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You are in the Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego
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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#1057 of 3623 mschmal - rear drive
Aug 11, 2004 (9:46 am)
The pricing of the Five Hundred / Montego and the 300 with the 3.5 V6 are very close, and they both offer similar interior room, but the Ford cars have a much larger trunk. I do not understand how anyone would not look at both. The basic Impala chasis dates from the middle 1980's. As for rear drive, that is a big plus, although the Ford AWD really helps reduce the problems caused by loading all of the steering and traction work onto the front tires. As for winter traction, the 300 / Magnum have been proven to do very well - they are not 1965 cars with open differentials, and they are also available with AWD. The Maxima and Avalon (new for 2005) both offer more powerful engines, although the Five Hundred and Montego have both beat on appearance and price. These are just a few of the many new vehicles for 2005, making it a very good year for cars buyers and car enthusiasts.
By the way, since the prices are the same, I now prefer the Montego, since it has a two-tone interior, perforated leather seats (cooler) and LED tail lights.
Aug 11, 2004 (10:24 am)
And HID lights as well...
#1059 of 3623 Re: mschmal - rear drive [fsmmcsi]
Aug 11, 2004 (10:24 am)
Where have you seen the next Avalon? The photo thats been circulating (and was, to my surprise, shown in Car and Driver) has been pretty much repudiated as a fake.
Aug 11, 2004 (2:12 pm)
Alpha01 - The photos I have seen have a wierd rounded rectangle of black paint or plastic on the fender behind the rear door enclosed by a molding which encircles the windows on each side. If that is a fake, then it is what I have seen.
ANT14 - I see the HID lights listed in several documents, but the lights in the photos look like regular halogen lamps. If they are standard that is OK, but HID parts are so expensive that I would not order them if they were an option. I was at the dealer last year when the service guy was telling a lady that it would cost $900 to fix her bad headlight!
Aug 12, 2004 (10:38 pm)
I hope that the Freestyle and it's Mercury cousin will stay level with emergency braking manuvers. I performed a panic stop in my '86 Lincoln T/C. I was surprized that the front bumper didn't scrape. I'm sure the idiot who almost pulled out in front of me was thinking the same.
If the Merc. version has the HID and such standard, we may shop that version instead. Either way, I think Ford has a pennant winning group coming out.
Aug 12, 2004 (11:09 pm)
The 500/Montego/Freestyle will not exhibit major nose dive in panic braking.
Aug 12, 2004 (11:29 pm)
#1064 of 3623 500 Moonroof?
Aug 13, 2004 (7:06 am)
Does anyone know if there are plans in the works to offer a larger than average moonroof in the 500 at some point. If so when? (The standard Ford moonroof is very small, and does very little for the vehicle, especially when you consider the price). Something as large as what Surbaru offers in the Forester would be much better.
Aug 13, 2004 (10:44 am)
Nope. More sunroof area you have, lesser structural rigidity you have. And since Ford is using this complex and sophisticated structure that stresses safety, it's not something you will see in the works.
#1066 of 3623 Introduction; Nobody else driving in LA?
Aug 13, 2004 (10:57 am)
Does anyone know the offical introduction date? Ford, Edmunds, and so forth still list the vehicles in their future sections. With the prices out, are they waiting until dealers have them in stock?
Isn't anyone else here going to the drive event in LA on 9/2? We will be there at 10:00am.