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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,295 miles

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2005 Ford Mustang fuel system problems

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Oct 012010


  • miles


I am the owner of a 2005 Mustang. I have already had to replace the throttle body as my car (which is an automatic) would randomly stall out at lights. One time leaving me stranded in the intersection. It is very difficult to fill my gas tank as the gas pump nozzle kicks back for some reason while pumping. My speedometer will read inaccurately at times, sometimes reading extremely high numbers, sometimes not at all. I am using gps and my own discrection when gauging how fast I'm going. After a heavy rainstorm, when making left turns, my passenger floor becomes flooded by water pouring out from under the passenger side dashboard. My passengers feet get soaked as well as carpet, floormat and any other things I have in the floor board.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #17

Sep 012010


  • 70,000 miles
On September 1, 2010, the gas gauge on the vehicle failed - reading more than full, and other various irregular readings. Repaired for $75, then failed again next day. Have not repaired again as dealer estimates cost at $1500 due to multiple failures according to their tests. Gas light still works when fuel is very low. On November 1, 2010, the speedometer failed - reading 80 mph when vehicle is stopped. Have not repaired, using gps to estimate speed. I contacted Ford about these issues as they seem very common with this model & year vehicle by a quick search online. They advised that I should just get it fixed at the closest dealership. Given the frequency of this failure I feel they should be responsible as the original parts must be faulty given the number of people posting the same issues online. Ford advised that your Agency was the only one that could order a recall. I would think that knowing how much gas you have or knowing how fast you are going are valid safety issues that Ford should be required to fix at their expense.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #16

Jul 052010


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated while refueling the vehicle, gasoline began spewing from the vehicle and onto the ground and the contact. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the contact was advised to inquire with the manufacturer about a technical service bulletin on the vehicle. The dealer advised there was a defect within the fuel tank and any repairs would be at the owner's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 67,000.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #15

Feb 272010


  • 40 miles


1. ran out of gas on freeway 2. within 1 week after buying my 2005 Mustang the gas gauge would read out of fuel when I had a full tank. Now the fuel gauge stays on full even when I am out of fuel. 3. Ford solution was to add tekron fuel booster, which to my surprise worked for a while. Now I put in the tekron from chevron and it does no longer solve the problem. I talked to the Ford dealer and Ford Motor Company and got the same answer, the Mustang has a split fuel tank and both sides have a fuel level sensor and they both have to be replaced to solve the problem. To a tune of over $600. Why is it that Nissan has a recall back to 95 to fix fuel gauge problems but Ford puts the repair cost on the customer, its not right.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jul 282009


  • 65,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Mustang shut totally off while traveling in the left lane of a busy interstate highway in nc (I-95N). I managed to get off road and had the car towed to a dealership near fayetteville, nc. The diagnosis was a bad mass air flow (maf) sensor. I feel that a vehicle should go into a fail-safe mode and not totally shut down due to a minor issue such as a bad maf sensor. Under slightly less favorable road/weather conditions, this dangerous vehicle fault could have resulted in an accident.

- Shady Side, MD, USA

problem #13

Aug 062009


  • 45,000 miles
I am not sure exactly who to send this to. I am contacting you about a vehicle safety issue. This is about a 2005 Ford Mustang. I have talked with the Ford dealer about this and they are unwilling to help. This is a known issue with this vehicle model according to the Ford dealer service dept and I would assume other Ford vehicles with this engine. This Mustang has 60,000 miles currently. This issue has been going on since approximately 45,000 miles. The issue, according to the dealer service dept, is with the engines throttle body. Apparently the throttle plate bushings become worn and allow the plate to become stuck shut. This causes the engine to become "stuck" at idle. This has resulted in multiple near miss vehicle accidents. This has happened quite often when trying to pull out into traffic from a stop and the car will not accelerate when the gas pedal is pushed, even to the floor. The car just idles into traffic or the engine dies completely adding the problem of no power steering. I have two vehicles that were affected by safety recall 07S57. This seems to me to be a similar safety issue and thought I should contact the NHTSA. I am not sure who to contact about this for help. If this is not the correct place to send this can you forward it to someone or reply to me with info. Thank you matt mitchell san antonio,

- Shavano Park, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 082008


  • 45,000 miles


Popping noise up front when I turn left or right, also very hard to put gas in tank my brother is a certified mechanic and he said it was the strut bearing plate making the popping noise on the passenger side. It is like $300 plus labor to replace. I have read alot of people complaining on the popping noise, this should be a recall. The gas tank should be a recall too. Thanks

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #11

Apr 102009


  • miles
Trying to refuel at some pumps is a problem. Something keeps shutting off the pump. I have learned to recognize this and go to another station down the road. I can usually fill the tank at another station. There are some stations where this has problem has occurred more times than not, so I try to avoid these stations.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 182009


  • 35,000 miles
2005 Ford Mustang I purchased the car as a used vehicle. On most occurrences it takes 15 minutes to fuel the car with about 1/4 -1/8 of a tank of fuel remaining. There appears to be an issue with pressure in the tank causing the pump nozzle to shut off repeatedly. The nozzle must be removed from the tank inlet and then put back in about 20-30 times in order for the tank to be filled.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #9

Nov 102008


  • 32,000 miles
Fuel gauge drops to empty, sometimes comes back while driving. Seems to always read normal after turning ignition off and back on.

- Columbus, WI, USA

problem #8

Mar 152006


  • 266 miles


The fuel tank is very difficult to get fuel in when the tank is over 1/4 full. This has been going on since I bought the car and Ford recognizes the problem but doesn't have a fix. I have been told to try other gas stations. It doesn't matter which gas station or how the hose is positioned.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #7

Dec 012008


  • 43,000 miles
At 43,000 miles the check engine light would come on and then go off. The engine rpms will surge up and down when first starting and there seems to be a greater amount of exhaust visible. The warranty Ford dealer for this area in germany (kohlhoff Ford in mannheim) checked the vehicle and determined that the engine air/gas control sensor (anti-knock sensor) is defective. This is a 50 state emissions control vehicle (California) but Ford warranty advisor states that the warranty is only when it's in California. I am stationed overseas. So the 3 year, 50,000 mile warranty for this and the 8 year, 80,000 mile emissions warranty is not covering this. Replacement parts are on order.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #6

Sep 182008


  • 25,000 miles
Gas tank on my 2005 Mustang won't completely fill. The local Ford dealer says this is a common problem on this vehicle. They replaced the tank a few months ago after it wouldn't fill up. The new tank worked correctly until a week and a half ago. Now the local dealer says there is nothing that can be done to correct the problem.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #5

Jun 012006

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Ford Mustang V6. In 2006 I started having trouble with giving it gas and no going anywhere. When I took to mechanic he could not find anything wrong. The problem stopped on its own. In 6 months I started having same problem. Took to a different mechanic, he said it was a defected gas tank. I wish someone would check on this before it happens again and I get into a serious wreck due to malfunction.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 182007


  • miles
Filling fuel tank - in response to all those consumers having problems filling their 2005 Ford Mustang gas tanks, here is a method you can try which works for me everytime. Turn the gas pump/hose nozzle in an upside down position within your tank and it should fill without shutting off!

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 262007

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,200 miles
I have a 2005 Mustang. It had fuel filling problems since I got it. The pump would click off continuously making it virtually impossible to fill. At times, it would even allow the gasoline to spew out of the vehicle. I took the vehicle to the service department and they already had a bulletin from Ford indicating the problem and that the tank should be replaced. Recently, I have been having the same problem again with the new fuel tank. I don't fill up that often, because I work from home and rarely drive the car. Again, difficult to fill and fuel spewing out of the car onto the side of the vehicle and the ground. I know from reading online that hundreds if not thousands of other Mustangs are having the same issues. I took it back to the service department and this time they decided that they were not going to fix it. According to the service ticket it is a normal characteristic of that vehicle to spew fuel out of the side of the car when you are attempting to fill it up. Yes, I have the ticket if you would like a copy of it. The date I provide on this form will be for the most recent incident. It spent a week in the shop following the incident, but, according to the shop foreman, was never looked at.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 252005

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,700 miles
Purchased vehicle in 4/05-problems started in 10/05. Engine light on and engine idle rough on 4 separate occasions. Two sensors, a solenoid, and spark plug replaced on those occasions. Now car is at dealer because it will stall when idle and lose power. This is really not safe when you are entering traffic! still waiting for the outcome of this. The fuel sending unit needed to be replaced due to erratic fuel gauge-the gauge would show empty when the tank was full.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 222005


  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Purchased the car on June 1, 2005 and on three occasions have been unable to fill the gas tank more than half way. I have even left the gas station and gone back later in the day to finish filling the tank, but was unable to do so, as the pump continued to shut off as if the tank was already full.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

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