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Average Mileage:
59,315 miles

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #34

Dec 012009

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Speedometer needle moves with speed increase, but does not reverse motion with speed decrease.

- Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #33

Apr 082012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 66,330 miles
My speedometer has become erratic where it will stick at random intervals and doesn't report the speed correctly anymore. This makes it hazardous to operate and difficult to remain within legal speed limits.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #32

Aug 262010

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Speedometer does not work accurately, either moves erratically, or not at all.

- North Barrington, IL, USA

problem #31

Feb 242012


  • 109,000 miles


Speedometer erratic - shows miles per hour way out of range of actual mph - I.e. shows 120 miles per hour or even beyond while only going about 30; can zero out if in park and shut off and restart engine, slowly resets 5 mph each time off and on again - taking a lot of turning off and on to zero back out. Have read and heard of many, many other 2005 Mustang owners having same complaint - must be recalled by now?

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #30

Feb 012012


  • 125,000 miles
I just bought a used 2005 Ford Mustang and was told by seller that my RPM, temp, gas, and speed gauges did not work because Ford installed failing stepper motors in the instrument cluster which control the movement of the gauges. I looked it up on line and it is very clear that these parts are defective. There are multiple companies advertising to fix the problem. If I run out of gas or am driving too fast due to faulty readings bad things can happen. Ford needs to fix these gauges for free, since they are defective. Read more:

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #29

Feb 252012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • miles
On my 2005 Ford Mustang V6 the speedometer often gets stuck or performs erratically and stays stuck when the car is turned off. This is a large pain as it does not register any accurate speed and one must turn the car on and off several times to get the speedometer to zero. The failure occurs randomly about once a week. The quote to replace this product is ridiculous at around $600.

- Lincoln, MA, USA

problem #28

Feb 132012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Safety issue: Speedometer reads as much as 60 mph off of true speed. When at a dead stop, speedometer shows 60mph. When traveling 60 mph, speedometer shows 120 mph.

- Lake Tapps, WA, USA

problem #27

Feb 012010

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Speedometer erratic, inaccurate. Often inoperable. Occasionally works in ambient temperatures above 60 degrees F. erratic/inoperable condition is more pronounced as ambient temperature drops below 60 degrees F. replaced sensor assembly - engine speed, part #xw4Z-7H103-aa. Problem persists.

- Woodworth, LA, USA

problem #26

Feb 012008

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The instrument panel in my 05 Mustang has completely failed. In 2008, the gauges would become erratic at times. (tach, speedometer, etc) this has become more problematic over the last couple of years usually only occurring in colder weather. At this point, the gauges have completely failed. Case in point: During the summer of 2011 the car "actually" overheated due to a cracked thermostat housing and the gauge never displayed the issue before the failure. We were fortunate to have picked up on the issue (while driving the car at highway speed) before a fire or other unfortunate event occurred.... or before the car was permanently damaged. When I've consulted with the local Ford dealer ship, (cookeville, tn) they act as if this the instrument panel failure is something new. This issue is posted on every major Mustang forum or support site. Heck, there are even businesses on the "web" that advertise their ability to replace the "stepper motors" that control the gauge functions. Apparently the stepper motors that Ford opted to use in their instrument panels are the cause of the issue. Furthermore I receive customer complaint updates via the carfax web portal monthly. Each update contains dozens of new reports with this problem. So.....the excuse that Ford doesn't know anything about this issue..... doesn't hold water. If Ford wants to offshore its components to 3rd world countries for cheaper labor and parts..... fine. The least they could do is stand behind their products when / if they fail. After all, they should have extra $$$ in the coffers from the savings of offshoring their components. Any help you fellas could provide in pressuring Ford to step up and take care of their problem would be greatly appreciated.

- Livingston, TN, USA

problem #25

Oct 132011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I'm writing to you about my 2005 Ford Mustang and the issue with it's instrument cluster. This is a widespread problem with this make and model of car, just search "2005 Mustang instrument cluster" on google and you'll see what I mean. Evidently the motors in these clusters, which operate your instrument dial needles, fail regularly. My car is a 2005, with 55,000 miles on it. Serviced regularly and well cared for. First, my tach started malfunctioning. I figured it was cold, and it only did it sporadically, so I lived with it. However, two months after the tach started acting up, the speedometer started malfunctioning as well. I did not feel it would be safe to ignore that. So I contacted my local Ford dealership, described the problem on the phone, and the first thing the service person said was "it's the instrument cluster most likely. $500-800 to repair. When I got home, I started researching, initially just to see if I could find the part cheaper. The google search I did pulled up entire forums dedicated to this problem. That's when I went from resigned to mad. Ford is putting the onus on the NHTSA to initiate a recall. And they said you won't do it if safety is not effected. Well I don't know about you, but me and I'm sure every state trooper on the planet, would consider a malfunctioning speedometer to be a safety issue. And with the economy as it is, and Ford charging $500-$800 to repair what they already know is a faulty system, a lot of people are not going to have it fixed. And take that 25 mph curve at 35 or 40 instead. That's not only going to be's also dangerous. We were advised on the forum to write both Ford and the NHTSA. I have now written both. Surely one of you will do the right thing.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #24

Dec 012009

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I first started having an issue with the temp gauge not working. Now when it is cold outside my speedometer and RPM meter are not functioning until the car is warm enough. This first happened in Feb 2010 but just one time. The first time it happened it was cold out and my speedometer went from 0 to 120 while stopped at a light then it stuck there and did not fix itself till the last part of that day. Now it is happening again each time it is cold out the speedometer just stays below zero and so does the RPM until I drive for 5 miles or so. It seems to only be happening when it is cold out about 65 and below weather. Temp gauge still not working and has been pointing at the bottom of the cluster since then. It still moves like it wants to work but never goes back to normal. Ford says its the instrument cluster but I am a single mother and can not afford to pay 700 to 1000 dollars to fix what I think should be a defect because I have seen a lot of people online posting about the same issue and they are all the 2005 models. Someone help please. I love my car so much. I have had it for 5 years now and still love it. Thanks.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #23

Oct 272011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 50,008 miles
I stopped at a rest stop on the Pennsylvania turnpike and after restarting the car the temp gauge went all the way past hot but the engine was at normal temp. After the next three starts the gauge needle is past all readings and essentially pointing toward the bottom of the temp gauge, at nothing. I cannot tell if the engine is hot or cold or in the normal range.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #22

Nov 032008

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My speedometer is very erratic especially during the cold months. When cold, the speedometer usually reads zero or other times it reads that I am doing 100+ mph when barely moving. When the weather is warm I have no problems at all. I feel that this is very unsafe driving without a properly functioning speedometer. I have read many online forums and this seems to be a very common problem with the 2005 Mustang. Please please please help us 2005 Ford Mustang owners and issue a recall on this problem.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 192011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 50,500 miles
The speedometer began to malfunction on my Mustang last winter. Some days it would work fine, other days the needle would not move at all, and on other days it would read a speed that was below what I believe I was driving based on the other vehicles traveling around me and my experience driving my car. The speedometer was mostly fine over the summer, except on a couple of occasions where my speedometer was reading 10-15 mph under what I was driving (at least what I think I was driving based on other vehicles on the road). I am not sure what caused it, but I would stop on a long road trip and when I got in and restarted my car the speedometer would be reading incorrectly. Now that the weather has turned cold again for fall my speedometer and now my tachometer have quit working properly. They speedometer hardly ever works correctly now. Mostly, the speedometer needle doesn't move and when it does it is showing a speed below what I am driving. As for the tachometer, it now longer works correctly as it is currently pointing at 6:00 O'clock. The needle still moves, but it is not reading anything when its starting position is at 6:00 O'clock.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #20

Nov 242008

Mustang 8-cyl

  • miles
Gauge cluster bad. Don't know how fast I am going.the rest of the gauges do not work so I don't know temp, voltage, gas, oil pressure or tech. They need a recall I did not give 30,000 for a car with problems. They want 700 to fix it but everyone with a 05-06 model has this problem.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #19

Sep 132011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Speedometer at times sticks or shows the incorrect speed. Even sitting idle the speedometer will show 5 miles an hour or even 20 mph. It's extremely inconsistent, so determining the correct speed is difficult to do. The speed will display both, higher than actual speed and lower than actual speed without ryhme or reason. Additionally the needle moves in a sporadic behavior, like a second hand tic on a clock, rather than a smooth consistent flow. The tachometer appears to also be affected although it's much less noticeable.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #18

Jan 012010


  • miles
My speedometer gauge is not working properly. When in high enough heat or low enough cold, the speedometer jumps from 10 to 40 or all the way to 120mph when the car is not even moving. This is dangerous! I may be on the highway thinking I'm going 50 when in reality I'm going slower or faster!

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #17

Aug 022011


  • 85,000 miles
My 2005 Mustang RPM gauge has quit working. After researching online of this issue I found that this is a known issue with Mustangs. Can you please let me know who I need to contact to get this item under a recall item that mandates Ford to fix the issue.

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 112011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Instrument cluster on 2005 Ford Mustang V6 coupe. Speedometer began to show incorrect speeds. Sometimes it is 15-20 mph below actual speed and occasionally drops to zero or below.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #15

Jul 012011


  • miles
2005 Ford Mustang. Consumer writes in regards to faulty speedometer

- Washington, DC, USA

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