really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,892 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Jan 102010


  • 56,000 miles


I was driving @ 45mph when engine suddenly stalled out and lost all power, rpms, and power steering. Check engine lights came on, along with "check gauges" message. Pulled over, turned off truck, then started up and everything was fine again. This is the second time this has happened. Since everything is working again, it wont give a diagnostic code, so problem cannot be fixed. I have read alot online of this happening to others, but Ford seems oblivious to the fact. Some say it could be a throttle positioning sensor.

- Vestavia Hills, AL, USA

problem #14

Feb 012009


  • 75,000 miles
All four windows do not roll up or down. The digital instruments and lights on dashboard filker on and off. An independent mechanic checked vehicle and stated all four of the electric motors needed to be replace. Still working on the dashboard problem.

- San Benito, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 282009


  • 53,300 miles
Speedometer and gauges all drop to zero, power to clock/radio goes off, flash of ABS light and then flash of SRS light, when gauges return to normal the low fuel signal goes on in the odometer until the fuel gauge returns to normal. SRS light blinks 5 times then 3 times, repeats, and then stays on until the vehicle is shut off. This happens while the vehicle is being driven down the road and may happen multiple times in a row.

- Milan, IL, USA

problem #12

Jun 032008


  • 50,000 miles


I bought this truck with 48,000 miles on it. It had a bad shake in the rear area. Also a bad brake shimmy. Took to Ford dealership I bought it. Couldn't find anything wrong. Told normal! I worked in the service dept of a Ford dealership I know normal. 53,000 or so miles bad clunking from transfer area wouldn't go into 4 wheel drive 1/2 the time took to Ford, told nothing wrong again. 72,000 miles transmission goes out. Told nothing could be done, out by 2000 miles. I was a service manager for a Ford dealership they could do a supplement on the warranty. I asked for 1/2 of cost told no. Even after documentation of all the services and complaints told to bad so sad. This truck has had transmission troubles, 4 wheel drive trouble, the power window switch fell apart in the door and a bad brake shimmy even after I had a 4 wheel brake job done, its still there. No help from Ford at all!

- West, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 082009


  • 33,900 miles
While driving 35 mph my Ford F150 truck engine shut down. The truck lost all power brakes and steering. Seconds before it stalled a engine malfunction light came on. I was only able to re-start after coming to a complete stop, placing the truck in park and turning the key off then back on. Took it to dealer and they road tested and diagnosed codes; P2104, P0121 and P2112. Pinpointed and found electronic throttle body physically sticking closed. Replaced etb and retested ok after repairs. This was not covered under warranty. Time of failure the truck mileage was 33900. See service repair order.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 072009


  • 33,900 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 35 mph, the engine shut off and the warning indicator illuminated. The contact restarted the vehicle and pulled over to the side of the road. The dealer stated that they never heard of this type of failure and advised the contact to bring in the vehicle for repair. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that the electronic part that controls the foot pedal failed. The vehicle was repaired under warranty. The failure and current mileages were 33,900.

- Elcajon, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 182007


  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled when the brake pedal was depressed. When the failure occurred, the check engine indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer repaired the failure and they stated that the sensors failed; however, the failure still persists. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately two times. The Ford manufacturer issued a recall for the power booster line. The vehicle has not been taken in to have the recall repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000 and current mileage was 35,820.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 162007


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. When the contact activated the headlights, the instrument panel lights would dim. As a result, the gauges became difficult to see. She took the vehicle to the dealer on three different occasions and was informed that the issue was a safety feature in order to prevent glare on the driver's eyes at night. The dealer did nothing to repair the vehicle during the first visit. During the second and third visits, the dealer offered no remedy. The manufacturer stated that she did not have a legitimate complaint and referred her to the service manager at the dealer. The current mileage was 11,382 and failure mileage was approximately 6,000.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 082007


  • 40,000 miles
My truck has 56K on it bought it used with 35K on it when it starts runs with high idle and the top end ticks really bad the ticking does not go away at all speeds at a stop light it sounds like a diesel tic tic tic sounds like a lifter is stuck. I put "lucas" in it to try to make it go away then I changed the oil ran about two weeks with no difference and changed it again and no change called Ford dealer they couldn't help they said I would have take it in and get charged $165. Then I changed the spark plugs maybe a fouled plug that wasn't it there goes 120 bucks a couple of weeks ago my wife was driving on the freeway and the drivers side window falls the window regulator broke $140 replaced that already. The passenger seat belt locks up sometimes now to the front the steering wheel shakes really bad when you apply the brakes turned the rotors at Napa $20 new brake pads $90 at kragens balanced tires free I work at a tire shop shaking went away for about three days 350 miles later the shaking is back with a vengeance checked the balancing on the tires they were good rotors are out of shape again still on there now and the shaking is getting worse I cant afford them right now so they will stay there hooked up the snap on ehtos computer to it and registers that two sensors have an open circuit but no explanation for top end noise injectors might be bad.

- Fresno , CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 272008


  • 63,500 miles
Multiple window regulator assembly failures during normal use of the vehicle and even parked in some instances. It happens randomly and causes much stress. If you are driving in the extreme heat, snow or a heavy rain storm you can do nothing about it. If you have passengers especially small children they will have to suffer until you can get to a service station or have the tools on hand to fix it. Once the window falls you are exposed to the elements with no protection from having the window up. The window falls into the door and you cannot get the window back up unless you take the door panel off and manually shove the window up and place something there to hold it. I have had the parts replaced every time and it continues to happen and to multiple people. It has happened to me five times in three years.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Mar 122008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Driving on the freeway at approximately 70 miles per hour I activated the vehicles' cruise control system. Without warning the vehicles' interior lighting came on and I subsequently noticed that the vehicle had died ( engine, was no longer running). In a panic, I attempted to turn the ignition key with negative results. I cautiously pulled to the shoulder of the freeway, placed the transmission in park and turned the ignition key to the off position. I then turned the key to the starting position and the vehicle started again. This occurred on two separate occasions. An additional issue with the vehicles air conditioning system has happened several times wherein (usually within the first couple minutes of start up) when the air conditioning is turned on, on the "auto" setting, for example at the 60 degree setting on high, the system will intermittently turn off and then turn on displaying 72 degrees, then turn off, maybe back on again etc., blowing at a much lower speed. Addressed complaints with Ford dealership, however, (as always) they were unable to duplicate problem. Inquired about any service bulletins and informed that there were none. Thank you for your time.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 062006

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was on a trip out of town and I smelt something burning. Few minutes later, I saw smoke coming out of the corner center console. I pulled over to investigate and saw a light shining through the side of my console that didn't belong there. When I turned off my headlights and the light would turn off and stop melting the plastic of the console. This could have been worse for me had it not been daylight! it turns out it was the light that connects to the gear shift to illuminate the letters (P, R, D, etc.) had not been screwed in tightly at the manufacture. Ford replaced the console, the connection bracket and the light socket as they had melted together. My husbands light in his F150 unscrewed too, but didn't cause any damage.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #3

Jun 262006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford F-150 pick up truck was parked in our driveway. During the night the truck caught fire and burned through the garage and through the attic. Our home and contents were destroyed as well as loss of a family pet.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 282006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
On December 22, 2006, the contact had used the cruise control and it smelled like something electrical was burning. He turned off the vehicle and when he returned 2 hours later the smell had dissipated. The contacted stated that on December 28, 2006 his 2005 Ford F150 crew cab caught on fire. He had been driving approximately 8 minutes. The contact was driving approximately 35-40 mph. The weather conditions were dry. The contact stated smoke started coming up out of the dash board. There were no warning signs or alarms. He pulled over to the side of the road and was only able to roll the window down a quarter of an inch. The doors on the vehicle would not open. The contact had to keep banging his shoulder against the door and jiggling the handle before the door would open. The contact was using the cruise control. The police and fire department came to the scene. The contact was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The vehicle became completed engulfed in flames. The contact has a police report and fired department report.

- Signal Moutain, TN, USA

problem #1

Nov 252005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,600 miles
2005 Ford F-150 super crew 4X4, having electrical problems in vehicle, with a burning smell, lights coming on with no one in vehicle, A/C coming on by it's self and can't shut it off, battery going dead,4 way flashers turning can't turn off, radio going haywire, interior lights coming on, buzzers ringing when driving, turn key off gauges stay on. Had 2,600 miles on vehicle when it burned. Dealer could never find anything"????"

- Coats, NC, USA

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