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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#2576 of 3623 Rapid updates? 2006 production start date
Apr 17, 2005 (10:25 am)
fdcapt2 - Yes, the current progress of Hyundai/Kia is amazing, although they are still behind on engines. I think that Ford simply underestimated the market. I strongly suspect that there are many others like me who would not mind paying $3,000 more for the car if that money bought the missing features we want. The reportedly much higher than expected sales of the Limited/Premier versions and all-wheel drive is ample evidence of the market demand for something more than stripped cars cheap. I even think that the rough and unpleasant engine noises are just as much, or more, of a problem than lack of power.
I just read the list of 2006 production start dates. They will start production of the 2006 Five Hundred / Montego / Freestyle on July 18, 2005. That is only three months away, so I wonder why we do not know more about the changes?
#2577 of 3623 Re: Side crash - Five Hundred vs Magnum [fsmmcsi]
Apr 17, 2005 (10:39 am)
In this discussion of crash results, we are forgetting an important safety factor: visibility- the Magnum is like driving in a cave. Visibility in the 500-Montego-Freestyle is excellent.
#2578 of 3623 ford is gone
Apr 17, 2005 (12:59 pm)
fords glory and good days seem to be coming to an end right now.including the Lincoln/Mercury. sales are considerably going down as shown on tv. their sales are dropping every month. while GM is also doing pretty bad but nowhere near where Ford is. BMW,TOYOTA,NISSAN and HYUNDAI are having a nice time their sales are going up like rockets. the main reason for the downfall of ford is that they looked more into trucks while the others got away with the cars,suvs trucks everything and even introduced the hybrids first(JAPANESE ARE SMART).and GM doesnt even have a hybrid right now, they are planning to introduce one later this year. good luck to Ford.
#2579 of 3623 Re: ford is gone [tiger10]
Apr 17, 2005 (1:29 pm)
You might want to check out our News & Views board to discuss that point of view. We are talking about the Five Hundred/Montego here, not the state of Ford as a manufacturer.
#2580 of 3623 I have to disagree...
Apr 17, 2005 (3:48 pm)
...with the harping about "missing features" and being prepared to spend $3k more for them. I am unprepared to spend that sort of money on the kinds of alleged shortcomings I've heard about here. The only thing I find to grump about with this car is making the complete safety package optional - all the airbags, including the curtains, should just be part of the deal. More power? Only if it could be had without compromising fuel consumption.
If this car can establish, within a couple of model years, a sound reputation for reliability and fit/finish to rival the Japanese, then they will have nothing to worry about. That's the make-or-break issue for me, not the grumbling about this or that missing feature. It's already a great package, if they can only prove they know how to screw them together properly....we'll see...
#2581 of 3623 Ch-ch-ch-changes...
Apr 17, 2005 (5:09 pm)
You have Navi system becoming optional. A new color "Silver birch" as well, and some option packages being thrown around, And that's pretty much the changes for '06.., which is starting off early in the year and will be a long production year... Now, as for the '07... you will see much more next year...
#2582 of 3623 Re: Ch-ch-ch-changes... [ANT14]
Apr 19, 2005 (12:03 am)
Any updates on the Montego for '06 ? I was so hoping to have a bunch of new things to be nuts about, like power tilt and scope wheel, upgraded sound system, power folding mirrors, power lumbar, cornering lights, nice 18" chrome wheels, Blue Tooth, VSA, turn signals on the mirrors, 280 horses, and so on. I think if these changes were implemented, there would be a massive charge to the dealers. And I know who would be one of them..... . I know the 280 horses are not going to happen, but some of the others could be done without too much trouble.
#2583 of 3623 Ch-ch-ch-chia
Apr 19, 2005 (6:02 am)
2007 Will be a much more productive year for changes... So far Ford is riding on the momentum of having a new vehicle, high demand for AWD versions, etc. Production of the new 3.5L begins at the end of the year as well.
#2584 of 3623 Re: Ch-ch-ch-changes... [fdcapt2]
Apr 19, 2005 (6:55 am)
These changes require a lot of time and re-engineering... But simple things, like a cabin air filter, lighted glove box, lighted controls for power window and door locks and audio volume control, and more simple controls for the automatic climate is not a big deal, and could be added on the 2006 models.
And very important: Stability control - (more important for marketing than safety, I think...)
#2585 of 3623 I can wait until 2007
Apr 19, 2005 (12:11 pm)
I'll keep on driving the Windstar.