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Hey I am Robert Cummings and I am one of the biggest Ford fans (and definitely Mustang fans) around. I am (well I was) the proud owner of a 2005 Mustang GT. The power is unbelievable and the comfort of feeling in control of the vehicle is truely amazing. However there are some issues I would like to touch base with you on. About 4 months ago I started having issues with my left rear caliper. It locked up and really messed up my rotor and my pads were shot. I didn't have any money at the time to replace it (as I was ignorant when I purchased the vehicle as now I am working 2 jobs to live comfortably. But the risk WAS worth the reward at the time.) so I had to ride it out until my taxes came back. Come to find out it was the E-brake boots that got wet then froze in the winter and locked the caliper in place cause damage even without me applying the E-brake. That issue is in the books as I bought a new caliper and pads and rotors and replaced them about 2 months ago. Now I am experiencing issues with my cowl cover (I think that is what it is called....the black plastic piece between the hood and windshield). It is not staying flush with my windshield (I tried to hammer it back down into place with a hammer and screw driver....bad decision as it not only did not work but it also just scratched up the cowl cover) and water is leaking into my passenger side interior and now I have a faint mildew smell. I try to wipe it up as much and as often as I can but with 2 jobs that is pretty difficult. I really don't know what to do as the cowl cover costs about 130 bucks at plaza ford in bel air, md. But that is not what I want you to understand. The thing that bothers me the most is how these are issues that should not happen. Especially when you are trying to compete with those pesky imported vehicles. I am a die hard Ford fan but I have come to learn that it may be easier to own a Toyota then one of the vehicles that you love. Case in point....my sister owns a 2001 Toypta Camry (I know there all over the place.) and has not had one single issue with the vehicle. My dad regularly keeps it maintained as I do with my Mustang. But the difference is the quality. She doesn't have any major issues. I have never heard of her having any minor issues either (I do understand no vehicle is perfect out there and there may be some 2001 Camry owners that have had some issues). But I have had 2 Major issues now and have only had the vehicle for one year. The car had 33k miles on it when I bought it. Now it has about 53k. There is no reason for these problems to have occured. Maybe that is what I get for getting it. I have always wanted a Mustang GT and now that I have it, I wish I would have gotten a vehicle that has proven it's reliablity in the past (camry, corolla, civic, accord, etc....). I am very disappointed to be a Ford fan as now everyone that knows me is saying "Theres Fords quality for ya". And I kept telling them it was just a fluke. But after I found out my door handle did not stay flush, I just went off. My door handle works perfectly fine, but it will not retract all the way back to the closed look. I tried to include pictures of my cowl cover and my door handle. My friends dad took pictures of my caliper (which unfortunately I do not have in my computer at the moment). I do not know what I should do but I am seriously considering replacing my car. I don't care if it doesn't even do 20 seconds in a quarter mile. I just want a vehicle that will not give me any issues. Unfortunately a Ford vehicle just doesn't seem like the right choice compared to the Toyotas or Hondas. I am truely sorry that these issues had to come about, but I am more sorry I did not just get a camry like everyone else.
 

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As an owner of a 1997 Ford Escort with 134,000 miles on it - aside from one set of brakes, a second set of tires, a timing belt (100,000 miles), and a set of tie rod ends (133,000 miles), I've had no problems with the vehicle. I've owned Fords all my life and have had ONE Ford that had problems and it was due to poor dealer service and diagnostics. I took it to another Ford dealer and the problems were solved the first time there and they never recurred. Sometimes it isn't the brand that is the problem - many times it is incompetent service departments. Needless to say the Ford that had problems that were solved by the second service department wasn't my last and wasn't a case of bellyaching for me. I rewarded the second Ford dealer with a sale and have never been treated poorly and have always had superb service from them. Did I mention this dealer fixed the flaws with that problematic Ford under warranty even though the car had gone past the warranty and these weren't TSB issues? If you haven't tried another service department, then don't blame the brand - blame yourself!
 

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I haven't been to any service departments with my current vehicle. I have had many issues in the past (I understand the dealers may be better now then they were). I refuse to blame myself on issues that were not my fault. These problems should have never had happened regardless of what you think. I will not blame myself. I did not just get a Mustang because they are fast. I got one because they are my favorite vehicle and Ford is my favorite brand. How are you gonna tell me to blame myself? Also, the point is I should not have to take my Vehicle with only 52k miles on it for these issues to a service department. I'm glad you haven't had any issues with the escort. I had a 2003 Mustang V6 and with 115k miles the only thing that went up on it was the alternator (around 75k miles). Seems like you think I am bashing Ford. I am not bashing Ford. Like I said they are my favorite brand. But like I said it comes down to the fact that these things just should not have happened. It's destroying the fun outa the car for me.

Thanks for your assumption but it was rather unnesessary. I do all the maintenance on my vehicle. I did not touch my brakes until after the E-brake issue. I did not touch my cowl cover until after I noticed the passenger floor was soaked. Nice try. But again I will not blame myself for these issues.
 

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On a side note, look up 2005 Mustang water leak passenger side. See how many others are having this very issue. I believe 2006 owners are also having this problem.
 

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Damn I see your point. I'm already tight as **** on money as it is (just like the rest of america). Alright well I guess that's just what I gotta do. Thanks bro I appreciate everything.
 

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It's not that I can't afford it. I have plenty of time and money to do all the preventative maintenance on the car. However I do understand what you mean. I'm just very surprised that Ford has not issued a recall yet. Seems like a lot of other people are having this very same issue. Disappointing in my opinion.
 

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Wow, the OP is a little dramatic. ;) You bought a used car, so you're probably uncertain of how the previous owner treated the vehicle. Regardless, you have a couple problems, so you need to just deal with them. Since you do the work yourself, the brake job was cheap. The plastic piece under the windshield (which was a problem on the previous gen Taurus as well) should be replaced asap. You say you have enough money to maintain the vehicle, so replace it. You don't want water damage in the vehicle that will hurt its resale value (if you choose to sell it) or even have to deal with the mildew smell. At a minimum I would have already sealed it with something like RTV silicone or another sealant (but I'd be cautious of applying it since it would also get on parts that wouldn't be replaced). The door handle issue is annoying. I agree that it shouldn't be happening. Is the handle a little loose? Seems like sometimes door handles on some Fords become a little loose. I'm not sure how the handle is attached in Mustangs, but that might be an easy fix. If a part needs to be replaced, you could even check salvage yard to save money.
 

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Honestly I can't get rid of the vehicle just yet but even if I could I don't think I would. Yes I was mad (as anyone would be) but I just really wanted to get my point acrossed to Ford. I guess I just wasted my time. I love the car but as I stated before this should have never happened. It was a huge disappointment and hopefully Ford understands this issue. Like I said there are many others that are experiencing this problem. Google 2005 or 2006 mustang water leak. I was truly amazed that there wasn't a recall issued due to some people having electrical issues.
 

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I forgot to include that I really don't wanna see Ford issue a recall for anything cause they are starting to gain market share. But I truly feel this must be done. I mean they just issued a recall on the F150 for faulty brake lamps that may not light up all the time. I understand that but some people with the same issue I'm having are having electrical issues. As in the car shuts off while they are driving and some people found out that the lights and radio flickers when the car is turned off killing the battery. Some people have gone through 3 batteries. Not good for a car almost 5 years old.
 

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Well even though I did the brake job myself it still wasn't cheap. Yes it was cheaper then if I went to a shop but I still spent around 400 for the caliper, pads and rotors. And I highly doubt the previous owner of the car could have messed up the cowl cover. It wouldn't make sense for him to mess with it unless he/she was having the same issue I am. I finally replaced it for $140. Kinda ridiculous for just the passenger side of the cowl cover but I had to get it done. I was looking for a junkyard but they only had older mustangs (which I kinda figured already). I bought the car from carmax in Maryland. The door handle is actually in perfect working order I was just mad that it was yet another issue the may be a problem in the long run. For some reason it just sticks out a little. Maybe a spring popped out or something. Either way I can only blame myself. I am the one that purchased the vehicle.
 
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