would no longer operate. The truck is only used for pleasure driving on occasion. The windows are seldom operated as air-conditioning is typically used., the dealership service department is scheduled to repair this second failure in less than one month. Problem is not unique to my truck. I have filed complaint with Ford.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #9

Aug 112008

F-150

  • 71,000 miles
2005 Ford F150 lariat supercrew 4 door truck-failed power window regulator on driver side door. Power window switch was being used to raise window and the glass fell into the door panel making a loud bang. The noise was loud and I believed the glass had broken due to the noise. The window would no longer operate. The failure was a total shock. The truck is only used for pleasure driving on occasion. The windows are seldom operated as air-conditioning is typically used., the dealership service department repaired regulator at a total cost of $259.50 and the problem is not unique to my truck and indicated I should pass my complaint on to Ford.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #8

Oct 082007

F-150

  • 24,172 miles
In October of 2007 during normal operation of the vehicle the right hand passenger window suddenly fell into the door rendering the window inoperable. In December of 2007 the 2nd failure of a window regulator assembly occurred on the right hand rear passenger window while again operating the vehicle under normal driving conditions. The window, again, fell into the door and could not be retrieved. The 3rd failure of the window regulator assembly occurred during August of 2008. This time the driver's window fell into the door during normal operation of the vehicle and was unable to be retrieved. According to the dealer, the window regulator assembly was at fault in each instance. The first two incidents were covered under the factory warranty, the third incident occurred (37,618 miles) after expiration of the factory warranty. Each time the vehicle was brought in for repairs, the service department indicated that the failure of the window regulator has been a frequent problem seen with this make and model. When this failure occurs, the vehicle is basically rendered inoperable due to inclement weather, security, etc. I am anticipating the failure of the remaining window (left hand passenger) to occur at any unknown moment. All assemblies were replaced with an improved version of the part, according to the dealer. No assemblies were allowed to be replaced prior to actual failure of the regulator unless I was willing to pay full price for replacement charges. I believe Ford should recall all vehicles that have been manufactured with this defective regulator and replace it at no charge with the improved part.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Aug 152008

F-150

  • 32,100 miles
Failure of window motor regulator on drivers side vehicle is only 3 years old.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 122008

F-150

  • 39,000 miles
Window controller fails with a loud banging noise. The noise is so distracting that it causes a possible accident situation. I was pulling a trailer at the time and the swerving caused fish tailing. There are thousands of documented failures of the Ford window controller in 2005 vehicles and Ford won't recall without NHTSA requiring it.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 022008

F-150

  • 34,157 miles
2005 Ford F150 supercrew 4 door truck-failed power window regulator (passenger side door/third regulator failure on this truck, different window). Driving down the road when I and my wife hear a loud bang. She is afraid as the noise was loud and for the moment we could not be sure that something had not been thrown or shot at my truck. As I tried to understand the problem, I remembered the other regulator failures and then noticed the passenger side window next to my wife falling into the door. This had happened before so I knew what to expect. The failure was once again a total surprise. The truck continues to be used only for light yard-related work and does not go off road. The windows are seldom operated as air-conditioning is typically running in the heat of Florida. This was the third event for this vehicle. Failure of window regulators and the window falling into the door presents an extreme potential safety hazard for occupants (children and animals) in the car, as well as loads being lost out the window. The torrential rains in northeast Florida in the summer make these failures even more problematic. Once again, the dealership service department rep indicated the regulator is a new part in the F150 and the problem continues to be seen on this vehicle. He encouraged us to report it to the company to alert them to the potential need for a recall. We did and Ford indicated recalls were NHTSA's concern. The dealership replaced the regulator and indicated I should pass my complaint on to Ford.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #4

May 212008

F-150

  • 32,245 miles
2005 Ford F150 supercrew 4 door truck-failed power window regulator (rear passenger side door/second regulator failure on this truck, different window). Driving down the road when I hear a loud bang. The noise was loud and I could not be sure that something had not been thrown or shot at my truck. As I tried to understand the problem, I noticed the rear passenger side window falling into the door. This had happened before so I knew what to expect. The failure was a total surprise. The truck is only used for light yard-related work and does not go off road. The windows are seldom operated as air-conditioning is typically running in the heat of Florida. This was the second event for this vehicle. Once again, the dealership service department rep indicated the regulator is a new part in the F150 and the problem is not unique to my truck. The dealership replaced the regulator and indicated I should pass my complaint on to Ford.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 272006

F-150

  • 18,233 miles
2005 Ford F150 supercrew 4 door truck-failed power window regulator (front driver's side door). Driving down the road when I hear a loud bang. The noise was loud and I could not be sure that something had not been thrown or shot at my truck. As I tried to understand the problem, I noticed the driver's side window falling into the door. I tried to hold the window up while also trying to control the car. My dog, a 90 lb black labrador retriever was in the back seat area and when the window dropped open, he jumped to push his head out the now open window only adding more to the safety and control challenges. The failure was a total surprise. The truck is only used for light yard-related work and does not go off road. The windows are seldom operated as air-conditioning is typically running in the heat of Florida. This was the first event for this vehicle. The dealership service department rep indicated the regulator is a new part in the F150 and the problem is not unique to my truck. The dealership repaired the regulator and indicated I should pass my complaint on to Ford.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 042008

F-150

  • 45,400 miles
The front driver side window falls down into the door, while driving the vehicle, and would not roll back up. Had to have to window regulator and window motor replaced completely due to the elevator cables of the window regulator breaking. Has happened to more than one window.

- Urbancrest, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 132007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,250 miles
Normal use of my 2005 Ford F-150 in the past two years has lead to a few item I believe can be a safety issue. The latest is the drivers seat breaking its lower frame and seat pad tray. Ford has yet to fix this issue as they claim parts are not available at this time. The seat is "rocking" during normal driving and is a concern of mine if it should totally fail while the vehicle is in use leading to a crash. It is also at a slight tilt causing me to sit in a very uncomfortable position. It has been a month since I took the truck in to have it repaired, but the parts are still on order to fix it. This is a un-reasonable amount of time to have to wait. Also 3 out of the five windows of my truck have broken, this results in the window regulator breaking causing the window to drop to the bottom of the door. This leaves me and my vehicle open to the weather and/or being unsecured if driving in a less than safe area. The windows have been fixed in the same day without having to wait for parts as the dealer has stated "we keep the parts available as it is a known problem". but they can not fix the other two until they break as Ford will not allow them to unless they break. As this is a known problem it seems to me the issue should be fixed before any other windows fail.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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