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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#193 of 256 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 256 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 256 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 256 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.
#197 of 256 Changing Spark Plugs
Mar 14, 2010 (12:03 pm)
anyone out there changed the spark plugs on there 500 ltd yet? I can see that it looks like a pain!! I've been told that you have to not only get the new plugs of course but also get new gaskets. I was just wondering while im at it should i change the wires in the back? Im not planning on getting rid of this car any time soon. I really wish that ford didn't screw up with the names of these cars maybe they would be worth the money that we owners who love em believe they should be worth!!!
#198 of 256 05 Five hundred EGR issue
Mar 17, 2010 (8:13 am)
After a diagnostic at the dealer, I replaced the EGR & fuel filter. The car will not shift unless the gas pedal is released. Another mechanic said it could be the EGR coil, what is this? This car has a CVT transmission that was serviced in 09/09.
#199 of 256 2007 Ford 500 Rear Brake Issues
Mar 18, 2010 (9:05 am)
I bought the car new and just had a rear brake issue occur at 29500 miles. Having read the postings prior to bringing the car in to the dealer, I knew what to expect. My vehicle was made in January 2008, the pad material was changed late in 2007. I first noticed a scraping sound during braking at very low speed in reverse similar to worn out brake metal to metal contact. The braking of the car felt "different" with the pedal going down a half inch more than originally with a definite two stage effect. Also the the car seemed to nose dive more than originally in high speed heavy braking situations. The parking brake would no longer hold on a steep driveway. The rear rotors were scored and the visible pads seemed worn down. Like everyone else, my experience is 3 to 4 front brake jobs for every rear.
My dealer, Cogswell Motors, Russellville, AR, did an excellent job of working thru the problem. With new pads and machined rotors, braking is fully restored to original. I examined the old pads. The outside pads were 50% worn, the inside pads less so. Apparently Ford setup the 500 with extra rear brake bias to reduce dose dive which it does very well until rear brake job time. My front brake pads and rotors are still in excellent condition. There was no metal to metal contact, just sounds like it. Bottom line: Instead of replacing front brakes more often than rear, its simply the other way around. When the rear bakes wear and become less effective, more braking is shifted to the front which is really normal with most cars. Little or no braking is actually lost, just feels like it. Now that I understand what is going on, I don't see this as a big problem.
Overall, I really like the 500. Its big, roomy, lots of glass and gets decent gas milage (last trip 26.5 mpg 75 mph with some mountain driving and 10% alcohol gas). For what I paid, it was and is a real bargain. I can hear the car salesman when your trying to trade your 500, "Gee whiz buddy, you got a reeel brake problem there, I'm gonna have to offer ya $1500 less than you think she's worth. I'm taken a chance here, ya know brake problems are reeel tricky."
#200 of 256 Re: Ford Five Hundred Vibration [charlescurtis]
Mar 21, 2010 (7:45 pm)
I have all the exact problems you have , on my 07 500 I also purchaced very high quality, expensive touring tires didn't help at all.
#201 of 256 oil quality
Apr 16, 2010 (5:57 pm)
i purchased a 2007 ford500 limited about a month ago....
i drove to mpls mn which is about 90 miles west of where i live...
while in mpls a message comes on stating the quality of oil is at
1 % and should change oil soon....the sticker in the window stated that the oil should be due for changing about the time i came back home...my question is can i drive the car until i get my oil changed a week from today...???? what exactly is the message saying....
#202 of 256 Re: oil quality [nan1947]
Apr 17, 2010 (9:38 am)
The message has nothing to do with the quality of the oil. It is timed for six months or 5000 miles. if you left it in the driveway for six months, the message would still appear.