2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited AWD CVT 3.0 V6 from North America
I will definitely purchase another one when the time arrives, hopefully a High Performance model
Mechanically, there have been zero problems with this car. When it was first purchased, the dealer installed a Ford remote start system in it and I had to return a couple of times to have them reprogram it. As far as the car, as delivered from the factory, I have had NO reliability issues. It has only needed scheduled oil changes and tire rotations.
My wife and I have voted this 500 the best car we have ever bought. This is our 15th brand new car.
We have doubled our fuel mileage in certain conditions to the V8 Explorer.
Everyone that sits in this car says that they feel safe riding in it. Rock Solid! Rated 5 Star in Safety.
We fit a full size Grandfather clock in the trunk and had the box never touched the dashboard. I like the way the front seat folds forward to achieve so much room.
CVT with AWD are the way to go up here in New England. they work together seamlessly and have never let me down in deep snow or on ice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2006
Great reliability at 13,000 miles?
Give it a 40,000 miles before you declare it "greatest car ever!".
Give me a break! I've owned GM, Ford, Toyota and Honda and every one of them was returned for defects at least three or four times by 10,000 miles EXCEPT this Five Hundred!! It is now at 16,000 miles and still making a believer out of me. Say what you want, they ALL break sooner or later and the offshore models are much more expensive to repair. My Accord cost me $700.00 for a 60,000 mile checkup and it wasn't even broken!
My 2007 Five Hundred SEL/AWD/CVT has been in the dealer's service department more times than I like to recall. Early problems included an engine noise traced to (they thought) a loose part in the intake manifold (replaced, problem not solved), then the rear brakes needed to be replaced under warranty (the car now has 32K on the clock), then the car began "surging" when driving at about 20-40 mph, they thought that was the throttle body needing replacement (replaced, problem not solved),and NOW it has been in the shop for a complete CVT transmission replacement under warranty and it will take another ten plus days to get the replacement tranny from Ford... not good at all for a car with only 32K on the clock. Color me one dissatisfied Ford drivers!
I have a 2006 Ford 500 AWD, and today it had the wrench idiot light turn on as I was turning onto my block, and the tranny after I slowed up would not shift up, so I need to call Ford tomorrow, Labor Day, and hope they're open? Wonder what it will be, and I have a extended warranty on it, so hope that covers it also?
I have 130k on my 500 now and it has run flawlessly. I have serviced it regularly and changed the oil every 5k. I am on my second set of factory tires still and second set of brake pads. Although some here find it hard to believe, I have had only one part fail since I purchased the car... left front bulb. Yes, indeed, this car is a sleeper and time will indeed reward 500 owners.