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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#187 of 257 Re: Ford Five Hundred Limited 2007 Purchase Pending [computerguru]
Jan 26, 2010 (6:28 pm)
I own a 2007 Limited Ford 500. I am at 18,000 miles and my warranty expired yesterday. Just yesterday I started hearing a grinding noise from the rear when applying my brakes. I called the dealership only to be told the warranty would not cover the brakes anyway. Never in my life and I have owned lots of cars have I had to replace brakes at 18,000 miles. I will not be buying another Ford - too bad because this is my 3rd Ford from this dealership. If they have a known problem with the brakes then why the heck don't they correct it???????????????? I wouldn't buy one.
#188 of 257 Re: Ford Five Hundred Limited 2007 Purchase Pending [phylissp]
Jan 26, 2010 (8:42 pm)
I thought Ford extended the warranty on the rear brakes. Do a search and I think you'll find plenty of discussion on the topic. You're not the only one. The Five Hundred has a real issue with pre-mature brake wear in the rears. I had the same problem. Took it to my mechanic (it was beyond even the extended warranty) and had the problem taken care of. I think they did pads (a good set of after-market pads) and turned the rotors. That was about 25,000 miles ago. The problem with premature wear should not recur. The problem with heavy brake dust build-up on the rear wheels is also eliminated. Unless noone is taking their cars back to your Ford dealer, he should be well aware of the problem with these cars. You can also Google "Ford Five Hundred rear brakes", and probably find the Tech Service Bulletins issued by Ford about the problem. Get the brakes fixed and I think you'll fall in love with the car again. I love mine. (2007 Limited)
#189 of 257 Re: Heated Seat not working [jbubbaj]
Jan 26, 2010 (8:54 pm)
I had same problem with my '07 Ltd. Was lucky it happened just before warranty expired. Dealer replaced the Drivers seat bottom heater and the Heater module.
#190 of 257 Re: Ford Five Hundred Limited 2007 Purchase Pending [computerguru]
Jan 26, 2010 (9:09 pm)
I love my '07 Ltd despite the issue with the rear brakes and problem w/ heated seat. Both have been resolved. I have 64,000 miles on mine and hope to go to 200,000 or more. (249,000 miles on my Sable, which my daughter is now driving) I love the interior, especially the rear seat leg room. One thing I wish it had tho is better performance at highway speeds. It is underpowered and downshifts way too easily. Drove the new Taurus and loved the performance, ride, and handling. But, I would have to give up all that great back seat leg room. If you get the 500, I think you can also expect faster than average depreciation, which is why I will probably keep mine to 200,000 or so. (If I didn't need a roomy car for 4 adults, I also liked the Ford Fusion and Merc Milan with the V6)
#191 of 257 Re: Ford Five Hundred Limited 2007 Purchase Pending [computerguru]
Feb 06, 2010 (10:34 pm)
I just read your message and i hope yur dad bought the car. It seamed like a real fair price. I have a 2005 ltd awd and i love it! I've never heard of the car ever "bucking" I bought mine a few years ago with 31k on it and i commute and i have now 86k knock on wood the only problems i've had has been changing tires and brakes! o yeah finding a good dealership to do the cvt service. other than that it's a great buy!
#192 of 257 Changing the spark plugs
Feb 06, 2010 (10:36 pm)
just wondering if anyone out there has changed the plugs on their 500 yet? I was told I have to buy new replacement seals.
#193 of 257 Re: Ford Five Hundred Limited 2007 Purchase Pending [beancounter]
Feb 06, 2010 (10:52 pm)
You know I would love to get a little more kick out of my ltd also mine is a 05 with 86k all highway. I have just tested on 2 other cars and one of em is a ford escape is those bosh plugs with the 2 prongs. Both of the vehicles 1 is a dodge caliber and the escape both are commuters and both drivers tell me they deffinitely feel and see a big difference in power and fuel. There is another plug that bosh makes that is a 4 prong witch i was concidering but, the prices for the 2 prong bosh plus the replacement seal package costs about 77 bucks and i think for the 4 prong add about another 10 to 15 bucks (thats with the seals)! Gotta love the LTD'S! I have also installed a k&n air filter that i saw a proven difference, my friend has an 06 ltd and we went head 2 head and i was able to get em off the line easier. Plus it gives a little somethin on the highway when passing. I am like you though when it come to the depreciation i'm gonna be in it for a while but it doesn't mean we can't have some fun in comfort!
#194 of 257 From the dealer...
Feb 07, 2010 (8:04 am)
I have a 2005 LTD... I bought it new (bought the extended warranty since it was a new model year but haven't had to use it)...
With all the recent rebates, I wondered about getting a new vehicle and went shopping... Thankfully I live in a smaller town (about 60,000) and the people at our Ford Dealership here they are very honest and straight forward...
I asked the sales person about trading this car and getting something for about the same payment (I've got another year of payments)... of course he asked me what I wanted and after thinking things through, it turns our I want pretty much what I've got... my car has all the bells and whistles (sun roof, heated seats, leather interior, it goes on and on)... I added Blue Tooth and GPS after I bought the car, I put on beautiful chrome wheels, a spoiler (that changes the look of the car greatly, from a plain sedan to a sporty car) tinted the windows, put on a billet grill (again, it goes on and on)...
My dealer was very honest with me... he told me, I should keep what I've got... he said this engine should get me 200,000 to 250,000 miles and the transmission (CVT) shouldn't have any problems...
I took his advice, put $150 into having it detailed (it was brought up to "show room" new) and I couldn't be happier...
I've had the the brakes changed (note the rear break recall earlier on) and I did have a problem with the driver side seat heater - it tried to burn up my seat (literally)... they replaced that (I had about 5,000 miles on the car at the time)... that's it !!!!
This had been a great car and I don't regret buying it... I intend to keep it until I drive the wheels off of it...
My two cents... anyone considering buying a Five Hundred... just because they don't make it, don't let that stop you... in fact, take advantage of the fact that the price is so low (and that's ONLY because they stopped using the name Five Hundred - it's now Taurus)
Still lovin' my Five Hundred...
#195 of 257 Re: From the dealer... [coloradobj]
Feb 07, 2010 (8:08 am)
BTW, I've got just shy of 56,000 miles on my car and keep up the maintenance religously...
I expect my car to last another 15 years minimum... and I'm completely "ok" with that...
#196 of 257 here's a web site of interest
Feb 07, 2010 (8:13 pm)
well last night I was searching through google looking up ways to find if there was any recalls on my 05 LTD that my dealership just never told me about. Well I found one! The site is called ALLDATAdiy.com I couldn't believe all of the info that I found. Yes it's one of those pay sites but, I didn't spend dime one to print out all of the recall notices which include the recall dates! Well tommorrow i'm gonna have a little talk with my dealership and bring this list with me. I will post another message with my outcome.