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Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego

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  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Waiting for my cookies to bake? Is that a euphemism for something?? ;)
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    Nope, I literally had just put a batch of cookies in the oven when I was reading your message and replying to it. :D
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    What kind? Are they ready yet? Do you have enough to share with all of us? ;)
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    Chocolate chip with pecans. I think I made 20. Unfortunately, my wife ate most of them. :cry:
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    You all are missing the boat talking about HP in a vacuum

    Read This:

    http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mhorsepower.html

    Mark
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    Anyone know if Ford is going to fill an important safety gap in the 500 by adding vehicle stability control in 2007? Thanks.
  • pnewbypnewby Posts: 277
    I'm still not sure why this is such an important safety gap. This is a much more stable vehicle than an SUV, and has the very best safety rating of any vehicle on the road. I guess something additional couldn't hurt, but I bought because I couldn't find a safer vehicle anywhere.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    It likely isn't that important, and is certainly more useful on top heavy vehicles like SUVs, vans and even crossovers. However, I liked the way my Audi performed with it in particularly bad winter weather conditions. Further, even Hyundai sedans are beginning to include it as standard equipment, so like it or not, Ford ought to provide it at least as an option, if they wish to stay competitive.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    NHSTA is currently considering a phased-in mandate of vehicle stability control for all passenger cars. It's benefits extend to more than just SUVs. A sudden swerve to avoid an accident can cause one to lose control of a car. VSC helps prevent that. The stats strongly suggests that it saves lives.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    All i have to say about Hyundai's standard "Stability Control" is "Some pigs are more equal"

    Don't assume that this standard system is equal to AdvancTrac available from Ford.

    Mark.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    My wife also really likes the way the stability control on her VW handles winter roads.

    A pro-SUV co-worker admitted to me that his honda minivan with 2WD and stability was better in winter than his 4WD SUV.

    This is an extra bonus to the added safety of stability.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    They certainly should, for it's nothing but extra software on a car with ABS...
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    its more than extra software. First, the ABS system has to be sophisticated enough to handle it. Probably a 4 channel system is required.

    Also there are more sensors for a vehicle with Stability control such as a Yaw Sensor. A steering input sensor, a acceleration input sensor and probably helps if you have a car with drive by wire throttle.

    Mark.
  • sonofknudsonofknud Posts: 50
    I think stability control is a big miss. Consumer reports thinks it will save more lives then air bags and child car seats combined if I remember the article correctly. I do have experience myself in my VW I had to swerve to miss a dear doing 70 on a freeway and it all happened so fast I believe the stability control help me keep the car on the road.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    how do you know stability control contributed anything?
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Well, obviously he doesn't.

    But if a buyer feels more safe in a vehicle with stability control, then he or she will buy that. In addition, the systems do actively prevent vehicles from going beyond limits the vehicle can sustain. No, they are not perfect, and some conditions can be too much for the system to overcome. But like airbags, they add a clearly measurable extra margin of safety.

    If Ford's competitors offer the system (some as standard equipment), then Ford is going ot lose more and more customers who care about such things--unless Ford begins to offer the option.
  • jrdoajrdoa Posts: 11
    I own this vehicle and cannot figure this out nor can any dealer I have asked. Can anyone explain to me what exactly the mp3 means on the radio? I've read on the specs that this vehicle has an AM/FM in-dash 6 CD player with MP3 stereo. I have made several homemade cd's that are mp3 files and keep getting the error "bad disc". The dealer supposedly checked my stereo and said it's fine and it's just my discs. Help!!
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    First, make sure you actually are burning discs in MP3 Formant and not in WMA or some other format. If you are using Windows Media player and didn't pay extra for an MP3 burner software then you are probably not using MP3 format.

    Second, you can not use "nested" folders. The disc should have a main directory with folders and in each folder should be the actual MP3 Files. you can put the files in a folder that is inside a folder.

    Mark
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Just noticed these new 06 Ford Five Hundreds on my look that look way different from the side.

    Ford removed the flat door molding from the middle of the door and replaced with a wedge shaped molding at the very bottom edge of the door. The car now looks completely different and very very European.

    Mark.
  • fsmmcsifsmmcsi Posts: 792
    Since production of the 2007 models is supposed to begin in May, the order guides should be out by now, but I can't find one. Does anyone have an idea where to find them?

    Yes, I am back here because the too-short Sport Trac box and too-tall tailgate would be way less useful to me than the trunk of the Five Hundred or Montego.
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