2005 Ford Five Hundred Reviews and Owner Comments

2005 Ford Five Hundred owners review and rate their 2005 Ford Five Hundred.

2005 Ford Five Hundred (18 Reviews)
Body, Interior & Misc.
Drive Train
Electrical & Lights
Exhaust & Emissions
Heating & Air Conditioning
Suspension & Steering
Login to Review This Car
I bought my Ford 500 brand new in 2005. This has been the BEST car EVER - the ONLY time it has been in the shop was ONCE - for the a/c compressor. It now has almost 100,000 miles on it - it also has the AWD CVT transmission. I would highly recommend this car. The only brand of car I will drive is FORD- to me - they make the best cars and trucks on the road
I purchased my 2005 Ford 500 brand new. The A/C has never worked properly. The dealership said there was nothing wrong with it. The compressor has burned out and Ford could care less. I will never purchase another Ford product.
I am the proud owner of a 2005 Ford 500 with a CVT transmission and front wheel drive. This car has over 188,000 miles. I have owned it since it was new. It has consistently gotten 30mpg on trips and 26mpg in town. The only things I have done to it are change the oil (about every 9K to 12K miles), change the brakes, put new tires on it, replace the alternator (at 186,000), and once had to replace the left front tie rod. This car has been the best car I have ever owned in my entire life. It has pulled me through the snow in Colorado winters, kept me cool in Texas summers, and taken me all over the US. I hope it continues carrying me to at least 250,000 miles, but if it died tomorrow, I could not have asked more from a car. Ford made a great car with his one!
speedometar tachometar fuel gauges goo up down when drive
bad car. when I got it I was amazed at how many nice features it has but save yourself the trouble and avoid like the plague. all of the bad reviews on the internet (including this page) are probably verifiable. this car has multiple "common" problem that I think are just dangerous. I'm no expert (not even a mechanic) but you don't have to be one to figure out these problems are very serious.
I had to replace a upper engine mount, instrument cluster board, air-condition compressor,always having to change signal lights bulbs, and now Ford tells me the transmission needs to be replaced. I see now why Ford stop making this car.
I have a Five hundred and I had to have the Throttle body replaced, I paid over $2,100.00 and then I found out over 1 year later that this was a recall. Apparently, it starts out as your car surging and lunging forward and the RPM's jumping up and down. I have read so many reviews that peole have written about the same problem and they have paid for it. THIS IS COVERED regardless if your warranty has expired on your car, my car had 97,000 miles on it when I changed mine, I submitted the receipt to Ford and they reimbursed me the full $2,100.00, so don't be foolish take advantage of this and get our money back. If you go on the Ford website and look up recalls you will see the listing for this problem.
Good luck to all that have had this issue.
best used car I ever had 200k got it at 50 k no major repairs super in snow awd great car
Every winter when the temp gets below 34 degrees, and the car sits in this temp overnight, I will have a hell of a time starting the car in the morning. I will have to crank and crank and crank; 5-10 minutes! I have put over $2500 into correcting this problem between 3 different mechanics; $1700 this last time for the pump and throt body. The most recent attempt has been at a certified Ford dealership who replaced a throttle body and fuel pump, promising this was the cause. Still being winter here, it only started the first time every morning for a week, then back to having to sit there and crank it over and over again for minutes. I took it back recently and they had it for days and said it is now corrected with "codes" that they needed to update. I do also have the problem of my rear passenger door filling with water when it rains; then having to park on an incline the next day and leave it open for ten minutes to drain the water out. Another cold weather issue I've had, a recall issue, but not in my state, is during very cold temperatures I will get in my car and shut the door and it will not latch. Leaving me driving home from work holding my door shut with one hand. As for the complaints about the a/c, when temperatures do get up there, my a/c fails, every time. So when I really need it, it's not there. I had taken it to the shop about this issue thinking I needed a charge and was told it was full. When the temps lowered, my a/c came back. Oh, transmission went out at 75K! That costed me another $3800, only Ford had and could install this trans. No wonder they discontinued this car!!!
Warning, this ford 500 awd has been a lemon, have put almost as much in maintenance as I paid new. Have tried to keep it patched up to get my money's worth but am ready to throw in the towel. Replace rear brakes twice, front three times, instrument panel replaced, ac dont work, rattles in front. Im afraid to take it on a long trip. Brakes are now heating up again, next car will be an asian or german engineed car. Detroit and unions suck.
Bought my Five Hundred new in 2005. Have 62,000 miles on it. Had the rear breaks fixed at 30,000 miles under recall. Just had the front brakes rotor and pads at 62,000 miles. Had the AC issue this past summer. Other than normal maintenance such as 4 tires and new battery I haven't had any other issues
Would love to get a Ford Fusion but it isn't in the budget.
I love my 500 the ac went out like many and had to replace the cooling sensor it is a 40 dollar piece do not let the mechanics fool you into thinking you need a compressor
We bought an '05 Five Hundred a year ago (August 2010). My husband always talked up the Taurus but I hated the body style. When the Five Hundred came out I was more than pleased with the changes. When we finally bought the car I was thrilled. I still love it! We've had no major problems and the car was in pretty awesome condition (only a few dings / scratches from the previous owner). The only thing I am concerned about is the air conditioning. I'm recharging it today. We live in SC and the temp here has been in the 100's already so it's working much harder than some vehicles but it still shouldn't take 30 minutes or more to get cold. Even then I have to leave the fan on max to keep the interior cool. We'll see if the recharge helps at all.

Other than that I LOVE THIS CAR! I will be looking into a used Taurus in a few years I'm sure (I love the 2012 Taurus)
I have the 2005 Ford Five Hundred AWD. Since owning the car I only have 56000 miles. The drivers side heater went in the seats. If the car sits longer than two days it will not start. Something drains the battery. Also sometime the car wants to start then it will stall out. Sometimes it will take up to 5 - 10 times to get it to start. I keep having to put dry gas in it. Would not buy another one.
This is a great car! I have the Limited AWD model and now have about 60K on it without any problems. I wasn't sure I would like the CVT transmission, but it has performed perfect and seems to help the AWD with improved gas mileage. It gets 20 plus in city traffic and a recent 1400 mile trip showed a composit mpg of 26.2 on the computer. I've owned several other modes, BMW, Mercedes, and Jag, and this car compares favorable with all in build quality, yet routine maintenance is cheaper.
We've had '91 Aerostar, a '99 Taurus, and an '05 Five Hundred. Each have had some pluses but all three needed AC compressor replacement at about the five year mark. This will probably be our last Ford. The Five Hundred (stupid name - my registration papers say it is a truck) also has started having problems shifting out of Park.
love it