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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,496 miles

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2005 Ford Mustang transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 282007


  • 30,000 miles


When stopped suddenly the car will remain idle for about 30 seconds before it will kick back into gear. When this happens, car will roll backwards in drive. If you try to press the gas to force the car to move it will stall completely. Car has been doing it since 2007. Ford dealership could not find anything wrong with it. Car currently has 44,000 miles on it. Also gas, temp and speedometer gauges have started going crazy the last three weeks.

- Bennettsville, SC, USA

problem #6

Mar 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
2005 Mustang had routine automatic transmission flush done at 46K miles, prior to service no leaks, only complaints of noisy transmission. Now transmission leaks, noticed some oil at a few hundreds wiped it clean thinking it was residue from the flush. At 50K checked again and leak in worse and took back to dealership (jones Ford, N. charleston, SC). Dealer refused to cover the repair of the leak, stating leak was not caused by routine maintenance they performed, although states they do these routinely and occasionally cars come back leaking from the procedure. Contacted Ford motor crc and they stated it is a dealership service issue. Dealership says it's not. Yet I'm out to pay for a repair bill ca. Between $700 and $1000 depending on damage done.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #5

Aug 102008


  • 46,000 miles
While backing from my garage, I put the shifter into reverse. The car will pause and then a sudden jerk into reverse. The automatic transmission was recently flushed at the Ford dealership prior to the start of this problem.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 182008


  • 60,000 miles


At 60000 miles my transmission failed. It was leaking internally from the bell housing to the transmission. This caused the transmission to get hot. There were not outward signs of problems. No external leaks or any sensors warning me. Since I could not afford the exorbitant extended warranty, I had to pay over $3000 to have it repaired. I think this is unfair to the consumer. My car is only half way paid off and I have heard since this has happened to me of other consumers having the same problem. I am a 43 year old woman and not a teenager hot rodding a car. I will never buy a Ford again or use randall not dealership.

- Wills Point, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 292008


  • 70,000 miles
The transmission failed. I was driving home from work and the car would only go in second gear. I made it to my mom's business and had it towed to Ford dealership after talking to a Ford customer service rep. The dealer told me the transmission would have to be replaced. Every transmission place I talked to said that these transmissions are failing in all of the Ford vehicles that have them between 60,000 and 90,000 miles. Ford refuses to fix or replace the transmission because I didn't buy an extended warranty. It is going to cost me several thousand dollars to replace this transmission. There is a defect in these transmissions and all of them should be recalled and Ford held responsible for the costs. My car isn't fixed yet because I don't have the money to do so. I have a 3 and a half year old Mustang I cant drive that I am paying for.

- Hopwood, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 302005

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2005 Ford Mustang GT -had an electrical system problem which resulted in a crash. While turning off of the highway into a residential area the transmission malfunctioned causing uncontrollable acceleration. The brakes were appliedbut the vehicle continued to accelerate. The front brakes did not stop the vehicle. The vehicle went into a clock wise spin. The car turned onto the driver's side and then hit a tree. What happened next was that the electrical system was still acting strange, the trunk opened and trying to close it back down the lights came off and on. The door locks would lock and unlock by themselves. The vehicle had $6,300 worth of damage. The dealership did not assist the consumer with anything. The vehicle was purchased on August 29, 2005 as a new vehicle which only had 72 miles on it. Upon impact the airbags did not deploy and the fuel cut off switch did not activate. A police report was taken.

- Alvarado, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 222005

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 5,470 miles
Problen 1: when slowing to a stop, maybe 5 mph or so, then pressing on the gas pedal to accelerate, the engine RPM's increase as if the transmission is in neutral, then jumps into gear causing a sudden jerk forward. The problem has been reported and confirmed by Ford dealership. Problem 2: started vehicle, with foot on brake put in reverse and heard a strange noise and blue smoke outside passenger window. The right rear tire was "burning rubber" pulled shift leaver back to nuetral and engine RPM normal. Possibly related to the problem above or I could ahave had my foor on brake and gas pedal at the same time but can not that easily.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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