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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,315 miles

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Oct 152014

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. When the vehicle was started, the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, and temperature gauge failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000. Updated 03/09/16

- Neffs, PA, USA

problem #53

Aug 202014

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
First the speedometer stopped working or would hang up, then the fuel gauge stopped working and now all the gauges have stopped working.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #52

Nov 222014


  • 79,000 miles
I got in my car an started the engine. I then noticed my fuel gauge and speedometer were not working at all. I have always taken care of my Mustang an I think Ford should recall the cluster. There's been plenty of 2005 models with very same issue. Please recall the gauge cluster it's the right thing to do for a big name company like Ford.

- Bellwood, PA, USA

problem #51

Jan 242011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • miles


Speedometer and RPM would jump around then it just stopped working then my temp gauge went all the way past H and its stuck there.

- Greensboro, AL, USA

problem #50

Oct 152013

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 53,125 miles
My speedometer was reading a lower speed than I was actually driving. It was confirmed with a speed radar sign. My speedometer gauge was off by 15 mph. I checked online and noticed there were many other owners with the same defect. I contacted Ford regarding the issue and they told me there wasn't any recall for my car. I did some more research and found out the steppers in the cluster gauge have been known to go bad.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #49

Jan 022012


  • 90,000 miles
The gauges on the 2005 Mustang are faulty. It affects all gauges but the speedometer being the most important. The speedometer may read higher or lower than the actual speed you're going. This makes it a definite safety issue if your car is going faster than you think it is. This should be a recall!!!

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #48

Nov 122013

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 24,600 miles


Recently purchased 2005 Ford Mustang and was told upon sale that there was a problem with the fuel gauge. I figured it would be easy enough to fix so wasn't really concerned. Now a week later I noticed the speedometer doesn't work as well. It sticks on 15 mph for periods of time or then will show at least 15 - 30 mph faster than I am actually going. I searched online for a fix and found thousands of threads of individuals with the exact same issue and even copies of letters sent to owner stating that there wasn't a recall because it's not a safety concern. I bought this car for my daughter. Running out of gas late at night because her fuel gauge is broken is a safety issue. Sure can she write down mileage every time she gets gas, yes. But after reading so many comments by so many people it seems as if this issue should be resolved by Ford. Seems to be isolated on the 2005 only. In addition not know your speed limit is also a safety concern and also a financial concern should you get pulled over having no idea how fast you are driving. Its seems as if the entire cluster of gauges are faulty and need to be addressed. Your response or help in getting Ford to rectify is greatly appreciated.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #47

Feb 042013

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Speedometer not working correctly. Go anywhere from 20 to 80 mph over traveled speed. Even when sitting it sticks at 20-80 mph.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #46

Feb 122011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 107,113 miles
I was told that these items, the fuel gauge, tachometer parts of the instrument cluster are faulty in most 2005 Mustangs. There have been so many problems that Ford changed it for 2006 models. I was further informed that if enough owners complained that a recall would be activated. Hopefully I'll be hearing from you and or Ford Motor Company. Thank you.

- Cherokee Village, AR, USA

problem #45

Jan 032012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I was driving home. The road was wet. Because of this, I relied on my speedometer to make sure I am going a bit slower than my speed limit. I did not noticed until I had to hit my brakes to avoid a stray dog. My car skidded; I was going faster than what the gauge was saying (which is lower than actual speed) since I had to stop abruptly, another car rear-ended me. Ever since then, the gauge is all over the place, below 0 above one hundred...this could have cost another life, if not mine.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #44

Jun 142011


  • 46,000 miles


Was driving the car and the gas gauge started acting weird. Stopped and filled up the car and after starting the car the gauge went all the way past 'E'. shortly after that the speedometer started sticking. I could be at a stop light and it would show I was going 20 mph. Usually turning the car off and back on would get the speedometer to go down. The higher the speed said the more you had to turn it off and on since it only went down a little at a time. Now the gauge is stuck at 80 mph and doesn't move at all. The tachometer is also messing up now. It will vary from being too low to being too high to being just right.

- Milan, IN, USA

problem #43

Aug 012012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the speedometer and fuel gauge malfunctioned. As a result, the contact was unable to read the level of fuel or the speed being traveled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the instrument cluster was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 87,000. Updated 09/25/13 updated 9/27/2013

- Sugarloaf, PA, USA

problem #42

Aug 012012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • miles
Gas gauge erratic. Then failed last August. Ford says must replace entire cluster at cost of $450-650 plus labor this seems to be a common problem on this model. Only 45000 miles on this car. Cost seems excessive. What is Ford doing to back this up? updated 06/10/13

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #41

Mar 212012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 73,500 miles
The instrument cluster on my 2005 Ford Mustang has a shortage or is defective. Based on internet research and a discussion with an authorized Ford dealership and my long time auto mechanic, this is a part that should not fail at 73,000 miles. While Ford has not issued a recall, there is an obvious manufacture defect, as there have been numerous complaints and issues reported. When a gauge (fuel, temperature, battery, etc) fails on this vehicle, the entire instrument cluster must be replaced. This is a costly part and service fee (over $900) for something that should not be defective or have issues with a car of this age. When the instrument cluster signals an issue to the internal computer, the vehicle may go into a "fail safe mode" and the car will not operate. Ford needs to issue a recall for this part and replace it at no cost to the owner.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #40

Oct 232012


  • miles
My speedometer does not work so I do not know how fast I am going. This is a problem with many 2005 Ford Mustangs. There should be a recall on the instrument cluster to fix this problem.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #39

Mar 082012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the entire instrument panel failed. The contact could not determine at which speed they were traveling or the amount of gasoline fuel that was in the fuel tank. The contact stated that the instrument panel gauges began failing over ten months ago and progressed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 72,000......updated 01/14/13 updated 1/16/2013

- Sunville, CA, USA

problem #38

Jul 202012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the speedometer failed to provide accurate speed readings while traveling 55 mph. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 58,000....updated 10/19/12 the consumer stated none of the gauges on the instrument panel worked. The speedometer would read over 120 mph. The tachometer moved sometimes and the fuel gauge worked sporadically. Updated 10/25/12

- Martinsferry, OH, USA

problem #37

Aug 152011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 50,193 miles
The speedometer constantly malfunctions, which makes it impossible to know what speed you are traveling. The speedometer will either stick at zero or be 10 to 15 mph off. This is common problem based on personal experience with many other 2005 Mustang V6 drivers. The problem requires the entire instrument panel to be replaced (~$500-800), and Ford continues to give us all the run-around. A simple search online also returns numerous postings about this problem. Not knowing the speed in which you are traveling is a very unsafe driving condition. Please look into this matter promptly and issue a recall. Thanks for your help on this matter.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #36

Aug 102012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving over a bridge and looked down and my speedometer said that I was going 120 mph. I was only traveling approximately 65 mph. I pulled into a restaurant parking lot and continued to turn the car on and off. Each time the speedometer went down 10 mph until I finally got it to 0. I turned around and drove home, but the speedometer kept sticking at around 40 to 60 mph. I have read online at that several other people have been having the same issue since 2009. My car is currently at a shop and they are ordering the part from the dealer to fix it. They said the same thing everyone online said, "it's the instrument cluster." If so many people have had this issue since 2009, why was it never recalled?

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #35

Jun 162010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed. The fuel gauge would read empty when the vehicle was full of gasoline. In addition, the speedometer and the oil level gauge failed. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic for inspection and they informed him that the speedometer cables needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the problem was common for all 2005 Ford Mustangs. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Thorton, CO, USA

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