Last post on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM
You are in the Ford Freestyle
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Ford Freestyle, Ford Taurus X, SUV
#7148 of 7481 Re: AMAZING... JUST LIKE FORD TO SCREW UP A GOOD THING [freealfas]
Aug 17, 2007 (11:06 am)
Well, as I said leather seats was the last thing my wife wanted to have in the car - you sweating sitting on them, slipping and plus they were ugly light tan color. No, we really do not like leather seats sorry...
My calculations were that if I resale 2007 Freestyle in 5 years I will most likely get about 3.000-5.000 less than for 2008 Taurus X - which should make up for MGP difference.
Maybe I am wrong but only time will tell...
#7149 of 7481 Re: AMAZING... JUST LIKE FORD TO SCREW UP A GOOD THING [jigmaster]
Aug 17, 2007 (1:14 pm)
Your logic is sound, and you made a great choice. Besides.. a happy and contented wife is worth any price.
#7150 of 7481 Re: AMAZING... JUST LIKE FORD TO SCREW UP A GOOD THING [passat_2002]
Aug 17, 2007 (3:16 pm)
Of course happy wife part was most important
#7151 of 7481 500 leftover vs. new Taurus
Aug 18, 2007 (7:10 am)
Ford has not screwed up in replacing the 500 with the Taurus, imo, based on two recent test drives. Drove an AWD 500 (2007 leftover) and a new AWD Taurus. My observations --Taurus obviously is faster off the line. Transmission (CVT vs. 6-speed) is a toss-up in terms of performance. Taurus is noticably quieter during acceleration and at highway speeds. There is a hefty discount on the 500 ($6K)but every review I've read has ripped the 500 for being underpowered and for the CVT tranny vs. comparisons with the Taurus. The widespread negative reviewer opinions about the 500 means plummeting resale value. I understand why many of you are defensive about the 500s you bought - guess I would be as well. Maybe the comparisons aren't fair. But I worry that the CVT is an orphan product at Ford now and harder to get services/repaired in coming years. I've decided to go with the AWD Taurus.
#7152 of 7481 Re: 500 leftover vs. new Taurus [otis12]
Aug 18, 2007 (8:12 am)
Well gosh golly-gee jeepers that's great otis12. But this is a Freestyle/Taurus X board. The 500 board is somewhere over there I think.
#7153 of 7481 Re: 500 leftover vs. new Taurus [passat_2002]
Aug 19, 2007 (10:42 am)
Don't take it personal otis12, I think passat_2002 owns a freestyle
#7154 of 7481 Re: 500 leftover vs. new Taurus [jrl]
Aug 19, 2007 (6:57 pm)
Do not understand buzz about passat or other european cars. I lived in Europe for 33 years and was driving many euro and japanese cars ( Opel, WV, Mazda, Renault. Volvo for example ). Moved to Canada and see that majority is obsessed about euros or japanese, why? IMHO Freestyle is much better than Passat. Service and parts for domestic cars is always cheaper. Honestly I think euros and japanese are overrated. Not talking about Mercedes or Lexus, but Passat or Corollas? Nobody takes passat seriously in Europe. Boring, faceless car.
#7155 of 7481 why was the engine and CVT replaced?
Aug 23, 2007 (12:21 pm)
As I remember, Freestayle was designed for the 3.5 engine that was not ready soon enough. Taurus X is what the Freestyle should have been.
I had the 2005 SEL and the CVT died twice and other issues. Ford took it back. I am thinking of Taurus X, because other cars I drove to test did not come close to the stability of FS, but I am afraid of quality and dealer proftioncy in fixing it.
#7156 of 7481 Re: AMAZING... JUST LIKE FORD TO SCREW UP A GOOD THING [atlasvt]
Aug 24, 2007 (10:36 am)
"I love my 07 limited Ford Freestlye. I never liked Fords until this car came out. The high safety rating combined with great fuel mpg from the CVT and a very effecient interior made for a great non minivan familar car. With the CVT I had seen up to 31.5 mpg average on 4-5 hour interstate trips. For Ford to drop back to 6 speed and give more power to the car was the worst thing to do."
I just spent 5 days and 1,400 miles with a Taurus X with the new 3.5L and 6-speed automatic - cumulative mileage for freeway (85%) and city (15%) driving was 28.8MPG, not bad in my book. The 6-speed is excellent, and the torque and overall power and quietness of the new 3.5L is very impressive.
Aug 24, 2007 (4:26 pm)
Just saw a new '08 Taurus X at the dealership the same exterior/interior color as my '07 FS. Love what they've done to tone down the Tan dash in the windshield. The charcoal color makes a great accent to the Tan and I'm sure it cuts the glare that the tan has into the windshield. I very much enjoy my FS and although I don't understand Ford's renaming of it I'm glad the vehicle lives on. For those that are considering the FS I'd not hesitate to give a FS or a TX a spin. If the TX is as quiet over the road as the FS then Ford may at last be able to market a great car. Personally I still don't understand the non-visability of Ford on this great ride!