Roomy, stylish and practical, the Five Hundred is well suited for family duty, but with its mediocre engine performance and interior materials, it's simply one of many solid choices in the under-$30,000 price bracket.
by meetball1 on Feb 15, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
I purchased my 07 FFH SEL in April of 2012 with 33,000mi on it, and I have noticed that the tranni slips when I accelerate from a complete stop, or from 1-2mph. But not all the time. Most of the time it's a nice ride. I have to treat her like a baby. And now at 54,000mi they are telling me I need to replace the brakes. I just got this car less than a year ago! I had to sell my F150, because someone hit me from behind and sheered back the steal back bumper. So I got rid of it . But it was a beautiful truck, except I had to replace the transmission at around 95,000-98,000mi. on that one. I have read that ford overall has had tranni problems though. I should have known to check the FH.
by mhaden on Jan 26, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Five Hundred SE Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
I purchased my 2005 Ford Five Hundred SE in the fall of 2009 with 100,000 miles on it and currently have 170,000 after 3 years. The car has tremendous interior cabin space, and it has been a reliable car. I did stay away from the CVT transmission on purpose because of the problems reported by many. You don't realize how quiet and smooth the ride is until you test-drive something else. My wife and I are looking for another vehicle and find many fuel efficient cars (camry, civic, etc..) to be noisy and you give up a lot of comfort. I think I am going to find another used Ford Five hundred for her around $5,000-6,000. Great car
by abacuses on Aug 29, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
I hit 110,000 this week and figured I would sing some praises after reading some of the other issues. 1st, the "downside." This car goes through the brakes. My dealer said that Volvo's are known for their safety; with that comes hard wear on the brake pads. Yes, this has the Volvo engine in it. I'm on my 5th set of pads and 2nd set of rotors. I started noticing a little bucking in drive-thru line s and traffic jams ...
always when the AC is on. Otherwise, no issues whatsoever and this has been my favorite car ever. I'm not a fan of the new Taurus, but I do love the Ford Edge. I continue to have great experiences with my Fords ... TAKE CARE OF THEM and they will do the same for you too.
by pkfloydlvr on Aug 13, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Five Hundred SE AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
This car has been dependable and almost bullet proof. Will likely drive to 225K miles or more.
Transmission - I have the CVT transmission and service every 60K miles as per schedule. No issues at all. Local dealer shared stories of failed CVTs, but poor/late or no service led to problems/failure. Dealer has some fleet cars approaching 300K without CVT issues.
Brakes - The weakest system on the car, IMHO. Replaced brakes at 18K (warranty) and 32K. Recall took care of rear brakes. Went to aftermarket brakes and rotors and harder compounds. Longer life, but poorer performance. Currently getting about 65K on brake sets.
Ride - Original suspension.
by menchaca on Jan 6, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
bought with less than 30,000 miles.
pervious owner had great record keeping on maintenance.
Almost immediately started noticing weird things with transmission.
It is very hazardous.
Had a few close calls with car not speeding up when turning onto roads.
It is mainly acceleration problems.
Would not buy this or Taurus model in the future.
Probably not any ford model.
Ran into other owners with exact problem same problem.
by dspindler on Dec 24, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Five Hundred SE Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
Nuff said about that.
I did research AFTER I bought the car.
Had I realized the transmission failures were so common on the 05 I never would have bought it.
I didn't realize this was the first year for the CVT.
I believe that is why the 500 was moved to the Taraus nameplate.
Ford told me to pound sand.
Paid $4200 for new transmission.
At least I got a 3 year, 100,000 mile warranty with it.
Last Ford for me.
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