definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred suspension problems

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 132013

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Rear upper control arm sheared off at inside bushings during normal driving. Wheel assembly fell against frame and some loss of control was experienced. Both sides of control arm (Ford part# 5A804) broke off from fatigue.

- Dahlonega, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 052005

Five Hundred

  • 0 miles
Tsb 10-2-13. I have inner rear tire wear, especially on the right (this likely existed when purchased new). There is a tsb that talks about some cars with rr negative camber, (which my car does have), and also talks about how to modify the rear control arm to remedy the problem. The danger in this defect is a blowout of a tire or tires while driving. Car is immaculate. I bought it new and take great care of it. This is obviously a defect given how many other owners are commenting it on-line via forums. Also, there is a tsb on it, so Ford is aware of it. Even though they should take care of it since it is a defect, they won't. Ford, even with all their hype on quality and safety as job one, are just a bunch of hypocrites. They act only when forced to do so by you folks at the federal level. I'm old school. It's all about integrity for me. Why do you think Ford still lives up to their reputation as fix or repair daily. Had a similar issue with the rear brakes several years ago on this vehicle. I took it for Ford and they would not own up to it until I complained to you folks like many other did and they finally reimbursed us because of your intervention. Again, they always have to be forced to do the right thing! just a bunch of thugs. Where is elliot ness when you need him! 02/15/10. Suspension - rear tire inner edge wear Ford: 2005-2007 Five hundred, freestyle, 2008-2009 Taurus X, Taurus.

- Munhall, PA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jan 112006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Vibration on right front of car during speeds of 55 mph to 62 mp. Replaced Continental tires with Michelin and vibration still occurs.

- Kevil, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 152005

Five Hundred 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
Continuation of suspension and brake problems after last filing with NHTSA. Braking in wet weather, descending steep grade, car pulls and fades. 2 days after longmont Ford had car for 6 days and returned it with clean bill of health. Omera Ford diagnosed brake and transmission programming problems and once again turned down rear rotors to very close to minimum specifications. Consumer report Jan 2005 reports similar issues with braking, auto-week may-16-2005 reports brake fade and stability problems in their test track report. This is a first model year car for Ford which is based off of a modified Volvo design of under-carriage. The vehicle is now parked with an affidavit of non use on it because of the number of incidents and repairs that have occurred on rear suspension and brakes. Ford at arbitration maintained that in late July there were more tsb's issued for the 2005 Ford 500, but I am unable to find same on NHTSA website. With the number of independent trade and consumer publications that site the same issues that I am having with this car, I petition NHTSA to pull some of these early model cars and subject them to suspension and braking test as stated in NHTSA 99.6583-1 consumer braking information initiative, aberdeen test center fall 1998.

- Longmont, CO, USA

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