really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,623 miles

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2006 Ford Five Hundred drivetrain problems

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2006 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #39

Aug 012012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 63,222 miles


In multiple incidents, on hot summer days, the car has suddenly accelerated (with no foot on the accelerator) when backing out of parking spaces and sometimes when put into drive right after the sudden acceleration in reverse. It has required rapid, firm braking to prevent the car from hitting other vehicles. About a week after the problem started with this car, it started to happen occasionally with my other Ford Five hundred (a 2005 model with a little less mileage). A separate complaint has been filed on that vehicle. Research online has revealed that hundreds of Ford Five hundred owners have reported this issue and that the throttle body is the likely culprit.

- Diamond Springs, CA, USA

problem #38

Jul 012012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 87,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The engine and transmission warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel as the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician stated that the transmission pump would have to be replaced. After the repair, the failure continued. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 87,400. Updated 09/19/12 the consumer stated has replaced an O ring and four (4) throttle bodies which only turned off the traction control light. None of the repairs resolved the issue. 09/20/2012

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #37

Aug 062009

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that when the transmission was shifted into drive, the vehicle would lunge forward. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer or local mechanic. The failure mileage was 137,000. Updated 09/26/12 the consumer stated the vehicle would lunge when reversing and going foward at low speeds. The failure was intermittent. This was an issue for the last two years. Updated 09/26/2012

- Beacon Falls, CT, USA

problem #36

Mar 152012

Five Hundred

  • 99,300 miles


My car has done this for a while however has continued to get worse. It will jerk when it changes gears. It is so bad at times it feels like something is going to fall out. Along with the jerk it will completely go out of gear and the accelerator only Ram it up. I have been passing cars on the interstate and it go out of gear, I have been on side roads and it go out of gear and all I can do when that happens is role until I can get the car pulled over. Eventually the car will jerk and it will go back into gear. I have not had a wreck but have come very close just because people behind me and the car stalling all of a sudden. God has just been with us each time this has happened. I know other people have this same problem with this car. It is very expensive to get fixed and mine is parked as we speak because I cant afford the part nor the labor. The Ford dealer says it is the valve body. If I drive it much more it will cost double to get the transmission itself fixed. I am very upset due to the fact that I do really love this car. It seems that everyone who has this vehicle is having the same problem. There is a forum that is on the web that people have shared their experiences and we all are alike. It is a shame that we would have to wait until so many wrecks before a recall on the transmission is made. Do we have to wait until someone is killed or hurt really bad to prove that this is a true problem. If this many people have the same transmission troubles can they not see something is wrong. They didn't make this car for very long. I don't know if it is because of that and Ford doesn't want to fix something that was only made for 3 years. My request is sincere and I just hope that Ford will see that yes it is a great car that they made, however it is very dangerous and waiting for someone to sue before fixing it after everyone telling them about, it is not good.

- Mt. Vernon, KY, USA

problem #35

May 302012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 64,247 miles
At a reduced speed in drive and reverse transmission becomes erratic and unpredictable.

- Reedsville, PA, USA

problem #34

Jan 012010

Five Hundred

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated abnormally after shifted into gear. The contact also confirmed that on a separate occasion, the vehicle failed to accelerate properly after the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #33

Jul 222012

Five Hundred

  • 85,235 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while attempting to drive out into an intersection, the vehicle would not move forward. The vehicle rolled backward and stalled it. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 85,235.

- Florissant , MO, USA

problem #32

Jun 012012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Car lunges forward in reverse and drive and while at a stop position. Mainly when the air conditioner is running. I'm always afraid of hitting the car in front of me while parking or going in reverse. God forbid a person is walking across a crosswalk. I see many complaints here but no one chooses to do anything about it. Took it to dealer and they said never heard of the problem and nothing to worry about. Well Ford will have a lawsuit if something terrible happens that causes injury or a accident to a parked vehicle and or person. I don't understand why this website is here if nothing is being done about it!!! I can see with other complaints its the dealers problem. We aren't all crazy about what's going on with our vehicles seeing how there similar stories here!!!

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #31

Jul 052012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Car surges on its own, after putting it into gear.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #30

Feb 022010

Five Hundred

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford five-hundred. The contact stated that after shifting gears and engaging the brakes, the vehicle lunged forward abnormally. The contact mentioned that the transmission warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the mass air flow sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 133,000.

- Oxford, AL, USA

problem #29

Dec 012011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


On a daily basis, at low speeds, going forward or reverse, my car will surge or rev up when turning the steering wheel. Often times, it is when I am backing up and have the air conditioning on. It will surge and the brake has to be immediately pressed or the car will surge in the direction that you are traveling. This seems to be a common problem amongst 500 owners very similar to the Ford freestyle. This could easily lead to a fatality if the incident occurs at the correct time.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #28

Jul 022012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 76,318 miles
I was turning on to a road and when I went to accelerate the engine just revved up like it was in neutral. I have had this car in to bob boyd Ford 2 times because the transmission jerks but they have told me there is nothing wrong with the transmission. The first time I had it in there for the jerking they said it was the computer and it needed reset. I have done research on the internet and found other people having the same problems as me and I don't understand why this problem has not gotten a recall issued for these cars. I am going to take it in one more time but if they tell me there is nothing wrong again I will be pursuing legal help with getting a class action started. If the NHTSA is really concerned for peoples safety and well being they should look into the problems people are having with the transmissions in these cars. All I had to do was look up on google 2006 Ford 500 recalls and I found all kinds of complaints about the same problems.

- Pleasantville, OH, USA

problem #27

May 102012

Five Hundred

  • 152,000 miles
Cvt transmission started making a "clicking" sound while in park, we took it in to our local dealer, they diagnosed it as under a tsb, but there were no parts available to fix it. So while we waited for the parts to be made (as we were told), the transmission went out as my wife and 7 month old child were driving it. So now I have a broken car with no parts available to fix it. Repeated calls and emails to Ford customer service had offered no solution.

- Pryor, OK, USA

problem #26

May 152012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
2006 Ford 500. The car will suddenly surge at idle...it also surges during gear shifts from park to drive and park to reverse. If you do not have your foot firmly on the brake pedal the car will suddenly surge forward. This can lead to damage of the vehicle or injury to a pedestrian. Arfc website has 125 reports of this problem. Seems to get worse around the 60-65,000 mile range....conveniently out of warranty. Taking car to dealer today for evaluation and repair.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #25

Jun 212012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
5/29/2009 transmission had to be replaced at 86,000 at a cost to me of $5197.36 total. Brand new Ford transmission installed warranty given of 3years 100,000miles. 6/21/2012 again transmission needs to be replaced at 150,000 4weeks after warranty expires. I understand Ford has had so many problems with thuis cvt that they stopped installing them. Ford dealer commented they have had to replace so many and are surprised a recall has not occurred. Very distraught that I am going through this again.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #24

Jan 042011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 54,822 miles
This Ford Five hundred surges or revs up the engine, in forward or reverse, when driving at slow speeds, usually into parking spaces or at red lights. This is a dangerous situation because we have no warning that it is about to happen. I have noticed it is worse if the A/C is on. We have avoided several accidents by slamming on the brake, it will even continue to surge if the brake pedal is held hard to the floor. The vehicle started doing this within the first 150 miles that we owned it. The incidents are unpredictable and dangerous.

- Longview , TX, USA

problem #23

Jun 082012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 106,223 miles
I was approaching a red light and as I lifted my foot off the brake pedal..............the car accelerated abruptly and I was unable to stop causing me to pass red light, almost striking an oncoming vehicle that was making a left hand turn and driving onto sidewalk. Fortunately no one was hurt and an accident was avoided due to my quick response. The vehicle has accelerated abruptly on several other occasions. I was parked in a publics parking lot when I put my vehicle in reverse the vehicle once again accelerated almost hitting parked vehicle behind me. I was advised the throttle sensor was defective on 2005 & 2006 Ford Five hundred models and no recall yet! this defect causes vehicle to accelerate abruptly (even when parked) or not accelerate at all! there have been many reports regarding this issue and nothing has been done about it. When a life is lost or someone is severely injured..................is that when some action will be taken? according to reports even if the part gets replaced it does not guarantee it will not go bad again. Repairs have been known to cost between $450 to $750.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #22

May 292012

Five Hundred

  • 105,247 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Five hundred that will lunge forward at odd times especially when the A/C is on. It is a major problem and I believe should have been recalled a long time ago. I bought my Ford Five hundred in Jan 2008 and it has been doing it ever since. The dealer also replaced with used transmission and two weeks later that one was doing it. Problem started for me at about 45,000 mi. The dealer I purchased from said there was a bulletin out but no recall so I had to take the used transmission or buy a new one.it will just lunge forward even when braking or stopped. What a pain. I am amazed I haven't rear ended someone. Please recall this Ford before someone seriously gets hurt[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #21

Apr 242012

Five Hundred

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk and shift hard when the vehicle was down shifting or when braking to a stop. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told that the transmission control module and power train control module needed to be replaced. The contact's dealer stated that the failure was a known issue with the type of vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repairs or inspection. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Angola, IN, USA

problem #20

Jan 012011

Five Hundred

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred limited. The contact was traveling 55 mph when the vehicle failed to shift properly and stayed in neutral, despite the fact that the contact shifted into drive. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The dealer confirmed the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Slater, MO, USA

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