Time to replace my daily driver (only 121,000 miles but it's 12 years
old - getting nervous about it)..
Seems there are a lot of Five-Hundreds available now.....coming off
lease, and some with low miles.....just wonder if there are any
satisfied (or dissatisfied) owners here.
In particular, wonder about:
is the 3.0 engine as wimpy as the magazine "experts" painted it? not
looking for a speed machine - but want to cruise on the highway without
how about the AWD with continuously variable tranny? I guess it's
basically a Volvo set-up.......any problems with it?
any comments welcome!
I just looked at
and it does zero to 60 mph in 7.61 seconds. How ANYONE can claim it's
not got enough power is beyond me. Maybe they just can't "feel" it
due to the CVT?
I had a 2005 and it's a good car...I got a Ford 06 Freestyle Ltd
now...But for lots of info on them go to this site and read all the good
points about this fine Ford Car...You may get a lead on a good deal
buying one as well...I did not like the tires it came with...but that's
You will have no problem with the 3.0 L motor and its 203 horse power to
get you up and down a hill ok...I'm getting a new 08 Taurus X LTD next
month...So that means I'm pleased with Fords...
My Mother has a 2005 Freestyle with the 3.0L V-6, CVT and AWD. I have
driven it extensively (took it to Baltimore last year). It is a great
car. The only people who think it is underpowered are the people who
listen to the "more power" crowd and who think banzi 0-60 runs are a
normal driving styles. Out in the real world, in traffic, it never
seemed slow to me. I am sure a supercharged hemi Cuda with 4:55 gears
could blow it away at a drag strip - but why would I care? Compared to
the last Toyota I drove (4 cylinder RAV4) the Freestyle seemed to
rocket away from stop lights. Of course if you go by published specs,
it is not all that fast, but it never seemed slow to me in real world
driving. The ZF CVT is really good. Too bad they discontinued it for
the new "Taurus." On the other hand, the new Taurus gets a really good
6 speed and much more power, if you really think you need it.
My mom has one that now has about 40K miles on it. Not a bit of
problems except for the dealership service manager who wants
everything under the sun done to it. Anyway, she has had no repairs
at all with it and loves it better than the Taurus she traded in.
I read a few months ago that there was a recall on the tranny and some
other item on the car, but she has yet to get the notice and the
service manager has not mentioned it when he does the OASIS on it. The
CVT tranny works wonderful so far.
thanks for the comments guys.....and I agree. I liked the Five Hundred
as soon as I sat in one at the car show in 2005 (all that room) and
looked at the size the the trunk.
seems like the only negatives are the "experts" in the car mags
(underpowered and "bland" styling).........if the same car said Nissan
or Audi on it and cost $15,000 more, they'd think it's the greatest
thing on wheels.
Glad to hear there aren't any horror stories about them in the real
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