• Dec 20, 2006
The eagle-eyes at KGP have spied a 2008 Ford Five Hundred with very little camoflage. What's changed? Okay, okay, they've updated the nose by adding Edge-type lights that integrate more with the grille, lessening the bug-eye effect of the current model. There are new strakes in the airdam, and the new corporate three-bar grille, but other than that this looks like a mild freshening. We're detecting perhaps a smidge more angularity in the new front end. Out back, the taillights have been revised with more clear and just accents of red. Overall, a minor freshening but a much needed one to bring the Five-Hundred in line with the new face of Ford. We've always thought it was conservatively styled, but not ugly. The revisions keep it up to date, but the addition of the new 3.5-liter V6 with more power will no doubt pick up more sales than this mild facelift.
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      • 8 Years Ago
      The car isn't ugly. It is just odd and looks like a bloated Audi knockoff! I'm sure that it is a sweet ride for a steal and all. But it seems like no one is really digging that POS! I think that the Fusion is a sweet little ride. I see more of them on the road than the Five-Hundred. I agree with one the earlier posts. The Camry hasn't been that goodlooking in the 5 years and it sold well. The current Accord is quite a bore and it's selling better than this thing. Ford is updating it with the new corporate grill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "18. I hope they have replaced that cheap a** radio that they took straight from the Focus."

      -1st off, I totally agree with you, *but* GM does the same thing.

      -Personally the factory radio is the first thing to be ripped out of any of my new cars, with the exception of my Mazda 3, and only due to the fact the dash would look way to shitty without the factory radio, I would lose my steering wheel controls and the screen on the dash board, so mazda totally botched that up, but I did find a "hack" to link my ipod into it! It plugs into the cd changer port and the radio "thinks" the ipod is actually a cd changer and CD1,2,3,4,5,6, actually are your first 6 playlists in your ipod, so it's pretty cool
      • 8 Years Ago
      Your getting a Volvo S80 for a good deal with this car. I have 3 friends (all in their mid 20's) that have purchased the five-hundred. One of them slammed it, but 20" chrome rims on it, blacked out the windows and has leather, the car looks awesome.

      I would say the roof needs to be a little more "sleek" for lack of a better term, then it would pull off a more euro look. I do have to say the fit and finish is very very impressive.

      These cars are a steal used.

      It looks less bland, but still kind of bland in stock form.

      Anyone think that Ford has been scared shitless since the all out dramatic restyle (then later, huge flop) the 1996-1999 Taurus was? They have been playing their designs way to safe. After all, not playing on a "safe" design is what made the Taurus so popular back in 1986.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not enough to make this turd smell better. I say flush it and start over!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Terrible -

      Calm down. I'm not saying people are stupid or Toyota isnt successful because of their quality etc... But a lot of people buy cars because of what their friends/family said, things they like (usually aesthetic things and gadgets), or any other number of things that dont involved driving performance, the purity of the design lines or how fast the shifter is in getting you from 0-60.

      (and FYI, I've owned both a Honda and a BMW... but not a Toyota, I know they're good, but they bore me)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I never understood why this car is so hated. It's got very similar lines to a Mercedes (mostly from the rear), if it had a Mercedes front end no one would be the wiser. Sure its a bit boring, but so is every other mid-level sedan at ~30K. It's the safest and biggest car in its class. With the better front end and more power, why can't this replace Crown Vic?

      Is it just too "boring"? That never stopped Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "38. Most people are NOT car enthusiasts"

      True Enough

      " and buy cars for stupid reasons. "

      If I am not an auto enthusiast like a silly high school kid is, and buy a car for ECONOMIC and other practical reasons (QUALITY, RELIABILITY, SAFETY ACTIVE AND PASSIVE, AND RESALE VALUE), and therefore buy a TOYOTA or better a HONDA or BMW,

      then the auto enthusiast is the STUPID, ignorant high school kid and I AM NOT.

      "For some reason Toyota seems to hit those marks."

      BULLETPROOF RELIABILITY, EVEN IF MORONS AUTO ILLITERATE HOUESWIVES DRIVE IT, LUXURY-CAR QUALITY MATERIALS, TOP FIT AND FINISH, AND HUMONGOUS RESALE VALUE. AND IF IT WAS A HONDA, it would drive as it SHOULD too (handling, suspension etc)

      These are the "FOR SOME REASONS" you cite, in case that (apparently) you don't have a clue what they are.

      • 8 Years Ago
      For those bitching. Driven one?

      4,5,6 agreed
      • 8 Years Ago
      This will never be a Chrysler 300/Dodge Magnum/Charger competitor simply because J Mays slapped on a 3-Bar chrome grille.

      Too Little, Too Late...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had one as a rental car a few weeks ago while in Phoenix on business. It's a competent vehicle for what it's designed to do...move a family down the highway or around town in comfort. The trunk is very large, visibility is better than that of the Chrysler/Dodge counterparts and the seats are comfortable enough to have come straight from Volvo (which I suspect they did).
      If you're in the market for a large family sedan this car at least deserves a look.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "For those of you who constantly harp about how boring the styling of the 500 or the Impala are- get a clue you geniuses. The top selling cars have never been the most uniquely styled vehicles on the road."

      And you're failing to understand why this car is destined to fail--why the heck would anybody choose this bland car over a bland Toyota, which has better resale value and reliability scores?

      Those who say it has equivalent finish to a Camry obviously haven't paid much attention to detail, especially with plastic grain, panel gaps, etc etc. Being inside the cabin, it felt cheap, and definitely not worth the money. A shallow retouch will not save this ugly car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if the new 500 engine noise is eliminated I'll buy one at the philly auto show in feb.I'd have bought the 2007 but that engine noie was just too much.I hope the front seats are imroved .i understand they are redoing the interior.here's hoping to stay american
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