Last post on Apr 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM
You are in the Ford Freestyle
What is this discussion about?
Ford Freestyle, Ford Taurus X, SUV
#7426 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [steve_]
Dec 05, 2008 (11:01 am)
TaurusX cancelled. We saw that coming. Ford has the Flex, which is really a bigger, enhanced TaurusX/Freestyle based on the Volvo-derived chassis, and the Edge, slightly smaller and based on the Mazda6-derived chassis. In addition, Ford wants to completely change the Explorer soon to make it a Volvo-derived chassis like the Flex/Freestyle/TaurusX. Who needs the TaurusX with all that going on?
#7427 of 7481 TaurusX - any known problems?
Dec 11, 2008 (12:21 pm)
Does the TaurusX have any 'known' problems?
For example does it also suffer from the rear brake problem in the 2005/2006 Freestyle?
#7428 of 7481 Re: TaurusX - any known problems? [vrm]
Dec 11, 2008 (11:45 pm)
No problems whatsoever, other than it's not selling well. I've had my T-X for about a year now and it's still working perfect.
The rear brake issue with the Freestyle was fixed about three years ago, even before the conversion to the T-X.
Consumer Reports surveys show the Freestyle/T-X as being well above average for reliabilty in all categories.
I get even better milage than the official number - more like 25-27 MPG if I stay at 65 MPH.
It's a superb vehicle. I still can't believe what a nice crossover I got.
#7429 of 7481 Re: TaurusX - any known problems? [larryqw]
Dec 13, 2008 (10:19 pm)
larrygw, I agree, the TaurusX is excellent. I sometimes think its the poster boy for a great American car that people seem to have overlooked (sales). Image problems. In reality, TaurusX performs very well in nearly every category.
#7430 of 7481 Re: TaurusX - any known problems? [larryqw]
Dec 15, 2008 (1:22 pm)
I am convinced that the TX is a good car! This car offers very good value and safety.
Its too bad that the TX got a bad start when it was introduced - the marketing and sales positioning suffered from the problems facing Ford.
#7431 of 7481 Re: TaurusX - any known problems? [vrm]
Dec 17, 2008 (8:34 am)
What marketing? Like the Freestyle before it, the TaurusX had almost zero advertising. What ads there were for the Freestyle were incredibly lame. I look at some of the artistic, cool special effects for other models (and makes) of cars and then compare that with zippo for the Freestyle/TaurusX. People didn't know it existed. I was at an auto show in Denver last April, someone saw a TaurusX, and was heard saying out loud "What is that? Does Ford make that?". Sums it up.
#7432 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [coldcranker]
Jan 15, 2009 (4:55 pm)
According to a local Ford dealer, the TaurusX is going to face a shortage of spare parts after 3 years. A few of the parts suppliers are on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. The suppliers who will remain in business will be overwhelmed with supporting the various models on the production line.
Discontinued models like the TaurusX will not be high on the list of these suppliers.
#7433 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [vrm]
Jan 15, 2009 (6:16 pm)
"According to a local Ford dealer, the TaurusX is going to face a shortage of spare parts after 3 years. A few of the parts suppliers are on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. The suppliers who will remain in business will be overwhelmed with supporting the various models on the production line.
Discontinued models like the TaurusX will not be high on the list of these suppliers. "
Let's hope not, because the mechanical components used in the T-Rex are the same as the other Ford corporate platforms; same engine and transmission. So I wouldn't worry about major repairs. Maybe some of the smaller components, but I should imagine that if there is a market, some small overseas firm (i.e., China or similar) will step in and produce the parts.
I would be much more concerned about the Freestyle components. The engine has been used for a long time, so there should be no problem there, but that CVT is not common. Uncertainty about the CVT is the main reason I chose to not purchase my FS at the end of its lease.
#7434 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [stevedebi]
Jan 15, 2009 (6:46 pm)
On another thread, we figured out there are about 350,000 CVT/3.0L_V6 tranny/engine combos out there in Ford500/Freestyle/Montegos out there in the world creating a market and cores.