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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,831 miles

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2006 Ford Mustang engine problems

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2006 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 182012

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


My wife was pulling into a parking space--I was in the car as well. About half way into the parking spot, the engine suddenly began reving and the car jumped forward causing a head on collision with the truck in front of us.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #8

Mar 282007

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 11,677 miles
Alternator replaced 03/28/2007 gear shift replaced 04/29/2008 also replaced radio/cd player battery replaced 04/01/2009 A/C compressor 06/23/2010 alternator 04/08/2011 battery replaced 12/09/2011 check charging light still coming on.

- Zwolle, LA, USA

problem #7

Aug 092011


  • 72,000 miles
I started to notice that once I hit a steady 30-35 mph (on the streets) it hesitates to accelerate. Then it jerks and im running normal again. Took it to the transmission mechanic. He said my trans fluids are fine, however, my pan is "burnt". I do fine on the freeway. Its mostly when im driving through the streets and stop and go at lights. He ran some codes and the results were the "gear 5 incorrect ratio and the solenoid" ---something(sorry). He said to overhaul a trans I would be looking at $1800+.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 242011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


I currently own a 2006 premium V6 Ford Mustang, and I regularly get my vehicle serviced. My most recent service visit was for an oil change along with all the other standard preventative maintenance that is performed with the oil change; performed 05/20/11. Upon completion, the service adviser told me the mechanic found coolant residue on the vehicle, but that I would not have to worry about it and it was probably nothing. On 06/24 I decided to drive to Nevada for the weekend, and my engine overheated due to the coolant leak. I had a horrible experience being stuck in the middle of the desert with no cell phone coverage and little to no traffic on the route I took. It took over six hours before I was able to attain help and have my vehicle towed to the nearest Ford service facility - which costed over $500 to tow. I was advised the thermostat housing cracked and leaked, possibly due to improper tightening. My engine apparently is out of warranty now, so I am facing a 4000+ dollar service bill for an engine replacement. Had I been told residue could be a sign of a potential leak that could cause engine failure, I would have paid whatever was necessary to repair the defect. I thought I could confide in my Ford dealership in maintaining my vehicle, but apparently I cannot. I am appalled with this experience that serviced my vehicle. I understand my engine is out of warranty, but something needs to be done, because this is clearly negligence on Ford's behalf for not advising me coolant was leaking and my engine could potentially fail. My adviser only told me there was residue found, and it was probably nothing I had to worry about. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Coachella, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 082011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Normal usage vehicle with 63,000 miles, steel crankshaft pulley separated from rubber hub. Repair includes replacing crankshaft pulley and other items damaged by part failure. Caused loss of steering control, as well as engine stalling if speed sensor is damaged as a result of crankshaft pulley damaging it.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #4

May 082008


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Mustang. The contact stated as soon as she would release her foot from the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would sporadically stall and the check engine light would illuminate. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure and the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the independent mechanic replaced the throttle. The failure continued to recur. The contact stated she was afraid to drive the vehicle. There were no further repairs. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000 and the current mileage was 6,046.

- Matamoras, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012009


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Mustang. While driving 70 mph the vehicle stalled. Occasionally, the vehicle will restart and when it doesn't, the vehicle has to be towed. The RPM's also increased to 2000, which made it difficult to decelerate. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 25000. The current mileage was 26000.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #2

Jul 312009


  • 47,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that intermittently while driving, an unspecified warning light will illuminate on the instrument control panel, and then the vehicle will stall. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility for inspection. A mechanic concluded that he would have to pay $800 to replace the electronic throttle control. No repairs were made. The manufacturer was notified, but no assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 47,800. The current mileage was 48,000.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #1

May 082009


  • miles
Ford 2006 factory spark plugs are corroded and rusted. They break inside of the gasket, causing an overall of the head gasket. This has cost several hundred dollars to repair.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

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