I think that is more to the point. I remember when it came out. Bill Ford was the man on the tube showing it off. Pointing out its' safety features and in general saying it's an improved Volvo. Hmmm. And after six months they dropped the ad budget for the 500. I still say it should have a two door and AWD V-8!:smile:PhotoRick said:I hear that the 500 is a great car. The problem is one of image and marketing.
Recalled for what? Ford should figure out how Toyotas rate so high in published surveys like those in Consumer Reports which are the result of more than 150,000 individual resonses AND why Toyotas and Hondas have some pretty amazing resale values even with 100,000 plus miles. They just keep goin'.rblack4405 said:toyota has recalled 9 million cars in the last 3 years.
At least they recall them and fix the problem, heck I just got a notice on a loose steering dust boot on my 93'. Not really an issue but they stand behind their cars........seems the big 3 will only recall when there becomes a lawsuit and the "have" to.rblack4405 said:toyota has recalled 9 million cars in the last 3 years.
The Taurus was replaced by 3 vehicles - 500, Fusion, and Freestyle. I believe the thinking was that there were really 3 smaller market segments in what the Taurus used to cover, especially since people have been generally taking more to crossovers.Mus408 said:The new Ford 500. Since it isn't selling well,they think changing the name to Taurus is going to wake everybody up???!!! I thought the Fusion replaced the Taurus. Can't wait to see the confusion at the auto parts counter 10 years from now!
See what I have been saying.....a damn little V-6 Sport Ute with more HP than our most beloved V-8 Bullitt! That thing would give a stock Bullitt a hard time....Shamefull...Just plain shamefull!PhotoRick said:The KEY, is producing a product that the public will recognize as having at least the same level of quality and reliability as the big-name Asian brands.
The public wants exciting cars but more importantly the public wants TROUBLE-FREE cars that do not require brake service at 22,000 miles, etc, etc, etc.
I hate to admit that I bought a 2007 Toyota Rav 4 as my daily driver and to carry my photo gear to weddings. I would have been willing to pay $1000 to $2000 more for a Ford that I was certain would have the same level of quality. Maybe the new Edge will become that car. We'll see. It's a matter of survival for Ford.
The Rav has a 268 hp V6 and I weighed it at 3420 lbs. The Sport suspension is a blast on long, curving, freeway ramps. When I lay off the throttle it gets a solid 25mpg and it should be trouble free for 200,000 miles.