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Ford Five Hundred Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer Ford Five Hundred problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Ford Five Hundred repairs by problem area

23% of the Ford Five Hundred repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 16% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 231 repairs.

Ford Five Hundred repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Five Hundred repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 9% cost less than $100, 50% between $100 and $499, 25% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 204 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Ford Five Hundred 4dr Sedan

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT AWD

Ford Five Hundred in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2006 7000    
16000 0 The lid on top of the dash was delaminating causing bumps on the surface when the hot sun beat down on it. It took the shop about 10 min. to replace and a good job was done. Also a door seal was ordered for the L/R door becauseit keeps coming loose from t 
16300 0 I stated in Dec that the L/R door seal was ordered because it kept becoming detatched from the door frame. Service was done to do so and I was again very satified with the fast service and good work. It took the service dept about 15 mins. to replace whil 
18000 0 Rear pads ended up metal to metal in 18000 Mi. and when I questioned dealership about this, they acknowledged that there was a TSB for this because of wrong compound in the rear pads. They also replaced the rotors. The front brakes are very slightly worn. 
30500 0 I have not had to have any repair work on our 500 since Jan 08 other than regular oil changes and tire rotations. It is pretty hard to grade our service dept's proficiency because of this vehicle's reliability. 
36000 0 After rotating tires and checking brake wear, I decided to replace the rear pads because they were getting close to their service life. I felt they wore a bit prematurely (16k miles) because the original rear brakes were replaced under a TSB at 20k miles. 
 
Ford Five Hundred in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 1000    
8000 0 Reflash transmission to new specifications so its more responsive 
 

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2006 Ford Five Hundred 4dr Sedan

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Five Hundred in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 27000    
30000 0 REAR SHOCKS MAKING A RATTLING NOISE. FORD DEALERSHIP TECH DETERMINED THEY WERE WORN OUT AND REQUIRED REPLACEMENT 
64000 123 Hard start, gas smell. Amery Ford Reprogrammed the PCM and it runs great! 
132000 45 Replaced front brake pads. The original set lasted 132,000 miles. Original were not completely worn out but one pad had a crack in the lining. 
177500 34 RH Blend Door Motor 
187000 0 Replaced the original battery 
196000 225 Replaced worn alternator with Motorcraft Reman 
205700 75 Replaced brake linings 
 
Ford Five Hundred in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 0    
12000 0 Bolster on rear passenger-side seat defective. Replaced with new bolster under warranty. 
15000 0 Groan or squeak during turns. Replaced steering stops. 
16000 0 Reported unacceptable amount of brake dust to rear wheels; dealer replaced brake pads on all four wheels. 
19000 0 Steering stops required greasing, even though they had been replaced about 6 months prior. 
35000 0 Tear in driver's seat leather at stitching; part ordered. Occasional hesitation or clunk, as if transmission slipping. Told could not replicate. Informed dealer of TSB for problem. Dealer will look into when they replace the seat cover on the driver's side. 
36000 0 Took car in to have driver's seat cover replaced. Dealer replaced wrong seat cover (pass side). New seat covers ordered for BOTH front seats. Said valve body in transmission defective. At first, they were going to replace it per the TSB. Then they decided to just update the software, despite the TSB instructing them to do replace the valve body. Seems to be doing better. 
44000 400 Grinding noise from rear; had to replace both rear rotors and pads. Funny because rear brakes replaced under TSB at 16000 miles.... 
61000 175 A/C compressor went out and had to be replaced 
70000 100 Rough shifting. Dealer replaced throttle body and top engine mount. Replaced washer fluid reservoir. Float was broken in original causing "Low Washer Fluid" to illuminate in message center on start-up 
78000  

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2005 Ford Five Hundred 4dr Sedan

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT AWD

Ford Five Hundred in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2005 6000    
29000 0 Front stabilizer bars were loose causing front end to hit hard on bumps and make noise when hitting bumps in the road. 
 
Ford Five Hundred in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2005 14000    
26000 0 TSB for front suspension - noise when turning or when going over small bumps 
 

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2005 Ford Five Hundred 4dr Sedan

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Five Hundred in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2005 8000    
25000 0 Transmission failure. Rebuilt installed. 
31000 100 Computer fried! 
32000 0 stalling after new computer put in 
39000 0 Re-replaced computer 
44000 100 Funny transmission noise. They took it apart and put it back together and said all is well. 
46000 250 Durn transmission again, stopped going into Reverse. Loads of fun parking. Oil leak 
49000 100 Another oil leak coming from a sensor seal. 
 

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2005 Ford Five Hundred 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford Five Hundred in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 3000    
7000 0 The repair involved replacing the rear brake pads (because of a poor design not because of wear and tear) and resurfacing the rotors (because of the poor pads). This procedure is outlined in a Ford service bulletin 
 

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