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 4 of 4)

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problem #5

Sep 122008

Five Hundred

  • 74,500 miles


Started driving my 2005 Ford Five hundred sel front wheel drive as I normally do, except the instrument cluster and lights started flickering, my A/C turned off and check engine light came on. After stopping on the side of the road everything returned to normal. About 40 minutes later a similar situation occurred, only this time just the instrument panel failed. My cruise control still worked but my tach, speed, battery and power gauge all dropped to zero, however the lights remained on. I am writing today because I saw online that other owners of the same make and model are having identical problems. This is a major safety issue and could cause an accident, especially if the lights cut off at random. I'm surprised there hasn't been a recall issued or an accident yet as a result of this.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 082008

Five Hundred

  • 50,076 miles
I have a Ford Five hundred limited. The car has stop running while the car is in gear and moving. It also stopped when I started to drive from a stop light. While it was being fixed at the car dealership it stop (died) on them several times. The Ford dealer company thought it was the power steering pump because the power steering pump was making a knocking sound. They also noticed that if they was to turn the wheel it would usually die on them. The dealership has replaced the battery, powersteering pump, belt and the throttle and the car still dies. My understanding from them is that they have never come across this problem before. What made me take the car in to begin with was that I went to start the car after playing tennis for about 45 minutes and it wouldn't start. The battery was somewhat dead and the security light was flashing rapidly.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Mar 092008

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,820 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The contact parked the vehicle, turned off and removed the key from the ignition. He walked into the house with his keys and the vehicle turned itself on. The contact originally thought that the vehicle had an automatic start system, but it does not. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The current and failure mileages were 23,820.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 062007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Upon starting car and a few minutes after driving the car, the car starts to spit and sputter and totally shuts down. This has happened at least 8 times in the past 4 months and has left me to swerve on the highway before it shuts completely down so I am not in a dangerous situation (completely stopped in the middle of flowing traffic). The message "engine fail safe mode" comes on. We have had car to the dealer numerous times and they cannot find anything wrong. Problem has not been fixed and car continues to stop.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 212006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
: the contact stated that all the indicators on the instrument panel failed while driving 65 mph. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer where the dealer could not determined the cause of the problem.

- Boswell, OK, USA

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