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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,767 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred engine problems

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #74

Sep 072013

Five Hundred

  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the throttle body had failed. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under a manufacturer's recall. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #73

Jan 112013

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 36,820 miles
Not having problems with car until after recall 12N03. Returned 3 days later for repair. Still having problems. Took to another Ford dealership. They want to replace the part that was recalled and charge me approximately $800. Main Ford customer service has been contacted numerous times and have not heard back from them with any information concerning my issue.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #72

Jun 062013

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 86,947 miles
A throttle body warranty repair was done on this part on 1-26-13. On 6-6-13 vehicle lost the ability to go forward as I drove to work. Put car in reverse and got it off the road. Wrench light came on and attempted to drive and car still did not respond. After a few minutes of staying in park I put the car in drive and it did move without a problem. Got an appointment at Ford dealership to get the problem fixed. Was told after car was put on diagnostic test that the throttle body was sticking, and needed replaced.. service advisor attempted to get body repaired under last recall but was unsuccessful. I then applied for the Ford service credit card and put the repair on it.. I think repair of part should of been covered under recall.. if this isn't regarded as a safety issue, please direct me to the the correct place.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #71

Feb 282006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 41,124 miles


Since purchasing the Ford Five hundred there has been a high idle (rpms) when starting the car. We mentioned it several times and were told to let it idle till the rpms go down un 10,0000. We have done this since we bought the car and sit and wait for the rpms to go down before engaging into drive. Forunately we have not experienced the power surges other have or the car shutting off while driving. Recently we received a letter to bring the car in to have the throttle body cleaned and was told this would solve our issue. This was done on 5/23/13 and the next day the engine light came on and a wrench and we still had the idle problem. The car would act funny and when pulled off road and shut car off. When turned back on the lights would go off. Every day until we left for vacation when we took it to our mechanic for an oil change and check the brakes my husband explained what was going on and asked him to test it with the analyzer. The car did not give us theses problems till after the cleaning. The mechanic called and said that the throttle body was bad we told him that we just had a recall for it to be cleaned. He said maybe it needed to be rest/calculated. We went back to Ford dealer when we returned and they said it was not their problem and to call corporate service number and they also said was not there problem and we could have a new one put in at our cost. Even though there may be one that cleaning does not help it was still our problem. I will not be buyin a Ford product again because of our experiences with Ford to date. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oakdale, CT, USA

problem #70

May 062011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Ford 500 in 2010 from freeway Ford in bloomington, mn. The first incident that I had was when my boyfriend was driving at speeds of 70 mph when all the sudden my vehicle went into engine fail safe mode and lost acceleration. With speeds of 70 mph and 5 lanes of traffic we are lucky that nothing worse followed. This problem would come up again at random times. A more recent incident was I took my vehicle to the dealership to have them clean the throttle body and reset the module. Since that was taken care of my car has now worsened. It has gone into fail safe mode 5 times in one month. My car will not accelerate normal and when I start it there are times where my RPM are running higher than normal.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #69

May 282013

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The automatic gear shifter has a rubber mat under the metal plate with the prndl gears listed. It is difficult to shift out of P and then then you reach R and D the mat has bunched up so much that the metal plate telling you what gear you're in pops off. This is an extreme hazard, as I back into the road and then to put it in D, not knowing where D is because the plate pops off, I could be hit. I also have a 2008 Ford Taurus experiencing the same problem. I called Ford and they acted as if there were no previous issues. This is certainly not true. This will cause an accident or fatality.

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #68

Jan 162013

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles


2005 Ford Five hundred. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle throttle body problems. The consumer stated while driving on the highway on a cold and snowy day, she was suddenly faced with the vehicle having no power. She was able tog et off the road, shut the vehicle off and re-started it. When the consumer returned to the highway, she drove a short distance, and the same thing happened. She was able to drive to the dealer and they performed the necessary services and recall. However, one week later, the same thing happened again. Without warning, the vehicle had no power. The dealer replaced the throttle body.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #67

Jul 102012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
One day in June I was pulling up to a store parking space rolling roughly 5mph. I had my foot on the brake, I was about to stop. Without touching the gas my 2005 Ford Five hundred lunged at the building as if the throttle was stuck wide open! I had to push the break as hard as I could to keep it from crashing into the store! Ford should have a recall on this issue! it is extremely dangerous! this has happened to many Ford Five hundred owners! last month in January my Five hundred had other issues. I was driving 35mph and all of a sudden my car had no power, I gave it gas and it would growl but no power. I had to pull over and shut the car off. One restarted it returned to normal but the wrench icon light was on the dash. I have also had an idling problem. While at idle my car would sputter. The RPM's were low and it would idle rough and surge from low to high, I tried hitting the gas pedal and the car stalled! again other Ford Five hundred owners also experienced these issues! Ford its time to step up and do a recall!!!!

- Strafford, NH, USA

problem #66

Nov 302012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph into the garage, there was an unintended increase in the acceleration which caused the vehicle to crash into the wall. There were no injuries; however, the front bumper and hood were damaged. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the throttle body was cleaned and reprogrammed. The exterior body damage had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000...updated 01/30/13 updated 2/1/2013

- Streamwod, IL, USA

problem #65

Oct 262012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Was driving my 2005 Five hundred today. I pulled off the highway and stopped at a red light. When the light turned green I had hardly any power. No power steering, all gauges at home and a message say "engine failsafe mode". I turned the car off and restarted with no problems. I've read on different sites where people have had this same issue of the throttle sticking open and the car lunging forward or back nearly causing a wreck.

- Holden, MO, USA

problem #64

Oct 132012

Five Hundred

  • 135,500 miles


My car surges. It is mostly at idle speed. It's dangerous. I was at a drive through and a janitor was sweeping. My car surged and I literally stood on the breaks to prevent running over him. At the drive through it surged forward and I had to stand on the breaks to prevent it from ramming into the car ahead. It occurs more when air conditioning is running but will occur without ac on. I the local dealer replaced the throttle body recently but it still surges. It occurs when pulling to a stop at the lights or at the drive through as you slowly move forward. It happens when pulling into a parking spot or when backing up. I've seen news about the problem with the Ford escape. My Ford 500 is also affected and weighs a whole lot more. If this thing surges forward it could do some serious damage.

- Magnolia, IL, USA

problem #63

Aug 092010

Five Hundred

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford 500. The contact stated that the vehicle would surge unexpectndly. The contact mentioned that the vehicle would suddenly surge when pulling into a parking space or when going into reverse. The contact stated that the failure occurred more when the air condition was running. The vehicle was not inspected. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 73,000.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #62

Jan 082012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Ford Five hundred. Consumer writes in regards to hard shifting and two instrument panel lights illuminating. The consumer also stated the RPM's would race at times. The consumer went to her local dealer and a diagnostic's test revealed a problem with the PCV valve. The PCV was replaced at a cost of $ $112.95. However, it did not resolve the problem. The consumer went back to the dealer for a transmission diagnostic test, but the dealer was unable to give a definitive answer as tow hat the problem was. Ford customer service was then contacted and they informed the dealer to replace the transmission at a cost of $5000. There was also another intermittent problem where the vehicle would rev while stopped at a stop sign, or red light etc. After getting other opinions, the consumer was informed, the problem was not with the transmission. After doing some research online, the consumer discovered it was a very common occurrence with her particular make, which seemed to be a manufacturing defect.

- Ashland, KY, USA

problem #61

Aug 082012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 52,155 miles
On hot days, when backing out of parking spaces, the car has sometimes "surged" meaning that there has been unintended acceleration without the accelerator being pressed at all. I have had to suddenly and firmly put my foot on the brake to prevent the car from hitting other vehicles. This has happened on several occasions in August of 2012. I own a 2006 Ford Five hundred also and it has had the same problem in the same conditions (filing separate complaint).

- Diamond Springs, CA, USA

problem #60

Apr 072007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Rough acceleration from stop for years. After 218,000 miles engine shuts off reporting engine fail-safe mode. Will restart after sitting on side of road for couple, 5-minutes. Dealer states bad throttle body - $900 repair. Apparently a common problem.

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #59

Sep 052012

Five Hundred

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnose that the throttle body sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 138,000.

- Southville, MI, USA

problem #58

Sep 012012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 157,139 miles
Out side air temp was approx 96 degrees so ac was on. While shifting into reverse the vehicle lunged so hard it was uncontrollable, and unstoppable, if some one had stepped out behind me they would have died as I could only stop reward movement by shifting into drive. This occurred three times trying to get out of a parking space at a crowded mall.the vehicle then stalled. The lunging was so fast the brakes could hardly hold the car from moving in reverse. In checking there is a service bulletin tsb-05-25-13 from Ford Motor Company on this very issue but no recall, also many incidents/accidents recorded in this regard. If I was not prepared enough during this incident in a crowded parking lot some one would have died, this must be addressed B-4 someone is run over. Currently Ford has no comment. Please contact me for further details.

- Markleeville, CA, USA

problem #57

Aug 162012

Five Hundred

  • 120,000 miles
After having turned onto a 35 mph street, having only reached 30mph, the RPM's shot up to six and the car accelerated to almost 40 without the gas peddle having been pressed. If there were another car stopped or a person in front of us they would have been hit. Another time the vehicle was at a stop light and again with out warning the cars RPM's shot up to about six. If my foot had not been applied completely to the breaks I would have been in a busy intersection resulting in the car having been totaled, death of more then one person. This is not safe.

- Black Diamond, WA, USA

problem #56

May 022012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
The electronic throttle body is bad in majority of vehicles in my class year. This costly repair causes the vehicle to lunge forward while in drive and lunge backwards while in reverse. It is worst when the ac is on, ,it causes the vehicle to idle high and low to the point of almost shutting off the vehicle in traffic.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #55

Jul 242012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
We were driving down a highway and went to get back to speed after passing through a speed zone. I noticed a decrease in power and looked at the information screen. The fail safe mode and the "wrench" icon was on. I pulled the car over and turned it off. I then turned it on and the car acted normal. It has happened twice since the first incident. My wife took it to the dealership and Ford cannot duplicate the problem and the issue does not throw a check engine code or leaves any type of electronic history of the issue. I cannot allow my wife to drive this car because she is seven month pregnant and cannot have her drive it if the car breaks down due to this issue.

- Bastrop, TX, USA

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