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Ford Freestyle, Ford Taurus X, SUV
#7178 of 7481 2006 Freestyle SE AWD owner
Sep 29, 2007 (2:05 pm)
Bought this car certified used with 10k miles from Ford dealer in Sept 2006, it was about 10 months old; has about 26k miles now; needing new tires for winter; Conti tires are so-so; we really like it a lot having 2 kids, wife, hubby with room to spare usually; the engine and CVT don't seem to be any big deal; handles well, very smooth on hwy, takes bumps well, very roomy interior, theater seating is cool, 3rd row is big enough for real people; taken many road trips in Rocky Mtn region where we live and it has done very well in all conditions; the Volvo underpinnings may be the key--that was one reason we bought it; probably would not have considered Ford otherwise; getting about 25 mpg; customer satisfaction runs 8.9-9.3 on Edmunds for the 2005-2007 models so it must not be as bad as media portray it; sad about the new Taurus X name; Freestyle is much better name I think; first Ford car ever owned; have had Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4, multiple Subaru Legacy AWD wagons, Subaru Impreza, Pontiac Firebird, Chevy S10, 2006 Dodge Dakota 4x4.
#7179 of 7481 Trade in the FS for a T-Rex?
Oct 25, 2007 (12:25 pm)
I'm about 1/2 way through my lease, and I really like my 2006 Freestyle. I am considering buying out the lease, but am hesitant because of the CVT. The Freestyle now has a "short lived" transmission that was discontinued.
The odd thing about the situation is that the CVT is one of the things I like about the FS. But I worry about maintenance long term.
For sheer design, driving comfort, versatility, and handling, this is hands down the best family car I have owned. But it is missing a couple of things. The stereo is not the best, and I really needed the power pedals (my wife is short). So I may just wait out the lease and buy a T-Rex.
#7180 of 7481 Re: Trade in the FS for a T-Rex? [stevedebi]
Oct 25, 2007 (1:14 pm)
There is absolutely no reason to believe that a CVT transmission will be any less reliable down the road than any other type of automatic tranny. If anything, the CVT should be more reliable long-term because of it's simpler design.
Having said that.. if you just have to have adjustable pedals for your wife, keep in mind that the Flex will also be available by the end of your lease.
#7181 of 7481 Re: Trade in the FS for a T-Rex? [stevedebi]
Oct 25, 2007 (1:56 pm)
Didn't the Limited FS have power pedals? They did here in Canada. Very close to going ahead with the T-X purchase with the principal delay being negotiations over whose car will be replaced.
I didn't mind the FS ride but the new engine and tranny was very smooth and quiet on the TX test drive. Stability control is a definite plus for us too given long winters with icy roads.
Oct 25, 2007 (2:28 pm)
Like just about any Freestyle owner I suppose, I've made the trek back to a Ford dealer recently to see the Taurus X. I intentionally didn't test drive one, but I did hang around long enough to look closely at several of them. Mixed in with the SEL's and Ltd's were a couple of Eddie Bauer models. I paid special notice to the EB's, but soon came to the conclusion that I didn't like their looks as much as I did the Ltd. & SEL models I saw. Then last night I discovered a Merlot colored Eddie Bauer X parked in a hotel parking lot surrounded by cars and Suv's of all different makes and models. Damn... what a difference. It looked wonderful. I just couldn't get over how much better it looked to me away from the dealer and out in the "wild".
I would hate to lose my Freestyle's CVT by trading in. It's always been my favorite feature. But darn-it if an X in Merlot wouldn't help me forget about it soon enough.
There must be some former Freestyle owners out there who now drive a Taurus X and who also read this forum. Any of you care to share some observations about your new T-X and how it compares to the Freestyle?
#7183 of 7481 Re: The Eddie Bauer X [passat_2002]
Oct 25, 2007 (6:33 pm)
I like my Freestyle for the same reasons you do, especially the CVT. I stopped by my Ford dealer to check out the X and personally I'm not too impressed with the styling changes of the X over the Freestyle. The new three bar grill seems a bit too butch for the overall exterior style and the interior chrome seems like an after thought. I saw a Dark Ink Blue X Limited in a parking lot and frankly I wasn't very impressed. It sure wouldn't have caught my eye like the Freestyle first did. It had no distinctive features from the side and back. Having only one lower cladding color option for the SEL limits its look too and the grey only looks good with a couple of the body colors. I do like the Eddie Bauer lower cladding more and the Merlot and Pueblo Gold is a sharp looking combination. Once again I am wondering if Ford wants to sell any of these cars. I haven't seen a single print or TV add for the X.
#7184 of 7481 New vs Old
Oct 26, 2007 (6:01 am)
When you think about getting a new Taurus X, what are you going to be getting for your Freestyle? My '05 Freestyle will be paid off Feb '08. It has about 60K miles and runs great. I really like the smooth CVT, especially on road-trips. I average about 24MPG in mixed driving and up to 30MPG on highway road trips if I keep the speed at 65-70mph. Based on KBB, I'd get about $12K as a trade-in, so I think I'm going to keep my Freestyle. I don't see any other vehicle out there that can hold what the FS can hold and get the MPG the FS gets. I've had a couple of minor problems covered by warranty, but nothing big. I have the warranty to 100K miles because of the CVT. It works great but now I'm getting a whine that didn't used to be there, so we'll see how it goes. But right now, I don't see anything out there, especially giving the fact that I'd only get $12K for my FS. I like the $400/month car payment that will soon be ending!
#7185 of 7481 Re: New vs Old [bobw3]
Oct 26, 2007 (7:32 am)
Yes, there is a awful lot to say in favor of a paid-off car. Nobody would disagree with that. But in your case your decision to keep your Freestyle is really a no-brainer anyway.. given the 100k warranty that I assume you've already paid for. Most don't have that.
So anyone out there driving an X model care to share a little?
#7186 of 7481 Re: New vs Old [passat_2002]
Oct 26, 2007 (7:39 am)
True, but even without the warranty, if I have to pay a couple of thousand to fix the transmission over the next several years, that would be paid for in six months worth of new car payments.
For me, there would have to be something significant about the Taurus X (or any new vehicle) to make me buy another one as long as the current one meets all my needs in a vehicle and remains reasonably reliable.
But every situation is different.
#7187 of 7481 Re: Trade in the FS for a T-Rex? [passat_2002]
Oct 26, 2007 (10:32 am)
"If anything, the CVT should be more reliable long-term because of it's simpler design. "
But vastly more expensive to fix if anything goes wrong; the new 6 speed / 3.5L combination is being widely used...