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You are in the Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego
What is this discussion about?
Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#406 of 3623 Good Looks
Feb 06, 2004 (5:43 pm)
I happen to think the car is very attractive, and I like the front end. It is classy, not frumpy. If you read the article I referenced, the taget market wants something classy (the 500 is), something which can be used to go nice places, or work, or play. The target market is 40 year olds, not fashion driven 20 year olds, so I think that Ford did a wonderful job. The space, the high seating position, the large open greenhouse, plenty of good storage and holders for drinks and things, trunk hinges which do not crush cargo, show the good hard work of many people. The car will be a huge market success. With the new F-150, new Mustang, new Five Hundred, and GT, Ford dealerships will be exciting places in 2005.
Feb 06, 2004 (6:38 pm)
Don't forget the Freestyle which is drawing rave reviews!
#408 of 3623 fsmmcsi- correction
Feb 06, 2004 (8:42 pm)
According to Car and Driver, the Lexus LS430 gained but 4 tenths when it when from a 5 speed to a 6 speed automatic.
So, if you're going to base your statments on Car and Driver and the LS430, you might want to stop using the analogy that the six speed is going to make a substantial difference for the 500.
2001 Lexus LS430 tested Nov. 2000 by Car and Driver, 0-60: 6.7 seconds.
2004 Lexus LS430 tested Dec. 2003 by Car and Driver, 0-60: 6.3 seconds.
PS- I'm not trying to be a smart ass, and I let the mistake go the first time you said it, but you've repeated it and I'd like the record to stand straight.
#409 of 3623 LS transmission benefit
Feb 06, 2004 (9:00 pm)
Oops, Alpha and everyone, I regret the error, and appreciate your pointing it out. I am usually careful with numbers, sure missed this one. Now, I wonder what car and test I was think about??? Still, six speeds vs four speeds should go a long way to making up for 65 fewer Ft.-Lbs (3,900 Lb. T-bird vs 3,800 Lb. Five Hundred).
Feb 07, 2004 (6:53 pm)
funny but these two cars are already growing on me. the montego has quite a sleek side profile actually. does anyone know if they will be priced like the accord V6 sedan with leather? i'm looking for my next car/wagon. right now i'm liking the new altima, the new mustang gt, the dodge magnum, and possibly the new legacy turbo wagon.
Feb 08, 2004 (10:31 am)
Montego weighs more than Five Hundred by 3-7 lbs. depending on model but the rest of demensions appear to be the same.
On Montego Luxury model - CVT is standard & AWD optional. Top of the line Premier model 6 speed Auto is standard and CVT only available with AWD.
Thats at least how I read it from a Ford Media release dated 2/4/04. Specifications begin about mid-page. It appears to be contrary to the report that CVT is only available as AWD
Feb 08, 2004 (3:52 pm)
Interior looks quite attractive to me. I like the generous use of wood, or, er....plood. Whatever. But I ask....where is the navigation??? If this car is to be state of the art, it should have navigation as an option. That means more to me than which engine it debuts with.
#414 of 3623 Interior, Navigation- Easy to add
Feb 08, 2004 (4:46 pm)
Yes, the large high resolution photos I mentioned above really show the nice details and quality. The spacious interior, the large open greenhouse, the good cup holders, the storage trays on the console, the clever bin atop the dash, the large console box, the door bottle holders, show quality esign by people who cared enough to get it right.
Ford will probably offer navigation, but a competent car audio shop can add it. I drive all over southern and northern California, and occasionally other cities, but just don't understand the attraction of squinting at a tiny little screen, when paper maps are so readily available and inexpensive. I am interested in knowing why you like/want it?
#415 of 3623 fsmmcsi
Feb 08, 2004 (5:26 pm)
The attraction to navigation systems is that most factory units are more than just map replacements. Voice control, voice instructions advising turns, databases of services, hotels, restaurants, bread crumb feature, and trip recalculation are just some of the features that NAV systems have over paper maps.
Properly used, one barely needs to look at the screen in order to reach one's programmed destination whereas a map needs constant reference. The ability to tell the system to find a preprogrammed destination (ie home) and having the route plotted for you without any muss is worth it for many people. If one travels to unfamiliar areas often or are in job that requires much auto travel, a NAV system can be a great thing to have.