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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#131 of 265 Re: Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego: Problems & Solutions [zhuge]
Nov 17, 2008 (6:09 am)
I just purchased a used 2006 Ford 500 SEL with 11,000 miles on it, and have already experienced two of the three issues that you mentioned. I also hear a grinding sound as I back out of my driveway, when I apply the brake. After reading a few other replies, I'm agreeing with the cheap-o rear brake pad response, and, I looked at my back wheel and did see way more brake dust than the front, so, hopefully this will go away when I replace the pads with better, ceramic ones. . I haven't heard the "passenger side annoying vibration" yet but will pay attention when driving around the city and on the highway. The "lunging forward" problem was pretty scary. I stopped at a light, put full pressure on the brakes, and the engine accelerated like it was trying to override the brakes. I put the car in neutral and back into drive, and it idled normally after that. I'm not mechanically minded, but I can't help but wonder if it's a case of not letting the car warm up for a couple minutes after just starting it. I have a habit of starting the engine and off I go, but now I'm taking a few minutes to let the car warm up and let the idle speed adjust, and, so far, the problem has not repeated. Honestly, I thought my big feet were somehow pressing on the brake and touching the accelerator at the same time. Pretty scary stuff, especially after everyone I talked to suggested that if I'm going to buy a used car, to buy a Japanese one. Also, I need to get used to parking this beast in crowded parking spots. I'm used to smaller cars, and the 500 is a vehicle that can't be "whipped right into a tight parking space". To each his or her own, I suppose. Beyond the initial problems, this is truly a beautiful, spacious, great riding car. I'll hope for the best.
#132 of 265 Re: Heated Seat not working [andreej]
Nov 23, 2008 (7:08 pm)
I have the same problem with my 500 limited. Found that there is a service bulletin on this as the wire to the heating element was misrouted causing the solder joint to break at the element. I found the break and repaired, but the heater still does not work. More troubleshooting later. Did you ever get yours repaired?
#133 of 265 Mercury Montego rear brake recall - need help
Dec 20, 2008 (9:38 am)
Bought car in May 2007. Now I'm finding my rear brake pads are shot - and I never received the recall notice from Ford regarding replacement & warranty extension. I have 29,000 miles and would like to know of any options I might have. I don't know why I never received the recall.....
#134 of 265 Five HUndred-Taurus user group to correct Form Motor Company
Dec 29, 2008 (2:42 pm)
I would like to know if anyone that owns a Ford Five Hundred-Taurus would be interested in putting together a user group to try to force Ford to help us in attempting to gain some value to our purchases !!
We all purchased these cars with the belief that Ford would support and even promote our type of Car. Instead we see they change the name, then they completely leave the brand obscured and hidden, not ever and i me and EVER, even advertising it !!!
we have all spent a lot of money to purchase this, and within 12-15 months the car is not worth 30% of the purchase price.
I think that Ford has completely bungled this car in advertising and support, making our investment worthless.
if we work together we may be able to have Ford forgive some of the outstanding money we still may owe to Ford or any other lending institution that we owe the financing of our vehicles.
Ford mishandled the car--- we believed in it enough to buy it, Ford should stand behind the vehicle and not let us take such a bath in the value !!!
#135 of 265 Re: Five HUndred-Taurus user group to correct Form Motor Company [charley18]
Dec 30, 2008 (10:44 am)
So very glad I dumped my 05 less than a year after I bought it.
#136 of 265 Re: Five HUndred-Taurus user group to correct Form Motor Company [donl1]
Dec 30, 2008 (11:18 am)
you're lucky alright. but the rest of us that signed up for a buy out over some years we are stuck with a car they let de-value by 70% over 2 years !!
Hope you got a better value and car !!!
#137 of 265 Re: Five HUndred-Taurus user group to correct Form Motor Company [charley18]
Dec 30, 2008 (2:11 pm)
"I would like to know if anyone that owns a Ford Five Hundred-Taurus would be interested in putting together a user group to try to force Ford to help us in attempting to gain some value to our purchases !! "
What are you smoking. You bought this car to drive -- not as an investment. Ford and or your lenders don't owe you anything. You - and only you made the decision to purchase the vehicle. You have no contract with them when you purchased the vehicle regarding what they would do to maintain or guarantee value for you, advertising, etc. They made no claims. They did not promise a trade in value.
You should have done your homework. Drive the car! Enjoy the car. Drive it till the wheels fall off -- that is the only way to get "value" from any vehicle. It is a means and method of transportation - to get from one place to the next safely - not an investment.
Things only have value if someone wants them. You obviously wanted this car. Now no one wants it used. So be it.
It's like crying because the value of your stock went down.
Get over it.
What kind of support do you want from Ford. Can you bring it in to a dealer or a mechanic of your choice for repairs? Are parts available for repairs? Is the car a lemon? Does it not do what you expect it to - get in - turn the key - it starts - and you drive. Do the accessories work?
Jeeze -- you are probably the sort of individual who blames everyone else for their bad decisions -- and takes all the credit if things work out. Grow up!
#138 of 265 Re: Five HUndred-Taurus user group to correct Form Motor Company [charley18]
Dec 30, 2008 (2:24 pm)
For those of us who plan to keep our car for 8 or 10 years, or longer, the rapid depreciation is not so much a negative factor. In fact, in my state the vehicles are taxed each year on their present value.
What we do have is a reliable, roomy, comfortable car with very good visibility that has decent power and handling.
#139 of 265 Re: Five HUndred-Taurus user group to correct Form Motor Company [charley18]
Jan 02, 2009 (2:44 pm)
making our investment worthless.
I bought my Five Hundred and Freestyle (both '05's) to DRIVE them . . . . not as investments.
#140 of 265 Re: Five HUndred-Taurus user group to correct Form Motor Company [charley18]
Jan 02, 2009 (3:06 pm)
Sorry about your situation. BTW-Ford's are historically low on resale values. Not a knock-just a fact.