hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,900 miles

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2006 Ford Five Hundred electrical problems

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

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problem #13

Feb 012012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that all of the warning lamps on the instrument panel illuminated intermittently. The contact also stated that she was unable to shift out of first gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the instrument panel was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacture was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 66,000 and the current mileage was 66,100. Updated 5/16/12 the dealer informed the consumer the PCM and alternator needed to be replaced. However, 500 miles later, the problem returned.

- St Mary, MO, USA

problem #12

Feb 142012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 156,255 miles
Instrument panel idiot lights came on and the speedo, RPM and odometer went to zero also traction control shut off. Happened when I started the car. Intermittently the dash went to normal and then out again a few times.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #11

Aug 202011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles
The instrument cluster checks normal on most start-ups, but unpredictably all systems light up showing failure of ABS, air bags, traction control, electrical systems, see a mechanic, cruise control and speedometer quits working. The warning lights may stay lit for 2 to 200 miles. And no speedometer. Auto zone and my mechanic are baffled and frustrated after checking battery charging circuit connections and grounds. Its obviously not safe driving without knowing your speed or if there is a major hazard looming-----like fire.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #10

Sep 052011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles


My Ford Five hundred throttle just shuts down, with no warning at all. I am afraid to drive it because it may shut down in traffic and some get seriously hurt. I have searched the internet and found more complaints same as mine. The problem is with a throttle body malfunction. Some thing should done before someone is killed!

- Marion, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 282006

Five Hundred

  • 13 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that the instrument panel lights would sporadically illuminate and other times would completely fail. The dealer diagnosed that the cluster panel would need replacing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13 and the current mileage was 106,937.

- Lyon, MS, USA

problem #8

May 182011

Five Hundred

  • 48,800 miles
I was driving my 2006 Ford 500, going about 58 mph on the highway when everything on the dash went out -- speedometer went to zero; gas to empty, etc., and the brake light came on. I was frightened that I would not have control of the car. Now, by researching on the internet, I find this is fairly common. My dealer quoted me about $700 for parts & labor to fix it, yet many of the anecdotal accounts on the internet say it never occurred again. This seems to be a defect the companies are aware of, it presents a safety risk, and it should be recalled.

- Montoursville, PA, USA

problem #7

Apr 232011

Five Hundred

  • 64,000 miles


While driving my 2006 Ford Five hundred the cluster of instruments on the dashboard fail and return to their off position. Dashboard goes blank, reverse lights come on and air conditioning turns off. This last approximately 15 seconds and then everything returns to normal.. extremely dangerous driving at night with this failure and no turn signals. Obviously Ford is aware of this problem and could care less until someone gets killed. Will never purchase Ford again.

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012008

Five Hundred

  • miles
I had a 2006 Ford Five hundred at first I loved that car then the battery stared going dead so I replaced the battery but it still did it so I had it looked at and they told me that it was the alternator going out so I replaced that but come to find out after 2 batteries and 3 alternators it was a wiring problem and finally the wiring problem ended up frying the com[uter in my car and it was going to cost me a whole lot of money to fix it and I didn't have that type of money it was more money then the car was worth I have talked to several people who say that they have had the same problem so a word to the wise do not buy a Ford Five hundred !!!

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #5

Jul 152010

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Ford Five hundred. Consumer writes regarding premature pad and rotor wear the consumer stated she heard a grinding noise and/or dragging noise coming from the rear wheels. The left and right wheels needed new brakes and rotors. The consumer stated an extended warranty had been issued for the brakes in 2007, because Ford knew there was a problem. Also, the blower motor behind the glove box had to be replaced and the rear window defroster was defective and had to be replaced as well. The gasket between the crank shaft support housing was replaced.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 152010

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
1. traveling out of town on a special 40th anniversary celebration in a 2006 Ford 500( has apprx. 64,000 miles on it). 2. while traveling we notice the smell of smoke, thought it was coming from a source outside, no smoke in vehicle, pulled over to investigate, looked under the hood and there was no smell of smoke, proceeded traveling and the smell of smoke continue, passenger notice a small amount of smoke coming from the trunk while looking at the rear window, driver pulled over and popped the trunk, the vehicle became engulfed immediately...80-85% of car was destroyed. 3.nothing. Ford dealership that has serviced the vehicle ( over 25 times during ownership) is denying any responsibility. Updated 05/26/10 according to the fire report, the fire's are of orgin was in the rear section of the vehicle. Udated 06/17/10

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 202008

Five Hundred

  • 48,000 miles


Low beam headlamp socket on the drivers side failed. One of the socket contacts showed evidence of a catastrophic electrical failure - looks like severe arcing, burned plastic, broken socket shell and badly burned pin in the lamp. The lamp itself is still O.K., except for the badly burned pin. About a week and a half later the same thing happened to the low beam lamp on the passenger side. Same damage to the same pin in the socket. That lamp is also O.K. except for the burned pin. This would appear to be a problem with the sockets/vehicle wiring, not the lamps. These lamps are mounted quite high and are reasonably well protected so it is unlikely that this is a moisture problem. The cost of the replacement socket from Ford is simply outrageous! dealer says this is the first case they've seen of this happening - but I heard the same thing when I had problems with the rear brakes and I now know that certainly wasn't true! has anyone else had this problem?

- Port Elgin, 00, USA

problem #2

Jun 272007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact took his vehicle to the dealer for scheduled maintenance and they discovered that the front driver side tire had excessive wear. The contact had the vehicle aligned and the struts changed at that time. The current mileage is 30,000 and failure mileage was 29,000. The consumer stated the tires were only damaged on the left side, and they had to lower the struts and rotate the upper mounts to get vehicle to align properly. The consumer further stated that this no fault of the dealer but that Ford authorize 50% reimbursement for the tires and none for the alignment. The consumer provided a copy of the repair invoice. The dealer stated vehicle starts and stalls in the cold when using the remote start. Updated 08/07/07

- Mattawan, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 122006

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
: the contact stated while driving 60 mph there was a smelled of smoke. The smell may have been coming from the air conditioner. The vehicle was parked for 8 to 9 hours. When the contact return to the vehicle, it was filled with smoke. The fire department extinguished the fire and determined the fire was of an electrical nature and seemed to originate from the wire in the speaker area located in the rear of the vehicle. A fire department report was filed. There was extensive damage to the vehicle. The dealership and manufacturer have been notified.

- Zapata, TX, USA

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