Pros: "Low overall cost per mile, plenty of space"
Cons: "Underdesigned valve in tranny, low tech level"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've owned around twelve cars so far. I've had faster cars, better handling cars, more fun cars, better looking cars, and more comfortable cars. But, overall this car has had good enough handling, acceleration, braking, space, comfort, reliability, and gas mileage to win in a comparison. It does well in snow and hasn't left me stranded yet. I paid $12K and have put 130K miles on it and it still has some value. It hasn't stranded me yet although I have put a few grand in for repairs (transmission issue and A/C were two non-wear items that needed major repairs."
"Purchased new November 2004, transmission failed at 38000 miles. Spent over $9000 in repairs over normal maintenance costs. Air conditioner replaced twice. Heated seats failed at 2500 miles, radio quit at about 4000. The factory contributed about $7000 towards some of the additional repairs for a total of approximately $16000 on repairs prior to having 80000 miles. Throttle body, 2 catalytic converters, power steering pump.Heated seats and cd quit after warranty expired. Factory replaced front wheel bearings, struts, and brake rotors. I had to replace bearings again!Idler pulley replaced twice. Not enough space to list everything that went wrong as soon as the warranty expired even though Ford helped with some of the problems."
"1 rock ding on windshield. Drivers seat has cracks in leather. Clean carpet, back seats clean, headliner perfect, all windows tinted. Brand new tires, new brakes and rotors, body better than good condition, had rear bumper replaced due to being backed into in parking lot."
Pros: "Solid feel, reliable and trouble free, comfortable"
Cons: "Noisy engine and marginal fuel economy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I used to always buy new cars, but I made an exception when I was in the market and found this every-option Five Hundred Limited with All Wheel Drive. I am now at 133K miles, and yet it has required nothing beyond routine service, tires and 2 batteries - I've never had a car before, even with my level of care, provide that level of reliability over so many miles. The AWD makes a world of difference in performance - possibly due to the CVT (which was phased out when the more powerful 3.5L engine came along). Handling is great, the ride is tight but the suspension really soaks up the bumps - not a "floaty" ride at all. At the 10 year point, the ride is not as quiet as it once was due to more road noise coming through as well as some wind noise at highway speeds. I can accept that given it's age. A plus is that even here in the rust belt, the car is rust free. Down side is engine noise and poor fuel economy on the AWD versions. I get 24 MPG max on the highway and typically 18 average city / highway commute. Keep in mind this is a 4000 pound true full size car."