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    Ford 500 Saves Congresswoman's Life

    'What a design': Marcy Kaptur credits discontinued Ford Five Hundred with saving her life
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    SEP 10, 2019 6:24 PM
    Friends are hard to find and even harder to replace. Just ask U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

    Last week, the longtime Democratic House member lost a “best friend.” The relationship ended suddenly after 14 years.

    The friend in this case is a discontinued Ford sedan that met an unceremonious end after colliding with the business end of an excavator, rendering it totaled.

    Now the search is underway for its replacement.

    What’s she looking for? Something reliable and American-made, in the exact mold of its predecessor. Preferably the same make and model.

    “What a design,” Miss Kaptur said of the 2005 Ford Five Hundred, a full-size sedan that made up for in space and practicality what it lacked in sleek design and general attractiveness. “Ford should have never stopped making it.”

    Above all, Miss Kaptur credits the car with saving her life on Sept. 4 after an excavator’s bucket slammed into the roof on the driver’s side. She had been traveling through a construction zone on her way to a food pantry to drop off vegetables from her garden.


    “The engine didn’t stop running. The seat belt didn’t strangle me. The driver’s seat was like an astronaut’s chair,” Miss Kaptur said, describing the car’s suspension seating.

    First responders were able to rescue her through the driver’s side door, and she emerged virtually unscathed and ready to head back to Washington this week after Congress’s summer recess. Neither Miss Kaptur nor the equipment operator were cited by officers, who noted in their report a lack of eyewitnesses.

    “He pushed the handle and the door opened, and his jaw dropped,” she said of the first responder. “He couldn’t believe it.”

    Miss Kaptur continues a long tradition of lawmakers backing American automakers and driving their cars. Before becoming President, Barack Obama drove a Ford Escape hybrid and Chrysler 300C, and had said after leaving office he would purchase a Chevy Volt. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) drives a Ford and a Chevy, and Republican Sen. Rob Portman drives a Chevy pickup truck, their offices said. Sen. Sherrod Brown drives a 2017 Jeep Cherokee, the last model year made in Toledo.

    Since entering the U.S House in 1983, Miss Kaptur has been a staunch supporter of labor interests and domestic auto workers. She voted against the North American Free Trade Agreement and has concerns about President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

    Judging from a quick search online, Miss Kaptur won’t have trouble acquiring another Five Hundred, if she chooses to go that route. It would come cheap and used. Ford only made the car between 2005 and 2007, envisioning it as a replacement to its Taurus and Crown Victoria sedans, both of which have also been discontinued in the U.S.

    Reviews of the Chicago-made Five Hundred weren’t glowing. The New York Times described it as “tall, spacious and bland,” the automotive equivalent of the color beige.

    But Miss Kaptur doesn’t mind that. She’s just happy to be healthy and back at work. In an interview with The Blade, she mentioned wanting to track down the Ford engineer who designed the Five Hundred to personally thank them for making the vehicle, which departed her garage that day in “mint condition” and with only 110,000 miles after more than a decade on the road.

    “It really, really performed, in the most unexpected manner,” she said. “I mean, who thinks you’re going to be greeted by a bucket? They don’t teach you about that in driver’s school.”

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    Re: Ford 500 Saves Congresswoman's Life

    I'm sure with the notoriously thick "A" pillars GM has had over the years on virtually all their products, they would have passed the bucket test.

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    Re: Ford 500 Saves Congresswoman's Life

    For anyone unfamiliar with Ford Five Hundred, here's what it looks like unmolested by excavator buckets and the like:

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    That moment when Ford tried looking like VW and stood out for quality and safety...how quickly that unfolded.
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    Re: Ford 500 Saves Congresswoman's Life

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    For anyone unfamiliar with Ford Five Hundred, here's what it looks like unmolested by excavator buckets and the like:

    Ford's own Alan Mullaly compared the styling of the 500 to Homer Simpson. Not too far-fetched.

    Anyway, she can still buy a Taurus, the 500's successor. But not for long!

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    Well the Ford Five Hundred was rebadged with the Taurus nameplate with only a minor cosmetic restyling for 2008–2009, so it's the same car. For 2010 the Taurus was completely restyled using the same platform.

    There is always the Mercury badged versions, the Montego and Sable which she can choose from too.
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    I like the 500. It's very roomy and you can actually see out of it.
    It's rather bland and didn't sell very well, so they replaced it with the Taurus, which is everything the 500 is not.
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    Re: Ford 500 Saves Congresswoman's Life

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    For anyone unfamiliar with Ford Five Hundred, here's what it looks like unmolested by excavator buckets and the like:

    She's really lucky that, as they say out yonder, she didn't get her head took off. Another few seconds of Ford 500 travel in a work zone, and that puppy would've come through the window, and that would smart like the dickens. Do you think she was on her phone? If she's like over half of Toledo area drivers, the answer is YES.

    Quote Originally Posted by yamahr1 View Post
    Ford's own Alan Mullaly compared the styling of the 500 to Homer Simpson. Not too far-fetched.

    Anyway, she can still buy a Taurus, the 500's successor. But not for long!
    LOL. Mulally was not yooj impressed when he showed up at hillbilly heaven to try to get things in order. When he was driven into the underground garage for swell guys, he said something like "WTF??? Where are the Fords, Lincolns, and Merk-rees? All I see is Volvos, Jags, Astons, and Range Rovers. WTF???"

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchdevil View Post
    Well the Ford Five Hundred was rebadged with the Taurus nameplate with only a minor cosmetic restyling for 2008–2009, so it's the same car. For 2010 the Taurus was completely restyled using the same platform.

    There is always the Mercury badged versions, the Montego and Sable which she can choose from too.
    I'd be interested to see the reaction if you dropped her a short note 'splainin' all that. I'll take a wild shot in the dark here--going out on an excavator bucket arm rather than a limb--and guess that information might make her head explode. Probably not a carnut.

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    Mulally was one of a kind. Both Ford and Boeing could once again use his leadership.
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    Mulally was one of a kind. Both Ford and Boeing could once again use his leadership.
    You ain't just a-whistlin' Dixie! Talk about a perfect vacuum when someone leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    You ain't just a-whistlin' Dixie! Talk about a perfect vacuum when someone leaves.
    Sadly, whistling Dixie doesn't seem to work in a vacuum. Principle of Helmholtz resonance and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    I like the 500. It's very roomy and you can actually see out of it.
    It's rather bland and didn't sell very well, so they replaced it with the Taurus, which is everything the 500 is not.

    Well initially they replaced the Five Hundred nameplate with the Taurus nameplate on the same car. That didn't help sales at all. Restyling the Taurus for 2010 didn't help either as consumers were continuing to move to SUVs and CUVs .
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    Mulally was one of a kind. Both Ford and Boeing could once again use his leadership.
    So could General Motors..

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    I like the 500. It's very roomy and you can actually see out of it.
    It's rather bland and didn't sell very well, so they replaced it with the Taurus, which is everything the 500 is not.
    I think the Taurus has the looks that the 500 needed. OTOH the Taurus felt cramped inside while the 500 was airy. I drove a 500 long ago and found it pleasant but unremarkable. Those were The Good Old Days when you could still see out of a sedan.
    I had a Taurus rental and while it was cramped inside for something so bulky outside, and while the trunk lid was high enough to function as an outside bar, and while it had considerably more scat, I didn't find either remarkable. If the 500 had the Taurus' 3.5, that changes things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchdevil View Post
    Well initially they replaced the Five Hundred nameplate with the Taurus nameplate on the same car. That didn't help sales at all. Restyling the Taurus for 2010 didn't help either as consumers were continuing to move to SUVs and CUVs .
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    Dimensions and Capacities 2005 Ford Five Hundred
    Length 200.7
    Width 74.5
    Height 61.5
    Wheelbase 112.9
    Track Front 64.6
    Rear 65.0
    Fuel capacity (gal) 19 gal
    Oil capacity 6 qt

    Interior Front Rear
    SAE passenger volume 107.5 cu ft
    Cargo volume 21.2 cu ft
    Headroom
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    Legroom 41.3 41.3
    Hip room 53.7 53.7
    Shoulder room 57.8 57.6

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    Interior Dimensions
    Passenger Capacity : 5
    Passenger Volume : ft³ 102.2
    Front Head Room : in 39
    Front Leg Room : in 41.9
    Front Shoulder Room : in 57.9
    Front Hip Room : in 56.3
    Second Head Room : in 37.8
    Second Leg Room : in 38.1
    Second Shoulder Room : in 56.9
    Second Hip Room : in 55.8
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    Thank Volvo, the Five Hundred was a version of one of their platforms.

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