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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,113 miles

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2005 Mercury Grand Marquis seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Mercury Grand Marquis Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #41

Aug 162016

Grand Marquis

  • 86,000 miles


Airbag light is on when engine running. Ford dealer claim to correct needs passenger side seat belt and pretensioner at a cost of $850.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #40

Jul 112016

Grand Marquis

  • 84,425 miles
Air bag light comes on and blinks a few times and then stays on when starting car. Light stays on all the time.

- Bonifay, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 102016

Grand Marquis 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Hello, I own a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis and have been experiencing an apparent problem with the air bag / seatbelt system. There is a light that is on that says airbag. I had it checked out by my local mechanic who said it was likely a seatbelt tensioner per the code in the computer. After doing some research online, I discovered that there were pages of people with similar problems. A working replacement could not be installed as these parts are numbered to the car and have to be repaired and reprogrammed. Dealers have quoted over $500+ for the repair, per my research. Given the amount of people just on the forums, for many years and mileages of this car, just for this problem. There is an apparent problem with Ford's S Q.C. from the start. If they are going to install a safety system it ought not become a liability, as I don't know if it will save me or injure me much less if the seat belts will work in an emergency! your feedback is appreciated. If I have reached the wrong dept. In errata could you either forward this to the right party or let me know who to contact. Again there are numerous complaints online about these vehicles. I have experienced Ford not including on the recall list, models that have had recall problems before. Please help. Thank you kindly [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Marshall, IL, USA

problem #38

Apr 072015

Grand Marquis

  • 50,000 miles


The seat belt light came on and would not go off had extened warranty but it did not cover the price to fix the seat belt which was defective was $900 ''' live on a fixed income and could not afford this price also the head light recall recieved a letter but never heard another thing on the head light my concern is the seat belt

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #37

May 172016

Grand Marquis

  • 82,588 miles
Takata recall also the exterior front body bumper paneles and left door molding panels are improperyly and in accurate/Y and inadequately secured on the front left side of the driver door possibliy resulting in unsafely coming apart while traveling on the road the imperfected placement can be easily seen by glancing at the side and front area of the vehicle

- Lillington, NC, USA

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problem #36

May 172016

Grand Marquis

  • miles
Air bag light turned on and has remained on. Vehicle has 20195 miles. Apparently this has been an on going problem that company has failed to addressed

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #35

Feb 122016

Grand Marquis

  • 42,992 miles


I purchased the vehicle as a used vehicle with 42900 miles. The vehicle has no history of an accident on the carfax report. The airbag light came on and the repair ended up costing over $1000 because new sensors had to be installed for the seat belt assemblies. The automobile mechanic said this is common for 2005 Ford automobiles. Why hasn't Ford issued a recall to correct the problem?

- Collinsville, VA, USA

problem #34

Nov 232015

Grand Marquis

  • 50,000 miles
Airbag warning light illuminated. Diagnosis indicated seat belt pre-tensioner was defective. Since airbag would not deloy in this condition, it was replaced, costing $513. Internet search shows numerous recall is warranted.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #33

Nov 022015

Grand Marquis

  • miles
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle airbag light illuminated. The dealer informed the consumer, the air bag module needed to be replaced.

- Ponca City, OK, USA

problem #32

Dec 132012

Grand Marquis 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. Consumer writes in regards to seat belts and steering wheel press switch replacement. The consumer stated in June 2015, the driver's seat belt was replaced which was the cause of the air bag light being on. MA 10/8

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #31

May 132015

Grand Marquis

  • 66,900 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat belt assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,900. MA 10/5

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #30

May 082015

Grand Marquis

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #29

Nov 102014

Grand Marquis 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. While driving at various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag pretensioner failed. As a result, the seat belt retractor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 7/16/15 the consumer stated the parts have not been in stock since 10-10-14. Updated 07/23/15

- Oceanport, NJ, USA

problem #28

Jan 202015

Grand Marquis

  • 25,712 miles
Air bag dash light started to flash several times and then remained illuminated steadily after a few days. Dealership conducted diagnostic scan, which revealed problem with both driver and passenger pretensioners, needing replacing. Their estimate was approx. $1,500. From what we've researched, there appear to be numerous incidents of this nature. There should be a full investigation with possible recall. Cannot afford this repair!!

- North Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #27

May 072015

Grand Marquis

  • 104,500 miles
Air bag light came on, blinked three times then four times; it will do this 2-3 times then remain lit. No code pulled from standard code scanner. I see numerous complaints on 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis for this very same problem. This should be a recall; it is a safety issue that should be addressed asap.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #26

May 052015

Grand Marquis

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and it was determined that the seat belt pretensioner failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000.....updated 07/22/15

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #25

May 052015

Grand Marquis

  • 47,924 miles
Car failed safety inspection due air bag warning light on. Diagnosis indicated that the driver's seat belt pretensioner had failed, and air bag would not inflate in a crash. The pretensioner had to be replaced. This seemed like a premature failure, as the car has only 47924 miles. The service desk person at the dealer said that this was very common in Mercury Grand Marquis. I did some checking on the internet and found that he was correct, according to all of the reports exactly like mine. In Virginia a car fails for this light being on. I'm not sure about other states. In view of the frequency of this problem, I feel there should be a recall.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #24

Mar 052015

Grand Marquis 8-cyl

  • 59,500 miles
I started my vehicle, the air bag light on the dash flashes three times, then another three times, than stays on solid. I took my car to the local Ford dealership and they diagnosed that both driver and passenger seat belt pre-tensioners are shorted out and need to be replaced at a cost of $1608. They told me my air bags will not deploy due to this malfunction. I called Ford Motor Co and they said there are no plans to issue a recall over this problem. They did give me a claim number and told me that if I get it repaired at a Ford dealership, and there ever is a recall, they will consider reimbursement. A quick search on the internet indicates that this is a fairly common problem with the 2005 Grand Marquis. Given that the air bags will not deploy in an accident, how is this not subject to a safety recall?

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #23

Aug 012013

Grand Marquis 8-cyl

  • 51,200 miles
This started out with lights and windshield wipers cutting off and on with no apparent wearing. Also burning smell. Took it in got that fixed. I was informed this had occurred in others same exact thing. Right after that next thing was dash lights for ABS, airbag, and anti skid stay on. I took it to 2 places. Was told it was a module unit by one place the other couldn't find a reason. I have not had it fixed since I couldn't get a clear reason for it, also the car runs fine. The lights must mean something. I'm going to sell it but need to get as much a possible for it and this will take away from the buying price. Need to fix but was told the module unit repair seems strange. Please help any advice would be helpful. Thank you

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #22

Dec 032014

Grand Marquis 8-cyl

  • 72,800 miles
Air bag light stays on. Ford dealer says $1,300 repairs needed.

- Purcell, OK, USA

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