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Ford Mustang (2005 & newer) Problems and Solutions

thunderbirdthunderbird Posts: 26
edited March 20 in Ford
I just bought a 2005 mustang 3 weeks ago and I want to share so far fords first year production "bugs" with you. With 250 miles on the OD, I went for my first fill up and the pump keeps cutting off. I tried 3 different pumps at 2 different stations. There has to be a problem with the filler neck. The floor heat and bi-level control doesn't work properly-stuck on bi-level. Anybody else have this?


  • We have had ours about a week now. No problems so far, except for people stareing. I've read on other forums where other people are haveing the same problems as you. I don't know how accurate this info is, but, I heard that Ford had been replaceing the gas tanks, but they have stopped. Try to turn the nozzle upside down when fueling, some people say this seems to help.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,883
    There is a TSB regarding the gas pump early shut off. Dealer should fix under warranty. The ones coming off the factory floor now should already have a fix. I've had other cars that had "premature fuel shut off issues". As suggested, turning the fuel nozzle upside down or slightly sideways usually cured the issue.

    Haven't heard about the heater issue before. I'm sure your dealer can fix that under warranty, too.
  • ncorigblncorigbl Posts: 1
    I just got my 05 coupe 2 weeks ago and am having the same problem with the floor and defroster - it seems to be stuck on defrost. Did you get yours fixed?
  • jc_05gtjc_05gt Posts: 13
    Got a GT about a month ago and I love the drive and the looks I get - well you would think it is a fararri. One problem that I have is it has some dash board and driver side door rattles/vibrations. Every time I hit a bump I get these annoying vibration noises and it's driving me crazy. I'm gonna break down and bring it in and ask if they can do something but it's one of those things that will probably be hard for the technician to reproduce. For the most part the interior - even on the GT is cheap plastic, low budget. My F150 has a nicer interior!
  • I checked with the dealer 2 days ago about the heat defrost problem. I was told Ford is working on it and still has no fix. P.S. I know this is out of order(I am a male) I get asked if this car is a "chick" magnet. I say no, but I sure get alot of guys checking it out.
  • radbikrradbikr Posts: 1
    Well I noticed a few things, like my CD skips, the fueling shuts off and my clutch seem to slip sometimes. I did a 2nd gear burn out and it burnt rubber real fine one night, and another time the clutch didn't seem to engage and just smelt like burnt clutch, so I haven't tried this anymore for now, but it does great burn outs in first and lays rubber in 2nd around 6000 rpms, other than that I think I may have had a clutching mishap and everything is just fine, but still leery about that second burn out in 2nd gear. It could be time to look into a better system, the only upgrade was a SCT Excalabrater Flasher system, its made a world of differents with the gas pedel no more half way throttle at launch it full throttle baby.
  • What is a TSB? I can go to the dealership and under warranty they will fix it so it won't cutoff halfway during fillup? It bugs me so bad.

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,883
    TSB=Techical Service Bulletin. When was your's built? Mine was built on 3/23. They had the "fuel-up" issue corrected already.

    Your dealer should have the TSB and should be able to correct it if they've got the right parts in stock. If not, it will take them a few days. It will be done under warranty at no-charge.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    A TSB is a recommendation from factory to dealer. The dealer is not under any warranty obligation to do what the TSB suggests.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    How is the throttle by wire working? Can you give the gas a little blip on down shifts to match the RPMs? Is the response instant? How about dropping speed after you let off the gas? Never owned a car with that system. They have used it on Corvettes for some time. Still not sold on electric steering assist. Anyone know if Ford is getting into that?

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,883
    Can't comment about electric steering, but the "drive by wire" in the Mustang works instantaneously. If anything, the response is quicker than the usual mechanical connection between throttle and response.
  • lostlost Posts: 64
    If you are ignorant enough to do burnouts in 2nd gear then you should be prepared to pay for premature clutch wear.
  • mcd2mcd2 Posts: 3
    I am getting a Mustange V6 coupe built on 18 Jan05---When did they fix the fuel tank problem??
  • silvergtsilvergt Posts: 3
    I read in another forum that they started putting the new tanks on the cars on Jan. 24.
  • datangdatang Posts: 5
    We haven't had a problem with the gas tank, but we have had a problem with the cd player acting crazy. My 3 week old v6 has been at the dealership since Monday. They are replacing the cd player. My other problem is a noise in the back-end when I engage the shift from park to reverse. Dealer claims there is nothing wrong with the car. Sounds like a U-joint problem. Any clues?
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,883
    Mine was built in March. I've had no issues with gassing it up. My Shaker plays fine. I don't hear any noises in the driveline. So, in short, I have no clue what's up with yours datang. I'm assuming it's an automatic tranny?

    Mine is a manual trans. It works great.

    I don't know that a new car would have a u-joint issue. What's it doing? What kind of noise is it you're hearing? If the dealer says it's normal, have they given you an explanation of exactly what you're hearing?
  • datangdatang Posts: 5
    Yes, mine's an automatic. There is a knock coming from the back-end when engaging from park to reverse. The dealership's explanation to us is that the other 'stang on their lot does the same thing. I beg to differ with that response. I've been able to listen to 2 other automatic '05s this weekend & those cars are not making this noise. Anyone whose around when I put it into reverse questions the knocking sound & most have said it sounds like the u-joint is bad. The dealership's maintenance manager heard the knock, said they checked it out but found nothing wrong & since Ford has not posted a bulletin on the noise, there's not much they can do about it.
    Totally frustrated & disgusted with our local Dealership!
  • mcd2mcd2 Posts: 3
    Just got my new Mustang V6. I do have the fuel tank problem! Nothing seems to work to get the gas in except "trikling" in the gas oh so slowly. Also, at times when accelerating from a complete stop it acts as if the gas just cuts off and then it "catches" again. Doesn't happen every time though. My Shaker 1000 Cd does act up at times and I do have a "thunk" when shifting from reverve to drive(automatic Trans). So I guess I'm so lucky to have ALL the problems. I am getting nervous about owning this possible "lemon". Tell me something good here!!
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,883
    Tell you something good? OK, all those issues are minor and are known. TSBs have been issued by Ford for the fuel problem. You might try turning the fuel nozzle upside down when you re-fuel. That seems to solve the issue in the short term.

    Your Shaker needs a new head unit, also known by Ford and a simple swap out by your dealer.

    The "thunk" you're talking about seems to be an issue with auto trannys. Can't comment on that since I've never driven one, but be sure to let your dealer "hear" it. I think auto trannys in the Mustang are of the learning variety. My guess is the hesitation you feel is some sort of "map" the computer is trying to adjust to. You can do a couple of things to see if they help. First, drive the car hard and see if the tranny "relearns" or re-maps itself. Or, second, disconnect the battery overnight to see if the computer resets itself.
  • stang2stang2 Posts: 3
    I have had my 05 mustang 2 weeks, and am currently having the same problem with the gas tank, it was even mentioned at the dealer when the guy returned from filling it up. It is extremely annoying!
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