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 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 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.
by Bigdaddy on Aug 12, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Five Hundred SE Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
In looking at the other reviews I must have gotten the best of the bunch. Aside from the initial rear brake problem, this car has been great. The transmission has worked flawlessly and the ride is fantastic. To fix the brake problem I went to my local parts store and purchased another brand of brakes and they have not had to be changed as frequently as before and work great! Can't say enough about the car. I would buy another but not for the $30,000.00+ price tag.
I just purchased an 2005 Five Hundred with 5000 miles on it. I have noticed a low grumbling noise at about 35 to 45 mph. Has anyone had this problem or is it a characteristic of the car,or could it be...