Electrical System Problems of Ford Mustang - part 1

Ford Mustang owners have reported 277 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Mustang based on all problems reported for the Mustang.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2000 Ford Mustang 1
Failure Date: 05/23/2018

My 2000 Mustang gt overheated while I was driving back home, on a ten mile journey a couple days ago. Until this incident, my Mustang had never overheated. I bought the car last sept. I used hose water at gas station to cool it first on hood then once my engine looked cooler, I filled the radiator (thinking we'd flush the cooling system when I got it home) water emptied as fast as I poured it in, from intake manifold behind what looks like the thermostat housing. My car is my only transportation. Now I'm not sure what to do. Because I used all my money to buy this car. I can not afford to fix this. My situation appears identical to several on your site, such as this one I just copied from one of the complaints posted:oct 08, 2013 - lexington, SC - engine and engine cooling while driving vehicle, engine began to overheat. Steam rolled from under the hood. Discovered crack in manifold where it connects to thermostat housing. Coolant dripping on the engine; I do not know if internal components are damaged.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Mustang 2
Failure Date: 05/02/2018

The 2005 to 2009 Mustangs (all of them) have a water intrusion problem presented as a design flaw in the engine firewall that leaks water onto the Smart junction block causing random electrical systems failure including the loss of engine ignition, loss of all systems, etc. In my case, the intrusion of water caused a sudden and complete loss of all systems. Discovered a day after heavy rain. There are thousands of reports of this on the web and the dealer admits it is a design flaw and known problem.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Mustang 3
Failure Date: 03/27/2018

Before Feb 2017, smelled smoke in vehicle, but was not aware that this issue was possibly connected to the next issue. In Feb 2017, a/c was not working and saw white smoke. Took vehicle to don davis Ford in arlington, TX and they found a leak new evaporator in a/c. They replaced hoses under the warranty. March 2018 I experienced the same issue and now need a new evaporator.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Mustang 4
Failure Date: 03/21/2018

Takata recall when I was driving on highway. Several lights on dashboard turned on (airbag, fuel level , wrench light, tire pressure ) and said tire pressure monitor defaulted. After restarted the car, everything works normally. Ford dealer checked the car and said my pcm didn't work. And replaced it for $1000. After several days the problem came again. They did't fix it.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Mustang 5
Failure Date: 01/06/2018

I�m a long time Ford owner. In July, 2017 the electronic power steering on my 2013 Mustang gt which had less than 40k miles, malfunctioned which in turn resulted in the loss of traction control, abs and other electronic assist functions. After being informed that my warranty was expire, I was quoted over $2. 2k. Annoyed that a low mileage car which was less than 4 years old could have an issue like this, I chose to drive it without power steering. Fast forward to January 2018, I brought the car to the dealership for an oil change which happened to lose all steering function while in their possession. The dealership explained that the car was a ticking time bomb and that I should be grateful that the steering didn�t go out while I was on the road. I was blown away because they never informed me that I would lose all steering in the original diagnosis 6 months earlier. I contacted Ford consumer affairs and they just filed it away and don�t want to acknowledge the issue due to the potential liability it can face for selling cars with faulty steering that are likely to fail on the road. Ford�s power steering issues are well-known, but the associated catastrophic steering failure is not. Basically, if you drive a Ford product and the power steering goes out, you are driving a death trap.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Ford Mustang 6
Failure Date: 12/09/2017

Ford invented a new grill shutter and in 1 1/2 years its broke . They now say it not there fault and $1,100 to replace there defective design .

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 Ford Mustang 7
Failure Date: 11/10/2017

The rear view camera sometimes works and sometimes does not. When backing up, the camera screen goes black.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Mustang 8
Failure Date: 11/04/2017

When starting my car, the wrench icon stays lit on my dashboard. The car manual states that this is an issue with the electronic throttle control. The car does not recognize when I am (or not) pushing on the gas pedal- sometimes when I lightly push the pedal, the engine revs, other times the car won't move at all. This has put me (and other drivers on the road) in a very dangerous position to be in, that I can't control my car. I have read many things online that there has been this issue with many other Ford/Lincoln cars, from 2011-2015. When calling my local dealership, they said they will not fix this issue free of charge, even though Ford had a "customer satisfaction program". I was told my car is not in those that had that issue.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Mustang 9
Failure Date: 11/04/2017

Tl-the contact owns a 2016 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle with the air conditioner on, vapors would enter the cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to local dealer, fairway Ford 2323 laurens road, greenville SC 29607 where it was diagnosed that the evaporator coil failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, however provided no additional assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 35,600. Ec.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Mustang 10
Failure Date: 10/23/2017

While driving on freeway (60mph - 65mph) car suddenly stalls. No power to engine, need to limp to side of freeway (very dangerous). Car sits, then you can re-start. Sounds like electronic thottle body (etb) issue that you are well aware of. Why are you not investigating this issue??? Ford (westway Ford, irving, TX) cannot diagnose. This is a critical safety issue. Cars stalling on freeway are a hazard to all parties. You guys need to investigate this issue.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Ford Mustang 11
Failure Date: 09/24/2017

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Mustang. While pulling into the driveway at 5 mph, the power steering failed and seized without being able to turn the wheel. A message that stated "service trac control" and other unknown warning indicators illuminated. The local dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 51,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Mustang 12
Failure Date: 09/12/2017

While driving vehicle less than a mile from my home noticed I had no air when I hit the ac button as it was very warm day this has happened intermittently in the last 2 years , so I pulled over and turned the car off and restarted and the air and a/c began working. I took into Ford when car was still under the 3 year 36000 mile bumper to bumper warranty for this issue and was basically told they could not do anything since it was no occurring at that time. I have also had issues with windows fogging up while driving after just starting the vehicle since owning it. This car also has a defective clear coat finish on the back of vehicle trunk area. The clear coat on the black panel of the trunk is peeling off this car is only 4 years old and this is completely unacceptable. I cannot believe the clearcoat is peeling off as badly is it is. I am embarrassed to drive this car with the clearcoat peeling off the way it is. This should not be happening at all. I have owned Ford vehicles my whole life and am extremely disappointed with the quality of this Mustang(which I had to save my money four 4 years before I could buy one) I had a 1995 Mustang gt for 13 years never had any issues with the paint on it. I have always bought Ford but I will never buy another Ford vehicle again. I still cannot believe the finish is peeling off on a 4 yr old vehicle. I am also very unhappy with the fact that I had to drive my car for over a year and a half with defective drivers side airbag before they actually replaced it. I had to reduce my driving until it was replaced almost a year and a half after receiving the recall notice.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Mustang 13
Failure Date: 08/15/2017

My instrument cluster does not work and Ford needs to have a recall with all the complaints with all the 05 Mustang owners.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Ford Mustang 14
Failure Date: 08/08/2017

Electrical system problem. There does not seem to be a trigger in regard to rain, hot, or cold weather conditions or how it is being driven. I have had a Ford dealership work on this to no avail. I will start with the safety aspect that is affected. It will do all of these things at once and then slowly come back online, sometimes the errors do not correct themselves. 1. No brake lights 2. No rear turn signal 3. No heat/air (it will turn on and off) - which is bad in inclement weather for old people 4. Brake light, traction control light, tire pressure monitor, service engine, all have errors. 5. Radio will turn on and off. It will cycle through these things failing, they may fail multiple times per minute or just stay in fail mode, or they may just correct themselves. This started to happen infrequently and slowly stepped up to very frequently. I will attach a link to a youtube video that will show my car. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Mustang 15
Failure Date: 06/12/2017

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Mustang 16
Failure Date: 05/11/2017

After about 8 months of purchase of this vehicle the backup camera began to act up. The camera would occasionally go to static or a completely black screen. I had finally managed to have taken a video and produced it for the mechanic to see. They said that they could not recreate the issue so they had blamed the problem on the heat. While I agree it is hot in the state of arizona, this is something that should have been sorted out during the development cycles of the vehicle and the camera. Arizona the last I checked is a part of the united states where Ford exists as a company and road tests vehicles on account of the heat. These are situations that should have been figured out already. You are not expected to rely on backup cameras, but in a vehicle like this it is an important way of being able to see out the back of the car and is a premium item. This is one of four complaints I have had about this vehicle that have not been resolved.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Ford Mustang 17
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

I am having major electrical issues which Ford will not address. Sometimes this is intermittent, sometimes it is constant. Here is what happens: I get a barrage of errors on the dash, the radio and air conditioner will cycle on and off multiple times (sometimes will remain off); rear brake lights stop working, rear turn signal stops working. It does this randomly, sometimes for an extended period. I worry that someone may not check the brake lights or turn signal and be severely injured or killed in an accident. I have alerted Ford about this and believe that it fell on deaf ears. The car can be in motion, stationary, city, highway, rain, snow, sleet, or sun, driven aggressively or gently. Nothing seems to trigger the problem, it just happens. The car has been garaged a large part of its life.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Mustang 18
Failure Date: 01/16/2017

Ford intelligence/not so intelligent this morning I was putting my 2 year old child in her car seat as I normally do with the car started and I placed my purse and the keys in the front seat of the car. After securing my child I closed the door to walk around and get in and the doors were locked. My car was running and my 2 year old baby was frantically screaming in the back seat of the car. Why did this happen? when I contacted Ford, they said the car was not supposed to lock with the keys inside, so why did it happen?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Mustang 19
Failure Date: 01/06/2017

While driving in forward and backing up vehicle complete loss of electric power steering. Including warning cel for service advanctrac, hill assist n/a and traction control. This has occurred on multiple occasions and has been take to dealership multiple times. The loss of power steering is extremely dangerous and almost impossible to control vehicle. 3 times on city streets while turning and 4 times on driveway.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Ford Mustang 20
Failure Date: 12/27/2016

Purchased 2015 Mustang 5. 0 with only 6000 miles. And numerous times I tried to register my Mustang with Ford sync vehicle health report but said my vehicle wasnt compadable, which I didnt understand. When I hit 13000miles. . . I noticed vehicle ac was not cooling for a couple days. I made an appointment with dealership but day before I was driving on the freeway checking if maybe the ac would work all of a sudden, the engine shut off. . . . I pushed the clutch back in and started it as I was in neutral. Engine turned back on and I turned off the radio and ac. Thank god I made it back home.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Mustang 21
Failure Date: 12/08/2016

Ever since I got my Mustang the fuel gauge was acting up and would sometimes give me a correct reading but most of the time it just sits at empty even after refueling. Then just recently I started driving into work when I noticed that my speedometer said I was doing about 100 mph on city streets and confirmed it was inaccurate when I came to a stoplight and came to a complete stop but the speedometer read 50 mph. When I got to work I stopped the engine and started it back up and I had to repeat this process 7-8 times to get it to reset back to 0 mph this was the first time that occurred since I got it.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Ford Mustang 22
Failure Date: 11/07/2016

One week ago, or first week novemeber 2016, I had no ac at all. Gone, only the fans operated, and since I live in south florida I was very uncomfortable. I called Ford pompano where I got bought the car and the service person said he was familiar with my problem as many other model 2015 Ford Mustang had the same problem - no ac.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Mustang 23
Failure Date: 10/19/2016

Purchase date 4-16. Eight documented visits to dealer/repair. Other visits where service adviser said to return when system failures were happening, as problem would resolve before I arrived at service. Re water inside, driver door issues, sync, camera/stereo electrical issues include doors will not unlock at times, takes multiple attempts to be granted access into car, thus causing safety concern. Sync goes out fairly regularly including phone function, back up camera, stereo. Currently in shop again since 7-3-17 @ 9 am. (16 consecutive days this trip). Safety concern of most importance to me is the fact that car has lost power multiple times on highway and thankfully has not yet been in a major accident. Quick reflexes of drivers behind me are only reasons that accidents have been avoided thus far. I am told by dealer that this is a throttle body malfunction. Throttle body has been reprogrammed after a near rear end accident ( highway/ intersection/turn). Throttle body went out with no warning car instantly decelerated with no acceleration capability. One week later throttle body fails again causing a near accident that would have been fatal in nature due to the speed of traffic on highway. My 7 yea old was in rear seat. My children are no longer for any reason allowed in the vehicle since October 2016. Throttle body has yet again been replaced June 2017. Third attempt to repair this car with no indication that this is a repair, it seems to be merely a repair attempt as this process of attempted repairs has caused 3 near rear accidents. This car has proven itself to be a danger on the road and a major safety hazard for anyone inside or outside of this vehicle while it is in motion. Low mileage is indicator of how untrustworthy vehicle is to me. It is only driven by me, no passengers allowed. Only driven if another car can not be borrowed. Unresolved issues.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Ford Mustang 24
Failure Date: 10/12/2016

The vehicles drivers seat motor stopped working. Cannot move the seat to a safe driving position. Was told by mechanic that the track was bad. The car has 55,000 miles on it.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Mustang 25
Failure Date: 09/07/2016

Takata recall I been dealing with a electrical problem with my car and its brand new. Every time I get in the car and turn it on and drive for about 5 minutes my music turns off and shows the horse symbol displayed on the screen and it comes back on 10 minutes later. But then sometimes it does that and then the display screen turns black and I can't turn on the radio or anything. And that last for a few hours or so. . It's really getting annoying and something needs to be done.

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