really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,745 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 152015

Five Hundred

  • 145,618 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the door latch failed to close. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the door latch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,618.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 022013

Five Hundred

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that during cold weather, the front driver and passenger side doors were almost impossible to open due the latches becoming frozen. The contact mentioned that there were times when the latches would freeze in an open position. Also, the contact stated that the doors would open independently while the vehicle was in motion. The dealer was contacted and they informed the contact that the VIN was not included in recall NHTSA campaign: 06V383000 (latches/locks/linkages). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000. Pam

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #10

Dec 242011

Five Hundred

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the front driver side door would not latch properly after inclement weather such as ice, snow or rain. The contact would hold open the door handle and shove it a few times in order to enter on the passenger side to ensure that the door would remain shut while operating the vehicle. The dealer advised the contact that her VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 06V383000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch) and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 74,000 and the failure mileage was 71,000.

- Chelsea, ME, USA

problem #9

Dec 282007

Five Hundred

  • miles


This is the problem that I am having #06V383000 with my 2005 Ford Five hundred I took it to a dealer and was told that since it was not a Ford recall that they could not fix the problem. It seems to happen when it get extremely cold out. Some times I have to drive to work holding the door until the latch catches. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #8

Feb 282008

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my first Ford product in the spring of 2007. In December the driver side door would not close. There was a tsb dated 06-25-04 for which service was claimed to have been performed. On February 11, 2008 again the driver door would not latch. I had to drive it up to family Ford in waterbury, holding the door closed. All they did on that day was spray some sort of lubricant in the door latch. Today, February 28th at 5:30 am while taking a right turn on my way into work, the door flew open. It had not latched. I had to slam the door five times to get it to latch closed. This is now the third incident with this door. I feel this now falls into the lemon law category. Family Ford just wants to spray lubricant and try to blame damp weather. I have always owned GM vehicles and never have I had this type of problem. This is a safety issue.

- Watertown, CT, USA

problem #7

Jan 292008

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,444 miles
Purchased my 500 9/05 it only had 5 miles on it. 6 months later loud explosion in engine which began to leak some sort of fluid got the car towed to dealer purchased was told A/C leaking oil and they had to replace the manifold I wasn't even using the A/C was March!!! my dash console had to be replaced since it was defective and the computer also had to be reprogrammed since the car wouldn't start in 30 degree weather this happened in jan06......my fuel straps were replaced due to recall and my door locks were replaced due to recall and I had 22K miles when the back brakes began making a terrible grinding noise when backing up took to dealer said that although car is under warranty brakes are under wear and tear and would not be covered now which didn't make any sense since the front brakes were good how could back brakes go bad before front brakes unless you only drive your car in reverse"???" I paid the $400 to fix since was informed 500 rotors cant be turned ever will always have to purchase new ones......then 6 months later brakes were recalled and I did request refund which I did receive. However I now have 44K no longer have warranty since expired and I didn't buy extended warranty brought car in to Ford since transmission light was turning on and off along with the traction control light then had trans censor replaced was told that was problem then 2 days later light still turning on and car will not reverse took into dealer again was told trans axle broke in half and need new trans which costs $5300 car is only work 9K!!!! Ford company said they will offer assistance only of 3K since out of warranty they also informed me that had I purchased the extended warranty I would only be paying $100 nothing like throwing that in your face. I have no choice but to pay it need a car and am a single parent of 2. also back doors trim is coming apart passenger since is completely rotted out.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

problem #6

May 102007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,585 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. On March 26, 2007, the contact had the rear brakes on his vehicle checked and was told by the mechanic that the brakes were in good condition. On May 10, 2007, the brakes began to fail. While driving 35 mph under normal conditions, the contact heard the rear brakes grinding metal to metal. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who replaced the rear rotors and brake pads. The contact has the rear rotors to show the unusual wear. The contact also has the repair orders from both repairs. The engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 38,585. The dealer stated that the recall for this car was performed on the latch of the door for this vehicle. Updated 06/06/07

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #5

Apr 102007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,024 miles
- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred with a current mileage of 29,345 miles. After driving the vehicle for 191 miles the contact heard a thumping noise coming from the rear brakes. She took the vehicle to the dealer, and was told that there was corrosion between the brake pads and rotors. Both rear brakes were replaced. The contact drove the vehicle for another 9,319 miles. When the contact took the vehicle to the dealer for routine maintenance she was told that the rear brakes were 90% corroded. The contact replaced the brakes. The contact called Ford, and was told not to use the brakes as frequently. The consumer states door latch freezes at times, dealer performed recall on vehicle. Update 05/04/07

- Marblehead , MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 272007

Five Hundred

  • 32,000 miles
Ford recall no. 06S45 did not fix the problem. Our Ford Five hundred drivers door failed to latch the day after a trip through the car wash in below freezing weather. My wife tried to latch the door many times and locked and unlocked it several times. It finally latched. The local dealer looked at it and lubed it (again). The technician stated that this was not the first one he had seen.

- Backus, MN, USA

problem #3

Jan 022007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,600 miles
Received a recall notice from Ford moco. Took the wifes vehicle into the dealership for repairs, the technician called and said the car was repaired and we took the vehicle home. I took the vehicle to work that evening and when I got off work my freind and I that rides to work with me noticed thast the door still wasn't shutting properly. I slammed the door 3 OR4 times and thought it had latched as the dome light went out. I dropped my freind off at his home and was heading to a nearby convenience store when the door popped open. I was startled and was trying to close the door, while I was distracted with the door I went off the road and struck a power pole and chain link fence. I refused an ambulance ride to the hospital but had to go later with nech pain.

- Elkins, WV, USA

problem #2

Dec 012006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 720 miles
I have a recall of Nov 2006 on my 2005 Ford 500 for the doors flying open after freezing VIN [xxx] and robin of Ford corporate headquarters states Ford will not pick this car up (as it has defective brakes as previously noted to you and has an affidavit of non use filed). Ford is refusing to perform work on the recall. Updated 07/11/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #1

Dec 212005

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 6,947 miles
Consumer 2005 Ford 500 door came open while driving. Water leaked into the vehicle from the doors. The dealer replaced both front door latches and new water canels. The dash had a bubble in the leather and the dealer replaced it. The molding was coming off the vehicle. The vehicle would not start on one occasion.

- Hutchinson, MN, USA

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