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Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego

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  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    Ground clearance on a 500 is 5.1 inches...not much different from most sedans.
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    It's the H-Point which is the major difference against other sedans.
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    I still say there's something wrong with that particular 500 if its rear-end is scraping bottom with nobody in it but the driver (and no luggage).
  • iusecadiusecad Posts: 287
    on Saturday for an '06 Pueblo Gold AWD 500. For those of you with CVTs I'm curious as to how many miles you racked up before you stopped noticing its operation? Mine sort of lopes from time to time at speeds under 30. But I've only got 250 or so miles on it so I'm hoping its still learning my driving habits and will knock that off after awhile. Other than that I have no complaints.

    Have any of you tried to hook up some sort of Aux Input Jack to your factory radio to plug an MP3 player into? On
    http://www.fordaccessoriesstore.com/fas/b2c/featured_accessories.asp?id=25
    they have something called TripTunes but that supposedly won't fit the 500's radio. Or will it?

    Thanks...
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    To create an AUX-in for your radio, you need one of these:

    http://logjamelectronics.com/piefrd04aux.html

    With that, your AUX button on the radio will activate the AUX-In you just created.

    NOTE: This assumes you have one of the radios that has an AUX button on it. It also assumes that you do NOT have a Rear Seat Entertainment System installed.

    This device is a great way to hook up your Ipod and CONTROL it:

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Harman-Kardon-Drive-Play-DP1US-/sem/rpsm/oid/1336- 14/catOid/-12927/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

    But you still need the PIE adapter shown above.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    There is a replacement door available, under warranty in most cases, with a molded plastic surface. And there have been reports of the bubbles coming back in the older doors even after they have been burst by the pin method.

    I recommend having the door replaced. I did. And it's fine.
  • vrmvrm Posts: 309
    Did Ford make any changes or improvements to the 2006 Five Hundred model?

    Are there any differences between the 2005 vs. 2006 model years?

    Thanks!
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Yes, stone protection was added a few months into 06 production (plastic cladding at the bottoms of the doors) and the mid-door bumper guards were no longer used.

    Navigation systems became an option (not available before).

    And one other thing, which I can't remember at the moment.

    The big changes are to come in a bit less than a year now, for model year 08 (new Six Speed transmission, new 3.5 engine (optional or standard?) and probably dropping of the CVT, new front grille resembling the Fusion, new rear styling and satellite radio becomes a factory option).
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    They also added the rear seat entertainment system as an option.
  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    I went to Hybridcars.com under the compacts and sedan category. It lists hybrids out now and scroll to the bottom of the page under "In The Works" lists the Five Hundred! The car of my dreams!

    I hope the gas mileage can come close to the 2007 Camry MPG (city 40/highway 38). Anything lower than an averaged MPG than 30 I would go with the Camry. The 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid MPGs 25 city/34 highway is a joke! Why did Honda even bother? :lemon:

    Anyone know when the Five Hundred Hybrid is expected to be out? :shades:
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    2008 as a 2009 model. Although, it's a 3rd generation system, rather than the Fusion/Milan which will be 2nd generation system.
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    Will it stay with a 3.0L displacement engine?
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    Honda bothered because they made the quickest and most powerful Honda sedan a hybrid. This way, they can offer a fast car with mileage that rivals some subcompact 4 cylinders. It is all in what floats yer boat, I'd say.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    Oh, and don't expect it before the 2010 model year (maybe early in 09). This will be the third generation hybrid for Ford, and they have all they can do to get the second generation hybrids (Fusion and Milan) out by the 2008 model year.
  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    GREAT!!! :surprise: Can't wait till 2010 when the competition is years ahead and gas prices are sky high! If they are still using gasoline by then! :mad: :cry: :sick:
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    A V6-Hybrid is currently undergoing testing ;)

    Second generation Hybrid will include Fusion/Milan/Escape/Tribute/Mariner, while Third generation will include Edge/500/Montego. Edge to receive the 3rd generation first.

    Of course, this is "NOW"... I wouldn't be surprised if along the way one of the vehicles Hybrid option is dropped if it doesn't have enough taker (example: 500 Keeps it, Montego loses it..or Escape keeps it, Mariner kills it).

    Or if things coincide, they could possibly skip 2nd generation and run into the 3rd provided that suppliers are able to ramp up production.
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    Would the Freestyle also get the hybrid?

    Hopefully the battery won't diminish the room inside TOO much.
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    Yes, sorry I left that one out. Battery pack won't take up much room. It doesn't always need to go in the rear cargo compartment, on some cars, they can be fitted under the 2nd row seats for example.
  • esteezeesteeze Posts: 102
    I'm trying to decide whether I really need AWD.

    I understand that the handling is better, but is AWD necessarily safer than FWD? I live in Alabama, where there is little ice, but a lot of rain. Is there an appreciable difference?

    Any feedback/weblinks with more info would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
  • vrmvrm Posts: 309
    Yes, stone protection was added a few months into 06 production (plastic cladding at the bottoms of the doors) and the mid-door bumper guards were no longer used.

    Navigation systems became an option (not available before).

    And one other thing, which I can't remember at the moment.

    The big changes are to come in a bit less than a year now, for model year 08 (new Six Speed transmission, new 3.5 engine (optional or standard?) and probably dropping of the CVT, new front grille resembling the Fusion, new rear styling and satellite radio becomes a factory option).


    I understand the the 2007 model will be hitting the dealer lots very soon.

    Are there any differences between the 2006 and 2007 Ford 500? I am not interested in the 2008 model which will have a new engine along with cosmetic changes.

    Thanks!
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    I really doubt you need it. I live in Wisconsin and have gotten by just fine with front wheel drive vehicles and no snow tires all year long, though if I lived out in the sticks where the roads don't get plowed as promptly as in the burbs, my tune might be different.

    In Alabama, you hardly know what winter is. You probably haven't honed your driving skills on ice, but most people down there stay home at the hint of icy roads right? ;)

    AWD will not help you stop any better, and that is the feature you usually rely on to avoid accidents.
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    AWD should help with control in the rain. It won't help you STOP, but it can help if some of the wheels start to lose traction, and the other wheels can "pick up the slack".

    I have the AWD on my Five Hundred. I mainly got it to ensure that I got a CVT. But I also got it on my Freestyle (bought before my Five Hundred). Whether it's worth the extra 2 grand, 200 lbs, and reduced gas mileage is somewhat debatable. For me, it was. But I can certainly understand why others would say it's not.
  • esteezeesteeze Posts: 102
    Yeah, it's basically a holiday here in central Alabama (the Birmingham area) when winter weather is bad enough to ice over roads to any extent, so not much chance for icy road driving. I would be doing mostly city driving, with about a 10 mile commute on some hilly roads.

    So, it sounds like I would have little need for the AWD (and can thereby save some $$).

    I've had AWD on my Honda CRV, but I doubt I've had much need for it with that vehicle either.
  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    I wish they made the CVT available with FWD. It sounds as if you would be wasting money to get AWD.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    I just did a dealer search in my area and found at least 8-10 front wheel drive Five Hundreds with CVT among the 5 closest dealers. They are out there.

    Ford has a great dealer search feature on their web site for specific configurations you are looking for.
  • esteezeesteeze Posts: 102
    Yeah, I think you can get a FWD with CVT on the SE trim.

    CVT doesn't matter that much to me... I kind of lean toward the Mercury Montego stying vs the Ford Five Hundred, and with the Montego it looks like you can only get CVT with AWD.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Speculation is that the CVT will NOT be offered in 2oo8 on the Five Hundred/Montego, at any trim level.
  • slider7slider7 Posts: 33
    Went out to three local dealerships today, the first had all their 07's hid in the used car section service bays AFTER MY WIFE AND I WALKED ALL OVER FOR 15 MINUTES, the next had theirs HID DEEP in a fenced area where the fleet trucks are parked. This particular one is merlot/blk leather with chrome wheels, and looked pretty spectacular from the fence of course. The merlot paint looked a little MORE cranberry ie brighter. The last dealership had theirs outside but away from all o6's like the other dealers(sounds lika a game plan to me). Theirs was the new dune and pebble leather, not attractive combination to me, with chrome wheels and the optional grill for an extra $900! The chrome wheels are actually CHROMED PLASTIC ATTACHED IN SOME MANNER TO A CLEARCOATED ALLOY RIM & CENTERCAPS, NOT TRUE NICKEL DIPPED OVER ALUMINUM! The grill is sportier like the Cadillac V's but not worth anymore than what is standard now. Best '07 price I got was $2500 off $32,900 and 4.9% FOMOCO. Didn't GM just flat shave $2500 off all stickers then dealers take another $2500 off with 0.0%? The '07 500? Same ole same ole with a little "fools' gold". I love the 500, the dealers don't love me, so it's either discounted 06 because of the 0.0% or 08/09 Duratech 35- Hey they should be called the FORD 530 and 535!
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    To each his or her own. The 500 is a good car, but hardly one that inspires love...
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Speak for yourself...

    7o,ooo happy miles so far....

    And waiting patiently for the o8's...and no repairs at all to date!
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