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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-20-2005, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Driving a 5 on Tuesday

If anyone has anything they'd like me to look at on the inside of the vehicle or questions about performance, let me know. I'm going to load it up with 4 adults and 2 kids (including me, of course) and run it on the freeway and up a large hill.


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-20-2005, 08:41 PM
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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

Yeah tell us how it does with that kind of weight.

I really want to know how that +1 seat feels... it seems uniquely uncomfortable to me.
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The USA and Canada do not get the +1 seat.


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Oh really? I didn't know that. That's too bad, if only for amusement purposes. I mean, the Taurus even has a similar thing in the front row.
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Heh yeah apparently it wouldn't meet safety regulations, probably because it only has a lap belt.


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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

I'd like to know if the rear row folds flat and/or into the floor. Do the center row seats slide right and left like in the MPV? Of course there are a ton of little things, but those should be interesting. Please post your impressions, plus take lots of pics. Are you testing a 5 speed or auto? Thanks in advance for spoon feeding us info.
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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

I had to postpone my drive until Thursday, but I did get to sit in and explore one and let me just say this :

This is an impressive package.

The exterior is gorgeous, and even the side sills and bumper extensions look really good. The Altezza lights, which I previously had complained about, didn't look out of place either. I still like the red ones better, though.

The sliding doors on the sides appear to be weighted such that if you simply "open" the door handle while it's in it's open-locked position, the weight would carry it closed enough for the power assist closing system to grab it and finish the job. Very cool. I had to remind my 5-year old that he didn't have to "slam" the door a couple of times.

As far as space inside the vehicle goes, I can see sitting four people over 6 foot tall inside the car, but none in the third row. I would, however, say that with a person around 5 foot 4 behind me in the third row, both of us could sit comfortably. There's a bit more space back there than has been made out in some of the reviews (kiddy-seat only, it's not). The seats in the second row have a LOT of travel forward and backward to maximize the space when the third row is down, but do not slide left-to-right. Each seat has cupholders placed logically around them.

As for the driving seat, everything seemed to be in logical locations and even the automatic gear-shift was within easy reach for those times when you'd want to use the "sport-mode" transmission. The driving seat was in an interesting position - seemed higher than a regular "car", almost in a mini-van like configuration.

The space in the back with the third row UP is small. There is room for probably one hard suitcase back there, and what I did notice was a 120v power outlet in the back. (yay!) With the third row down, it doesn't fold into the floor but folds "flat", there is ample space for anything you'd want to carry in the car. The seats fold up and down with little effort.

If there are any specific questions please let me know.


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Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday

Great info so far. Just keep it coming. Sounds mostly great. The non-fold-flat 3rd row may be a problem. We have two big dogs, and they fit perfectly in the back of my Passat wagon, but may not fit so great in the back of a 5. I will need to spend some time myself. Darn.
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Of course, you could always just take one row out for your dogs.
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Of course I CAN take the 3rd row out. Unfortunately, the best place to store a car seat is in the car. Not a huge deal, but just one of those things that affect a decision. I like the sound of the big adjustments of the seats, and the 120v socket. Could probably make a nice mobile office with that.
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