2005 Ford GT

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Ford GT Vs. Murcielago SLR McLaren Carrera GT 03
Digging our around our archives, looking for past Ford GT stories to resurrect after the all-new Ford GT’s debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we came across a January 2005 issue, dusted it off, and saw not only a Ford GT but also a Lamborghini Murciélago, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and Porsche Carrera GT. When this story was published, these were the only production cars available in America that could hit 200 mph. A lot can change in a decade. Enjoy. -Ed.
We bring the Ford GT, the Lamborghini Murciélago, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and the Porsche Carrera GT together in one place. You're about to learn exactly what it's like to live with the four fastest cars on sale in America.
You've devoured every word the automotive press has written about them. You've memorized their almost unbelievable technical specifications, marveled over their futuristic constructions, pored over cutaways and power curves, and tried to get your pointy little heads around performance numbers that seem nearly incomprehensible for road-going production cars.
Ford GT Vs. Murcielago SLR McLaren Carrera GT 01
Some of you actually have plunked down the suitcase full of stacked and banded C-notes for your place on the short list for your favorite, and we suspect that more than one of you have ordered all four.
Still, we have found the one test that could be most useful to supercar fans still on the fence, a test that (most cleverly) gets Automobile Magazine back behind the wheels of all four of the fastest cars on sale in America one more glorious time.
We drove them for a couple of days without their professional handlers, for the sole purpose of telling you the truth about what it's like to spend a regular day with the four-member 200-mph club. Our own pace (fast), our own roads (fast), our own nickel (Courtyard by Marriott, sorry). For those of you keeping score, that would be 2339 horsepower and $1.3 million worth of test car. And for the worrywarts among you, yes, we stashed them at Virginia International Raceway in a guarded, gated, locked, heated facility.
Car Collection Warehouse
It would be the first time for a U.S. road trip with both the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Although both the Lamborghini Murciélago and the Ford GT have been driven on American roads, this would be the first extensive drive of all four hero cars by anyone, anywhere. After more than 300 miles on the sometimes not so smooth but always twisty two-lanes surrounding the gorgeous VIR facility, roads that wind back and forth through rural Virginia and North Carolina, we have a story to tell.
But first, you want to know if we pegged the needles, right? Well, we didn't drive 200 mph. We're not that stupid. But with the least powerful of our four-car dream team churning out 550 horsepower (the Ford) and the slowest 0-to-60-mph sprint an eye-blinking 4.1 seconds (the Murciélago), it was pretty easy to find oneself north of the triple-digit line on the speedo. Virginia (along with the inconsequential-to-speeders District of Columbia) still bans the use of radar detectors, which didn't deter us in the least from enlisting the support of Paul Allen and his company's most famous product, the Passport 8500 radar detector, one per car. We left Virginia with driver's licenses intact.
Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Vs Ford GT
Let's jump into a car. OK, let's not. The damn door is in the way. At least, it's in the way of the Lambo's cockpit, the SLR's cockpit, the Ford's cockpit...
"You want the short story?" barks technical editor Don Sherman. He's a barker, that one. "Porsche. No weird doors." Thank you, Don. But let's jump in and drive around all day anyway, shall we?
Ouch! And a few swear words for the Ford, with its sneaky head-banging door, which, like the original, includes a goodly amount of roof attached to its upper edge when opened. If you don't wriggle carefully into and out of the down-on-the-ground cockpit, that lurking upper door extension will surely "nut you," in the words of our foreign-born executive editor, Mark Gillies, who is blissfully unaware of our more southerly anatomical use of the word. As Sherman so astutely points out, no one would have minded if Ford designers had made a slight deviation here from the original GT40. One wonders if Ford racing greats Bruce McLaren or Denny Hulme ever "nutted" themselves on the original's diabolical door. The other problem is trying to slither out of the GT in a tight parking situation. "Paint a patch of black on the outer roof as a tip of the hat to the original," Sherman suggests, "and make the door glass frameless like Porsche did with its GT. Then this car becomes a daily driver instead of a Sunday special."
Ford GT Door
Flash is a serious component of a supercar's livability. You either want flash or you don't. If you do, skip the Murciélago. As much as we laughed uproariously and pointed at the Countach's scoops and wing flaps and ailerons and spoilerons, we kind of miss the supercar outrageousness so shamelessly exhibited by the Countach and so noticeably missing from the Murciélago. At least in comparison with its three compadres here. Since when is the Italian car the most understated of the wild bunch? Humph. Maybe since the Germans took hold. Why, then, is the Murciélago's haphazard cockpit, with buttons and switches sort of slapped onto the wide, black center console, not a gorgeous Audi-inspired triumph of art? At least, the optional drilled aluminum paddle shifters are a flash of exotica. And it still has those wild-in-the-streets scissor doors that flick up with an upward boink of an elbow against the leather door bolster. (Senior editor Joe Lorio admits that these are the doors that "nutted" him most often.)
Lamborghini Murcielago Cabin
The Murciélago has the narrowest seat, with the oddest seating position: knees splayed out with steering wheel down low between them. Come to think of it, with the power on and the engine roaring, the whole effect was like Slim Pickens riding the bomb in Dr. Strangelove. It wasn't bad, but you wouldn't want to have the hot-fudge brownie sundae special for dessert too often.
The McMerc, as the SLR McLaren is so distastefully referred to by our younger staff, has the flashiest, most baroque exterior, with its pointy F1-inspired snout; mid-'50s-era racing SLR sidepipes, engine vents, and scissor doors; deeply dished sills; nineteen-inch wheels; and what Lorio refers to as "all of the current Mercedes styling cues turned up to eleven" done up in gorgeous luminescent silver metallic paint. "Mean and expensive-looking; very Gotham City," Gillies notes.
Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Fender Vents
Its interior is an extreme version of the same. The whole effect is irresistible to the masses, who recognize that it is not simply your average $100,000-plus Mercedes. Love it or not, the cabin is the most civilized of our four. You can see out the windows, carbon fiber and padded leather abound, there are places to stow the sorts of things you shouldn't be toting in a supercar (cell phone, BlackBerry), the trunk can take a golf bag, and state-of-the-art safety systems are a given. The engine start button, hidden under a vented aluminum flap atop the shift lever, enhances the sideshow experience, especially at night when it glows red.
Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Cabin
The Porsche definitely sizzles at street level, looking every inch the Le Mans prototype it pretty much was before Porsche pulled the plug on that plan. Its odd proportions are universally described as sculpture, pure art, and looking as Italian as the Lambo looks German, despite its lack of goofy doors. Removing the carbon-fiber roof panels (and completely filling every inch of the front trunk with them) not only makes the Carrera GT look extra cool but also makes it easier to hear maximum shriekage from the mid-mounted, 605-hp V-10 racing engine. Gauges are in Porsche's usual overlapping-circle configuration, and a lovely stack of wood forms the ball atop the six-speed manual shifter lever. You actually can see out back, though it's just a sliver framed by the inside bars of the roll hoops.
Porsche Carrera GT Side Profile In Motion
The real Night of the Living Dead machine, the car that brings everyone from passersby at a local mall to half the paddock at a VIR race meet directly to its side, the car that brings workers from a dealership running across a busy highway to the gas station where it is being refueled, the one that nearly knocks over the guy with a "GT I WISH" vanity plate on his Mustang, is the Ford GT. "Can I sit in it?" "Will you take my picture next to it?" "Will you open the hood?" "Do you need a special tool for the wheel nuts?" "Will you take a picture of it with me and my truck?"
Ford GT Cabin
Good Lord. When we try to hide behind a barn at VIR for a peaceful photo session, racing drivers, security people, corner workers, and just plain bystanders make a pilgrimage up the drive like a line of ants to a picnic, mindlessly walking into our photo shoot, just to look in the GT's window.
Could you live with that kind of attention?
Maybe you couldn't live with its massive, world-obscuring A-pillars or the fact that you're the last to know what's over the hood's horizon because you can't see far enough out of the teensy windshield or over its bulky parked windshield wipers. And since you can't see anything out the rear, either, you might wish to readjust the rearview mirror as Sherman did to catch your throttle action, blipping smartly amid the wall-to-wall view of the bulging, rear-mounted, supercharged 5.4-liter V-8. Most entertaining.
So is the tidy lineup of raceresque gauges and the row of switches below them that operate various functions such as fog- and headlights. The seats don't look like much, but they deliver exceptional comfort and support, according to Sherman, who drove the 700-plus miles from Ann Arbor, and creative director Richard Eccleston, who delivered it home. Biggest bitch: nowhere to stow stuff, including luggage. Cargo nets on the seatbacks just don't seem enough. Eccleston also suggests Ford lose the cheesy Focus key fob. "It's not a nice thing to sling down on the bar," he says.
In sum: The Italian car looks German, the German cars look Italian, and the Ford makes the dead rise up and walk the earth.
Keep reading to find out more about how the cars perform.
Ford GT Vs. Murcielago SLR McLaren Carrera GT 02
The four superheroes sort themselves out even more dramatically on the road, as much when burbling along at low speeds as when being pushed into triple digits.
The SLR is most surprising. Expecting the plushest, easiest-going road machine, we find instead a nervous Nellie that develops a severe tic when faced with anything less than glassy-smooth pavement. As Lorio mentions, cruising down a two-lane at a casual 80 mph (all of these cars find squirting to 80 mph from a stop to be ho-hum) is "a white-knuckle experience. The SLR's need for steering correction is constant. Each tiny movement of the wheel threatens to send the car into a ditch or over the yellow line. Yikes." The SLR positively hates lumpy roads, and the wheel twitches and fights your hands. The handling at four-tenths is so nervous-making that it is easiest to skip the Touchshift manu-matic lever and either use the wheel-mounted shift buttons or just dial up automatic and concentrate on staying in the lane.
Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Engine
Gillies is the only one among us who has had track experience with the SLR and points out that everything "seems to be geared toward warp speed, where it is very good. Brakes and steering really liven up at ten-tenths, and it sounds like a low-flying warbird. But at four-tenths, there is no tactile delight. The brakes can be annoying."
Sherman agrees: "Mercedes-Benz set the Wayback Machine wrong. It should have gone to the '60s, not the '50s. This whole car is an uncomfortable mix of sport and luxury. The ride is punishing, the drive unsatisfying. A superpowerful engine mated to a track-tuned chassis with French stitching to take your mind off the flinty ride, heavy steering, and awkward control responses."
"It's easy to find the Mercedes in this car but hard to find the McLaren," adds Lorio.
Lamborghini Murcielago And Porsche Carrera GT
The Lamborghini Murciélago, on the other hand, is surprisingly deft despite its needlessly heavy ride. "It feels smaller the faster you go," remarks Gillies. "In many ways, it's quite compliant and super-stable at high speed on crowned roads."
The 567-hp V-12 engine issues stirring sounds, especially during warmup, where Sherman notes "it coughs and rattles like some high-strung WWII fighter." Gillies describes it as "gorgeous, with torrents of torque and power and a lovely, deep-throated noise that is more mature and sophisticated than the Porsche's F1 screaming." The Porsche shrieks, this bull snorts.
Lamborghini Murcielago E Gear
It is terrifically entertaining and unbelievably, brutally fast. Just as entertaining is each downshift. There is so much torque available across the rev range that you don't really have to downshift all that much. But each blip of the down paddle is accompanied by a big, blatting engine fart that cracks us up every time it happens.
The Murciélago's overall feel on these twisting back roads is fast, hard, and edgy. After the Porsche Carrera GT, you would also describe it as wide, flat, and huge. In tight turns, it feels square; the outside front corner dips and plows a tad, then the inside rear takes the load as the road straightens out. Four-wheel drive is immediately noticeable during a brief squall, but when it lets go, it lets go big-time (as Sherman finds out during high-speed cornering shots at a local airfield). "I'm doubtful that the benefits offset the weight penalty," he sniffs. "It doesn't feel optimized for balance at the cornering limit." We get the feeling that you wouldn't want to press the brakes for long, either.
Porsche Carrera GT Rear End
You can press anything-brakes, miles, hours-all day long at the wheel of the Ford GT. And we do. Sherman declares it "sufficiently comfortable for eleven or twelve hours in the saddle; fast and strong to the touch."
Eccleston finds it amazingly quiet at high speed, and Gillies notes the "light steering, quiet engine, easy shifter, light controls, and a wonderful, supple ride at touring speeds."
Push it into a turn, and it's as near neutral as you'll find in a road car. Push it hard enough to make the engine growl and the blower kick in, and the steering firms right up. The chassis is nicely balanced (43.6 percent front/56.4 percent rear) and puts the power down so well you won't notice the missing stability and traction control systems of the high-dollar competition.
Ford GT Engine 02
(We really do have to stop for a second and mention price. The Ford stickers at $141,245. That's about half the price of the Lambo and more than $300,000 less than either the Mercedes or the Porsche. That's if you can find one at sticker. We're seeing as much as a $75,000 premium on eBay-peddled GTs, which still makes entry into the 200-mph club a bargain.)
Lorio feels that the Ford is the easiest of our four to drive and the most like a racing car in looks, "a rather charming combination. Clutch and gearbox are super-easy. It's very American in that its engine gets the job done but isn't terribly sophisticated or exotic. It doesn't zoom to the redline or sing an aria, but it does rocket the car down the road." Rocket, indeed. Feeling too normal? Step on the throttle. The GT's 550-hp V-8 keeps things real.
Now, let's talk Porsche.
Porsche Carrera GT
Lorio: "The sound of the Carrera GT revving its engine is straight out of pit lane at the Indy 500. There is absolutely nothing else like it."
Sherman: "The engine zings like a buzz saw, the steering is crisp and sure, the chassis grips as if tied to the road by steel cables. It makes all the sounds and swings that car enthusiasts live for."
Gillies: "Enough power to send you straight to jail for a long time. Fourth is good for 140 mph plus, so I don't know where you would ever see max revs in sixth. The Mulsanne, maybe?"
Porsche Carrrera GT Engine
We love the Porsche Carrera GT. It's no secret that our affection begins with one of the most amazing engines ever to live in a production car. With 605 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque, it can be hard to stay on top of your moves. Step on it, and you've reached the redline. Upshift, and... you've reached the redline. Upshift again, and you can break the tires loose. Upshift again, and the power is still pouring on like nothing you've felt in your life except on a racetrack. The last thing on your mind will be to turn on the radio.
The quality of the Carrera GT's ride is astonishing, despite its monster wheels and tires, which do follow road grooves enough to notice. But it takes a real cow path to unnerve this car. Steering is alive in your hands, and lateral acceleration blows the others into the weeds.
It stops the way it goes-like, now-its nonmetallic brakes parking the Porsche eighteen feet shorter from 70 mph than its closest competitor, the SLR. Everything about the Carrera GT is intense, including how much fun it is to drive.
Jean Jennings Driving A Porsche Carrera GT
To be honest, your coolness can be compromised by the extremely touchy clutch. The recommended procedure is to let it out without touching the accelerator pedal, easing neatly away from a stop. But if you get a little nervous (say, at an uphill stop with maybe a Ford GT waiting close behind you), you might be tempted to give the accelerator a little goose. You will surely stall. Lorio suffers a worse lapse of cool when, upon stalling, he finds the just-delivered Carrera GT to have a dead battery and has to ask some locals for a push. He recovers because he is still in the Porsche, now bombing down the road, wondering "what the poor people were driving" that day, as dear departed Aunt Red used to say.
So this is the end of the story. Living large with an SLR would work if your backyard were the Virginia International Raceway. Otherwise, you'd do well to change into more sensible shoes to make this a daily driver. If you like the flashy looks and intend only to potter, you'll be happy.
Without the others around for comparison, the Lamborghini Murciélago looks exotic and sounds as if it could start mid-pack at Indy. It's a breeze to drive but a bitch to see out of around town. Still, it's a steal at $279,800.
Steal this. A Ford GT at $141,245 is an unbelievable opportunity to own, drive, and enjoy the hell out of a faithful rendition of the '60s Le Mans winners. As fast and strong as it is, the Ford GT is also easy to drive and predictable at the limit. The drawbacks? Limited forward visibility and the need for a minivan chase vehicle to haul your cell phone, your hankie, and your briefcase.
The clear, unthreatened winner at any price is the Porsche Carrera GT, your own personal prototype, street-legal racer. Its striking presence will suck the air out of any parking lot. You will grow addicted to its monstrous power and revel in its everyday livability. You will surely endanger your driving privileges.
We are devastated to part with the Porsche at the close of day, but Sherman weaves us a rosy tale at bedtime:
"When very good boys and girls who love cars finally clear the Pearly Gates, one of these machines is waiting for them to enjoy. No cops, Virginia roads, engine warmed, fuel needle stuck on full."
Forever and ever.
Can we get an amen?
0412 Powertriopl Awards Power Trio+Ford GT And Lamborghini Gallardo And Ferrari 360 Modena+Various Front Views
Romp on the GT's throttle, and you are time-machined back three-plus decades to Ford's grandest glory days, when it thumped Ferrari not once but four successive years at Le Mans. In lieu of canaps and champagne to toast this second coming, Automobile Magazine organized a flat-out day on California canyon roads, hot laps of Mazda Race-way Laguna Seca, and quick pit visits to hydrate drivers and replenish fuel. Invitees were carefully screened. To salute GT Job One-chairman Bill Ford's personal centennial parade ride-we summoned a classic foe and the freshest challenger to the supercar throne. Ferrari's 360 Modena is the lineal descendant of the rosso corsa prototypes and GTs that raced valiantly against Ford in France. The atomic egg yolk Lamborghini Gallardo, christened Baby Bull, paws the ground with adolescent anticipation.What Ford achieved during the fifteen-month translation of its stunning show car into a street-legal standard bearer breaks both engineering speed records and the limits of imagination. To top Bill Ford's lofty expectations, a motivated crew of 100 designers and engineers updated the classic envelope for the twenty-first century and loaded it with the largest gasoline V-8 in the company inventory, armed with a supercharger, an intercooler, and a dry-sump lube system; a light, stiff extruded-aluminum spaceframe clad with hot-formed aluminum skin; an aerodynamic underbelly to enhance wheel loading at the near-200-mph top speed; and substantially more braking and cornering power than the original GT40s ever enjoyed.
The marriage between racing prowess and roadgoing aptitudes is sometimes strained, but those lucky enough to coax the Ford GT off the lot for the "substantially less than $150,000" list price will have scored the deal of the century.
Ferrari's four-year-old 360 Modena is pure octane intoxication. If curves as elegantly muscular as Michelangelo's finest work don't grab you, the shriek of a 3.6-liter, 40-valve flat-crank V-8 racing to its 8500-rpm redline will. Like the GT's, the 360's foundation is an aluminum-tube spaceframe with power planted in the middle, but special measures are employed to coax such a small engine to run at true supercar pace. Titanium connecting rods tie the single-plane crankshaft throws to forged pistons. The clutch housing serves double duty as the dry-sump system's holding tank. An induction system larger than the core engine consists of twin air filters, two electronically controlled throttles, a dual-volume bimodal plenum, and two runners feeding three intake valves per cylinder. When the engine revs over 6000 rpm, the Modena's organ pipes wail a soprano solo to cry for.
Contrary to the supercar norm, the 360's cockpit is graciously accommodating. Since the roof bubbles up higher than the Ford and Lamborghini ceilings and the door windows are sashless, slipping behind the wheel is as easy as settling into a lawn chair; the height difference between heels and buttocks is also comforting. Bucket seats combine supple cushioning, firm support, and ready adjustability by means of electric switches that mimic the seat's shape and movement. Steering-wheel rim and spoke contours melt in your grip. The view forward is high-definition wide screen, with the sector bounded by the steering wheel full of legible needles, dials, and one electronic-bar-graph fuel gauge. Center stage is occupied by a prominent 10,000-rpm tachometer redlined at 8500.
Depending on your perspective, the view out the back is either helped or hampered by reflected engine-room images, but it certainly beats the GT's and the Gallardo's rear visibility. Pedals and extremity rests are ideally located, and there's a broad foot plate for the passenger to brace for the inevitable high-g ride. Overall, the Ferrari's cockpit is the most user-friendly in this illustrious group.
Around town, the Modena pines for the open road. The brake and the throttle are touchy, so care is necessary to avoid jumpy starts and jerky shifts. Luckily, we had the opportunity to test the gated shifter against paddle controls. Purists will demand the former arrangement, if only so they can master hands-and-feet coordination during challenging three-two downshifts through an unforgiving metal maze. At first blush, the semi-automatic F1 paddles seem to have leaped from the reality edition of Gran Turismo 3. The $10,000 price of admission is high but, as we'll explain later, it's money wisely spent.
Steering a Ferrari 360 Modena onto roads snaking through the Carmel Valley a few miles southeast of Monterey is like offering a champion greyhound a sniff of the lure. The animal and the machine live to run.
Minor anxieties-placating the pedals, perfecting shifts-fade to black. Synapses and systems click into sync. One full-bore redline gear-change begs for the next. Those who know how to make cars go have polished the Modena's gears and microprocessors to perfection.
Unimpeded by traffic on a winding byway, this Ferrari rips into a bend with the brakes on and the nose sniffing hungrily for the apex. With the stability system disabled, there's a hint of understeer that melts away when the throttle is pedaled to tear out the exit. The steering is so quick and light that wrist action handles the task nicely. The beauty of the F1 paddle-shift system is that minimal attention is diverted from steering, braking, and gassing to en-gage the right gear for any occasion. Each paddle click takes a fraction of the time required to shift the conventional way, so there's no reason not to work the gearbox as if it were a pinball machine.
Galpin Ford GTR1 Front
The Ford GT is back, sort of. Los Angeles' Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) has just unleashed its interpretation of a follow-up to the Ford GT at this year's Pebble Beach, packing 1024-hp under the hood and dubbed the Galpin Ford GTR1.
Hennessey Ford GT C2C Front 2
During the traditional bout of speed-based insanity known as the Texas Mile, a 1000 horsepower Ford GT built by Hennessey managed to post a 235-mph run last weekend. Want to know what it feels like watching the speedometer needle blitz past the mark for Ludicrous Speed? Check out the clip below.
2005 Ford Gt Front
Ford is working on a successor to the GT, the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 550-hp supercar that the company built from 2005 to 2006. Or at least that’s the vibe I got from Derrick Kuzak, head of global product development, during the Detroit auto show earlier this week.

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2005 Ford GT Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
5.4L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
13 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
21 MPG
Horsepower:
550 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
500 ft lb of torque @ 3750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
36,000 miles / 36 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:01
Component
SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM
Summary
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARMS MAY HAVE CASTING IMPERFECTIONS AT THE END OF EACH ARM THAT MAY RESULT IN THE ARM FRACTURING.
Consequences
UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES THE FRACTURE MAY AFFECT VEHICLE HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT AND REAR UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARMS AND FASTENERS. BEGINNING DECEMBER 15, 2004, FORD CONTACTED CUSTOMERS BY TELEPHONE TO ADVISE THEM OF THIS CONDITION AND REQUEST THAT THEY NOT OPERATE THEIR VEHICLES UNTIL THIS SERVICE ACTION HAS BEEN PERFORMED. THE RECALL OWNER NOTIFICATION MAILING BEGAN ON JANUARY 14, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
Potential Units Affected
283
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2005-2014 Mustang vehicles manufactured April 6, 2004, to June 21, 2014, and 2005-2006 GT vehicles manufactured February 20, 2004, to September 22, 2006. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequences
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driver side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 13, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S21. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V802 in its entirety. Additionally, vehicles that have had their driver side frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well.
Potential Units Affected
1,019,081
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured August 1, 2004, to June 30, 2007, and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles manufactured February 11, 2005, to January 30, 2006. Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequences
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Ford began notifying owners January 30, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14B09. NOTE: This recall supersedes, in part, safety recall 14V-343 as to the front driver air bag inflators in 2005-2008 Ford Mustang and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles only. The driver's air bag inflators in 2004-2005 Ford Rangers originally sold, or ever registered in, certain hot and humid locations will continue to be addressed by that recall.
Potential Units Affected
462,911
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Ford Motor Company, (Ford) is conducting a regional recall for certain model year 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa, as well as certain areas of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia, are included. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequences
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger¿s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The recall began January 30, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S28. NOTE: This recall supersedes, in part, safety recall 14V-343 as to the front passenger air bag inflators only. The driver's air bag inflators will continue to be addressed by that recall.
Potential Units Affected
410
Notes
Ford Motor Company


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Tested
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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