Pros: "Good price, good value, safe and good in snow."
Cons: "Rather bland styling."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Found this car with 32,000 miles on it. I had to replace 1 rear wheel bearing and put on new tires, but basically that's all it has needed. Extremely reliable, good power, great ride, and very comfortable. Very quiet on the road and the 3.0L motor delivers good power as well as decent fuel economy - 28 MPG on trips, 21 around town. Stylistically it is not the most beautiful car, but functionally it is great."
"I have put over 265000 miles on my car and it still runs great. It is the best driving car I have ever had. I have had very few repairs. The engine and transmission still run like new. It is very roomy and gets fairly good gas mileage. I feel very safe in the car. I wish they still made the five hundred because I definitely would buy another one. I can't say enough good stuff about the car. I hope to get at least another 200000 miles out of it."
Pros: "Rides higher than most cars, roomy interior."
Cons: "Discontinued model, parts might be hard to find"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've owned a Ford Five Hundred for eleven years and would recommend it to anybody. It is comfortable and rides a bit higher than most cars, making it easier to get in and out of. It has a very roomy back seat and trunk. It has held up well, but has needed repairs to brakes and a minor problem with a power steering fluid leak. I recommend the AWD model for areas that get snow - it has handled very well in Colorado even with several inches of snow on the ground."
"This car has very good fuel economy for a large spacious auto which has the look of a Mercedes Sedan. From the rear, I often mistake a Mercedes for this vehicle. Drives and handles very well, easily maintained."
"2 owner vehicle. Senior has owned it for last 51K of 68K miles. New Tires (15K), Air Conditioning recently recharged, minor scratches, allow wheels. After market radio with bluetooth. Original radio can be re-installed"
Pros: "Great Performance, Good Gas Mileage, DuraTech V6!"
Cons: "Expensive Transmission repairs, it is a FORD..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The 2006 Five Hundred Limited.
What is bad: The transmission got rebuilt at 68,000 miles. There is a tech bulletin on the software contained in the EPROM. This is the EPROM that controls the shifting solenoid which causes it to become confused when doing a double-downshift (like for passing or rapid acceleration) Since I got the car (at 165,000 miles) I took it to (A transmission shop) where they were able to diagnose the computer problem (2005-2006 Ford Five Hundreds with the 6-speed automatic transmission) So that was taken care of with a $159 reprogramming and it made things all better.
Performance is amazing, it drives like it's on rails and the 3.0 Liter V6 is extremely durable; built with a timing chain instead of a belt for longevity and won't skip timing on you like a belt would. The leather interior is very nice and the dual zone climate control is pretty good at keeping the car cooled down (although black cars just get hot, there's no way around that!) The passenger seat even folds flat- this basically allows you to fold down the back seat and passenger seat to load 2X4's or whatever else you 'need' from Home Depot without all the extra cost of owning or renting a truck.
Combined 21MPG city/highway commuting. On just highway it gets up near 29MPG on flat straight roads cruising at the magic 65MPH. Just watch out if the transmission needs overhaul. The components are mostly made in Japan and can end up running more than the KBB value for the car."