• Sep 18, 2006

The Ford Five Hundred is getting a 2008 makeover en route to its 2012 replacement. As we reported earlier, the facelifted full-size sedan will adopt Ford's new three-bar chrome family grille, as well as a revised cabin. Looks like there'll also be a butt-lift for the rear end, which is also masked by a cover in this spy pic. Still, this is our best view yet of how the three-bar grille will work on the Five-Hundred, and we're curious to hear your thoughts. Perhaps we've become accustomed to the Five-Hundred's humble visage, but to our eyes it seems obvious the car wasn't designed with such a grille in mind.

The biggest news for Ford's big family-hauler, however, is the jump from its barely-adequate 3.0-liter V6 to the more substantial 3.5-liter unit that's being launched first in the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKZ and MKX. The Detroit News says Ford has decided against offering a V8 in the Five-Hundred, but quite frankly we never thought it would. The 3.5-liter V6 with around 265 horsepower is exactly the powerplant this car needed from the get-go.

[Source: Autos Insider]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The 500 is not a bad car. It is a modern large family sedan with lots of interior and trunk space. The newer bigger engine should provide the extra torque that we crave and the new grille in my opinion should have been a 4 chrome bars, rather than 3, in a way to show it is more upscale and expensive than the Fusion.

      The biggest gripe is the name? What the heck 500 stands for? It is not a 5.0L or 500 cubic inches engine powering this car? Sure Ford used to have a 500 car ages ago but it means nothing for today's buyers. This car should have been called just Taurus. That's right, why wast 2 decades of a good solid brand and then have to reinvest lots of money in marketing to explain what a 500 is. The Taurus was a dependable, average large family sedan. Isn't this what the 500 is? So you would have the Focus, Fusion and Taurus covering your sedan segments.

      Why does Ford have to make things so complicated.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the 2008 500 gets the GM/Ford transmission than fuel consumption should be the same. If it keeps the AisinWarner the mileage should decrease. The GM/Ford ratio distribution favors tall gearing, ie 6th gear can be 40mph/1K, while 5th is a useable ~30mph/1K.

      The 3.0 in the 500 has a roller follower valvetrain, the 3.0 in the Mazda6/Fusion/Milan/MKZ does not.
      The 'new' 3.5 also does not have a roller follower valvetrain.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Taurus was way cool back in 1986(?) when it first came on the market - the ovoid shape was a first and it was excellently done. Ford has done little with cars since...

      As for the 500, the 3.5L and the new grill are exactly what it needs - I like them both and if they price this car right (i.e. lower than they were) it will do very well. Now lets get some fair reviews, and this might even be a hit...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, did I miss something, when was the Taurus ever good lookig. It was successful because it was dependable and priced right. That is what this car needs to be.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the 500. Some people need just a regular sedan which is roomy and safe rather than a Porsche. Anyway, the 3.5 liter engine is welcome but I'm not feeling the love for the three-bar grill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm looking forward to the 2008 Five Hundred. I'm wondering if the headlamps will be horizontal wrap around or vertical similar to the Fusion. I'm thinking the 3 blade grill may make the car look wider. The vertical type headlamps see to compliment the horizontal grill on the Fusion. I would think LED tail lights similar to the Fusion and Mercury Montego.

      With Ford's new 6-speed transmission and the new 265 hp V6 should be a nice combination. I read this new engine is supposed to get about the same gas mileage of the 203 hp they now use.

      I'm hoping the new '08 model comes out in early Spring.
      David Fanelli
      • 8 Years Ago
      I too like the head room and leg room in the 500. I have been waiting to see what the changes would be as I intend to purchase IF it has a good look. I personally don't object to the 3-bar grille but think a wire-mesh grill should be an option on the Limited Model. A little more chrome & really nice wheels would be great also.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Three bar grill looks weird on this car. V-8 would be very nice and they have a small one in the 4.6, but the 3.5 V-6 will be very, very nice. Have driven a 500 and it is a very well built car and rides very decent. Handles well and drives well in the corners as well as highway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the ford five hundred alot. I am only 18 years old. My parents bought it for me, they wanted a big safe car for me. I was very surprised by it, it handles very well and acceleration was good too. I have had the car know for 2 years, its been very reliable. Usually when a new car comes out there are some problems. We havent had any unusal problems yet.
      All we have had to do was regular maintence. The car is reaching close to 50,000 miles. I think the new grille and engine will make this car even better!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really like the 500 and discovered it while driving one as a loaner while my 7 series was in the shop (again). Larger engine very good. 3 bar grill, maybe not. I particularly like the clean styling; it feel competent.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I COULDN'T GET PAST THE FIRST COMMENT, WORRYING THAT FORD WAS MAKING ITS "OLD PERSON CAR" TOO FLASHY.____
      A-- THE MORONIC SAFE STYING CHOICES MADE THE 500 AND FREESTYLE INTO DOORSTOPS IN THE SHOWROOMS. THIS IS THE DECISION THAT ALMOST PUT FORD INTO THE MUD.___
      B-- IN LOS ANGELES, THIS IS FORD'S "NO PERSON CAR" I HONESTLY SEE MORE BENTLEYS AND ASTONS, LIVING NEXT TO BEV HILLS, THAN I SEE FORDS, EXCEPT MUSTANGS SUVS, AND F-150s.
      C-- IF THEY MAKE THE OTHER CHANGES ENOUGH THAT THE CAR AS IS BOLD AS THE GRILLE, IT MIGHT JUST SELL.
      D-- TO THE PEOPLE WHO DEFEND THE PRESENT MODEL: MAY I QUOTE MY OLD COMMENT FROM WHEN I WAS IN THE FASHION BUSINESS? _________ "The definition of a DOG is not that it is not pretty, or not good, it is that it did not SELL."
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Presence? The 500 is one of the most painfully average cars ever. The Taurus is always compared to the Audi 5000, but that's not really accurate."

      Come to think of it, I haven't seen an Audi 5000 in years, but I see Tauri every day- I guess that's the difference?

      Count me as another young-ish person (30's) who likes the Five Hundred. It's not sexy, but it's handsome.

      Canadiandriver dot com did a winter driving review of about a dozen vehicles, and they liked the 500 for it's stability and confidence.
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