fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,821 miles

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2006 Ford Five Hundred body / paint problems

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2006 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012012

Five Hundred

  • 91,000 miles


Transmission is faulty. Shortly after I bought this car used at 91000 miles I had to replace valve solenoid and reprogram computer done by Ford dealership. This worked for about 2 to 3 months at which point the transmission started acting up again. It would stall and then shift really hard when coming up to speed which resulted in a jerking of the car. Also would jerk when trying to come to a stop. I had a few close calls which almost resulted in an accident since I can not speed up without it jerking and I couldn't slow down fast without it jerking and wanting to jump forward. I have put an aftermarket inline transmission filter in and have to change the filter and fluid every 2500 to 3500 miles. When I do this it helps for a short period and then it acts up again. I know this is only a temporary fix and I will either end up in a crash or having to replace the whole transmission eventually.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

problem #5

May 072009

Five Hundred

  • 27,000 miles
Whenever it rains, the rear doors fill up with water. You can only get so much water out so it probably is forming mold and rusting the car door from the inside. This has been going on for the last couple years whenever it rains or the car is washed in the carwash.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 132006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 675 miles
We have a 2006 Ford 500 which had the cvt transmission replaced after 4 weeks. The transmission continues to have a significant delay in engaging in reverse. My wife and daughter did not wait until the transmission engaged and have on occasion lurched backwards almost running over her little brother. With the front of the car on a decline the car will roll forward when in reverse until it engages and the user depresses the throttle. Olathe Ford and a factory rep. Inspected the vehicle and supposedly the vehicle is within specs. I don't think so, the car also whines when turning corners. I think the cvt transmission is out of specs. Ford doesn't use it anymore, nor do I want to. I have had many Ford, this will be my last if this isn't resolved to my satisfaction. The car also has the instrument cluster which intermittently goes out, windshield leaks water and air. Answer soon, I am going to BBB, NHTSA and Kansas consumer protection. This car is a lemon, I want a working one.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #3

Dec 012007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2006 Ford Five hundred with poorly designed front end. Consumer states that vehicle front end is low enough that it scrapes driveways and curbs. When the consumer slowly drove up the driveway, where there was slightly more than a normal incline, the front end scraped the driveway and tore the right side inner wheel well and mud flap completely out of the wheel well and the vehicle veered to the right out of control. There was no body damage to the vehicle.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2006 Ford 500 that has a very bad glare on the windshield. When I inquires about the problem, I was told there was 3 such complaints made at that same dealership. I was also told there was nothing that could be done, it was caused by the way the glass was made.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 032006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65mph and a semi truck drives past, the hood will raise a fourth of an inch. Wind comes through the radiator and raises the hood. Upon inspection the dealer agreed the problem occurs, but was unable to create a remedy.

- Stratford, OK, USA

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