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Pros: Trunk space
Cons: Just got a notice from Ford saying that they acknowledge the excess wear and tear on rear brake pads so I plan to get a refund on the pads and rotors that needed to be replaced at 22
Advice: Prepare for many minor problems but a good overall ride. Once the sedan gets moving it's got good powerThe 'command seating' takes some getting used to since it's unusual to be seated so high in a sedan. Try to test drive on a highway or freeway to see if it has enough pick-up for you.
Pros: lots of room, comfortable, blind spots are minimal
Cons: rear pads went out at 45,000, caliper siezed when re-installing, had to replace it. All in all, since it is new, there are no aftermarket components yet making all replacement parts very expensive.
Advice: do not ever buy a first year model. nobody has parts or a history of experience on repair.70,000 miles and transmission is gone. yes, i should've flushed the tranmission at 35,000 but for it to break down? so far i can't find ANY mechanic that believes this is acceptable. 6-speed automatic
Pros: Command Seating
Cons: Windshield wiper controls are on the opposite side & dimmer switch is a little difficult
Advice: RUN don't walk to get one!I traded in my '04 Supercrew for an '05 Five Hundred Limited FWD w/29k miles on it. I have driven a truck for the last 15 years, so this was a big step - getting back into a car. I researched the Five Hundred a long time before buying and I was not disappointed. I love the 'command seating'. I don't feel like I am sitting on the road like with most cars. The car is quiet, comfortable, good fuel economy and handles great. The power is sufficient but I think the 3.5 duratec engine coming out in the '08 models will make this car perfect.
Pros: Jet black color
Cons: Doesn't posses great pick-up off the line compared to other sedans.
Advice: seriously beware of this car unless you have money to throw awayWithin 1 yr of owning this vehcile it has been in the shop three times for transmission problems (the valve body had to be replaced)This caused the car to buckle whenever I tried to accerlarate and made driving a hazard on the highways. It has been in 3 additional times for problems with the steering column. It would make a crunching noise when turning into parking spaces. My rear turn lights blow out every 3 to 5 months. And of all things I have never had a car depreciate at the rate of this one. I guess the old time saying Fix Or Repair Daily is what FORD really means. Needless to say this will be the last American made car that I buy.
Cons: car mileage
Advice: don;t buy it as the car depreciated 10,000 in one yearThe Ford 500 drives very nice. The sedan is very comfortable and with all the bells and whistles it is an excellent vehicle. The problem we have is the gas mileage--The car gets between 15 and 22 miles per gallon and with gas prices rising this is becoming costly. Looked to trade it in and the dealership only wanted to give us 17,000 for a 2005 with 12,000 miles. The car was purchased for 27,000 and 10,000 in depreciation for one year is rediculus.
Pros: Ride and Handling
Cons: I can't ride in the roomy back seat when alone!
Advice: Don't drive one unless you are in a position to buy!I have owned the 500 for 11 months (50,000+ KM) in all types of road and weather conditions. The 500 handles better than any previous vehicle I have owned and the AWD is a dream on gravel roads. The Michelin Ice tires provide excellent traction in snow and ice and one has to be careful not to 'overdrive' winter road conditions as the car handles as if the road was bare. The ride is superb and extremely quiet. Freeway mileage averages 40 MPG (imperial gallons) consistently. I have been on the road for 30 years plus and this is the most enjoyable vehicle I have driven including numerous Ford and GM models.
Pros: Great milage on a large family cruiser
Cons: A bit underpowered to make it fun to drive
Advice: GreatIt's a nice ride. I just traded in my super-crew F-150 which I liked for all the room it offered. With the 500, I didn't give up anything and I got leather seats. I have logged a few hundred miles now and only have a few complaints... 1) When using the auto-volume speed controls on the radio, the sound gets tinny. 2) No telescoping on the steering column. 3) Could use a few more HPs. Getting 22+ MPG in mixed driving. I would guess about 25 MPGs or better on longer freeway trips, especially with cruise set. Fits the family great. Easy to get in and out. Child seats are a little tough to first install, and can only fit two, but the rear anchor was easy to attach. Saved $6500 with A-Plan and rebates!