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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,508 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #2

May 162007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,015 miles


Went through 3 puddles of water, car stalled had to be towed to dealer, dealer found fuel line detached. Very dangerous.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 162006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving from a stop sign, going less than 5 mph, the vehicle stalled suddenly. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where they determined the fuel cutoff inertia switch was bad and needed to be replaced. On 6-14-06 the same problem occurred while in the middle of the road going 5 mph. The vehicle restarted only for a short time allowing the contact to get out of the road. Once on the side of the road, it stalled again. The vehicle was towed to the dealership who determined the problem was with the inertia switch; which was partially detached. The dealership put a strap around the switch. On 6-16-06 the dealership was asked to start the vehicle and tap the passenger side floorboard where the inertia switch was located. The vehicle suddenly shut off again. The service dept. Manager tested other Ford 500S on the lot to see if the same thing occurred and it did. The dealership determined there was no guarantee the same thing would not happen again.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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