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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,187 miles

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2005 Ford Mustang brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 022010

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


I am the owner of a 2005 Ford Mustang with a standard transmission. This morning (with overnight temperatures in the 20S) as I started out of my driveway to go to work, my car stalled. I restarted the car and tried one more to move forward. The vehicle stalled again. On the third attempt, I was applied more fuel to get the car moving, but my back wheels were very hesitant (as if the brakes were locked up). I drove the car several blocks to my repair facility. When I got out of the car, I could smell that the brakes had gotten hot. My service associate took the vehicle into the garage and put it on the lift to inspect. He stated that the brakes had seized (unknown reason at this time). Upon removal of the driver's side wheel the problem was resolved. The mechanic stated that there was, most likely, some moisture in the emergency brake line and that during the short time that the vehicle was in the heated garage the line had unfrozen (melted). He suggested that I not use the emergency brake for parking in subfreezing temps. He also stated that Ford is aware of this issue and that I should contact Ford for final resolution. I contacted my local Ford service department who read a bulletin confirming that Ford is, in fact, aware of this defect in the original emergency brake cable / boot. The service technician went on to say that Ford has an improved part and that the boot and cable lining have new features to resolve the defect. I then contacted Ford customer service who also acknowledged that Ford is aware of this defect, but at this time there is no recall and that Ford's current policy disallows reimbursement for the stated defect. Failure of the braking system could potentially cause severe injury or death to myself, passengers and anyone who might be in the vicinity during a failure with the braking system. At this point, I obviously need to have the vehicle repaired. Since there is no current recall Ford has declined reimbursement.

- Marietta, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 222008


  • 35,000 miles
I have a 2005 Mustang that the parking brake has frozen on 3 times since 2006 and on another occasion had the parking brake cables hanging down by the rear tires. The parking brake cables have been replaced twice already.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 012006

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
: the contact stated that a second recall notice was received pertaining to the brake lines and hoses. The notice also stated that vehicle should not be driven and the service dealers would arrange for the vehicle to be towed. The dealers and the manufacturer were notified and will not honor or acknowledge the recall service and towing. The vehicle has not been remedied or provided towing to the service dealers.

- Osage Beach, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 282005

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,747 miles
Right brake sticks causing rotors and pads to heat up and catch on fire. The dealer replaced the pads and rotors and I had to pay for it. The problem still there. I have also read forums online where other owners have had the brake catch fire due to it catching. The mechanic at the dealer admitted that the caliper was not working right, but dealer refused to replace it. My dealer will not fix problem or ever look at the rotor that is already torn up and over heater again after only 2 days of driving. I don't know if anyone else has been injured or killed, but I am sure if this is not looked into someone will be soon. I am not the only owner that is having this problem. Dealer tried to claim we drove with E-brake on. It was not on. Vehicle pulled to the right as if it was a alignment problem. When I stopped there was smoke coming from the right rear brake. I have the rotors and pads to prove that the only one that was messed up is the right. It almost caught on fire.

- Winslow, AZ, USA

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