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You are in the Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego
What is this discussion about?
Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#3574 of 3623 Re: Now [jaxs1]
Feb 07, 2007 (9:34 pm)
All Taurus in my company are being replaced by 500's. I have one on order for my Taurus replacment. BTW...61K in 21 months on the '05 Taurus and no issues whatsoever and 23mpg!
And I see alot of other fellow "Industrial Salespeople" tooling around in the 500's as well.
I don't know how resale is affected going in to "fleets" as opposed to "rental units".
I don't know how significant the private fleet numbers are.
Feb 07, 2007 (10:35 pm)
You can see it at Mercury's website
To say truth I like Montego name better. Sable does not sound right for the car even though I own one and does not have the same equity as Taurus. But whatever - new Sable looks less massive than Montego. But certainly it is move upward for Sable.
#3576 of 3623 Re: Now [chuck1]
Feb 08, 2007 (7:13 am)
I've always been told that true "fleet" sales will not hurt resale since they are generaly either longer term or higher mileage units (maybe both), and don't get sold cheaply to keep newer low mileage cars to attract customers. Kinda like people that buy CVs from the police dept. after the cops have decided they are worn out. Companys and the gov. sell them when it is less expensive to replace than it is to maintain. I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule, but the majority follow the rule.
Feb 11, 2007 (5:03 pm)
OK, this month you can get about $6000 off MSRP with the combo of incentives on the 500/Montego. Or you can wait til summer and pay approx. sticker for a 2008. What am i losing out on by buying now? I know about the engine but what about the tranny and the AWD. Is giving up the CVT and the Haldex AWD for the new unproven 3.5 a good tradeoff?
#3579 of 3623 Re: 2007 or 2008? [coppamc]
Feb 11, 2007 (8:53 pm)
There will be much less incentives and discounts available for the 2008s, but there is no way they will be going for sticker or even close.
Too many other choices available for that to happen to the still boring 2008 Taurus.
#3580 of 3623 The NEW 3.5! Drove it! Wrote a song about it! Want to hear it? Here it go!
Feb 12, 2007 (7:05 pm)
Drove both an Edge and the Lincoln version MKX Sunday with the new 3.5 and tranny. I cannot "feel" any noticeable difference from my 3.0 500 unless I really press the pedal to the floor and want to get no more than 250 miles to the tankful. No discernible difference in any respect to what there already is! So you want to pay $3000 for a home stereo with .001 total harmonic distortion instead of $300 for the one with .01 THD because the sine-wave can tell when your ears can't? And if you don't have 20/20 vision, why waste money on HDTV??? Why wait and waste for a 3.5/6f when you can save thousands by getting the Porsche designed Duratec 3.0 4V V-6 with Toyota 6 speed transmission on a Volvo platform and Pirelli Tires??? Uhh huhhh! Thank you very much.
#3581 of 3623 Re: The NEW 3.5! Drove it! Wrote a song about it! Want to hear it? Here it
Feb 13, 2007 (11:28 am)
Thanks for your oh-so-objective opinion. I do find it a bit hard-to-believe but i will do my own evaluation. FWIW, i was appalled to see Korean-made Hankook tires on the new Edge. Guess cost-cutting measures have reached a new low at FMC.
#3582 of 3623 Re: The NEW 3.5! Drove it! Wrote a song about it! Want to hear it? Here it [coppamc]
Feb 22, 2007 (4:17 pm)
I am semi-appalled. But keep in mind Consumer Reports has been giving some Hankook tires top marks...so maybe FMC is just ahead of the curve. I think it's bad PR though, most people will just assume "cheap."
#3583 of 3623 Re: Hankook tires on the New Ford Edge
Feb 22, 2007 (4:10 pm)
I am not slamming Hankook tires - they may be wonderful. I am slamming Ford for their "Buy American" commercials and then they put Korean tires on their new crossover vehicle. It is a matter of principle, not cost-cutting. FWIW, I am still a bit surprised that few people seem to care that the Fusion/Milan cars are made in Mexico. Initial quality has been good so perhaps American auto workers just plain suck (unless they work for Toyota, Honda or Nissan). Maybe it's just union people that suck (all the way to the bank).