Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. Interior fit and finish is very good, but some of the hard plastic trim pieces felt insubstantial. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. But we will never make that mistake again. Along with the first completely new full-size chassis since 1979, the 2005 Five Hundred introduced two distinct full-size model lines to Ford for the first time since the 1978 discontinuation of the Custom 500. I received a refund from the dealer.
Handling is agile, especially considering the Five Hundred's size. At 6'3 I found many mid-size cars awkward, and in some cases downright painful, to enter and exit. My wife uses this car for business, so it looks like we'll need to plan on replacing these pads every year. The New York Times, Phil Patton, April 11, 2004. In July, I received a letter from Ford Motor Co. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? The Ford Five Hundred is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the latter giving it more stable handling and better traction, particularly in inclement weather.
A little like what they did with the Ford Probe when needed a new body for the Courger. Volvo assisted with engineering a body structure that benefits from the latest in safety technology. I am a Japanese car loyalist and I was shocked at the quality and comfort of this car. The New York Times, Phil Patton, November 5, 2013. Big and roomy inside, the Five Hundred features a tall roof that offers lots of headroom. You physically have to disconnect the bottom weather stripping to remove the water.
I have never had to perform this replacement on any other vehicle I've owned, many have gone well over 100,000 miles. . He informed us that this is a very common problem with Ford products. While the Freestyle would serve as the basis for the concept vehicle, no Mercury version was ever produced beyond the prototype stage. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter.
Our tested front-wheel drive Five Hundred had a six-speed automatic transmission and a 3. Basic maintenance , that's all. In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. The Five Hundred was assembled by Ford at its facility alongside the Freestyle and Montego. But close examination of the new cars that came out of the product blitz Chairman Bill Ford promised for 2005 shows that the nation's No. Alongside standard dual front airbags, the Five Hundred was available with both side airbags and curtain airbags as an option. For the comfort, and features the Ford 500 is difinitely a good deal for the buck.
The New York Times, Phil Patton, August 28, 2009. So how do you find out what problems are occurring? Introduced as an all-new nameplate for 2005, the Ford Five Hundred is the company's interpretation of the modern American sedan. In addition, the rear seat was positioned higher than the front seats. The New York Times, Christopher Jenson, October 31, 2004. Looks good on the outside and good on the inside.
It features an enormous trunk and expansive rear seats. I can seat five people and all are comfortable. Just recently at 68,584 miles, we had to have the pads replaced once again. As with the Ford Crown Victoria, the Five Hundred was configured with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes 12. Archived from on April 12, 2015. I then complained to the local dealer that this wear rate was unacceptable and cars normally go significantly longer before needing rear pad replacement.
We took it to a mechanic who said it was the lower steering shaft coupling and it was nearly locked up. I believe there is a design problem with the car in this respect. My only complaints are that it isn't the best in snow and the engine could have more take off power especially if you compare the 500 to the new Chevy Malibu. As the Mercury brand was being phased out in 2010, 2009 marked the final year of the Sable nameplate. The New York Times, Phil Patton, April 11, 2004. They're the most conservative buyers there are.
For the 2010 model year, the Ford Taurus underwent a complete redesign. The Ford Five Hundred was the first full-size Ford sedan to feature a folding rear seat to supplement the 21 cubic foot trunk larger than the Lincoln Town Car. I recently hit a deer and the car held up well mechanically for wasting a large buck at 75 mph. A new Chrome Package became available, with 18-inch eight-spoke alloy wheels and a chrome trim mesh grille. It was huge inside and picked up on speed great when I needed it to. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. She was informed at the time that she needed to have the rear brake pads replaced.