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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#2610 of 3623 Info leaks on Fordís 35 Duratec
May 15, 2005 (5:41 pm)
May 13, 2005, 3:31 PM ET by Walter J Keegan Jr.
In some ways this is great news. The 3.5-liter Duratec engine is ready for the CD3 sedans next year. The 2007 versions of the Lincoln Zephyr, Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion will all have the 3.5 as optional engines.
Now hereís the bad news: If Ford continues with these dates, the D3 Chicago cars: Five Hundred, Montego and Freestlye will not see a boost in horsepower until the 2008 model year when the cars get a face lift.
Personally we feel the three vehicles are just about right for the 3.0-liter engine, but a higher-powered option would be welcomed. We just hoped it would happen before 2008.
#2611 of 3623 Taurus Replacements
May 15, 2005 (7:00 pm)
In the article posted above, it said that the Taurus was being replaced with 3 different models. All I could think of were two models: the Five Hundred and the Fusion. What is the third model? Were they talking about the Fusion, Milan, and Zephyr?
#2613 of 3623 I didn't notice engine "underpower" or CVT "whine"
May 16, 2005 (1:55 am)
I drove a Hertz rental SE in a hurry for about 30 miles on surface streets and freeway. Didn't notice anything odd or noisy about the transmission. Realized when I got to my destination that I had the CVT because it had only park, reverse, and drive on the shift plate!
Didn't find the engine noisy due to always running at high RPM, as some reviewers complain.
Didn't have trouble with acceleration getting on freeway, as most reviewers claim. (Test-drove a Lexus ES which hesitated. Test-drove a Cadillac CTS which was rather ponderous.)
The reviewers seem to copy each other and criticize or praise the same stuff. The "number of dead bodies in the trunk" gag, the supposedly tiny engine, the "dull exterior" refrain.
Saw this problem on reviews of many car makes and models.
However, the wood appliques on fancier models are tacky. The analog clock is nearly useless.
The Cadillac, did however, have better reception of hissy multipath FM stations -- maybe it has a diversity antenna.
#2614 of 3623 Re: and [johnclineii]
May 16, 2005 (1:59 am)
johnclineii said: "The SEL and Limited versions of Five Hundred have the
same level of insulation as Montego...the SE version has less."
Thank you very much!
That makes sense. There is certainly nothing in the Montego brochure to imply that it has more quieting. (Whereas the Buick Ranier makes a big deal of the quieting -- other GM versions of the same truck do not talk about it.)
Yes, I forgot the HID headlights, guess that is an advantage.
#2615 of 3623 What other weird things am I missing?
May 16, 2005 (2:34 am)
Things that bugged me in Montego Premier test drive...
1. Radio control on the steering wheel does a scan rather than jumping to the next preset. Why would anyone want to jump to the next screaming rock station rather than to their next selected preset station? Designed for rental cars?
2. Sunroof causes domelight/sunglass holder assembly to be mounted lower, therefore blocking the top of the rear view mirror. Not a problem on the rental 500 with no sunroof.
3. Lumbar adjustment was uncomfortable in any position.
They seem to be particularly proud of the lumbar feature. It is listed twice on the specs on the website
8-way power driverís seat with manual lumbar
4-way power passengerís seat
Audiophile Sound System with AM/FM stereo/6-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability
Leather interior trim
Driverís seat with power recline and manual lumbar
Driverís seat with memory
Front passengerís seat with manual lumbar
These three things are distinctly weird! What other weird things am I missing?
#2616 of 3623 What other weird things?
May 16, 2005 (2:44 am)
I honestly wouldn't know what other "weird" things you are missing. I've been too busy driving and enjoying my AWD SEL Five Hundred. I now have 23,500 miles, with an upcoming trip to New Jersey then Alabama then Florida then back to West Virginia coming up next. Perhaps I will finally notice something weird then.
I certainly have not noticed any problems with the lumbar support.
The car comes with an FM radio? What's that for? Well, there was this thing that it didn't come with Sirius, but I had it installed and have lived happily ever after...
May 17, 2005 (3:05 pm)
I do not know about 500, but on my Sable lumbar support designed wrong. Basically it is useless.