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bilproductions
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Buying Tuesday!

Post by bilproductions » Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:28 pm

I am closing a deal on a 2007 Ford 500 SEL FWD with 90,000 on Tuesday. I haven't signed the papers yet, so I figured I would post on here and see if there are any certain things I should look for, before I sign. I test drove it twice and it seems to run and shift great. Motor is clean and fluids look good. I have been reading on here about some transmission problems which is the same reason I am buying this 500, the Durango transmission is shot, is there a common theme when it comes to these 500's and their transmissions? Or is this far and few between? Is there anything else that commonly goes wrong with these cars around 100k? I don't want to buy it and then 6 months later have to fork out several thousand dollars to fix it. Any insight in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

-J


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Re: Buying Tuesday!

Post by Zeke » Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:47 am

I'm not the transmission expert here, but I think you want to find out if the transmission oil changes have been done on schedule.

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Post by bilproductions » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:53 pm

Yeah from what I have read on here that seems to be the main issue. I think the car may have come from auction so there may not be a way of finding out any info as far as the maintenance history. I will take it to the Ford garage as soon as I get it to do the tranny fluid change. It looks easy from what I read? Just has a drain plug? So all you would need to do is drain the old and refill with the correct fluid?

-J

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Re: Buying Tuesday!

Post by Torbar » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:50 pm

If you have the VIN number you might be able to have a Ford dealer look it up to see what service records they have.
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Re: Buying Tuesday!

Post by bilproductions » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:10 pm

Can any dealership look up records of any car that has been serviced at all the garages?

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Post by sleeper357 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:01 am

bilproductions wrote:Can any dealership look up records of any car that has been serviced at all the garages?
If it was serviced at a F/L/M dealer it should be in the oasis system.

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Post by rer21307 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:51 am

You can pull the trany dip stick. Check if the fluid looks clear and doesn't smell burnt. If it brownish it hasn't been changed enough.
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Post by bilproductions » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:17 am

I just drove the car again and got a carfax. This car was a Fleet vehicle and was serviced regularly. It is only showing one transmission service at about 30k. And then oil, lube, tires every 10k or so. It now has 92k on it. So when I get it tomorrow the transmission fluid change will be the first thing I get done. One other thing I noticed was that when you take off from a complete stop it seems like it takes about a half second to actually start moving, is this normal? Other than that it shifts up at every 10 mph nice and smooth.

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Post by k » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:07 pm

It seems like normal for 6 sp starting slow driving. 90,000 miles for 07 seems like too much mileages unless the price is so cheap.
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Re: Buying Tuesday!

Post by KlipschHead281 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:43 am

bilproductions wrote:I am closing a deal on a 2007 Ford 500 SEL FWD with 90,000 on Tuesday. I haven't signed the papers yet, so I figured I would post on here and see if there are any certain things I should look for, before I sign. I test drove it twice and it seems to run and shift great. Motor is clean and fluids look good. I have been reading on here about some transmission problems which is the same reason I am buying this 500, the Durango transmission is shot, is there a common theme when it comes to these 500's and their transmissions? Or is this far and few between? Is there anything else that commonly goes wrong with these cars around 100k? I don't want to buy it and then 6 months later have to fork out several thousand dollars to fix it. Any insight in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

-J
There is a recall on the rear brakes on the '07's you might want to check into see if this work was performed on your car or not and to also check and see how often the rear brakes were replaced. My 500 was perfect except for the rear brakes which seemed worse after the recall work was done, it went through brakes every 7,000 miles after that in the rear.

Other than that it was a fantastic car, good luck!
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Re: Buying Tuesday!

Post by RStabb » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:59 am

bilproductions wrote:I just drove the car again and got a carfax. This car was a Fleet vehicle and was serviced regularly. It is only showing one transmission service at about 30k. And then oil, lube, tires every 10k or so. It now has 92k on it. So when I get it tomorrow the transmission fluid change will be the first thing I get done. One other thing I noticed was that when you take off from a complete stop it seems like it takes about a half second to actually start moving, is this normal? Other than that it shifts up at every 10 mph nice and smooth.
That delay from a start doesn't sound normal. Get a thirty day guarantee before you buy or purchase an extended service plan.

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Re: Buying Tuesday!

Post by truckinusa » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:30 pm

I'd check all the rubber mount on top and underneath. They are gonna go bad soon on my 2005. One is torn. I'd have a close look at the A/C compressor and see if it is leaking. Mine started to leak oil at 120k. I'd look at the rear brakes. They seem to wear out a little quicker than normal. While they aren't that expensive for a DIY mechanic, around $150 for the rear, Meinke quoted me $600.
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Re: Buying Tuesday!

Post by Montegoman » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:08 pm

Our '05 six speed is doin' fine and hasn't needed any attention as of yet.

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