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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,153 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 Mustang body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

May 102005

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


Major leak - when it rains water leaks into the passenger side soaking floor. Comes from under the dash - electrical wires are there etc.

- Cliffside Park, NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 012008


  • 0 miles
Whenever it rains my 05' Mustang cv accumulates about an inch of water on the passenger side and it takes forever to dry out. The cv top is brand new and does not leak as far as I can tell. I've seen other people complain about this on a few different blogs online. What's the deal?

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #7

Nov 282007

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,250 miles
2005 Mustang convertible top failure. No prior warning of failure. I took it the the Ford dealer in lugof, SC (james ervin Ford) to seek repair. Dealer said they did not repair failed convertible tops, I should take it to a body shop. I explained that the top had failed after just 42.000 miles on the car and that Ford had issued 2 tsb. They did not investigate the tsb and refused repair.

- Six Mile, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 142006


  • Manual transmission
  • 14,000 miles


1)rattle sound coming from exhaust area when taking off in car. 2)cd's skip or won't play sometimes with shaker 1000 3) passenger side airbag light comes on and off while driving all the time by itself. 4) having trouble filling tank with gas at most gas stations. 5) have been hearing a squeak sound coming from drivers side dashboard near windshield area.

- Macedonia, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 192005

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 216 miles
One week after car purchased paint flaking off and car has blue smoke coming from exhaust at start up. Car has been painted since then 3 times and to date paint is flaking off and you should see all of the buffing scratches from the dealership(Town & Country Ford/bessemer, al) trying to correct their mistakes. I might add this is a roush Mustang. Car has been in 2 times for blue smoke and service department can't duplicate the problem(common statements made by Ford's service department). Ford Motor Company refuses to even send a representative out to look at the vehicle. To say the least they do not stand behind their products and we will never purchase another one. We are in the arbitration process at this time with this vehicle. I would not recommend a Ford to anyone. Read all about their problems online before you purchase. I wish I did.

- Shelby, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 062005

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Initial problems: 1. pin strip on driver side was peeling off 2. A/C vent fell out of console 3. convertible top got stuck in the down position. Stopped by closest dealer because I was on vacation and we pulled the top back up. Brought it to a local dealer for repairs and they said it was not covered under warranty because the entire convertible top frame was twisted. They stated this was because I most likely had driven while the top was half way up/down. After several weeks Ford engineers decided to cover the repairs for the top. Took the dealer five weeks to get all parts and replace the top. 4. gas tank replaced because gas pumps would constantly cut off while refueling. 5. A/C makes popping noise every once in while. Current issues: 1. noise in front end while turning at slow speeds 2. after car warms to driving temperature, there is a thumping noise heard in engine, very prominent in interior 3. driver side exterior door handle sticks in the out position 4. convertible top making a thud noise when raising and lowering top 5. exhaust is making a popping noise when if engine is revved right after starting the car 6. slight vibration/rattling noise coming from console while car idles 7. A/C making popping noise every once in while.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012005

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles


The tunnel down the center of the car gets extremely hot at the front of the tunnel near the pedals. When the bare metal of the tunnel is touched it is hot enough to induce a burn. Dealer contacted Ford and told me it was "normal". as the plastics and carpeting touching the tunnel age, I am concerned this may present a fire hazard. After reviewing posts on two Mustang forums, others apparently have experienced this problem as well. The car is a GT V8 with a manual 5-speed transmission.

- Langley Afb, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 182005

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer has 2005 Ford Mustang. When the consumer was driving South from grass valley during the day, he could not see the instrument panel. The consumer believed that it was due to the instrument panel being located too far into the dashboard. The consumer said that at night he could see the instrument panel fine. If the vehicle passed into some type of shade during the day the instrument panel would become visible. The consumer says that he just got off of highway state route 49 and noticed that when traveling with the sun behind or in front, he could not see the instrument panel. Anytime that the vehicle was shaded the instruments could not be seen easily. This was a safety problem due to not being able to see what speed the vehicle was traveling at. When changing speed zones, not being able to see what speed vehicle was traveling at caused the issue.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 302004

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
2005, Ford, Mustang. Consumer cannot read instrument on a sunny day with sun glasses. Consumer says dealer knows about problem, but has not done anything about it. Instruments\ panel is enclosed in a deep tube type panel, and because of this cannot get enough light to be visible.

- Romeo, MI, USA

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