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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#2713 of 3623 Montego AWD performance experiences
Jul 06, 2005 (6:32 am)
A few months ago, I test-drove a 2005 Mercury Montego. I was impressed by the interior room, the instrumentation seemed nice, and I was intrigued by the CVT transmission (I am an engineer by trade).
I was pretty disappointed by the off-the-line performance of the vehicle however. In the group's estimation, what is responsible for this? Is the starting gearing too tall? The tach would jump to 2k or so if I stomped on the gas from a stop, but at 2k, the car didn't seem to want to _move_.
Given this, I am still interested in the car. Are their any after-market add-ons to the 3.0L Duratec that will help with low-end torque (it seemed that after it wound up, it was pretty peppy)
Jul 06, 2005 (10:00 am)
For the Duritech 35, it will have much more power and torque. The problem is not with the gearing IMO, though i am not an engineer. Its just that the little engine is asked to do alot with this car.
You can also buy one now, and then trade in when the 35 comes out. The car is otherwise really good and a great value. The Size of the car versus the price you pay and the features you get is really compelling.
#2715 of 3623 Re: Just wait [exalteddragon1]
Jul 07, 2005 (10:52 am)
Well, I can't buy a Duratech 3.5 can I? When is this cure going to be available?
I felt the car to be very near unsafe when trying to cross a busy set of four-lanes.
#2716 of 3623 ANT14 - 3.5L & Which Tranny ?
Jul 07, 2005 (12:09 pm)
When the 2007 Freestyle arrives with the new 3.5L, will it be available with the current 6sp or the new Ford/GM 6sp?
#2717 of 3623 SEL power fine
Jul 07, 2005 (1:20 pm)
Low end torque is perhaps not optimal, but I find the acceleration on the SEL with the six-speed transmission to be fine. Is the CVT slower?
Jul 08, 2005 (3:07 pm)
"When the 2007 Freestyle arrives with the new 3.5L, will it be available with the current 6sp or the new Ford/GM 6sp? "
It'll be the new JV transmission which will be available in about 2 specifications, one for lower powered V6's, the other for higher powered V6's. I can give a bit more specific but currently I'm not on my computre (or my house) for that matter... Although my contractor swears "2 More weeks"....
#2719 of 3623 "Employee" Pricing
Jul 08, 2005 (6:48 pm)
I see Ford has now joined GM in the employee pricing event. Is there really a svaings over the street prices for these cars?
We're going to look at the 500 versus another Accord or a Camry V6 as a company car.
#2720 of 3623 Re: #2719 of 2719 "Employee" Pricing by garandman Jul 08, 2005 (10:48 pm
Jul 09, 2005 (3:11 am)
There should be a savings since it is usually below dealer invoice with Ford making up the difference and there is no haggling involved. They should be able to produce an "invoice" with msrp, dealer invoice, X-plan and A-plan prices. The downside is that there is no room for a higher than book value appraisal on your trade-in, if any. Of course knowledgeable and unscrupilous dealers will be able to manipulate the system by adding other fees so be careful.
#2721 of 3623 Re: SEL power fine [kpevav]
Jul 09, 2005 (5:45 am)
I've got a May '05 build SE FWD CVT. We drove ten 500's before buying this one. In my experience, the CVT's are about a 1/2 second quicker 0-60. The CVT is also more fun to drive because of the responsiveness of the engine/transmission (it gets into the power band quicker). I might have a rare one, but this sucker runs.
On a side note, I installed an aftermarket radio and speakers. While the door panels were off, I added B-Quiet Extreme sound deadening to the doors. It was also put under the rear seat, into the spare tire well and underneath the rear deck. The rest of the trunk will be done shortly. This made an already quiet car quieter. Well worth the effort.
#2722 of 3623 Family Plan on the 500
Jul 09, 2005 (11:19 am)
Should be a good savings. they only took $500 off of the rebate. It would still make much more sense to take the low financing though unless you are putting alot of $ down.