really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,546 miles

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2007 Ford Five Hundred engine problems

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2007 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 082012

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • miles


There is a chronic recurrence of the engine stalling, jerking, idle speed loping, in low gear for this vehicle. At start up and the engine is cold there is little to no problem. However, once the normal operating temperature is reached (per the readout gauge), and upon applying the brakes to come to a stop, and as the transmission downshifts the engine goes dead or stalls, after re-starting and at idle, the idle speed, per the indicator, fluctuates back and forth from about 500 RPM's to 900 rpms. Placing the gear shift in the drive position causes the car to jump prior to acceleration. At this point when taking off the car jerks forward. It smoothes out after increasing the speed, but prior to each stop the fluctuating begins again.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 212011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 87,800 miles
Throttle body caused surging and then after couple months just started stalling out and dying everytime the car would slow down for a stop or coming to a stop.

- Pleasanton, TX, USA

problem #11

Dec 142011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
At a stoplight with the brake on the engine revved up and the car jumped forward about 20 feet before I could stop it. At the next light the same thing happened. At my final destination approximately 2 miles away my son (who was with me the whole time = I was taking him back to college) told me to let the car run to see if it would do it again. With the car in drive and my foot on the brake (hard) it revved up 2 more times in less than 2 minutes to at least 1500 RPM and was very difficult to hold back. I took it in to the dealer the next day and they replaced the throttle body at a cost of $800. After calling Ford and reporting the situation they refused to document this or make a case number until I told them I knew there was a technical bulletin on this according to the dealer. They gave me a case number [xxx] but were rude to me and could not answer if the replacement part addressed the issue and has been fixed. I do not know if it will happen in the next mile, next 100,000 miles, or never again if they will not say if replacement parts have corrected a problem. If a car or pedestrian were in front of me when this happened I would have had an accident without doubt. This car has a safety problem and the incident happened on Nov. 27, 2011. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #10

Jun 022011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 74,432 miles


When I shift from a stopped position, either into drive or reverse, the car lunges or jumps forward. It makes it very difficult to control. The dealer knows about the problem and says that Ford knows about the problem, but refuses to fix it unless a god awful amount of money is paid in repair costs. Then he says it may happen again!

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 042011

Five Hundred

  • 67,000 miles
Ford Five hundred started lurching or lunging when placed in gear. From a parked position.. the car lurched back into the wall of the carport crushing the back bumper. On another occasion the car lurched when the door was open and knocked into the carport post. Very dangerous.

- Chuluota, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 252011

Five Hundred

  • 35,000 miles
This car has lunged forward and backward almost causing several accidents. Dealership say they don't know what is causing it. Warranty is worthless. Air conditioner went out when temp's were over 105 degrees. Over $1000 to repair.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 012011

Five Hundred

  • 75,000 miles


When backing out of a parking space, car will lunge back a few feet. Just last week, I was backing out of a parking space at a store and it lunged five times before I took it out of reverse and put it into drive. It lunged again forward and then I was able to drive it home. If my foot is not on the brake, the car will continue to lunge unless it is stopped either by braking or hitting something. When in a drive-thru, with foot on the brake, when I release the brake the car will lunge forward. After researching the problem, people have stated it is a problem with the throttle and it could cost $500 + dollars to repair. It is a factory mistake that Ford is not taking responsibility for. I was advised to file a complaint with NHTSA just in case an accident occurs because of this problem. We are taking the car in to see if we can afford the repair on our own next week. If it is the throttle and does cost as much as others have claimed, we will not be able to afford the repair.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Jun 082011

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
A/C compressor in 2007 Ford Five hundred went out with approx 91,000 miles.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 102011

Five Hundred

  • 27,465 miles
Air conditioner has gone out at 27,465 miles, warranty has expired and they tell me it will cost $1700 dollars to fix! not fixed at this point, will be talking to Ford dealership about this one.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #4

Mar 052011

Five Hundred

  • 88,000 miles
I just bought my 2007 Ford Five hundred 3 weeks ago and I was driving and all of a sudden the RPM starting going up really high the throttle light(wrench) came on and my car started slowing down. I pulled over, just avoided getting smashed in the rear from a truck and my car stopped moving. I cut the car off then tried to crank it back up at first it didn't start then it cranked 2nd time but then the check engine light was on and stayed on. I took it to a mechanic he said something about a throttle code he said he wanted to give it a second chance. He reset the codes and all lights were off. Well, about 2 days later while driving to work the same thing happened which he said shouldn't happen anymore. I called he said something about Ford having to order the part and fix the car. I went on several online forums and found that many other Ford 500 hundred customers were/are having the same problem and when they tried to get it fixed it only re-appeared again later. Something is not right with this. This should be a recall.. sincerely, very very unsatisfied first time Ford customer.......

- Sc`, SC, USA

problem #3

May 012010

Five Hundred

  • 60,000 miles


At low speeds, usually while easing into my garage, or while backing out, the engine of my 2007 Ford 500 surges causing the vehicle to lurch. I took the car to my dealer who diagnosed the problem as "internal failure with throttle body assembly" and recommended replacement for an estimated cost of more than $800. I paid $97.20 to have the problem identified. It seems this is a basic safety issue that the manufacturer should fix if it is happening regularly. I am looking for information to go back to the dealer and ask that they fix it without charge.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 092007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I had just driven to my brother's house in wv. My wife and I got out of the car and went inside. About 15 minutes later my brother saw smoke in the window and saw that my car was on fire. We all went outside and while they called the fire department I tried to put the fire out with a hose. I could only knock it down some to keep it from spreading but when the fire dept got they put it out.

- Thomasville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,400 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Five hundred. The vehicle sustained damage during a tornado. After having the vehicle repaired the battery and the oil light illuminated. The oil levels in the vehicle were normal. The vehicle was currently being diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileage was 11,090.

- Newnan, GA, USA

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