really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,880 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred body / paint problems

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 092017

Five Hundred

  • 129,000 miles


Doors & latch does not stay coneected once locked in cold weather door paw and latch fail to catch resulting in possable accdent or major saftey issuie

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #12

Dec 142016

Five Hundred

  • 125,000 miles
In extremely cold temperatures, the door will not latch or will pop open while driving. It has happened multiple times, but only in below freezing temperatures. Ford recall notice 06S45 describes it perfectly, but somehow my Ford Five hundred is not included in the recall.

- Etna, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 302015

Five Hundred

  • miles
When coming to a complete stop with my foot on the brake, the car continues to jerk and drive. It also does it while reversing which in both cases has almost caused me to run into the car in front or behind me. It takes a while to pick up speed after stopping. It jerks while picking up speed. The passenger door inside handle does not close on its own. It rains in the car on the driver's side. The front driver's side panel keeps popping out of place.. the thing under the car that keeps you from hitting the curb, is falling apart.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #10

Jul 112016

Five Hundred

  • 153,675 miles


I was driving down the road about 45/55 mph going around a slight turn when all of a sudden the rear lower control arm and the mount its bolted to snaps lose and I start doing 360S thank god no one was in the other lane they'd be dead probably. Ford needs to fix this pos car cuz that's definitely a manufacturer problem

- Stoystown, PA, USA

problem #9

Dec 252006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I have taken my 2005 Ford 500 to my local Ford dealer so many times I can not count for the same recurring issues. This vehicle always lunges when I put in gear in reverse or forward. The car lunged backward striking a parked car the first week I got it. I paid for all damage cause I didn't want to claim new car on my insurance. While driving on highway engine starts to decelerate while trying to pass car or change lanes..big problem in traffic..have to floor it till it kicks into gear. Dangerous. Then, everytime it rains, all 4 doors fill with water..I have to lift up rubber at the bottom..clear the holes..wait for 5 minutes each door. Every winter the driver side door latch freezes up and I can't close the door..I thought they dealer fixed the door latch due to a safety recall..that is not the case..several times, I have had to drive to work 15 minutes holding the door shut while driving down the highway.dangerous. I have had it lubed with several products, doesn't work..the service manager at my local Ford dealer showed me how to hold the door handle open while using a screwdriver to free the latch..handy little trick. I keep silicone lube spray, screwdriver, pliers, and a jumper box in the car at all times.I have called Ford Motor Co. Many times..always got run around and no straight answers. Finally last week after calling 5 times, I was transferred to a supervisor that explained to me that the other 10 times I called.no complaint was filed and informed me on the complaint process..I just purchased a new Taurus and am hoping to let my son use the 500 to drive to college daily..I am concerned about his safety in this car..so unless these issues are addressed and corrected, I don't know what to do..I have put a lot money into this car.what happen to the lemon law. This car is a lemon.

- Lake Geneva, WI, USA

problem #8

Apr 132005

Five Hundred

  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that she attempted to close the driver's door but the door latch would not catch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the latch needed to be sprayed with a solution to loosen it. The dealer then stated that the latch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lake Geneva, WI, USA

problem #7

Aug 262013

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 134,177 miles


Galvanic corrosion, where hood latch bar attaches to hood, is eating away the hood metal. Connection will eventually fail allowing hood to blow open while driving.

- Lakeside, MT, USA

problem #6

Apr 062013

Five Hundred

  • 80,000 miles
Car was brought in for throttle recall 3/28/13. Upon the return, the car began experiencing erratic surges of RPM/speed. Gears did not shift right with intermittent acceleration until vehicle shut off while driving on highway, barely escaping accident. Vehicle would not start & had to be brought back to dealer. Dealer stated it was a pre-exiting condition despite vehicle not having any prior issues before recall service. Dealer diagnosed & agreed to replace fuel filter. Vehicle restarted, but still with intermittent acceleration and improper gear shift surges at any speed. On 4/6/13, while driving on highway vehicle experienced several engine failures, narrowly escaping accident again. Shortly after while completely stopped, vehicle lunged forward hitting another vehicle from behind, causing severe damage to both bumpers along with engine failure. Car was brought back to dealer once again, and dealer refused to take accountability and re-service, stating it was a pre-existing condition. Unserviced vehicle remains unusable and considered a hazard to drive. Vehicle sits in stadium Ford quality auto mall, rutherford NJ with no resolve from Ford despite numerous complaints.

- Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

problem #5

Dec 012011

Five Hundred

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that whenever it would rain or snow, water penetrated the rear door driver's side causing electrical and structural failures. The vehicle was taken O a local mechanic who inspected the vehicle and was unable to locate the area where the water was penetrating the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000 and the current mileage 112,000.

- Long Meadow, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 032011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle lunges while holding the brake when putting into reverse or drive and continues to do so while waiting to pull into traffic making it very dangerous! it also does this while trying to park making it dangerous to park near anything! I have seen several complaints regarding this very same problem stating it is a throttle body defect that costs at lowest $700 to repair. Front suspension is shot already with loud clunking noises, very rough ride! rear doors fill with water which will result in rust holes! all of these problems have been reported several times by other owners of this same year and make of vehicle. Ford should be responsible for the repairs needed to fix these problems.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 012009

Five Hundred

  • 60,543 miles


Right roof molding was found missing after something fell of car on local trip. There is no way this item should come off under normal driving conditions. Dealer wants over $116 to replace. This should be a warranty/recall item since it poses a risk to following traffic. The front windshield trim failed after just 5 months and also partially blew off on a trip. There is a quality control problem here. The left side roof molding also seems loose & I'm afraid I am going to lose it. I want the dealer to replace it free.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 242007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. While driving 25 mph, the contact heard a clunking noise and the vehicle pulled to the left into oncoming traffic. The engine was still running. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the a frame detached from the sub frame. The vehicle is currently at the dealer and has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 55,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 302005

Five Hundred

  • miles
Paint chips due to what I feel is a body flaw. The tires flip small gravel against the flare directly behind the rear car doors. This caused chips in the paint.

- Corydon, IN, USA

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