I read about it in my local paper a couple weeks ago. The car doesn't
really look like a Contour or a Taurus. It looks like a Five Hundred! The
Five Hundred is much bigger than a Contour and a little bigger than a
Taurus. The Five Hundred is about the same size as a Nissan Maxima. The Five
Hundred will come with either FWD or optional AWD. The car itself will have
the same 200 hp Duratec V6 engine as in the Taurus SES or SEL. However, the
Five Hundred Duratec V6 engine will have a little more tourque than a
Tuarus' 200 hp Duratec V6 engine. The Taurus' Duratec V6 engine only has 190
ft-lb tourque. The Five Hundred Duratec V6 engine has 200 ft-lb tourque.
Here's a link on more info about the 2005 Ford Five Hundred.
You are kidding, right? I had the opportunity several weeks ago
to drive a 2005 Mercury Montego, which is Mercury's up scale
rendition of the Ford 500. There is nothing remotely similar to
the Contour, in looks or size. The engine is a 200 HP version of
the MV 3.0L found in the Lincoln LS. The AWD version has a real
high torque CVT tranny that gives the car the feel of a V8. The
FWD model has a six speed automatic that should easily get fuel
mileage in the thirties. It is a large car, much bigger than the
Taurus, with a huge trunk and rear and right front seats that can
be folded flat. I would compare the car to the Lincoln LS,
except it is not RWD but it does have the LS's 50/50 weight
distribution which should eliminate some of the FWD handling
faults. Both are tentatively set to begin production in late
July 2004. Price are expected to be similar to the Taurus/Sable
in FWD editions with a premium of around $700 for the AWD.
Re: Ford Five Hundred
Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Thu, Apr 15, 2004, 6:45am From:
Well that's just very subjective so lets stick to the facts mam ..just
the facts :)<<<<<<<<<<<
Looks are what attract people to a car. Personally I think Ford missed
the style boat on this one.
Bah. A very bland and boring looking car.
Ramps @ NAB: Tuesday April 20 6pm. "Firefly on Paradise" 3900 Paradise
Rd. Las Vegas.
To me, it looks like a contour. However, according to car and driver, it is
based on the Volvo S60/S80 platform (P2 platform). Apparently, the platform
is a Volvo platform, not the same platform as the mondeo (which was
something like the CDW25).
According to CandD it will be about $20 to 30 k, depending on the trim and
| firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
| > If you want mileage in the thirties you need to look at a small
| > or mid size vehicle. No manufacture builds a full size vehicle
| > that gets mileage in the thirties.
| Well, non-supercharged Buick Regals do. Low 30s but 30s nonetheless.
| and more comfortable than a Camry or Accord too.
| Oh, they're built by GM Canada.
And is no longer built. It's been discontinued....The replacement is
the Buick LaCrosse, or, in Canada, the Buick Allure.
john cline ii, who hopes that helps
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