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Ford Mustang (2005 & newer) Problems and Solutions



  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Well, if the car is still cold, perhaps the engine is revving higher and the car is trying to slip into 1st gear. Most every car, in that case will rumble a little. Just keep it in neutral at the stop lights. And the overdrive off while in town driving so the transmission is not having to go into highest gear, then right back on down, hunting as ya go in say 40 MPH areas.
  • cobragtcobragt Posts: 95
    I hope this was not an attempt to prove something to me.... ? :confuse:

    I am well aware of the TSB, and I was just trying to help him out...if he is having the issue, the car IS still under warranty, and whether he has a later build date or not, Ford is still responsible, and may still attempt to replace the gas tank. Trust me I know, I've talked with a couple dealerships on this issue as well as others.

    If you intended that post for him, then reply to his question...and not my statement.
  • I bought my '06 Mustang coupe with the pony package two months ago. On one side of the car, part of the tape stripe came off. (Probably in the car wash.) The dealer replaced it, and a week later part of it came off again. I had it re-done. Same thing. Now, for the third time, a piece came off yet again in the car wash. I am about to get my fourth stripe put on. Anyone else with this problem? Could it be a temperature problem? (It's been cold here) Each time I've waited at least a week before having it washed. The dealer can't figure out what the problem is so far. This time I'm leaving it with the dealer for 10 days while I'm on vacation so they can keep it inside. Any other suggestions?
  • Sounds like the dealer isn't removing the wax before putting the stripe on. Make sure they use rubbing alcohol or something similar to remove the wax from the clearcoat. Otherwise it will come up everytime.
  • lmmlmm Posts: 70
    they can paint it on if they cant figure it out.
  • I thought about the wax also, and will talk to the dealer about it. However that doesn't explain why the original factory stripe came off in the first place. As far as having it painted on, I'm talking about the wide Pony stripe with the MUSTANG lettering, not a pinstripe.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    That can be painted on also.
  • I'm not sure if Ford is the same as Chevy but when I had ordered my pace car, there was a box in the trunk that has some of the decals for the dealer to put on. Are you sure the factory puts the rocker panel stripes on? They might just send them with the car for the dealers to install. If that's the case, then I'd bet somebody and your dealer doesn't know how to but viynl on.
  • n4crn4cr Posts: 1
    The Stripe problem is caused by a Ford supplier, the adhesive is bad. My side stripes were replaced by a local vendor, and paid for by Ford. The car has been washed several times with no stripe problems noted. The graphics shop that replaced my rocker stripes advised that mine was the eighth mustang to be repaired by them since 01-01-2006
  • Several months ago someone side-swiped my Mustang in a parking lot and somehow managed to rip off the edge of the stripe you're talking about. I had it replaced because I thought the car wash would eventually wear off the rest. I've never had a problem with the stripe since, after many washes. My stripe was a "dealer option" and put on by the mechanics at the dealership, not the factory. I live in N.J, too, so my advice is to visit another dealer.
  • lavrishevolavrishevo Posts: 312
    Just a thought that came to me recently. Been having much more luck with a CD's that have been burned MP3 rather than CDMA or whatever the generic format is. This on my deck seems to help the skipping if you have it.

  • I have several problems with my 2005 Mustang V6 Convertible, built July05, purchased Oct05, mileage 3100, auto transmission. I have spent three days reading through the 1000+ messages posted here. I love my mustang, but I am not happy with the problems I have had.

    First problem (and most annoying):
    There is a rattle in my front end. My rattle sounds like is it in the front of the car, possibly the dash, more driver's side than passenger side. They added a dampner, and it still rattles. I have read through this forum about a strut bushing/bracket kit that has helped others--what is this and could it help my rattle? I have read about different vibrations at different RPMs. I am not a car person, so I am not sure what that rattle is noticeable when I pull out of my driveway, on the way to the grocery, driving under 40 mph. I have read there is a TSB about a rattle from the transmission bell housing area--could this be my problem? I have also read something about a crossmember replacement?

    Second problem:
    When I took my mustang in for the rattle, they found a transmission leak. They removed the transmission and replaced a seal. It was still leaking. They did something to the torque converter. They said I would not have noticed this leak on my own...wasn't I lucky that they found it. My question is, is this a minor problem or a big problem? I feel some concern that this car is not so reliable.

    Third problem:
    Gas tank refilling. Same problem I have read that many people have. According to the Service Bulletin, since my car was built after 4/26/05, it should have a revised design and no problem. Well, not so. What should I do?

    Fourth problem:
    My side stripe that says "Mustang" is peeling off on one side. Will the dealership fix this?

    Thanks for any help.
  • cobragtcobragt Posts: 95

    The new Mustang is a great car. I now have almost 42,000 miles on my GT and shes still going strong. It's a good car.

    #1 The rattle you speak of. Does it do it when you are making a sharp turn, then you hear that sound, or just when driving down the road?
    If it does it driving down the road, does it seem to rattle when you hit a bump? Is it very noticable in the car? Sounds like the dash itself might be loose, it could even be the seal between then dash and the front windshield.
    The crossmember was an issue of mine, which replacement of that solves the vibrations at certain RPMs. I know you said you are not a car person, and I don't think what you described is the same problem related to the RPM vibration, BUT, just incase, when you drive, take extra steps to see if you can get the car to hang around 3100 RPMS. I know thats prolly inpossible with the auto unless you put it in 1st or 2nd, and then listen. The vibrations are VERY noticable. I don't think the V6 model had that issue though.

    2nd, A transmission leak could possibly be a big problem. Depends on where, what and how much its leaking. If they fixed it then great. Remember, keep an eye on it, and if its something you can't see, then make sure you take it to get checked every so often. If they have to fix the same problem 3 times or more, lemon law kicks in and they have to give you a new vehicle.

    3rd, As I explained to someone else, even though your build date was after the redesign of the gas tank, if you are having that problem...take it back and demand a replacement, the car is under warranty and the must replace it. Also, does it do it at just one or 2 particular stations, or at random ones? For a temporary solution, turn the nozzle upside down, or to the side, and it should fill no problem.

    4th, I'm not quite sure about this one. However, if it was a factory or dealer installed option, then it is their responsibilty to resolve any problems. I've read a few topics about the stripe coming off, and the people have had them replaced or repaired by the dealership.

    Hope it helps.
  • Just bought my V6, '05 automatic back to the dealers today so they can look at it. After the car has been sitting for awhile and I decide to go somewhere, I get a nasty vibration after a minute or two when the car is idling in drive. I can hear it a bit when its in reverse too. Sounds like its coming from the front. But once that temperature gauge heats up...the vibration goes away. I really don't recall this happening when I first got the car. I've had it for 3 months and I've only put 2400 KM's on it.

    I get the feeling that they won't find the problem. I've left it there for them over night. I took it in last week and the technician tightened something with the exhaust. Sure enough I didn't hear it when I left as the engine was warm...but after it sat for a bit and I took off, there it was again.

    My thoughts are that it could be anything. I get the feeling it will be one of those hard to diagnose problems. The last thing I want to hear is them say "its running fine, shouldn't cause any problems down the road". If thats the case I'd like that in writing after the warranty expires. As if they really care.

    Other than filling problems on gassing up, no cd player problems, car didn't come with stripes on the rocker panels, and I haven't found any water in the trunk.

    Take care guys, and I'll give you an update when I get my car back.
  • I've been driving stick for about 25 years now so I know the problem is not my coordination or holding the clutch down properly. Have a 2006 mustang, V6, with a stick. The shifting is no where near as smooth as my daily driver, a '96 Celica. The Mustang is "clunky" and especially when I downshift I'm not getting into gear quickly and smoothly. I finally figured out that my problem with getting into reverse was that I first had to move the shifter a little to the left of 3rd/4th. Any other quirks with the shifter that I should know about? Other than that my 40 years waiting for one has been worth it!

  • lavrishevolavrishevo Posts: 312
    I put the Hurst competition short throw, I believe that is the exact name, in my 06 GT and I love it. I don't know if you have ever had a Hurst before, I have not and this is my first one but it is smooth, very short, and firm. I personally like the firm feeling when going into gear.

  • ncfsbrigncfsbrig Posts: 3
    I have a 2005 V6 stick that I also waited 40 years later to buy one since my 1965. Mine also shifts like crap. A lot of bucking and clunking if you try to drive in slow traffic. I have been driving a stick for all the 42 years I have been driving. This one is the pits to live with on a daily basis. I drove a 2006 GT last week and it definitely shifts much smoother even at low speeds. Lesson learned: don't go with your heart.
  • i drive a 05 mustang and have been having problems with the fuel system, my engine check light keeps coming on, my cd player is skipping when it is a brand new cd, and there is a popping sound. i have went to ford and they cannot do anything about the fuel pump but i have heard other stories and i put in a request for ford to buy back the car. they denied it. i have never had as many problems as i have had with this car. i wish i never bought it.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    You joined the forum just to post that? :sick:
  • pony_piratepony_pirate Posts: 317
    I own a GT Premium with manual:

    1) My check engine light came on and the car went into safe-mode within the first 4 miles that I drove the car. I took it back to the dealer and they found a loose sensor. End of problem.

    2) I find the shift a dream. At first, after driving Japanese gerbel cars for 20 years, shifting seemed a little rough -- for instance, had trouble down-shifting into third. Now, I find shifting extremely easy: short throw, no problems, real easy to shift very fast. Also, easy to drive in stop-and-go traffic. I have, however, moved the seat up further than I was used to, in order to have greater control of the clutch. :shades:
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