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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,562 miles

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2006 Ford Five Hundred engine problems

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2006 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #71

Jun 132012

Five Hundred

  • 92,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a traffic stop, the transmission failed. The contact pumped the accelerator pedal and the vehicle would not respond. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was able to move forward slightly, with an abnormal jerking motion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they informed the contact that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 92000.

- Indianapolis , IN, USA

problem #70

Jun 012010

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have owned my 2006 Ford 500 for 5 yrs and have had and issue for the last 2 yrs. While braking, the car will lurch and I mean really jump forward (or also in reverse) while RPM's surge/rev extremely high causing me to press very, very hard on the brakes at times slamming down to keep the car from going out of control by itself. Sometimes the car will stall when the RPM's are dropping down. This happens at different times of day and seems to be more often when it is warmer. It has happened while slowing into a parking space, backing up, pulling away from stopping at a light or stop sign. It is completely random and you never know when or if it will happen.I am always extremely cautious when there are people around when I slow down to less then 15mph or back up. There is something mechanically wrong with this car. It should never be in control of moving by itself when the brakes are applied. It is a very scary situation and can happen multiple times a day. I have taken in to dealership and explained these "symptoms" but they just say they don't know what it could be and will have to check it out while it is happening. I would like Ford to take some responsibility as this seems to be happening to most 500's and it is well known by many but not acknowledged by Ford. This could be a very serious situation if someone is within 15ft when the car goes out of control all by itself and the driver is not ready. Please watch out if you are next to a Ford 500.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #69

May 012012

Five Hundred

  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact was driving 50 mph and attempted to merge into highway traffic when the vehicle became resistant to acceleration and stalled. The throttle warning light illuminated as the failure occurred. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the throttle body needed replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 151,000.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #68

Jul 272011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The Ford Five hundred I own has surges of acceleration when I am inching my way into a parking spot or forward loser to a wall or another car. I have to quickly slam on my brakes to avoid hitting something. I fear at some point it may be a person. The problem has been going on for a while but I was never able to reproduce it for a mechanic. I have made a connection to hot weather and the car's air conditioning being on. I fear this is not safe.

- Snow Shoe, PA, USA

problem #67

Mar 082011

Five Hundred

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that when stopped, the vehicle would lung forward abnormally. The failure would also occur when the vehicle was shifted to reverse. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The contact diagnosed the vehicle and stated that the throttle bottle was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #66

Jul 152010

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
After starting car in garage and idling for about 30 seconds, I put car in reverse to back out of garage. The engine RPM's increased significantly, and the car shot backwards until I applied the brake. The car stopped and engine RPM returned to normal. This has happened several times. I am the second owner of the car, and I purchased the car from a private party with about 104,000 miles on it. In speaking with the previous owner, he also had problems that he attributed to the cruise control whereby the vehicle sped up without pressing on the gas pedal. The original owner purchased the car from gentry Ford in Ontario, or, and had every service performed there. I, too, have returned the car to gentry Ford for every service, but have not discussed this problem with them, the previous owner did tell them about the problem he experienced.

- Cambridge, ID, USA

problem #65

Apr 172011

Five Hundred

  • 24,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while shifting into drive, the vehicle accelerated abnormally and the contact crashed into a dumpster. There were no injuries. The police were contacted and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 29,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #64

Jan 012010

Five Hundred

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly when shifted into reverse or drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 87,000.

- Jennings, FL, USA

problem #63

Sep 012011

Five Hundred

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated the vehicle would abnormally accelerate without warning and often times, when the brake was applied. In addition, the vehicle would stall intermittently and fail to start. The dealer advised the contact that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 109,000 and the failure mileage was 107,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #62

Jan 092012

Five Hundred

  • 23,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while exiting a residential driveway, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without any warning. The contact mentioned that as a result of the failure, the vehicle crashed through a wall and into an apartment. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who was not able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and the current mileage was 23,800.

- Gary , IN, USA

problem #61

Jan 092012

Five Hundred

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact was driving 3 mph when the brakes were depressed and the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact crashed into a residential carport. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer confirmed that the throttle sensor malfunctioned.the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Leesville, LA, USA

problem #60

Dec 062011

Five Hundred

  • 130,800 miles
I had just bought a 2006 Ford Five hundred with about 131000 miles. Drove great from the dealership then later that afternoon the throttle all of a sudden went dead. I was going 65 mph on the highway and had no throttle. I went online and researched the car and there have been numerous (upwards of 100+) people who have the same complaint. I just wish Ford would recall the part so it's not going to cost me an arm and a leg to fix.

- Milltown, WI, USA

problem #59

Jun 012011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while driving at highway speeds the accelerator pedal would stick in a partially depressed position even though he would be depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle was inspected by an indpendent mechanic and they stated that the throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 02/08/12

- Farmesville, LA, USA

problem #58

Jan 012011

Five Hundred

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that after engaging the brakes and slowly releasing, the vehicle suddenly lunged forward. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #57

Oct 192011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 74,500 miles
Ford 500 lurches severely at random times while the engine is engaged. This happens most dangerously at high speeds, due to driver's inability to control vehicle adequately to defend against potential crashes or control speed during turns. This has caused problems on the snow and ice here in Alaska because uncontrolled acceleration reduces traction. Also occurs at low speeds, which is more easily controlled through braking, but requires extreme caution if engaging vehicle when pedestrians or other vehicles are near. It has surprised and scared me on many occasions since I first purchased this car a month ago, but the reason I am writing this is because I had a scary incident today when pulling out of a grocery store parking lot (pedestrians in front of me when it suddenly jumped as soon as engine engaged). Took it to the mechanic and diagnostic check says issues with fuel delivery system. The mechanic stated that after researching the issue this is a very common problem for this model and that it is most likely the throttle body, and says the car should not be driven in its condition. It is one of the scariest issues I've ever had to deal with. After reading more about it on the internet this evening it seems that this issue is very common and hundreds of people have had similar scary incidents with this car that they have reported online. If this many people are writing about it online, presumably there are thousands more who are having the same problem and do not have the resources or know how to report the issue.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #56

Sep 172011

Five Hundred

  • 102,000 miles
The vehicles warning indicator light of a wrench lit up indicating transmission/throttle body service. Had previously had transmission inspected and were no problems. The car will thrust in direction car is in gear of such as when car is in reverse it will thrust and lunge backwards also in drive lunge forwards. It also is enhanced when the cars heater or A/C is running. Have researched and many, many people have had similar problems and complaints.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #55

Oct 102011

Five Hundred

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to accelerate from a complete stop and would stall sporadically. The check engine light would also illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the vehicle needed a new throttle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Riverdale, MD, USA

problem #54

Aug 202011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
The instrument cluster checks normal on most start-ups, but unpredictably all systems light up showing failure of ABS, air bags, traction control, electrical systems, see a mechanic, cruise control and speedometer quits working. The warning lights may stay lit for 2 to 200 miles. And no speedometer. Auto zone and my mechanic are baffled and frustrated after checking battery charging circuit connections and grounds. Its obviously not safe driving without knowing your speed or if there is a major hazard looming-----like fire.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #53

Aug 182010

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 68,690 miles
I'm not sure if this is a power train or other problem, car lurches dangerously at low speeds, and when changing gear into and out of reverse. I hit a post parking in August of 2010 due to this, and it's been getting gradually worse. Took it to the dealer who replaced a broken upper motor mount that was connected to the transmission. Didn't help, although it seemed like a good guess at the time. It helps to keep foot firmly on brake when changing gear or holding still, while the car tries to lurch forward (or back) with unplanned acceleration. Seems to be getting increasingly worse and now I don't feel it's safe to let anyone else drive it, like at valet parking. Taking it back to dealer tomorrow, but we let warranty expire recently darn it. We get so many fake spam warranty-expiring phone calls that I got confused and dropped the ball. Throttle control module may be giving false signal to carburetor, not sure what it is.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #52

Apr 012011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
The car lunges in drive and reverse without accelerating. This is dangerous as when backing out of garages or parking places. Trying to take off slowing is not possible.

- Henryetta, OK, USA

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