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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,730 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #2

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 #1

Jan 052007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,015 miles
- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated when the vehicle was parked for an extended period the brake pads fail when restarting the vehicle. The vehicle had been parked for eleven days when the incident occurred. The contact was driving 65 mph and could hear the sound of metal grinding on metal when attempting to apply the brakes, it was also very difficult to stop the vehicle. Ford agrees that the incident occurred due to premature wear on the vehicle. The dealer stated the contact was liable for the repair cost. The contact maintained thiswas not a wear issue instead itwas a safety/failure issue. Ford refused to reimburse the contact, but advised the contact it was unsafe to drive the vehicle. Ford redesigned the brake pads due to this incident. Ford stated rust appears on the brake pads after being parked for an extended time. The contact's vehicle was inspected prior to the incident and there was no evidence of brake problems at the time. The contact referenced Ford bulletin # 06-22-17.

- Washington , DC, USA

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