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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,350 miles

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2005 Ford Mustang electrical problems

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 4 of 8)

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problem #93

Jan 012008

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


All of my gauges started to read improperly or not at all, speedometer, oil pressure, gas, battery, coolant temp, RPM. They didn't all go at the same time and the problem moves around but there is always at least 2 or 3 gauges showing inaccurate data. It has gotten progressively worse. Not knowing how fast I am going is a major safety hazard! I am appalled that this very prevalent problem has not already had a recall issued.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #92

Sep 142007


  • 40,000 miles
I was driving at night at around 30mph when everything electrical went dead in my car including headlights and dashboard but the engine was still running. I was able to drive the car home but could not start it the next morning. Had to flat bed it to the dealership where they told me the whole computer system failed and had to be replaced. This happened 3 more time since then. Each time I was charged $3000 to have it replaced. It shouldn't happen once let alone 3 times. Another recent problem, my engine caught fire causing everything on the left side of my car to be replaced. Ford denied any "real problems they could find". also had my gas tank replaced twice because it wouldn't fill up. And to add to everything, my gearshift needs to be replaced because a little plastic piece that hides the holes when U shift up or down, broke. $600 estimate at Ford. As well as my engine smoking after driving for 2 hours at 65-70 mph. Do not buy a Ford. Iv'E spent over $12K fixing the problems that I never caused. Ford refused to pay a dime or take any responsibility. Too many problems causing unsafe situations for me as well as other drivers and pedestrians around me. ## VIN failed ##

- Chatsworth , CA, USA

problem #91

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 #90

Mar 082012


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the entire instrument panel failed. The contact could not determine at which speed they were traveling or the amount of gasoline fuel that was in the fuel tank. The contact stated that the instrument panel gauges began failing over ten months ago and progressed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 72,000......updated 01/14/13 updated 1/16/2013

- Sunville, CA, USA

problem #89

Jan 022012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Gauge cluster not operational. Speedometer inaccurate. While sitting at a stand still will read 70 mph, or other measurements. Tachometer not functioning a majority of the time. Sits below 0 at all times of operation.

- Waialua, HI, USA

problem #88

Sep 052012


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated while driving 40 mph the speedometer began to show 20 mph. The car was parked and later the it worked as designed. The contact mentioned that the fuel gauge began to register empty although the vehicle had just been refueled. In addition, the left turn signal began to blink at an unusually high rate of speed. The contact believed that the instrument cluster might be defective. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 76,000. The VIN was not available.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #87

Apr 182011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


My speedometer started acting erratic. It does not work at all now. The needle is stuck past 120 miles. Now my oil, water & battery gauges do not work. Asked my Ford technician during my regular oil change and checkup about the problem and they stated that is was a sign my alternator was going out. I had my alternator changed, but it did not correct the problem and after that is when my other gauges quit working. Since this is a problem with almost every one made during that year, you would believe that Ford would not want to tarnish their name by not issuing a recall. I have always owned a Ford, but my family has recently changed to different makes and I will definitely consider changing after this. This is a safety issue because if your gauges are not working, you could stall in traffic by running out of gas, overheating, engine lock up, etc. I need my car so I can make a living for my family and I do love my car, but I am considering getting rid of it because I am afraid something will happen while I am in traffic. This does not need to wait until people start having accidents or dying. With the economy the way it is today, most people cannot afford to get their car repaired or change cars so they are left with no choice but to take chances. If it was your family in the car and something happened in traffic, would a recall come any faster" I have noticed recalls in the news happening faster when someone dies, but I wonder how many complaints were received before that happened" I suppose it would happen faster if the news were to pick up the story of how many problems existed and were left unnoticed. Thanks for looking into the problem, but please don't wait too long.

- Monette, AR, USA

problem #86

Jun 012011


  • 56,747 miles
Speedometer erratically displays wrong speed. When parked, the speedometer sometimes over 25 mph. While driving approximately 30 mph, the speedometer reads over 80 mph.

- Cardiff, CA, USA

problem #85

Dec 262011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 41,300 miles
Driving on highway engine light came on then fuel gauge went to 0 and speedometer down to 10 miles per hour and gauge flickered back up to 35..almost causing an accident not knowing what was happening. Past 6 months when fueling my car gas pump keeps kicking off, not sure if it could cause a fire, takes 15 minutes to fuel up. I will never buy a Ford again.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #84

Jul 272012

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 47,776 miles
I was traveling down the highway and the speedometer went to 0 mph and has not worked properly since that time. My on-line research has revealed that this problem is quite common with this make and year of car and stems from Ford installing substandard stepper motors on the instrument cluster gauge circuit boards. This is a safety issue in that I cannot gauge my road speed while moving down the highway. Ford should be forced to recall these vehicles and make the necessary repairs since this is a safety issue and Ford is aware of the problem.

- Converse, IN, USA

problem #83

Jun 132011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


The first thing to happen around June of 2011 was my gas gauge dropped to empty and the low fuel light came on when in fact I had a full tank. This started doing it every so often and now does it on a daily occurrence. The next thing approx. A month later my tach started acting strange and is now stuck in one position and has been that way for about 6 months. Starting last September the speedometer would drop down to 0 while driving, sometimes it shows going 20 or 25 miles per hour when in fact I am probably doing 55 or 60. This is very distressing as I love my Mustang and bought it brand new in December 2004. It now has a little over 70000 miles and I am seeing where others have this same problem. This is not a fluke but sounds like a defect on these Mustangs. It is not a cheap fix and Ford needs to step up to the plate and a recall needs to be done. This is a safety hazard that needs to be repaired.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #82

Feb 072012


  • 48,000 miles
Speedometer gauge failure. The speedometer gave progressively more inconsistent readings until it finally settled below the 0 line and now does not move at all. The battery light also flickers randomly, although no problems were found with multiple batteries or the alternator. The light comes on even when battery testers are showing it having a correct charge. It appears to be a problem with the instrument panel.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #81

Jun 152012

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 47,700 miles
The temperature gauge, fuel gauge, and speedometer began malfunctioning. Now if car gets hot the fuel and temperature gauges cease to operate and the speedometer fluxuates between not working to being somewhere between 0 and 30 mph to fast or slow. Ford said it wasn't a warranty repair and I received two estimates between $500 and $700 to repair the problem. Looking at the various Ford Mustang forum sites I have observed hundreds of owner's with the same problem for the 2005-2009 Mustang. As this is my wife's car, and I don't have the funds right now we have had to park the car since it is too dangerous to drive not knowing the car speed, if it is over heating, or running out of fuel.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #80

Jun 192012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 115,900 miles
First the gas gauge hand would stay on empty even when filling up or it would go straight down way past the full mark. Never know how much gas I have. Now the speedometer is not working properly. It will either stay at 0mph while I'm driving or say I'm going 20-30mph when the car is shut off and not even running. At times it says I'm going 110mph when I'm driving through town which is a 35mph and clearly I am not driving 110mph. I find this to be a great hazard to other drivers since I never know how fast I'm going. After doing internet research it seems many Mustang owners have this same issue. I feel that having a defective speedometer is a safety hazard that needs to be addressed if safety is really important to the NHTSA.

- Drakesboro, KY, USA

problem #79

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 #78

Feb 032012


  • 70,000 miles
My tachometer and my temperature gauge are both not working. The motor that moves the needle has gone bad and I researched it and many people are having this same problem! please look into it because many Mustang owners are fed up. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #77

Apr 032012


  • 98,000 miles
Started out with speedometer, then the car would startone day but not the next now any thing that is electrical does not work checked online and there are several complants about this. Ford knows about the problem but will nothing about it.

- Clyde, OH, USA

problem #76

Jan 032012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure - speedometer and tachometer gauges pegged at 0 and un-responsive - known problem to Ford. Should be covered as recall.

- Vinita, OK, USA

problem #75

May 132009

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
All the gauges and radio on my 2005 Mustang V6 are failing it starts with the radio then the tach, the fuel gauge and the speed gauge got sticky.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #74

Dec 072011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the speedometer would become stuck. The vehicle had been taken to the dealer and the contact was advised that the entire cluster would need to be replaced. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

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