Monday, February 14, 2011

Ford Five Hundred - Good in Theory, Lacking in Quality

A car purchase is obviously among the most important large purchases a person can make, and purchasing a poor-quality vehicle will come back and bite you in the ass. It is for this reason that when I come across a vehicle of aforementioned indecent quality, I make sure to spread the word.

Things brings us to the Ford Five Hundred. In essence, it is an front or all-wheel-drive sedan (separate models) which was manufactured between 2005 and 2007. Under the hood you will find the 3.0 liter Duratec 30 V6 wihch produces well over 200 horsepower, and 200 lbs/ft of torque. You can get the Ford Five Hundred with either a CVT transmission or a 6-speed automatic. Sounds pretty good, right? What negative things could this jackass (me) possibly have to say about it?
Well, regardless of impressive stats, I always read reviews to determine a vehicle's reliability, cost of ownership, build quality, and what type of maintenance it will require as the years progress. In the case of the Ford Five Hundred, the negative reviews that I read were plenty enough to discourage me from entering into ownership of one of these cars.

The first major complaint was the build quality. People have been complaining about the car shaking violently when braking, the dash bubbling, engine making knocking noises, carpet tearing easily, and the list goes on. Most of the reviewed vehicles had under 50,000km. If anyone is considering purchasing a Ford Five Hundred, I highly recommend reading the extensive reviews over at carsurvey.org. For a more reliable alternative to teh Ford Five Hundred, a Subaru Impreza can be picked up for around the same price.

17 comments:

  1. I've not much experience with Ford

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  2. FORD stands for:
    Fix Or Repair, Daily
    Found On Road, Dead
    F*cker Only Rolls Downhill
    F*cked On Race Day
    Flip Over Read Directions

    and a bunch of other ones implying their notorious lack of reliability.

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  3. But Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs likes it...

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  4. You kidding me......? I love it when my car shakes violently while the dash bubbles....Thats how I roll.

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  5. my Ford drives me insane most days...

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  6. Good information, I like how Major Mack rules.

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  7. i dont see why Ford gets so much hate. must be cause it's too mainstream

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  8. never been a ford fan either...rolling with the mack

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  9. What a missed opportunity. I remember looking forward to seeing it when it was announced. The Chrysler 300 was much closer to what I was expecting.

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  10. As my family owns 2 mustangs, 1 expedition, 1 f150 van, and an escort I can attest to the crappy build quality, and faulty electrical wiring.

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  11. I'm not really a ford fan... but ah well.

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  12. my grandpa use to say Ford stood for

    Fix
    Or
    Repair
    Daily

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  13. Great information, not a ford fan though, thanks however!

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