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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#3614 of 3623 2006 Ford Five Hundred Update
Jul 23, 2008 (9:23 pm)
Purchased July 17 2006, Limited FWD 0,0% $1,000 cash back. Today has about 26,750 miles since new. Synthetic Oil changes - 5. Replacement air filters - 3. Tire Rotation -once at 22,000 / second time will be at about 44,000 along with it's first four wheel alignment. Project tire replacement in four more years. Has never been back to any dealer since sold, no problems whatsoever. Will have Sears replace rear brakes next month with ceramics and oil change and update inspection sticker. Tire pressure is 38psi all around, "New Finish" wax on all exterior paint and glass, flat highway cruise at 70 mph is 31.8 mpg in that bullet-proof Porsche designed 3.0 V6 quattrovalve bolted to a Toyota 6 speed tranny in a Volvo platform. A real creampuff!
#3615 of 3623 Re: 2006 Ford Five Hundred Update [slider7]
Jul 23, 2008 (10:07 pm)
The 6 speed transmission is a good one. I had a 500 with the CVT transmission. It was a piece of junk.
#3616 of 3623 Re: 2006 Ford Five Hundred Update [slider7]
Jul 24, 2008 (3:57 am)
Don't they recommend tire rotation every 5k to 10k miles?
#3617 of 3623 Re: 2006 Ford Five Hundred Update [slider7]
Sep 21, 2008 (8:07 am)
"...Toyota 6 speed tranny ..."
Isn't the 6-speed in the 500/Mtgo an Aisin brand? (Not to be confused with the 6-speed in the current Taurus which is a Ford/GM joint brand.) I know Toyota is a 30% shareholder in Aisin, but Aisin transmissions go into many worldwide cars/trucks and that company is run independently of Toyota. Aisin started by stealing a bunch of tech from Borg-Warner years ago, not Toyota.
Transmission used in the 500/Montego -- click here
#3618 of 3623 05 Five Hundred Limited vs 08 Fusion SE
Jul 12, 2010 (7:28 pm)
I currently own an 08 Fusion SE 4 cyl with 80k miles. I am tempted to trade in for an 05 Five Hundred Limited FWD with 70k miles. Price wise, I will end up paying $1k more for the Five Hundred. Should I even consider this? The idea for doing this is for room. I am 6 ft 4 in, 300 lbs, and while I fit in the Fusion, I know the Five Hundred will be more comfortable. I drive 30k miles a year for work, and comfort is a huge plus. My Fusion has been really reliable.
Some things I am concered about:
1. The actual value of the Five Hundred, I am wondering if the Five Hundred should actually be an upgrade in price (mainly because it is 3 years older)
2. Reliability - Will the Five Hundred run up to 200k miles with little extra cost (other than regular maintenance)
#3619 of 3623 Re: 05 Five Hundred Limited vs 08 Fusion SE [neile457]
Jul 12, 2010 (8:23 pm)
Have you driven the Five Hundred? While it has a bigger trunk and rear seat area than the Fusion, the drivers area is a little cramped. The Fusion may be more comfortable for the driver. You do sit higher in the Five Hundred which gives you better visibility front and rear
#3620 of 3623 Re: 05 Five Hundred Limited vs 08 Fusion SE [neile457]
Jul 12, 2010 (8:28 pm)
I'm going to drive it tomorrow. I guess I will see about the driver's area. It looks like on comparing dimensions, leg room is .5 inches shorter on the Five Hundred, but every other dimension is much larger.
#3621 of 3623 Re: 05 Five Hundred Limited vs 08 Fusion SE [neile457]
Jul 14, 2010 (3:37 pm)
definately much more comfortable than my Fusion, but the one I test drove had a transmission problem, so I passed. Suppose to test drive an AWD tomorrow, but I'm not sure after reading several boards about the transmission, a/c compressor, and brake problems, I think I might stick with my Fusion.
#3622 of 3623 Transmission shifting to higher gear to soon
Feb 08, 2011 (11:20 am)
2007 Montego 6 speed trans. 31,000 miles. Transmission shifts into higher gears to soon. Engine tends to lug at lowwer speeds, gas milage gone as I have to down shift to soon. Love the 6 speed, gets 30mpg at interstate speeds. Anyone had this problem.
#3623 of 3623 My CVT is Terrible
Feb 13, 2011 (8:08 am)
I've got 49k on a 2005 Montego with the same transmission problems. I've read TSB 06-11-4 and a lot of my symptoms coincide with the bulletin. I'm going to take it to the dealer this Friday (still under an extended warranty) and see what they think.
The vibrations in low rpm speeds have gotten noisier to the point of annoyance.