definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,508 miles

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2005 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #17

May 292014

F-250 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


Hit a bump going across a bridge on I-74. The entire truck began to shake violently for several hundred feet before I regained control of the vehicle. This is evidently what Ford is calling a " shimmy". I had almost no control of the vehicle at this point. If the shoulder of the highway was any narrower I would not be here today. This happened again two days later. I was almost rear ended at a speed of 60 mph. I don't know what to do, I'm still making payments on a truck that is unsafe to drive. This "shimmy " is going to get people killed.

- Veedersburg, IN, USA

problem #16

Oct 012012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Severe steering shake and front shimmy after going over roughness in road. Vehicle had to be slowed to almost rest to stop shimmy. Has happened multiple times.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #15

May 212010


  • 21,419 miles
This is the first of four times that I have had to have brake work done on my truck. Three of the times I was told that the calipers had frozen and so calipers pads and (except this last time) rotors had to be replaced. This is absurd for a truck with less than 45,000 miles. Understand this is expensive!! have never had anything like this on any other vehicle. Also, I have experienced the oft talked about "death wobble" a few times on the highway. Was rear brakes in 2010' fronts in 2011' now rears again in 2013.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #14

Apr 222010

F-250 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


I was on the interstate driving 70 mph when I hit a small bump in the road which caused my truck to shake violently and lose control of steering which took me off the road into the center median. This could have easily been a head on collision in different circumstances.

- Two Harbors , MN, USA

problem #13

Jan 052012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driving on interstate and ran off onto rumble strips on side of road and wheel shake became extremely violent.had to bring vehicle down to 30 mph from 75 very quickly and almost was hit from behind doing so.have seen this and had it happen on older trucks that had excessive were in tie rods and worn front end parts but this truck is tight so I thought. First time for this and it was very frighten couldn't believe how violent shake was. Ford does need to address this or offer a fix before someone does get hurt. Wonder how many are out there that people have gotten rid of or never complained about it?

- Stonewall, LA, USA

problem #12

Dec 152008


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle would shake whenever he drove over a bump. The failure occurred at all speeds. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed. The contact replaced the tires himself, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- Barton, MD, USA

problem #11

Dec 122011

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 40,000 miles


Our 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty, (with less than 50,000 miles) continues to have instances of extreme front end shaking when crossing bridges and going over any size bumps in the road, (big or small). When this happens, the vehicle is 'out of control'!!! this is a severe and dangerous problem that Ford needs to recall. It is clear that this is an ongoing issue with this vehicle. Is it going to take a fatal crash to get the attention from the Ford manufacturer"???? or a class action lawsuit???" the local dealerships deny there is any issue with the vehicle, have paid private mechanic to install stabilizer, etc., but problem is only getting worse. Due to this being a severe safety hazard, I would like to see a formal recall process begin.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #10

Mar 142007


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F250. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph over a road bump when the vehicle began to jerk violently, causing it to travel uncontrollably across two lanes. The contact was able to regain control and resumed normally. The failure occurred on four separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the upper ball joints were replaced. The failure continued to occur after the repair was performed. The manufacturer notified the owners that the vehicle could experience a potential shimmy and recommended that the tires be inflated to the correct pressure to prevent the defect. The manufacturer was made aware of the recurring problem. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 012011

F-250 8-cyl

  • miles
When I hit a pot hole doing 50mph the front driver side starts to shake on uncontrollably pressure is ok. Brakes are new, what should I do to repair this ?

- Aiken , SC, USA

problem #8

Nov 232005

F-250 10-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
I just received from Ford another notice about the out of control shimming that takes place concerning the 2005 F- 250. Ford has does nothing to correct this problem other than to blow smoke at everyone about the tire pressure. Since I bought this unit new, the tire have always been corrected to the proper amount or the correct tires been replaced. Still this issue takes place. Its an unbelievable terrifying shaking that takes place, and only stops when the truck gets to about 20-25 miles an hour. This occurred most recently, last that a car following me, pulled me over to tell me how it looked from the rear, to the point the person behind me was fearful for their safety as well. I refuse to let any member of the family drive this truck, other than myself. There is certainly more to this issue than what Ford is making out to be and all Ford wants to do is blow smoke at us about the tire pressure. I've tried to sell this unit to no avail, as the dealers don't want to touch this unit and others have checked on line to have found out about it and asked me about it, and wanting to be honest I told them about it. So now I have a truck that I can't even sell at a deep discount. Thanks Ford.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 082011

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


My Ford F250 has a very dangerous wobble when I hit a bump on the highway. I have checked the tire pressure and all four tires are fine. After doing some research I had found that this is a on going problem with the Ford sd trucks. Something has to be done or someone is going to get killed due to a bad accident. Every dealer that I talk to has never heard of this problem but yet I see it posted all over the internet. I am very upset and I am going to take legal action.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 242011


  • 50,035 miles
Cruising along the highway, if I hit a bump in the road doing any speed over 55 mph the truck begins to shake very badly!! so bad that I can hardly control the truck. Only way to make it stop is to slow to 40 mph. Very unsafe to drive on any highway!! there is no bad parts on this truck...

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 092011

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 60,000 miles
During highway speeds and you hit a set of bumps or a single bump my truck will violently shake at the front end. It feels like the whole front end of the truck is coming apart! Ford will not admit anything is wrong.. there are countless entries about this all over the web.. is somebody going to do something??

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 232011


  • 18,723 miles
My kids and I were driving on I-70 West coming from cambridge Ohio to columbus. We hit a rough spot in the road and the front end started shaking violently from side to side. The whole truck was shaking. I let my foot off the accelerator and changed lanes. This did not stop the shaking. I went off on the berm and continued to slow down. At approx. 35-40 mph it stopped shaking. I checked the tires and all were fine. We proceeded on and roughly 10 miles down the road it did it again. I again took my foot off the gas and headed towards the berm, I did try hitting the brakes this time. Brakes made no difference. The shaking did not stop until we were between 35 and 40 mph. I have owned this truck since it had 5,000 miles on it and have traveled this road many times. The truck has always bounced around when hitting rough road surfaces, however, it stopped once past the rough spot. My truck is only used occasionally and has all of its original components it left the factory with, including the tires. I can not find any loose tie rod ends. Once I got home I turned off the truck and when I went to restart it to pull into the garage the battery was completely dead. This could of been totally coincidence, however, I believe the violent shaking caused a battery plate to short out. In my opinion this is completely unacceptable and is not a safe condition for anyone to be in at highway speeds. If my wife had been driving, she would not have been able to control the vehicle. I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter as it could have very serious and unfortunate consequences for other owners who could experience this problem, at any time, without warning.

- Upper Arlington, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 152005


  • 125 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving 55-60 mph over a bump in the road, the front end began to shake violently. A local mechanic replaced the shimmy shock but the failure continued. The dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The contact received a notice from the manufacturer in 2009 stating advising him to keep the tires inflated. The contact stated that he had to slow down to 35-40 mph to get the shaking to stop. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 125 and the current mileage was approximately 47,000.

- Nitro, WV, USA

problem #2

May 302009


  • 34,341 miles
Ford 2005 F250 4X4 Super Duty, violent shaking. On sat May 30th at approx 11:00 am pacific standard time, I was traveling on the I 280 South freeway with my daughter to a soccer tournament in my 2005 F250 4X4 Super Duty truck. We were in cruise control going approx 55 mph. We drove over what I believe was a large expansion joint on the freeway. Immediately after we traveled over joint, the vehicle start to violently shake and vibrate. After a tense moment of complete terror as the vehicle became extremely difficult to control and continued to shake violently we came to a unsafe stop on the freeway. After the complete stop, I immediately had to speed up again to prevent being rear ended in the middle of the freeway. The rest of the trip was spent white knuckled traveling well below freeway speeds for fear of another episode of shaking. Every bump in the road was a scary reminder of what might happen again. My daughter is scared to travel in the truck and my wife has demanded that the problem be addressed immediately, or "sell the !@#$% truck". this is not an isolated incident. Ford Motor Company sent a notice informing me of the problem. They indicated it could be prevented with proper tire pressure. My tires were well within the range of pressure suggested. I know this because I checked them immediately when I arrived home. This is completely unacceptable and presents a major risk to the driver of these vehicles as well as the surrounding drivers. I almost lost control of my truck and had flashes of my daughter and I never making it home. There was a parent traveling behind us in a truck. They witnessed the violent shaking and said "I thought your axle was going to come undone and you were going to crash".this is completely unacceptable and I will be taking my daughters and my experience to as many forums as possible until there is a full recall on these trucks. Ford is completely aware of the situation, don't let them get away this.

- Sanfrancisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142007

F-250 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-250. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle shakes violently. The failure initially occurred when she hit a small bump in the road. The vehicle is currently at the dealer for service. The dealer has not yet diagnosed the cause of failure. The VIN, engine size, and # of cylinders were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 25,000.

- Ingridge, AK, USA

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