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Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,153 miles

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2005 Ford Mustang body / paint problems

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Dec 312014


  • 72,453 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. While pulling out of the driveway at 5 mph in rainy weather, water began pouring out of the dashboard. The contact detected a burning odor coming from the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact replaced the cabin filter, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 72,453.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #28

May 022011


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that under the floormat on the passenger side of the vehicle, there was water leaking. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Linconl City, OR, USA

problem #27

Feb 052015

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 67,936 miles
Typical paint peeling on 2005 Ford Mustang hood.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #26

Dec 032014

Mustang 6-cyl

  • miles


Water is coming from under the dash board when it rains and causing a big flood in my vehicle.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #25

Oct 012013


  • 85,000 miles
After a light rain I noticed water dripping into the passenger side kick plate/glove box area. Car would not start. Had it towed to dealer. Started next day and could not replicate problem. Next day, same problem. Water noticeable in passenger compartment. Shook smart junction box and notice water leaking out. Car started and stopped when sjb shaken. Took to dealer. Replaced sjb for $750. Month later same issue, this time car shut off while driving on freeway in rain. Loss of all control, electrical and power. Could not restart. Pounded on sjb and eventually started. Got it back home. Now brakes lights, turn signal, headlights, A/C and display panel not operating. I am surprised that someone has not been killed yet. In trying to solve this issue, it appears that the internet is fully of the same stories. Sickening.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #24

Jun 122013

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
My car shows erratic needle movement and gauges are reading over heat 0 miles per hour while moving and sticks at 120 mph after use and is parked. Gas meter is off, odometer is off, it's very scary to drive and expensive. Already dealt with the water leak issue form passenger side. Cluster panel is broken I believe. Bad dash board. Hundreds of forums explain same issues on going years on new models. Not safe or fair for Ford to not address this death trap.

- Sleepy Hollow , NY, USA

problem #23

Apr 062014

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 92,549 miles


Water got to fuse box made headlights go off and flooded passenger side of car.

- Bienville, LA, USA

problem #22

Feb 082007

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
I was driving about 55mph and heard a beep, looked in the dash and saw the engine went into a "fail safe mode". the car slowed down and jerked and slowed down quite a bit. Went to the dealership and could'nt find anything wrong w/ it. It started happening more often, so finally found a mechanic that was able to diagnose and fix the problem for $800. I saw in the paper that a few Toyota had this problem and wanted to let you know it happened on a new Ford Mustang as well. Also, whenever it rains, (the same car) leaks water into and puddles up under the passenger's seat. This has been a problem from the beginning of purchase. I don't drive this car in the rain because of this. I have talked to other Mustang owners at the oil change facility, and they said they have the same problem. I really don't understand why there has not been a coulpe of recalls on the 2005 Mustang GT. I waited a long time to get my dream car and paid a lot of money for it. If I'm not the only one having this problem, I would think the Ford company should take responsibilty and fix the problems.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #21

Nov 292011


  • miles
First thing that happened with my car was the two inches of water it started taking in every time it rains. Then the RPM gauge and speedometer went; never can tell how fast I am going (real safe). Next went the gas and temp gauges. Now it rained again a few days ago (12/2012) and I have no working locks, windows, radio or headlights along with water in my floorboard. Ford needs to fix these problems that the 2005 Mustang has with it. These are not safe driving conditions and it looks like I am not the only one with these problems. I will not pay $3000 to fix their mistake. I will spend that money on a lawyer against Ford before I pay for their mistake. They need to do a recall and fix this. I had to get my car towed last night because I had no headlights. The tow truck driver said that my car was the fourth Mustang he had to tow that night!!!

- Fort White, FL, USA

problem #20

Aug 092005


  • miles
I took my 2005 Mustang to the dealer after it had rained and water came into the car, ,all the electric turned of then back on when I was driven on the highway, they said they couldn't find anything wrong, ,I see this has been a problem from what I have been reading, ,now the gauges don't work, ,was told it was the cluster because of the water, ,can you get anything done about this.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #19

Oct 012011


  • 81,536 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact attempted to start the vehicle but it would not start. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the mechanic stated that water had damaged the electrical system and the computer system, which would need replacing. The contact had previously noticed water leaking from under the passenger side seat onto the passenger's feet. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 81,536.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #18

Apr 012011


  • 1 miles
2005 Ford Mustang convertible. Severe water leakage occurring in passenger side front and rear areas. Water leaks into a compartment that surrounds the cabin air filter and then blows in through the cabin airway and leaks out below the glove box. This has severely damaged carpeting and causes mold and mildew to form. Very bad for anyone who breaths this in while traveling in the vehicle. Currently trying to seal with no luck and see hundreds of complaints on the internet. Occurs whenever vehicle is left outside in rain. The first 5 1/2 years of ownership the vehicle was garage kept. Thank you

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #17

Mar 092011


  • 40,000 miles
2005 Ford Mustang leaking when it rains. I have read plenty of forms that a lot of people have this problem that no one knows why or how. If this is not corrected it could cause health problems due to mildew or fire due to the moisture.

- Fort Payne, AL, USA

problem #16

Jan 032011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Ford Mustang with parking brake problems which caused the vehicle to be damaged after rolling down a hill. Consumer is also expressing discontent with the Ford company. The consumer stated the door handles were replaced three times, the convertible top had to be replaced, a new fuel pump was needed which was recalled, a new radio was installed, and the battery was replaced twice.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #15

Oct 012010


  • miles
I am the owner of a 2005 Mustang. I have already had to replace the throttle body as my car (which is an automatic) would randomly stall out at lights. One time leaving me stranded in the intersection. It is very difficult to fill my gas tank as the gas pump nozzle kicks back for some reason while pumping. My speedometer will read inaccurately at times, sometimes reading extremely high numbers, sometimes not at all. I am using gps and my own discrection when gauging how fast I'm going. After a heavy rainstorm, when making left turns, my passenger floor becomes flooded by water pouring out from under the passenger side dashboard. My passengers feet get soaked as well as carpet, floormat and any other things I have in the floor board.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 292010

Mustang 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased in 2007 a 2005 Ford Mustang. After the downpouring of rain on Wednesday 9/29 night and Thursday 9/30 morning I experienced water pouring into my 2005 Ford Mustang vehicle when on my way to work under the dash board and in close proximity of the fuse panel on the passenger foot well. I was on the internet and found that there has been other 2005 Mustangs experiencing the same systems. This should be considered a recall.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #13

Jul 102010


  • 28,000 miles
Convertible top failure at 28,000 miles. Car is not safe to operate on highways after convertible top failure. Common problem on 2005 Mustangs. Top becomes stuck at half up position. This obstructs vision in rear-view mirror, making it impossible to change lanes safely.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #12

Apr 102009


  • 40,000 miles
Water leak in passenger side kick panel Ford knew of water leak issue when vehicle was manufactured. I had about an inch of water on my passenger floorboard after a storm. Also rear brakes stick after using emergency brake. If I ever have to use my E-brake in an emergency the rear wheels will lock up and be even more of a hazard and danger. Both these issues are very safety related. Searching the internet you will find literally hundreds if not thousands of complaints about this water leak and E-brake damage issue. Please do something about this. I am currently thinking of suing Ford for the water leak and the fact that the technician at the dealership admitted this is a known Ford problem but not enough people have complained for them to care...

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #11

Mar 132010

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Driving on wet roads, front passenger side leak, shorting fuse box. Car lights, turn signals, instrument panels, and radio all go dead. When car is put into park it will not shift back out. Dries out, and all is well again. This is an extreme safety issue.....imagine if you will driving on a highway late at night in traffic only to have all your lights and turn signals go out.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #10

May 182009


  • 35,000 miles
I have experienced on several occasions water pouring into the vehicle under the dash board and in close proximity to the fuse panel on the passenger foot well. The dealer has indicated that the air intake to the cabin air unit is also connected the drain lines that drain water from the hood cowl. When debris from trees, bushes and shrubs finds it's way onto the hood cowl it gets into the drain lines (due to poor design and lack of any type of filter) with any rain. The rain washes debris into the drain lines which then backs up as the line fills into the cabin air unit. My dealer has told me the best way to prevent this from happening is to not park under trees. They did not tell me that when I bought the car. An internet search shows many people with a similar problem on the model year and later years. A tsb exists on this problem.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

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