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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,267 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred body / paint problems

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 032007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. While driving approximately 5 mph pressure was applied to the brake pedal and she could hear a squeaking noise in the brakes. The failure began to occur more frequently when pressure was applied to the brake pedal. She was notified by the manufacturer of an unknown brake recall so the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was repaired. The failure continued to occur. While the vehicle was parked she opened the front passenger side door and noticed water leaking from the bottom of the door panel. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of failure but she installed window rain guards on all four windows. The failure continued to occur. While driving approximately 35 mph she could feel the vehicle shaking in the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the oem motor mount and bracket were replaced. The failure had not recurred. She also stated that while the vehicle was parked she turned on the air conditioner but there was only minor air flow coming through the vents. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where a new compressor and expansion valve were installed. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 80,000. Updated 12/23/10 the blend door motor was replaced. Updated 04/06/11 updated 05/26/11 updated 05/31/11

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #10

Sep 102006

Five Hundred

  • 60,000 miles
I have been trying to work with Ford ref # 366023289, and korum Ford in puyallup for a "water intrusion" problem on our Ford Five hundred. After investigating this problem I see thousands of people with the same problem. I have kept good records of these emails and have a bill from korum. If you search for the problem it is everywhere, and people are suffering financially dealing with it because Ford is not holding up their end. There is one recall on "door latches" leading to some of the water intrusion, but it is so horrible for the ones like us who have puddles of water in the driver's side and water in the doors sloshing around. Korum supposedly fixed the problem, then charged us for the fix because our extended warranty has ran out, although we've complained many times while it was still a good warranty. Please check the "Ford forum", and please tell the people paying out of pocket that all of us are having trouble with this issue. My husband is not feeling well so I'm afraid there can be mold/mildew under the wet carpet causing health problems.

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

problem #9

Sep 292008

Five Hundred

  • 35,768 miles
When it rains or when I go to the carwash right rear door fills with water this happens every time it rains.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #8

Jul 242008

(reported on)

Five Hundred

  • miles


2005 Ford Five hundred with a paint defect. Consumer states that there was a recall on the paint but was stopped. He also discovered a service bulletin for 2000 thru 2005 models due to iron contamination. The consumer stated he discovered a small section of the hood with cracked paint.

- Watertown, CT, USA

problem #7

Jan 292008

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,444 miles
Purchased my 500 9/05 it only had 5 miles on it. 6 months later loud explosion in engine which began to leak some sort of fluid got the car towed to dealer purchased was told A/C leaking oil and they had to replace the manifold I wasn't even using the A/C was March!!! my dash console had to be replaced since it was defective and the computer also had to be reprogrammed since the car wouldn't start in 30 degree weather this happened in fuel straps were replaced due to recall and my door locks were replaced due to recall and I had 22K miles when the back brakes began making a terrible grinding noise when backing up took to dealer said that although car is under warranty brakes are under wear and tear and would not be covered now which didn't make any sense since the front brakes were good how could back brakes go bad before front brakes unless you only drive your car in reverse"???" I paid the $400 to fix since was informed 500 rotors cant be turned ever will always have to purchase new ones......then 6 months later brakes were recalled and I did request refund which I did receive. However I now have 44K no longer have warranty since expired and I didn't buy extended warranty brought car in to Ford since transmission light was turning on and off along with the traction control light then had trans censor replaced was told that was problem then 2 days later light still turning on and car will not reverse took into dealer again was told trans axle broke in half and need new trans which costs $5300 car is only work 9K!!!! Ford company said they will offer assistance only of 3K since out of warranty they also informed me that had I purchased the extended warranty I would only be paying $100 nothing like throwing that in your face. I have no choice but to pay it need a car and am a single parent of 2. also back doors trim is coming apart passenger since is completely rotted out.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 272005

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,200 miles
Starting in December we have had numerous starting problems with this car. We have had it back to the dealership five times for this problem and three other times for other warranty problems. When you go to start the car is turns over but will not start or it will start then die. When it acted up we also had a loss of power once it would start the second time it went to dealer for the problem we could not get it stated at all and it had to be towed. After the last repair it now is getting only about 19 miles to the gallon in combined driving. We have asked Ford to buy the vehicle back and three times we were told a Ford regional rep would call us back to work with us and they never would call us back. We are currently trying to have Ford buy the vehicle back or replace it through the BBB dispute replacement but they will not. We have also had problems with the doors and moldings not being aligned correctly and this caused damage when the rear door opened and damaged the doors. Also the power windows have malfunctioned twice and needed repair or replacement of the window regulator. We are very disappointed in this vehicle and Ford.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Feb 222006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


: the contact stated there was an intermittent whistling noise coming from under the dash. The dealership refused to address the problem; therefore, no repairs have been made.

- Kimball, MN, USA

problem #4

Dec 212005

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 6,947 miles
Consumer 2005 Ford 500 door came open while driving. Water leaked into the vehicle from the doors. The dealer replaced both front door latches and new water canels. The dash had a bubble in the leather and the dealer replaced it. The molding was coming off the vehicle. The vehicle would not start on one occasion.

- Hutchinson, MN, USA

problem #3

Sep 292005

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford new model 500 that had a light tan interior including the dashboard. Due to the interior color there was a reflection from the windshield that was present only in daylight hours. There have been no accidents or injuries, but the contact wished to file a safety complaint at this time. The contact put a black blanket to eliminate the reflection while driving during the day. This was no longer a problem with the contact. The contact contacted Ford, and they would not return his calls regarding the matter.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 082005

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
Consumer complained about reflection of dashboard on windshield. The tan colored dashboard reflected in the windshield even in the daylight, but it was worse in the sun, causing poor visibility of front windshield. Consumer said that reflection of windshield in the sun light was very bad and very dangerous.

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 082005

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Consumer states he has a new 2005 Ford Five hundred. The dash reflects so much on the inside of the windshield that he cannot see through the windshield. He does not know if it is due to the color of the dash or if it is the windshield itself. The inside of the window is the same color as the dash, a tan color. He noticed this the first sun day after he bought the car back in February. The dealer said they couldn't do anything. Ford Motor Company suggested he trade vehicles. He says that at night and on cloudy days he can see just fine. It's just when there's a lot of sunshine on the windshield.

- Santa Claus, IN, USA

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