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Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, SUV
#2627 of 3348 V6 or not? Explorer vs Mountaineer
Jun 25, 2005 (7:02 am)
midas72 - what do you plan to carry? If you do not want the V8, you might do better with the Freestyle. It is very nice. Lack of a telescoping steering wheel makes it difficult for me to sit the way I am comfortable, but you may be very happy with it. Once the Freestyle with the 3.5 V6 and the Mercury twin are out, I suspect that most people who might buy an Explorer / Mountaineer with a V6 would prefer them.
By the way, I am ordering a 2006 Explorer because the Explorer Limited does not force you to buy the 3rd row seat and rear air conditioning, things I have never used on my Mountaineer, so it will be less expensive. I also think that the new Mountaineer clear tail lights look too much like the lights many of the trouble-maker types are putting on their vehicles.
#2628 of 3348 Re: V6 or not? Explorer vs Mountaineer [fsmmcsi]
Jun 25, 2005 (7:12 am)
Other than my dog not much. 2003 v8's hard to come by see a lot more v6's for sale. Presently have a 95 Rodeo and want to upgrade a bit.
#2629 of 3348 Re: V6 or not? Explorer vs Mountaineer [fsmmcsi]
Jun 25, 2005 (8:21 am)
The Freestyle is a fake! OK, I guess it probably is a decen vehicle, but c'mon...it's a beefed up AWD Taurus station wagon! They are doing what Subaru did...took the Legacy Wagon and are selling it as an "SUV". It's not. Freestyle is a STATIONWAGEN. Period!
#2630 of 3348 The Freestyle is a fake! ????????????
Jun 25, 2005 (10:44 am)
The Freestyle is not at all related to the Taurus. Do some research, and better yet, drive one. I was skeptical too, but a test drive was very impressive.
#2631 of 3348 Re: V6 or not? Explorer vs Mountaineer [midas72]
Jun 25, 2005 (1:22 pm)
Well- the Explorer will be a HUGE upgrade from the 95 Rodeo. Not that the Rodeo is bad, for the money they cost.
FREESTYLE: 1) I heard it is being discontinued after this year and reborn as a Mercury?
2) If you haven't driven one, you shouldn't knock it. It's not a Taurus under there, it's a Volvo, and it's a great station wagon......
#2632 of 3348 Well, maybe it's a Volvo underneath,
Jun 25, 2005 (4:29 pm)
but it LOOKS like a Taurus outside.
#2633 of 3348 I really like Ford SUV's
Jun 25, 2005 (6:46 pm)
They do a great job making handsome cars with great interiors. Had a 93 Explorer. In those olden days even the smallish V-6 seemed like plenty, it had the first standard sound system (not counting an earlier BMW I owned) I didn't feel the need to replace, it did almost every well, but I found the ride close to punishing. Had a couple of SUV's in between but bought an Expedition in 99. Always thought it looked like a swollen Explorer, but the interior was excellent, ride was great, never understood the complaint they were underpowered (I had the bigger engine), and it worked for me except for the dismal gas milage. I'm a little O/C and check my milage most tanks. Never could beat 11 -12 in town or 15 -16 highway. I currently drive a 2wd 04 Tahoe with the 5.3 V8. For some reason, the sleepy giant knows how to make a beefy 295HP V8 that can deliver 15+ MPG around town and 20 on the highway. If I've read it once, I've read it a hundred times. . . .Ford SUV's would be perfect if we could just slip in a GM Vortec 5.3 engine. My 2 cents.
#2634 of 3348 ... it LOOKS like a Taurus outside by daryll44
Jun 25, 2005 (8:13 pm)
Is this a serious statement?
#2635 of 3348 Re: ... it LOOKS like a Taurus outside by daryll44 [lateralg]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 25, 2005 (8:48 pm)
Serious or not, we have a Ford Freestyle discussion for your enjoyment. This one focuses on the Explorer/Mountaineer.
#2636 of 3348 Re: I really like Ford SUV's [dardson1]
Jun 26, 2005 (9:58 am)
Hey, I agree with everything you said, well maybe just one thing I would say.... The Tahoe seems to get a little better mileage, I agree. I've never figured out how either, because they're so low tech. But, I have raced many a Tahoe with my Navigators, and beat 'em if the Tahoe is stock every time. Most of my Chevy pals who have Tahoe's have put dual exhaust with Thrush pipes on 'em to get some more power out of them. I don't know, but I still think Ford has the finest SUV design in the world so far. The only close competitor so far is the Nissan Armada, but it's got a ton of reliability problems so far.