Re: Ford 500 vs Avalon review

Interesting take on the Ford.
I drove a fully loaded AWD Montego Premier very recently, two people on board.
I agree with all of your conclusions about the 500 and would add:
=travelling at close to full stop, there was a vibration coming through which felt like engine vibration (V-6 rocking), like they should have damped this out. I could feel this through the driver's seat and immediately wondered if future passengers would feel the same thing as well,
=on full throttle, plenty of noise, but more like a Hoover than a Ferrari. Our 97 Avalon had a sweet sound when nailing it,
=at all highway speeds, there was a lot of what I can only describe as vibration transmission through the steering wheel, as if all the business of the mechanical workings of the car was being telegraphed through the steering wheel - this was not pleasant and I thought something was wrong with the car, which did not exhibit any signs of tire imbalance or other handling maladies. I mentioned this to the saleman riding shotgun and he had no comment. Maybe it is the nature of the Pirelli's, I cannot be sure. But that part of the test drive did not impart a message of "smooth and refined" at all,
=there were some bouts of near-float and roll in the suspension, but not as bad as the barges of yesteryear. This car would be much better if Ford buttoned that down, pronto. Maybe they're trying to appeal to older-gen who expect that type of slop (I'm a bit over 50 and can't stand it). Do the Volvo's handle that way too? ,
=loudish suspension noises over rough pavement, sounded like from the rear: thumping-type reverberation noises, more muting needed (made the car seem cheaply made - a contradiction to the sticker price),
r was well appointed, lots of neato controls and features, but the shale interior color had the lifeless friendliness of a coffin.
When the salesman offered to crunch my potential trade-in, I let him, but with no intention of buying the vehicle, although I liked it overall. I was hoping to not find any deal-breaking chararcteristics, but my hopes were dashed by the test-drive. (Is Ford collecting statistics on the test-drive//buy/lease ratio?)
My main objections were vibration issues, worries about sturdiness and reliability (I've had Fords in the past that couln't pass a repair shop), and guaranteed heavy depreciation right off the bat. The vehicle would probably be about perfect for someone who leases rather than buys.
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WHAT IS YOU RPROBLEM?? THJIS IS A NISSAN GROUP, TAKE TOYOTA SH*T TO TOYOTA LAME NEWSGROUP, THAT COMPANY IS OCVERPRICED AND ENGINES NO COMPARIOSN TO NISSAN, WHAT MAKES PEOPLE BUY THEM IS THE BODY/EXTERIOR DESIGN AND RELIABILITY FAME COMING OFF 1970-1987, IT'S NO LONGER, MANY OTHERS ARE BETTER AND MOST IMPORTANT CHEAPER THAN TOYOTA.
ALSO AVALON IS A TYPICAL SUV-LIKE GUZZLER, if you lik epolluting air go to Toyota groups.
But I like Ford, support American jobs
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