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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Ford Five Hundred brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 072015

Five Hundred

  • 82,700 miles


Leaving a grocer at 13:15 on 9/7/2015 started to back out of parking spot when auto suddenly accelerated backward, across the aisle and slammed into parked vehicle with impact sending that auto into a 3rd. Damages to both vehicles. When I went to pull into my original slot to deal with situation, as soon as I removed foot from brake, auto lunged forward at high rate of speed, jumped a 6" landscape curb and plowed into the front end of a Cadillac srx causing major damage to that vehicle, still unk total damage to mine. It was a very hot day and the ac was running. No other vehicles were occupied other than mine, and I was sole occupant. My airbag did not deploy and passenger's was not turned on. I did receive a significant bruise on my sternum from the shoulder component of my seat belt. My foot was not on the accelerator for either "lunge". crashes were witnessed and peoria AZ police did respond with 2 units. Officers did take information, but when I inquired about incident # for my records officer responded that there would be no report and no citations as it occurred on private property. My insurance carrier was contacted from site, but being a holiday, I was not able to speak with adjuster at that time. Knowing that it was not my actions that caused this incident, I checked the next day and discovered that this identical situation had been under investigation with NHTSA at the time I purchased the car on or about 11/16/12 at which a service program to retify was in effect. With my incident though, major damage occurred. Neither at the time of purchase, nor throughout the investigation & tenure of my ownership (current) was I notified of the known safety problem nor it's program to mitigate. Attached aerial photo shows back to back dimension to first impact and back to front dimension of 2nd. I was parked in position of white vehicle.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 162014

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Only had the car for five months driving down the street the check engine light came out car stopped in the middle of the street with my children in it and wouldn't start up..worst car I've ever bought second major incident that has happened since I got the should be a recall major safety violation.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #1

Aug 012007

Five Hundred

  • 35,600 miles
While driving the instrument panel blacked out and when it came back on the instruments all registered 0. after the initial incident it has continued to escalate. On or about December 26, 2010 the panel blacked out and the car bogged down and I had to pull off of the road, turn the car off and restart to get it to run normally. There is a real safety issue with the car and I feel that there should be a recall on this vehicle.

- Tamaroa, IL, USA

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