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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,910 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.

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2005 Ford Mustang body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #19

Feb 042006

Mustang

  • 10,000 miles

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

Corrosion on the hood, water leaking on pass. Side door, water leaking under the glove box, bissell and gauges not working, speeds up in excessive speed without giving gas,

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #18

Aug 142009

Mustang

  • 44,000 miles
Corrosion on leading and trailing edges of aluminum hood.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #17

Jan 072015

Mustang

  • 39,874 miles
Factory contamination on hood.causing the paint to bubble due to hood corrosion.

- Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA

problem #16

May 242015

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 14,784 miles

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

Driving Mustang on city street ( St george Utah ) takata airbag suddenly erupted prematurely causing loss of control of Mustang which rolled forward hitting another vehicle in rear. Driver [xxx] injured by shards of metal and required medical ( hospital attention ) transported by ambulance. Permanent scars and mental stress has caused driver to permanently fear driving. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. George, UT, USA

problem #15

Sep 152011

Mustang

  • miles
I have a major paint defect, bubbling or blistering under the paint on my aluminum hood. A factory defect, which Ford has been aware since 2004 and continued to sell aluminum hoods until 2013.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #14

Jun 262013

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 11,200 miles
The clear coat is bubbling/popping off on the drivers side fender. Water gets under the clear coat and pulls it even farther away from the paint.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 012012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles

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

Known hood corrosion (I couldn't select hood in "affected parts) issue re: Ford tsb 6-25-15 - breaking through paint at this point and several different spots on the hood. Apparently class action suit has been filed. Ford refuses to pay for repair.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #12

Oct 042006

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that all of the gauges on the instrument panel stopped working and water was leaking under the passengers side floor board. The parking brake also became stuck and the cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician verified that the water was leaking through the engine compartment but was not able to determine how to repair it. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Wall , NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 212012

Mustang

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that while park he noticed that water had accumulated on the front driver and passenger side floor board. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that there were holes on the liner in between the windshield and the hood that caused the water to leak into the vehicle. The gauges on instrument panel and the wires that lead to the speakers were damaged. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 022012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 86,780 miles
The morning after a rain storm when pulling out of my driveway water started to pour in behind the glove box and passenger air big area and onto the floor. It was about 1 or 2 inches of water all together. After doing some research I found that the Ford knows what the problem is and still has not done anything to fix it. It effects all Ford Mustangs from 2005 through 2008. They have a tsb 07-14-6 which describes the problem and states how to fix it.

- Bucyrus, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 172010

Mustang

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated water would leak into the vehicle whenever it would rain. The leak was so severe that water would enter and build up on the passenger side floorboard. In addition, water was draining directly into the fuse box and causing electrical issues within. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they advised that the failure could not be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Brentwood, MO, USA

problem #8

Nov 022011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • miles
The paint on the front edge of the hood is bubbling. I was told by the dealership it was oxidation and they were aware it was a problem with the 2005 Mustang. However I was told by an employee of another dealership that is was not oxidation but an initial poor paint job. However, I am no longer under warranty. My car is kept in a garage at night and during the day while at work. It never sits out in the sun or rain. The dealership told me there is no recall because there were not enough complaints from owners. That cannot be true because the internet is full of complaints on this problem. I was told it would cost $895 to paint the whole hood and it would have a lifetime guaranty. I refused to pay that amount and they reduced it down to $695. But I would have to pay for a rental as it would take 2 days to paint. I refused to pay for the rental and negotiated for a free rental. I am getting 2 more estimates.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 222010

Mustang

  • 14,661 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Mustang convertible. Without warning the top jammed about a 1/4 of the way going up. It appears the left side torsion bar snapped causing the weight of the top to shift to the right and bent the right side frame. I can not put the windows up because the whole top is now out of alignment. Vehicle is stored all winter long and has less than 15,000 miles on it. The convertible top frame is a poor design. I brought it to 3 places to be looked at and have been told from all 3 places that this is an on going issue with the 2005 Ford Mustang convertible tops. I do not see that a recall has been issued but have seen some tsb. I feel that Ford Motor Company should be held responsible to produce vehicles without mechanical flaws and use quality parts. Ford Motor Company needs to step up to repair them without financial burden on the consumer when they are exposed.

- Halifax, MA, USA

problem #6

Feb 122010

Mustang

  • 68,000 miles
In reference to tsb-08-26-7 and tsb-07-14-6, there is a difficult to diagnose water leak in the floor board of the vehicle. The water leak coming from the passenger side of the vehicle from the wheel well into the floor board of the vehicle comes into contact with the smart junction box (sjb) of the vehicle. When water seeps into the sjb, it short circuits the majority of the electrical system of the vehicle including: Headlights, tail lights, A/C, instrument panel, radio, windshield wipers, rear defroster, windows, door locks, and a variety of other items. If all the correct conditions prevail, such as, night time driving in the rain and the water seeps into the sjb and short circuits it, the driver is left in the dark with no lighting, no wipers, or instrumentation of any type. Quick fix for dangerous condition was to pull the kick panel out of the floor board, unplug the sjb connector, and allow to briefly air dry before reconnecting. Vehicle was taken to dealer only to be claimed the "instrument cluster" was bad. Even though the tsbs were mentioned by the owner, nothing was said of the sjb being the problem.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #5

May 032010

Mustang

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that whenever it would rain, water would leak into the vehicle from the passengers side. Also, when driving in rainy weather or through a puddle, water would enter the vehicle and into the fuse box. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 20,000.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 102008

Mustang

  • 42,000 miles
My convertible tops frame snapped at the joint heat rivet and also cut the top cover.

- Eureka, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 232008

Mustang

  • 26,000 miles
Was driving down the highway Dec 23, 2008 when the entire electrical system on my 2005 Ford Mustang with 25,000 miles on it went completely dead. I purchased this slightly used Mustang at a Chrysler dealer six months ago and I purchased a top of the line extended warr, for $2000 when the vehicle was taken to the Ford dealership my top of the line extended warr. Did not cover the repairs due to the problem being a known factory defect. Ford Motor Company was no help with the problem also due to the car being slightly over the 3 year warr but not over the 36,000 mile warr. I have done some research since then on the matter and found this problem is a big problem with Ford. The internet is loaded with complaints from consumers with this exact same problem as mine. I would imagine driving down the highway at 65 miles per hr could be a catastrophe after losing all electrical power. Ford has a tsb number for this problem, it is tsb 07-14-6. the problem is water is entering the cowl area on the front of car and getting to the electrical system and shorting the system out. To make things worse, after all denied response to fix factory defect, they handed me a bill for $508 to trouble shoot problem when I specifically told the dealership there was a tsb notice on this problem and the problem was that of the tsb 07-14-6. this is no way fair and something has to be done.

- Rochester, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 262008

Mustang

  • 43,000 miles
During the raising of my convertible top the mechanism failed leaving the top half way up. The damage is so bad the top will not go up or down. The dealer says it will cost $6,000 to repair. The car is a 2005 and has only 43,000 miles and the top has not been cycled that many times. My extended warranty does not cover the top. I feel that this failure has occurred very early in the life of the vehicle and the cost of repair is 1/2 the value of the vehicle. I did not abuse the top because the raising and lowering is all automatic and can not be abused.

- Perry, UT, USA

problem #1

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

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