really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,150 miles

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2006 Ford Five Hundred transmission problems

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

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problem #11

Feb 182008

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 43,528 miles


When I am driving my Ford 500 a wrench light comes on at different times and locks my transmission and it decelerates. I took it to the dealership and they told me it was the throttle body and I had it replaced, it still seems to be doing it. I has happened many times since the first incident. Looked it up and many Ford 500S, freestyles, and montegos keep doing the same thing. Something needs to be done before somebody gets hurt.

- Spring Creek, NV, USA

problem #10

May 222007

Five Hundred

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, he noticed that the gears became difficult to shift. In order to get the gears to shift, the contact had to gently release the accelerator pedal. No warning lights illuminated to indicate a failure. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they stated that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Indianolla, MS, USA

problem #9

Nov 232010

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Starting since February 2010. My car lunges forward whenever at a dead stop. When shifting to drive and reverse. I have had to have my foot on brake and even almost had an accident while parking and hit the wall. Went to dealership and first they said it was my engine mount that was causing it. Then went again because the problem still occurred and they said I needed a new battery. Then they claimed it was my air filter which is a lie. I called the Ford headquarters and all they can do is take down when I called and what it was about. They are no help what so ever so what is the point of them even existing if they cant help solve the problem. They claim each dealer is independent and that they can advise that I go to a different dealership. I have wasted a good deal of time and money. Luckily I was smart and bought that premium extended warranty. I still have spent close to over $400 on repairs. Each time I went I had to pay a deductible of $100. The battery I went to sams club to get because the dealer wanted $140 but I got mine for $75. They advised to get my throttle body clean and that was $95. They said I need to have my transmission flushed which is another lie. I didn't get that done because I only have 60,000 miles on the vehicle. The transmission fluid was as red as can be and is still good for probably another 40,000 miles. The point is Ford knows about the problem and they do not want to fix the problem it apparently is happening to tons of folks out there. They need to just fix it because even though I had my throttle body cleaned the problem still comes back here and there. I just hope that no one gets killed and then Ford will finally get this right. I plan on seeing if I can get some legal help and will explore that avenue because I get my oil changes almost ever 3500 miles and I follow all the manufactures service policies. I do my part as a customer and they haven't done there part as the company that made the vehicle.

- Pittsburgh , PA, USA

problem #8

May 202010

Five Hundred

  • 60,000 miles


I have a 2006 Ford Five hundred and the problem is when I am driving at a normal speed and have to slow down and then take off the car make a strong bucking hit, I took it to the dealer to have it checked out and they told me it was a motor mount, they replaced the mount but the car continued to do the same thing, the warranty was just about to run out when I took it the second time and they told me it was the throttle body, when the checked with the warranty they told me it had expired. I had told them that this was a follow up from the first time I took the car in but they said they could not do anything, in searching I found out that Ford was aware that the cvt transmission had problems and they refuse to accept it, they need to recall these cars fix the problem that they have caused. Thank you for hearing me out.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 192010

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 52,500 miles
2006 Ford Five hundred ltd AWD, vehicle accelerated to 4000 RPM while in reverse. Vehicle in shop for three weeks waiting for replacement part, throttle body. Dealer stated part on back order and he had two other vehicle in at same time with same diagnosis.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #6

Nov 162009

Five Hundred

  • 57,000 miles
2006 Ford 500 sel with cvt. Car bucks when slowing down to 20 mpf. Also will not accelerate so I cannot pass trucks on the highway. Real dangerous. Took it to the dealer while still in warranty and they could not find anything except to try to sell me a master control for $2100 and they would not guarantee this was the problem. This issue needs to be a recall.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 012010

Five Hundred

  • 45,000 miles


I own a 2006 Ford Five hundred. Car surges forward even when the brake pedal is pressed. It does this in reverse also - even when the brake pedal is pressed. I have found that the car does this mainly when the air conditioning is turned on. It is extremely dangerous to try to park the car when the air conditioning is on. The car surges forward and I have almost run into other cars when trying to park. The dealer retrieved the code from the computer. They applied the latest updates to the computer and cleared the code. The dealer told me if that did not solve the problem, I would have to get a new throttle body at approx. $400. Several weeks have gone by and the problem is getting worse. It is scary! I called the dealer and asked them to order a new throttle body. It appears to be on backorder until 8/31/10. So I am on a waiting list. This is a major safety problem that Ford Motor Company needs to take car of. This should be a recall!!! Ford Motor Company should make this right. I am disappointed in Ford. I have owned Ford vehicles for 20 years and have never been so dissatisfied.

- Burkeville, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 182006

Five Hundred

  • 80,000 miles
2006 Ford Five hundred, internal failure of cvt transmission(torque converter and shaft), slow progressive failure, Ford would not accept responsibility despite numerous other nationwide complaints. Please note Ford no longer uses this type of transmission in their vehicles. Over 5,000 dollars to replace. Had car for 1.5 years.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #3

May 052008

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Five hundred. Ever since the vehicle was purchased brand new in 2006, the contact has been experiencing brake failure. In addition, while driving 55 mph, the vehicle decelerates unexpectedly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a total of six times and they replaced the throttle and changed the brakes each time. The vehicle failed completely and was towed to her residence. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 45,922. Updated 3/3/09 the air bag illuminated when a passenger sat in the seat. The shifter was hard to move. The front motor mount was broken. Updated 03/04/09.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 112009

Five Hundred

  • 27,158 miles
On Jan 8, 2009, I had traveled approximately 1050 miles from Oklahoma to Ohio. While in Ohio, 6 inches of snow had fallen, and the roads were slick with snow and ice. In preparing for my return trip on Jan 11, the traction control and ABS warning lights came on, and there was a significant change in control and braking in the vehicle. Upon driving further, the transmission warning light came on, and the vehicle went into reverse with a huge "bang" sound and vibration. The vehicle's cvt transmission would not change gears in drive when the transmission light was illuminated. Upon turning the vehicle off, and back on, all lights would go off, and come back on within 5 minutes. After the 6th restart, the check engine light came on as well. The transmission light, after a few restarts, did not come back on. However, the ABS, traction control and check engine lights stayed on for approximately 650 miles. After that time, all lights went out, but the rpms went from 2000 to 3500 on their own while the vehicle was in cruise control on a flat road. That corrected itself about 100 miles later. Upon taking the vehicle to a dealer on my return, they told me that since no lights were on, and the vehicle was now acting normally, they could not duplicate the problem. My factory warranty expires in 14 days, and I am not sure if I'll be able to duplicate the problem to the dealer by that time. The service department blamed the malfunction on the cold weather and the snow, but the AWD vehicle with traction control was, to my knowledge, manufactured to deal with snow and cold weather. One does not need AWD, traction control or ABS during dry, warm days.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 012007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,900 miles
Transmission had to be rebuilt. Power input shaft and bearings failed resulting in the need for a $5,078.60 repair.

- Kemp, TX, USA

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