10th May 2007, 10:02
R.I.P. Ford Five Hundred we hardly knew you.
I feel bad for whomever bought this low selling junkheap because now your blue book value on this car will plummet.
13th May 2007, 19:22
What does Blue Book value have to do with anything? Unless you're one of those people that like buying a vehicle every 2-3 years.
14th May 2007, 12:09
Well since Ford discontinued this car and renamed it TAURUS, the cars with the 500 name on them will take an even bigger hit on their blue book because it is a discontinued model. So if people are trading it in, they are basically going to get screwed.
15th May 2007, 08:28
<If they can get rid of the cheap tranny, then it would have caught on with the general public.>
I think you are a little bit misinformed here. I guess that you are referring to the new electronically controlled CVT transmission that's actually much more expensive to manufacture than a traditionally 4/5 speed slush box. The CVT has better 0-60 figures and better mpg than a traditional automatic transmission, so what are you complaining about?
And if you don't like this you one can opt for the 6 speeder automatic.
15th May 2007, 18:22
All this chit chat is useless... I only come here to see facts and experiences with the cars not personal taste in cars. I will see you guys in 3 years and if the car is still running strong without breaking all the time great. I am glad you are enjoying your cars, but take a look at the rest of the domestic cars reviews and you will see that you are the exception.
21st May 2007, 17:49
Exception to what? According to Consumer Reports the current Ford's are as reliable as Toyota. I like my 500 a lot, and it is a great driving car. No tradeoffs that I can find and the most comfort in the class. Apparently Ford is to be punished for building an "honest" sedan. Lots of room, great safety and timeless utility.
The fusion is just for main stream buyers, to all of us who saw, appreciated and bought this great big Ford - congrats - and as for Trade In Value, in about another year I will bet the 500 prices will bounce back up. These are great cars, but with $3000 rebate and about $4,000 in discounts - you cannot go wrong. Drives like a Lexus, looks like a VW and drives like a Volvo S80. My SEL cost me $15,999. and it worth a lot more to me. I absolutely love the fact that they are not "hot sellers" - leave that to the car mags to pick on. These cars do it all, and are really well made.
The engine is fine and if the reviewers actually lived with the car for a month they would realize the engine was a good choice (20+mpg, urban, 30+ hwy) great comfort and everyone who rides with me feels safe and secure as we cruise at 80+.
Take a chance and check this out, they won't be around long and the Taurus has "boy racer" looks that I find phony.
5th Aug 2007, 12:31
I've always liked the look of the Ford Five Hundred, because it still looks like a full-sized car. I don't want to be forced into a cheap, boring, cramped Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic.
I was just looking at a 2007 Ford Five Hundred today on the lot, and still think it's a really nice car. It is still one of my top picks when it comes time to buy a sedan.
On the other hand, I also really like the 2008 Taurus, which gets slightly better gas mileage in spite of its larger engine.
I really like the interiors on both cars -- very comfortable, well apportioned and tasteful -- something that I don't see in the utilitarian Camry.
After wading through all of the (mostly useless) comments, I see that those bashing Ford don't really have anything to say specifically about problems with Ford cars; they just hate Ford for being an American company, or rather for not being a Japanese company. They are missing out on great cars by being so closed-minded. But not me, the '07 Five Hundred and '08 Taurus are at the top of my list.
The 6-7 cars in my family used to all be Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth for nearly 20 years, but in the last five years, half of those slots have gone to Ford/Mercury when it came time for vehicle replacement.
5th Aug 2007, 15:13
12:31 I hate Ford cars and trucks because mine broke down a lot and emptied my wallet, whereas my Toyota's have not cost one single dollar outside of fluids and one fuel filter. Is that specific enough for you?
Yeah, I hate American made cars because they're junk and would have a new Toyota flown over from Japan if I couldn't buy one here. They're made better. Your Five Hundred can't stand in the shadow of a Camry.
5th Aug 2007, 20:40
17:49 If you think your 500 drives like a Lexus, then you've never even seen a Lexus or even driven a Camry, which is still miles ahead of any Ford car. They all drive half decent when they're new, but you'd have to put square tires on the Lexus to make it feel like a Ford.
5th Aug 2007, 21:01
The "cheap" Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic might be small cars, but they are better built than any Ford, get better gas mileage, are more safe, etc. the list could go on.
Have you been in a new japanese compact? I have experience in a 2004 Corolla and a 2006 Civic. Both of these cars are very nice riding, handling, and well built cars.
Right now I own a 2000 Honda Civic that has build quality that rivals many new domestics. I am sorry, but as a Honda driver I feel sorry that you must drive a Ford.
BTW, the Transit police in Minneapolis have a nice fleet of 500's. So does Avis.
6th Aug 2007, 17:44
To 15:13, sorry about your hard luck, but my luck with Ford has been good from my Econoline-based motor home, to my '97 Mercury station wagon, to my '02 Explorer. I haven't spent a dollar on any. If you were constantly emptying your wallet, maybe you just don't know how to take care of a car.
I guess I feel completely opposite to you, and with equal justification: I hate Toyota and Honda because they are cheap-looking, over-hyped, over-priced, no-optioned, uncomfortable, underpowered, and difficult to get fixed when they break down, not only with expensive repairs and difficulty in finding parts and dealers, but also with more expense due to the complication of them.
I honestly have difficulty understanding how somebody could bash great cars like Fords are now, and fawn over some crappy Corolla. And no, you were not specific enough because you never said what was wrong with your Ford.
Believe me, I feel more sorry for you if you are driving a Toyota or Honda, than you could possibly feel sorry for me driving a Ford. I'm extremely happy with my Fords. You go ahead and keep your Japanese car. I have zero interest because they offer me nothing at all. Going from a Ford or Mercury to a Toyota is such a big step down.