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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 is 1 recall 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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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 2006 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

"compressor failure and condensing fan failure"

Samuel F., TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"It failed"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Been told that repairs made by another mechanic were incomplete lost screws and part of the filter missing also"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"compress failed; had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MS (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"Would only cool at high speed, unfortunately use this car in low speed areas. Cost app. $1150.00"

Michael C., FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"A/C did not cool off the vehicle in hot weather. Found especially in stop and go traffic, in city driving a/c could not keep vehicle cool, once driving on the highway it was a little cooler but not much. As we were on a trip, we had a local, well known auto company, check the system. He stated that they thought it was the a/c compressor. I called my mechanic he said it didn't sound like It and should not spend the $800-1000 dollars to do it but just have it recharged. Had it recharged by this sa"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Poor cooling"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"doesn't cool well at idle or stop and go traffic. Cools OK above 40 MPH"

Bill C., FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Poor cooling overall. Cooling fails when car is not moving. Different air temp level for driver vs passenger side vents!"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"The blower was blowing but the air was not cool"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"compressor went out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"AC compressor had a leak had to replace it"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Total failure. Frequently reported by others"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"broken"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"No A/C, To fix. Would have to purchase new Compressor costing $600 and Labor costing $750. I don't have that kind of money"

John C., NC (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"AC compressor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Not cooling due to fluid leaking out of compressor"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"needs replacing, cost is too high, hot car is nearly useless in summer"

Andrew H., IA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"I have no cooling on ac operation. Heater system works Ok. Seems like compressor will not engage clutch or valve inside not opening up. I know there is something in the compressor that isn't working. I haven't repaired the system because of cost. I usually do my own mechanical work and have saved much money compared to taking it to the shop. I've been doing work like this for 50+ years. I have worked with refrigeration systems for over 50 years in my HVAC business. So I know what I'm doing."

Michael L., NM (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"bearing went out so compressor clutch froze"

Anonymous, (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Freon leak inside compressor unit."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Thermostat was defective, was replaced and now works fine"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"main dash control failed"

Mary H., OH (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Since purchase A/C INSIDE only button needs resetting every few miles! I am allergic to auto exhaust from cars ahead, and I put the INSIDE air only button on, and must reset it a few miles down the road. It's inconsistant, sometimes I get 8-10 miles, other times only 3-4 miles and I'm getting outside air again. Bad anytime, awful in hign-pollen season or heavy traffic!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The solenoid that controls the engine vent failed and the blower sticks on high fan even when the climate control is turned off. That's my guess, I haven't dug into it to figure out the sure reason yet. It might just be a vacuum leak"

Paul B., TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"This is the second time that I had leaks. The first time I had leaks it was repair under warranty"

Roger E., NC (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Seasonal leakage"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 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

"The struts where worn out ergo the alignment was out"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Replaced worn out ball joints."

R P., AZ (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Right side frony"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering pump quit working at about 48000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"front struts worn"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"wearing out. starting to leak and make noises"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Strut "rattle" was repaired by my own garage. Car has been a good performer"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Worn out, needed entire replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Started making loud groaning sounds. Replaced with Monroe struts. After 6 months same problem. Replaced again and seems okay for now."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Power steering rack had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"Repair to the steering components. Cost $950. Out of warranty, paid for the repair"

August N., MD (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"universiol failed on steering colum"

Bart Y., NB (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"I had very bad steering problems. I installed a new power steering pump to no help. I did a complete power system flush and solved the problem. Steering was hard to turn, very sluggish, and stiff turning on corners. Braking caused a vibration in front wheels, but after flush, this problem stopped. Break wear is higher than normal. I don't ride brake peddle."

Michael L., NM (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Part of the fix for the chatter in the front end. Part of the $950 bill to repair everything and correct the chatter"

August N., MD (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The problem was discovered during the cars's annual inspection. It was most likely cause by the very poor road conditions in the area where I live. The roads near my house have scores of frost heaves, deep pits, and abrupt bumps"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Not the first time for these"

Andrew H., IA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearings replaced on 3 of 4 wheels"

Mehringer J., IL (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"They started making noise around 270K miles. I replaced them."

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 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

"Front bumper/fairing loose and bouncing, re-attached twice, still happening."

Roger G., VA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint flaking off of hood"

Anonymous, WV (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"paint on hood and roof faded. Arizona normal"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Clear coat faded and cracked"

Thomas C., NV (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"The leading edge of the hood gradually lost its paint"

Steve S., NJ (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Paint started to peel on the Hood"

J B., PA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The entire driver's side had severe fading of the paint and peeling of the clear coat. Started about three years ago with the rear driver side door which was retouched. Problem so severe, had the entire car repainted recently"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"finish on the plastic rear bumper is peeling"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Clear coat on the rear spoiler is peeling off."

Anonymous, AL (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Rusting in the body metal behind both rear wheels"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"rusting out on rear side panels above the rear wheels, rust is coming out an paint is cracking"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear turn signal lights have burned out many times. Cause not found."

Judy F., CA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"The left front headlight burned out"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Wiring melted on left front headlight"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Blowing out bulbs regularly. Needed to replace the vehicle wiring harness"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Front left headlight connector burnt out"

Brad W., TN (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"drivers side seat heater stopped working"

Paul S., PA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"A short circuit in the interior electrical system caused several lights, locks, etc. to stop working"

Larry V., VA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"We followed the instructions in the operators manual for finding the entry code. We were unable to find it. We called Ford Motor Company and were told they do not have the Keyless entry number"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"We must come to the conclusion that someone has disabled our in board computer"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Five Hundred 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Complete mechanism had to be replaced because the ABS system would no longer work"

Anne T., ON (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Right rear caliper became loos and was making loud noises when braking"

Joseph D., MS (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Rear caliper was frozen and had to be replaced."

Larry V., VA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"This is the third time since owning vehicle, I have had to replace pads three times. First time I made sure, I purchased lifetime warranty but the O'riley clerk did put my phone # on my ticket and I could not find receipt the next time I made sure as that is how O'Riley's manages their warranty's"

Roger E., NC (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"replaced front brakes"

R P., AZ (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"Rear brake pads wore out at about 46000 miles. Disks also had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

"I've been driving more than 50 yrs, never had to put brakes in a car at the 19K mark, then again around 40K, again at 65K! Ford Ranger has 45K miles on original brakes, I do not ride the brakes, this is the Ford 500's peculiarity."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors were worn causing the car to shake"

Zachary H., MA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 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

"Sunroof leaks water into a drain pan type affair which has two drain tubes that frequently stop up causing the rain water to pour into the floor. Also, the doors allow water to run inside and the drain holes in door bottom stop causing the water to accumulate and slosh around. I have address Both issues with the dealer while under warranty and was told they were designed that way and that I should check the drains frequently. That's BS"

Richard M., OK (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"moonroof whistles"

George W., MD (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Water collects in the rear doors. You physically have to disconnect the bottom weather stripping to remove the water. A well known problem with this car"

Maureen C., ON (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Not sure if I can lube this car, but squeaks come from all areas"

Mehringer J., IL (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Rattle in the brake caliber, have spent app.$300.00 but can only get a temporary fix. Taken to four repair shops including Ford dealer"

Michael C., FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"Front tie rods loose and rattling."

Roger G., VA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"some kind of rattle coming from center dash area or near there, started about a year ago. happens when driving but not when sitting still. Still doing it."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Have spent hundreds of dollars trying to eliminate rattle under vehicle. When you hit a bump it has an awful rattle."

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

"The computer has been replaced twice, once under warranty. The settings have been changed several times. The issue is starting but not continue to run. Car has been towed several times. We don't use the car except around town"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Bushing in Torque Mount on top of engine failed and had to be replaced-$200.00"

Joseph D., MS (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)

"THE UPPER ENGINE MOUNT WAS FOUND BROKEN DURING A REGULAR OIL AND FILTER CHANGE"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Leak was from the engine, which had to be taken apart to get tom the leak and fix it. Work was done at Ford service facility. A nuisance, but problem was fixed."

Enid C., NM (2006 Ford Five Hundred 3.0-L V6)

"At about year 4 of purchase of the vehicle the dealer was not able to trace where the little oil leaked from until only about 2 months ago."

Muchuma N., NH (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 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

"Started with noise in the right rear of the car (rear tire area)(sounded like a bearing going bad). As the vehicle was turning in a slight curve to the right, as the rear side of the car lifted during the turn the noise was heard. Then later on as time progressed the same noise, in the same area was heard when driving straight ahead at all speeds. Mechanic checked out, found no bearing issues. Mechanic replaced fluids (per Ford's recommendation) in AWD components, to no avail. Later in snow and"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"It's an all wheel drive model and the rear differential is not working. it needs to be changed, and it is not cheap to do, so for now we have a front wheel drive car"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Lost AWD function."

Constantin S., ON (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Had bad engine mounts, TBI sensor"

Robert H., PA (2006 Ford Five Hundred 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

Alternator

"Would not charge battery"

R P., AZ (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Coil

"See earlier comment."

Patrick H., TX (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"spark plug blew out off head"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"The Ford dealer supposedly replaced the spark plugs at the 100,000 mile service interval. Found out plugs weren't replaced when I took car to independent garage when engine started misfiring. Garage found a failed #1 cylinder coil and bad plugs!"

Patrick H., TX (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 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

"The doors collected water in the bottom during rain storms"

Steve S., NJ (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Driver side heated seat stopped working two years ago need $500 to repair it"

J B., PA (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Mirrors

"right hand doo.r mirror.parked car opened door"

Bart Y., NB (2006 Ford Five Hundred 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

Fuel pump

"The fuel pump and sending unit had to be replaced so the rear seat and exhaust system had to be removed to get the tank out so the sending unit could be replaced"

Paul A., RI (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"There was a recall (for possible idling problems that could happen), but I didn't act on it a few yrs ago since it wasn't a problem then, but was one recently when starting the car was a problem ( it had a hard time "catching" before it would rev up). I had the car serviced, it is fine now, but some of this had to be the age of the car and normal buildup of gunk (that was cleaned out, especially from the throttle). My alternator went out at 48,000 miles also."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Five Hundred Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"had a whine and small leak had trans rebuilt 4/15"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission was replaced and handle by extended warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Catalytic converter was plugged up. Likely due to overly rich fuel. No warning light to indicate any issue. The engine stopped working while we were driving at full speed on the highway. We were left stranded in a dangerous situation and had to be"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 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

"Automatic shifting not smooth. Engine continues to rev and even increases the revs (to 3K rmp) long after accelerator was released at about 2K rpm, causing a jerking, sometimes a violent engagement of next gear. The torque has dramatically decreased, needing an rpm speed of >5K to get to speeds that would originally have been achieved at about 3K rpm. There is also a humming noise, which the Ford dealership states, It is from the transmission and there's nothing that can be done. The noise is louder at speeds around 50mph, around 70mph and when steering to the right. The cruise control feature works better than the foot accelerator to maintain low rpm. In cruise mode, slight jerks can be felt when acceleration is needed to maintain speed on a flat road. The jerking can be very violent when on an upward incline or a hill. This problem of jerking was noticed around the 3rd year of purchase of the vehicle, but Ford, the very dealers I purchased the vehicle from, did nothing to address the problem. It amazes me that the owners of a vehicle are not able to address a problem of their own product. Unsatisfactory repair of my Ford Five Hundred by Ford is the single issue that has discouraged me from purchasing another Ford vehicle even though I liked the vehicle's comfort."

Muchuma N., NH (2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"IN DASH GPS WILL NOT READ SOFTWARE ON DVD"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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