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Ford Five Hundred

The Ford Five Hundred is a roomy sedan emphasizing comfort and good ergonomics over performance and pizzazz. It features an enormous trunk and expansive rear seats. The driving position, which Ford advertising referred to as "SUV-like Command Seating," is slightly elevated and can be adjusted up and down over a wide range.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Ford Five Hundred is a roomy sedan emphasizing comfort and good ergonomics over performance and pizzazz. It features an enormous trunk and expansive rear seats. The driving position, which Ford advertising referred to as "SUV-like Command Seating," is slightly elevated and can be adjusted up and down over a wide range. Overall, drivers have good visibility and excellent cabin access, similar to that of a minivan. Interior fit and finish is very good, but some of the hard plastic trim pieces felt insubstantial.

Our tested front-wheel drive Five Hundred had a six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.0-liter, 203-hp V6. The combination delivered just adequate performance. Handling is agile, especially considering the Five Hundred's size.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (203 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Ford Five Hundred owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Something needs to be repaired, but I am buying a new car soon"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"Some kind of regulator in the compressor needed replaced. Would not make the air cold"

Myron W., OR (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"This is the second compressor I've had to put on the car. First failed at about 50K miles"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"failed. replaced by dealer service dept"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Cold air when care is moving. Warm air when car is stopped Ford said compressor is NG... ($1400) I think it is a bad valve or relay somewhere. As long as car is in motion you have nice cold air"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The air conditioning compressor and condenser is manufactured in such a way that my mechanic advised I would have to take it back to the dealership to correct the problem. The problem was resolved with the dealer at a cost of $1600 dollars"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor needed replacing"

William B., WA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Air conditioning system failed, the A/C compressor went bad. I elected to replace the whole system, as it was only about twice the amount of just the A/C compressor but I got a new system and it has a lifetime parts & labor warranty"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"I had to replace it"

Steven J., CO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Not being a mechanical person I only know that the air condition system actually blew and sent pieces through the system"

Ray S., MN (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"ac compressor failed, was replaced incorrectly, and other valves required replacement"

Douglas W., NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"compressor leaking had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor failed after 170000 miles. Installed a new one and recharged system"

Esteban T., VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"The air conditioner was not keeping the car cool, had my mechanic fix it but not sure what he did"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"The compressor failed at 95000 miles causing replacement of the evaporator and condenser also for a total of about $1000"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor replaced by Ford dealer. cost $1200 and car has been very well maintained ,with less than 50K miles at the time"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"The a/c cools the car at about any temperature on the highway. In town the a/c is not cold enough on hot days. The a/c is slow to cool the car when I enter it. There may have been some kind of recall. My mom bought the car new and told me about the issue"

Steven D., OH (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Was told compressor needed to be replaced"

Edward K., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"A/C compressor was replaced due to leaks causing a failure in climate control"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor began to leak oil"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"A/C compressor seized, burned out the fan belt preventing the alternator from charging the battery during normal use. Unable to get a free spindle bypassing the A/C so spent the money to replace a little used A/C unit"

Wally B., IL (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"blew out and lost all refrigerant and had to be replaced"

Murray L., IL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The compressor developed a oil leak at the input shaft. I had the system serviced with oil & Freon and it is still operating fine"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The A/C Compressor just went to pieces - Required replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"compressor is too expensive to replace ($3000). But I LOVE this car and do not want to replace it! Wish they still made them!"

Anne G., MD (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"COMPRESSOR LEAK COST $599.40 WITH NO WARRANTY"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor began to rattle, bad bearing."

Edward K., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"After the vehicle experienced a year of greatly reduced driving and a moderate climate, the air conditioning stopped working altogether due to the compressor freezing up. Mechanics were able to fix it by replacing the entire system."

Anonymous, (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Noisy pulley and bad drive belt"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor failed 1 year ago. Not surprising for 14 year old car. Repaired earlier this month, thanks to stimulus payment :)"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"AC stopped working. There was a leak so the compressor wasn't able to cool. The car is almost sixteen years old, so I'm not surprised."

Anonymous, (2005 Ford Five Hundred Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"The air conditioning unit stopped cooling the car and the problem was a failed compressor."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Stoped working"

Roland F., OH (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Seal leakage--replaced with an after markwt product"

Albert L., NY (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"The compressor just went out must replace not rebuild"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"rebuild compressor"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"system created a mind of its own by heating when it should be cooling and cooling when it should heating. fan also was unsure what speed it was to operate at"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"See answer to previous question - it's all tied together as one problem - unable to maintain a constant temperature."

E R., IN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"slow speed doesn't work"

Richard B., KS (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

"Same a described previously"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"replaced due to potential contamination when compressor failed"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace twice in less than 20,000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Complete dash cluster failure that required complete replacement at 20K miles"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"Have not repaired it yet"

Edward K., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Drivers heated seat coil has failed and the Ford dealers expense to repair makes this not worth correcting."

John N., VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Drivers seat will not heat"

Robert H., TX (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"This is not a new problem. The car has had the same problem with the heating system ever since it was brand new. No service person was ever able to isolate and solve the problem. When you turn on the heater, it does a fine job - at first. Then, the further you drive the less well it works. If you drive a couple of hours or more in the winter time, you have to continually turn the temperature UP to maintain a halfway pleasant condition. Starting at 72, by the time you've driven a couple of hours or more, the setting needs to be up as far a 88 degrees. This is probably a reason why the mechanic wasn't able to solve the issue - they were never driving it for a long time, and therefore never experienced the problem.. IF you stopped the car - for a longer break than just filling up the gas tank - it seems to reset and you can start over back at the reasonable setting of 72 degrees. But, as I said, it's not a new problem. Has been like this for all 13 years I've owned it."

E R., IN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"I have had refrigerant added twice in a years time"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"AC doesn't cool because refrigerant leaks"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"in dash"

Gary J., GA (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"Need to add refrigerant in summer season for sufficient cooling and run in recirculating mode."

John N., VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Have water inside rear door, passengers side"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"back doors do not drain in heavy rains without lifting the door gaskets off the drain holes. developing a coolant leak around front of engine"

Wally B., IL (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"water from rain ponding on floor. Suspect was heavy pollen blocking drain below windshield. Air pressure at highway speeds corrected same"

Robert M., NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"During heavy rain my car is not garaged) the carpet on the drivers side in the front is damp. I plan on taking the car to the dealer to have the problem fixed"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Sun roof leaks . hard to align seals"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Drains in doors are obstructed by the door seals even though the bottoms have channels cut out. Manufacturing defect in my opinion on placement or size of door seals"

Wally B., IL (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"Driver's side floorboard rusted through, probably due to increased use of brine in my are over past 3-4 years"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"water drains from channel,around sunroof, down tubes inside windshield pillars and out at bottom of each door. If I’m not diligent about cleaning out that channel, apparently debris can clog up tubes so water backs up under floor mats."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"When it rains, the rear doors get water in them."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Water collects in doors. You can hear it sloshing around . Have to lift weather stripping along bottom of doors to allow water to drain out."

John V., (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"BACK R DOOR LEAKS DUE TO WEATHER STRIPPING FALLING OFF A LONG TIME AGO"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"weather strip on sun roof came loose"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"I think some rubber bushings are worn/gone on the anti-sway -or similar- components. (Maybe control arm or stabilizer bar bushing?) It gives a clunking noise when going over potholes at slow speed that mechanics say is NOT a noise from a CV joint"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Grinding and squeaking noise in the front end; untraceable rattling somewhere in the back"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"rear suspension area"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"RATTLE MAY BE IN CATALYTIC CONVERTER."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"We have an annoying rattle underneath the car that no one seems to be able to find. Only shows up on rough roads at slow speeds"

Kenneth H., PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"It gets out of alignment easily"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"had it done as the torsion bar broke"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"I have to align it about every 2 years. I live in Northeastern Ohio where the roads are quite rough, especially in Cleveland"

Steven D., OH (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Car was shaking, took it straight into the Ford dealer and they repaired it."

Anonymous, (2005 Ford Five Hundred Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"my grease boots failed at 120000 miles and the only remedy from ford was to replace the entire tie rod, bushings, etc. instead of just the boot. This is stupid from a consumers point of view, but very profitable for FOMOCO"

Stephen B., LA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Problem was fixed with replacement of old parts."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"replaced when put rebilt rack on"

Leroy R., PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"A power steering hose was leaking power-steering fluid, making it difficult to turn the steering wheel.The mechanic replaced the hose, filled the power-steering fluid reservoir, and it's been great since."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Noise from power steering started 1 year ago, got much worse 2 months ago. Expensive to fix."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"After 145000 mile they developed slack that lead to tire ware and vibrations. We lived on a 3 mile dirt road which contributed to this ware"

Kenneth H., AR (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"front stabilizer bar...also suspension/shocks noise"

Ken P., MN (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"torsion bar broke"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"The anti-sway bars have always made noise in cold weather and now they are actually broken and will need to be replaced. Never had such an issue with previous cars that I have owned."

Timothy T., TN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"A fluid leak. Had to replace the steering rack"

Doug H., UT (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Same as last entry"

Kenneth H., AR (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"very hard to steer around corners"

Leroy R., PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Tie rods replaced due to normal wear"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"it seems brakes have to be replaced yearly and this seems excessive for the small amount of trips made with this car and most trips made in town normal traffic"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced front brakes at 85000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Rotors & pads had to be replaced"

Frank H., NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"The rear brakes on the 2005 Ford Five Hundred wear quickly and usually require rotors to be replaced also"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Does not always engage"

Dena E., VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"It required multiple repairs due to cabling issues"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Rear break shoes failed at 18.5K. Ford denied warranty, but published S/B 4 months later and repaired 2nd time"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Have had to replace brake pads multiple times without getting very many miles on each set of brakes"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"I have replaced the brakes on this car 5 times since I have owned it. This is far more than any car that I have previously owned. The rotors are always warping making for a very unpleasant driving experience. If it weren't for the issues that I have been having with the brakes, I would really like this car."

Timothy T., TN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Warped rotors due to not using a torque wrench at a local shop"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"I have had to replace the brake system twice on this car. The last time was recently and the brakes were 'bumping' when I applied them"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"They needed to be replaced"

Frank H., NJ (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes on this model have tended to wear more quickly than average. This spring had to replace rotors after ~2 years"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes continue to be a problem; replaced original OEM pads at 108,000 with "quiet" non-metallic Wagner pads and new rotors; as soon as tires are rotated, squeals start up again"

Diane B., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Wheel bearing replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Front Brakes squeak"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"One door moulding came loose"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Driver side rear door molding raised up and pinched driver door so that when rear door was open driver door could not open causing damage to driver door. This has happened multiple times over last 3 years and dealership was not able to correct it. Currently molding is removed and I will try to personally reattach once I repair molding and clean door."

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The clear coat finish "wore out". The top, hood and trunk lid had to be repainted. Nufinish polish has be used throughout the life of the car"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Disappointed with some peeling and cracking on hood"

John N., VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"My biggest problem was the throttle control unit failed. It cost me $875.00 to replace including labor. The clear coat paint started peeling on the trunk & rear pillar about 16 months ago"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Paint bubbling along front edge of hood."

John V., (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"paint popped showing two small rust patches over right rear wheel housing"

Jerry T., MI (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"this is the first year the rust has begun to creep in... on the front edges of the hood and the trunk :-("

Anne G., MD (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"This vehicle has several weak points that develop rust over time. When I park my car near another Ford Five Hundred, I can almost always count on seeing the exact same locations on the car exhibiting the exact same rust patterns. These locations include the top of the rear fenders and the front of the rear fenders between the wheel well and the rear door."

Anonymous, (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"solved"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"The fuel cap no longer clicks when we put it back on, and I get a warning. This car also surges for no reason.. but I couldn't find a place to report it!"

Anne G., MD (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"After 245,000 miles the fuel pressure sensor was replaced, which required the temporary removal of the gas tank."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Hesitated and also died once going down the highway but restarted. Had to have the Throttle body replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"throttel body failure"

Anonymous, SK (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failing and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"After 245,000 miles, the engine began to intermittently run roughly. The oxygen and fuel pressure sensors were replaced along with spark plug coils, which required removal of a head gasket and gas tank."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Engine began hesitating due to the failing fuel pressure sensor."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"fault light kept coming on - took 5 trips to dealer to resolve - vey expensive & time consuming - ending up with replacing the computer (I think)"

Elizabeth R., IN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"fuel rail pressure sensor failed; replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Would not cold start. Replaced fuel filter, pump mass air flow, Ford not able to find problem. After $2000 trying to repair, i brought home, replaced the battery and problem went away. Now suspect that cold start injector was not getting full voltage from weak battery causing the problem."

Patrick H., CA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Engine mounts

"top mount had a worn bushing, made a clanging sound when aceleration"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The engine turned over but would not start. Smoke was coming out of the exhaust. The diagnosis was the throttle body was stuck shut from carbon build up and spark plugs were fouled from fuel entering cylinders after excessive cranking which caused sm"

Cynthia P., CA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Shock absorber like mount in lower front began to leak and not keep the engine in it's proper position"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil pan gasket hardened and allowed oil to leak"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Oil leak started after replacement of the spark plug coil wires. Evidently the head gasket has to be removed to replace them."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"electronic control box that controls awd system, very expensive to fix"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"AWD Malfunction warning message Had to replace valve system and pump"

Kenneth H., PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Intermittent AWD malfunction or AWD system data error appears in message center with traction control lamp. Appears to be a sensor in the differential or the transmission or electrical malfunction from these sensors. Seems it could be temperature sensitive sometimes activates in park at idle or on and off while driving at any speed. Ford can't seem to narrow down the exact part to replace and I won't repair until I "Ëœm confident the proper component is replaced. Suggested repairs estimate $1500 on a 15 year old car that looks and runs great."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Had to have a pump replaced in the AWD system"

Kenneth H., PA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Differential

"Failed and had to be replaced, Part not made any more and had to find a rebuilt replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The drive system for the Ford 500 was a Volvo product-Volvo was purchased by Volvo in 1999--sold subsequently to a Chinese Company. The pinion gear failed in my Ford 500--no parts available--had driveshaft removed and car became a front wheel drive vehicle--no AWD"

Albert L., NY (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Had to replace the right front axle an boot"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"One of the six ignition coils began to misfire causing the check engine light to come on"

Dennis T., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"One of the ignition coils failed. The Ford garage installed all new coils, wires, and plugs"

Ernest K., NH (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"MY MECHANIC SAID THAT THE COILS ARE BAD IN THIS TYPE OF CAR SO I AM GETTING THEM REPLACED ON THE REGULAR."

Michael O., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"Had to replace ignition coils(?) on three cylinders. Poor ignition caused unburned fuel to enter and ruin catalytic converters. Other associated problems took three dealer visits to correct - but all is fine now"

Rod D., IL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Car suddenly nearly stalled during acceleration on highway; got over to the right lane and limped to repair shop; ended up spending $855 for coils/plugs/PCV"

Diane B., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The original spark plugs had 37000 miles on them... time to change them"

Dennis T., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"MY MECHANIC SAYS THAT THE WIRING IN THIS CAR IS BAD TOO. IT'S AN AMERICAN, THAT'S ALL HE HAD TO SAY!"

Michael O., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"The control board for the electric tach and speedo had to be replaced"

Dale F., MN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"It just suddenly stop working one day after work"

Anonymous, SK (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Driver side headlamp electrical harness developed and apparent short/broken wire. Headlight would flicker on and off during issue intermittently. I ordered a new wire harness, soldered in modification of harness replacing shorted section with a shrink tube, wrapping, and liquid electrical tape to ensure protection from elements. No other issues with electrical. Issues fix very soon after noticing issue to prevent any other electrical damage due to transients that may exist from issue."

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"High beam headlights stopped working and when we tried to replace the bulbs with new ones it did not work."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Drivers side seat heater failures. This is the second time in the life of the car so far"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Don't seem to work and my experience does not match Ford's electronic analysis"

Dale F., MN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"same as previous one. just before work"

Anonymous, SK (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission started 'jerking' from one speed to another. It would jump badly. I finally had a rebuilt one put in but the place where I had it replaced complained a lot about how difficult it was to do it"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"The CVT Failed and had to be replaced to the tune of 8000 dollars. The cost is prohibitive to most people and should be a manufacturers known defect as it occurs in many cases"

Stephen B., LA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The transmission would make a loud noise when downshifting at highway speeds when passing. I knew that failure was going to happen soon, so I had it rebuilt."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The transmission developed a loud noise when downshifting to pass at about 65 miles per hour. It required to be torn down to repair."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"When has to work harder (uphill) the transmission downshift (sometimes). When normal speed is attained I have to release the gaz pedal so the transmission upshift. When it does not downshift by itself I have to press the gaz pedal to kickdown"

Michel G., QC (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"the seals in this transmission dry and shrink with time and cause loss of transmission fluid requiring replacement of all seals & gaskets"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"SENSOR GAVE OUT,CAUSING WARNING LIGHT AND POOR PERFORMANCE"

Edward K., FL (2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Replaced intake manifold gasket which substantially reduced engine noise"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"It sounded as though the car was falling apart."

Sidney C., NY (2005 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Door gaskets refusing to stay in place moving not allowing doors ro shut properly"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Seat controls - temperature

"Heated drivers seat no longer works, cost to repair excessive at dealership"

John N., VA (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"has never been right, since brand new. will not continue to heat after running for a while. must keep adjusting temperature up and up and up"

Elizabeth R., IN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"service engine light came on, service tech found a vacume leak"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Skips tracks. Goes back to beginning after restarting car"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
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