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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Ford Five Hundred fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 202007

Five Hundred

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Ford Five hundred '05 brakes applied in heavy braking situation on highway and the fuel cut-off mechanism activated. Car would not restart, had to be towed into dealership. Dealer reported that the wiring for the cut-off switch, by the front passenger foot area had come lose. Re-set of mechanism not possible, had to have the wiring re-done and re-configured by the dealer service area. This is a definite design flaw and should be investigated as it could occur when car is operating at highway speeds if it is exposed to passenger foot bump.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #1

May 022006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
: the contact stated the fuel gauge was sticking intermittently and would not indicate the proper amount of fuel in the tank. Eventually the gauge would not operate at all. The dealership determined the problem was with the fuel quality and added fuel enhancers to the fuel tank. Currently the fuel gauge has been working properly. The contact maintained if there was actually a problem with fuel quality the proper authorities should be notified. Updated updated 6/20/2006 - updated 06/19/06- the dealer told the consumer that sulfur was in the fuel that he was using, which was causing the problem.

- Woodbury, NJ, USA

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