2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
Even though the majority of the reviews were positive for the Ford 500 I hesitated to purchase it because of some of the negative comments I had read. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! I put on a lot of mileage averaging 800 to 900 miles per week. I took my new 500 Limited with the CVT transmission on a trip from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Atlanta Ga. to Nashville Tenn. through Stanton Va. and back to the Eastern Shore (1975 miles). Gas mileage was between 26 to 27.5 MPH. Ride was like sitting in your easy chair. The stereo system was excellent, and the car had plenty of power for traveling highways with speed limits up to 75 MPH. It is a good looking car. I would highly recommend it.
2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
We drove our new Ford 500 home; after driving 400 miles the brakes were pulsing and making a loud grinding noise. We took it in to the dealer and it needed new rotors and pads. Now we can't go 1000 miles before our wheels are totally black with brake dust in the rear only. I am told that Ford is going to develop new pads this quarter to fix the problem. This is a nice car but we have had all these brake problems and we canít get an answer if our car is even safe to drive. 400 miles for a set of rotors and is not normal and I don't think it's too safe either.
The size of the trunk and the AWD.
Brake system does not work. Ford needs to correct the defect in the rear brake system.
2006 Ford Five Hundred SE 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
I was attracted to the 500 by it's semi-luxury euro exterior which appears deceptively mid-size but open the doors and trunk lid...WOW! After purchasing, I read about its low horsepower being it's weak point. City driving does have a 'full-size' feel but on the highway this puppy gets up and I've never felt it strain, so I attribute both inclinations to its CVT...either way, I enjoy driving again.
Spacious cabin. Supersized trunk. CVT transmission. Visibility. Trunk access with fold-down rear seats. Large gas tank.