really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,644 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred electrical problems

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #45

Sep 012012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 157,139 miles


Out side air temp was approx 96 degrees so ac was on. While shifting into reverse the vehicle lunged so hard it was uncontrollable, and unstoppable, if some one had stepped out behind me they would have died as I could only stop reward movement by shifting into drive. This occurred three times trying to get out of a parking space at a crowded mall.the vehicle then stalled. The lunging was so fast the brakes could hardly hold the car from moving in reverse. In checking there is a service bulletin tsb-05-25-13 from Ford Motor Company on this very issue but no recall, also many incidents/accidents recorded in this regard. If I was not prepared enough during this incident in a crowded parking lot some one would have died, this must be addressed B-4 someone is run over. Currently Ford has no comment. Please contact me for further details.

- Markleeville, CA, USA

problem #44

May 022012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
The electronic throttle body is bad in majority of vehicles in my class year. This costly repair causes the vehicle to lunge forward while in drive and lunge backwards while in reverse. It is worst when the ac is on, ,it causes the vehicle to idle high and low to the point of almost shutting off the vehicle in traffic.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #43

Jul 012012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 135,453 miles
During warm weather with the A/C operating, the rpms surge and the vehicle lunges in the direction of the transmission lever selection (forward or reverse) when moving the shift lever from park to drive or from park to reverse with driver's foot on the brake. Engine rpms surge up to approx. 1,500 from idle at a dead stop without input from accelerator pedal. Different indicator lights come on and often the engine dies after the surge. If driver does not keep appropriate pressure on break pedal while shifting from park, the vehicle will accelerate without input from gas pedal. This surge also happens when decelerating to a stop. Vehicle slows down and rpms decrease to approx 600 (idle), and with pressure applied to brake pedal, engine rpms will increase, without input from accelerator pedal, forcing the driver to increase pressure on brake pedal or risk uncontrolled forward movement. Initial reports indicate a faulty throttle body as referenced in NHTSA investigation # PE110818.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #42

Mar 012012

Five Hundred

  • 175,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the oil pressure and brake lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that the turn signals failed and the reverse lights illuminated on their own. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic test performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 175,000 and the current mileage was 190,000.

- Nederland, TX, USA

problem #41

Apr 132012

Five Hundred

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while entering the vehicle, he noticed that smoke filled the interior. The contact then noticed that the trunk light was on fire. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. The fire department was not called and no one was injured. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #40

Oct 302011

Five Hundred

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that all of the gauges on the instrument panel failed to function and the reverse light was illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified who stated there were no recalls for the failure and advised the contact to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for inspection. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 109,102.

- Daleville, AL, USA

problem #39

Jan 032007

Five Hundred

  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the gauges on the instrument panel would become inoperative and all of the warning lights would illuminate on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that the rear reverse sensor would only operate while the vehicle was in drive and the reverse lights would continuously illuminate while in drive. The dealer performed a hard reset on the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairs of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000 and the approximate current mileage was 80,000.

- Bandon, OR, USA

problem #38

Aug 012011

Five Hundred

  • 41,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the lights on the instrument panel would shut on and off intermittently without warning. In addition, the check engine and air bag warning lights were illuminated sporadically. She believed that the entire electrical system was faulty since a recent failure of the odometer reading. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The current mileage was 42,000 and the failure mileage was 41,500.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #37

Dec 102009

Five Hundred

  • miles
My needles and controls fail on my 2005 Ford Five hundred AWD. I have had the cluster replaced twice (out of pocket) when it fails, my reverse lights come on, turn signals fail and sometimes my radio fails (not really a safety issue but is annoying) my airbags are deactive when the event occurs. I know Ford knows about the issue and should do a recall as I have noticed (more than I should for there not to be a recall) alot of other Five hundred/monteigo drivers with the exact same problem.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #36

Sep 012011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
Similar issue as in PE07058. Instrument cluster fails for extended periods. In this time I have no instrumentation available, speed, RPM, fuel, etc. Multiple warning lights illuminate, including airbag. All interior lighting dims significantly. Reverse lights illuminate even while in park, or driving forward.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #35

Mar 072011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 75,685 miles


The throttle body is defective and needs to be replaced. The symptoms are very dangerous: The car goes into fail safe mode and cannot accelerate. On one occasion this happened in the middle of the road; fortunately it was a quiet street and I was able to coast to the side of the street. If this had happened on a busy street it could have caused injury or death. Several mechanics did different kinds of repairs, but the problem kept recurring. We are now getting the throttle body replaced and hope this is the final repair that removes the problem. Numerous other Ford Five hundred owners have experienced this (per internet research). Ford needs to recall the Five hundred and replace the throttle body to prevent injury or death.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #34

Oct 042011

Five Hundred

  • 59,090 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the instrument panel light failed. The contact was unable to see the miles driven or any of the other components on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the instrument panel digital system. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer replaced the electrical instrument panel digital system. The failure and the current mileage was 59,090.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #33

Sep 062010

Five Hundred

  • 90,000 miles
Not sure the exact time but within the past year or so my 2005 Ford Five hundred ( purchased new) is going into failsafe mode limited throttle power, very sporadic at first but now happening quite often. If you pull over and shut the car off and restart it clears and drives normal. My daughter was driving it yesterday and it happened 7 times from mall to the house (about 20 miles). Once while she was in heavy traffic driving about 55 mph. Car jerked then started slowing down. This is a safety issue that needs to be looked at. Very dangerous. My mechanic is trouble shooting problem, looking like throttle body or gas pedal. I believe Ford came out with a new throttle body in 2010 to correct the problem (tsb 05-25-13)but will only replace it at their cost if still under warranty, otherwise the cost is on us the consumer. (about a thousand dollars).

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #32

May 292011

Five Hundred

  • 27,000 miles
Dashboard has been erratic, completely blank.

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #31

Jul 232011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
We have a 2005 Ford Five hundred. Two days ago, the car failed to respond when the accelerator was pressed, even as it was pressed to the floor. The wrench light came on and the car started lunging and hesitating in addition to not accelerating properly. This occurred while driving through a very busy intersection; thankfully, I was able to move the car with my two small children out of traffic. A diagnostic computer provided two codes - P2106 and P061B. This is not the first time the car has lunged; it has been doing this for approximately 1.5 years. It has repeated this several times in both drive and reverse. In most instances, the air conditioner was running at the same time; however, the car has lunged when the A/C was not on. The lunging occurs when the car is being driven or sitting idle (I.e., stop lights, preparing to merge into traffic). I have been able to avoid accidents by keeping my foot firmly on the brake and by creating a large stopping distance cushion. We contacted the dealer and were told the entire throttle body would need replaced, at a cost of over $530. We are now reviewing our options.

- Red House, WV, USA

problem #30

Jun 012010

Five Hundred

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact noticed that the instrument cluster would become dark intermittently which made it impossible to see the instrument display. When the vehicle accelerated forward the back up lights would illuminate without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the instrument cluster was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. None of the repairs were performed. The current mileage was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #29

Jun 092011

Five Hundred 4WD 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
This is the second time the dash cluster has failed in my Ford Five hundred. It was replaced the first time. While under the part warranty of 12mo/12K miles, the cluster failed again. I took it to the dealer and they pulled the identical codes as the first time they replaced the cluster, but would not replace it this time because none of the indicator lamps where on at the time they looked at it. Now the wrench, traction control, check engine are lit, and the display reads check engine, check transmission, and transmission data error. These are the same as the last time when it was replaced. The car will not accelerate properly, and this time after parking the car it would not restart. I came back in about 20min. And the car started. I took it to the dealer, now out of the part warranty and now they immediately want to replace the cluster. Seems Ford just wanted me to pay for the repair, again.

- Ramsey, IL, USA

problem #28

May 222011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
During normal operation the instrument cluster gauges (speedometer, tachometer, etc..) swing from 0 to max and then down to 0. the gauges stay like that for awhile then return to operation. During the gauge outage the reverse lights on the car come on. This could lead to an accident if the driver behind you is not paying attention as well as possible equipment violation tickets from the local police. There is a technical service bulletin about the problem but Ford doesn't seem to think this is a safety issue. The car in question is a 2005 Ford 500 with less than 50K miles on it. The car is pristine in all other areas, we baby the car.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #27

Apr 032011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 105,406 miles
Dash cluster displays check engine, check transmission, and traction control lights. The trouble indicators illuminate, and the vehicle will not accelerate normally. After turning off and restarting vehicle may or may not drive normal with trouble indicators still lit. After shutting off and restarting sometimes the indicators are off and the vehicle drives normally for some time and then the problem returns. This happens while driving and does not allow the driver to accelerate normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dash cluster was replaced and I was informed they knew of the problem with the cluster. The problem has reoccurred a few months later.

- Ramsey, IL, USA

problem #26

Mar 232011

Five Hundred

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. While driving approximately 70 mph, all of the gauges on the instrument cluster stopped functioning and displayed readings of zero. The contact continued to drive and the instrument cluster began working a few moments later. The failure occurred intermittently while driving at any speed. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Canton, MS, USA

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