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You are in the Ford Freestar
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Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, Van
May 10, 2004 (9:59 am)
The Freestar is "All New",just ask Ford. Will the next van be marketed as "Really All New This Time"? New product cycle announcements are notorious for being optimistic. I find it very hard to believe that a replacement for the Freestar will be for sale by 2007. Consider how long the previous Aerostar and Windstar product cycles were. If the new van is only three years away, why would Ford go to the expense of a partial redesign that they had to know wouldn't help sales?
May 10, 2004 (12:05 pm)
Other elements were taken into account. As in, if they had to design and desvelop a totally new minivan A) the ful realization of the Mazda6 platform didn't materialize yet and it's posibilities B) the Duratec35 wasn't ready yet.
So based upon the exsisting platforms, and drivetrains, there was really no choice other than what you currently see.
They can't develop a totally new platform JUST for minivan use, it simply wouldn't be financially feasable. The only real engine they could have used would have been the 4.0L SOHC V6 "Cologne" engine found in the Explorer... And that itself isn't configured for FWD application.
Yes they could have used the P2 platform (as the Freestyle/500) but it's an expensive starting base to begin with. And because of how sophisticated it is, it would have to be reinforced structurally a bit more, for minivan duty, hence, weight. WEIGHT which needs to be propelled by an engine, that has not yet come to light, the Duratec35.
So the end result is the Freestar, which improves on the Windstar, but doesn't really set it apart from the rest of the pack.
#517 of 922 Re: Finally got the Freestar [446pack #510]
May 10, 2004 (8:55 pm)
Well, to add to my observations. It seems that even thought I bought a "LIMITED" with a sticker price of almost $36,000 Ford felt that it was neccesary to outfit the vehicle with Goodyears "CHEAPEST" tires, the Goodyear "Integrity". These things sell for $53-66 each. I know Ford gets them for a lot less. These tires have an awful rating verses even cheaper priced tires from other manufactures. It was raining today and the tires were slipping on even easy take-offs. Just plain no wet traction. And the fact that Ford designed the 4.2 to have most of its grunt at a lower RPM doesn't help. The least they could have done is put the Goodyear "Assurance ComforTred" on these. I mean with the LIMITED being thier "TOP-OF-THE-LINE" model, you'd think they would have put a "TOP-OF-THE-LINE" tire on it. I would have gladly paid the $30ea difference had they given the option of choice like Ford does with the SUV/Truck line. I mean, come on Ford, your latest and greatest and you put "Generic Brand" tires on these. Guess I'll be looking for new tires with only 207 miles on the van. I'm so happy...
May 13, 2004 (6:55 pm)
446Pack, Im sorry you got bad tires... THis is the last straw, I have to vent!
Ford are now discussing names, like Freestar and Freestyle, so ford brand cars should have names that start with "F". Names don't sell cars you pencil pushing posers. Cut your overhead and put more content into your cars than the competition.
I've got a good name for most of your managment Ford, its two words and hey; it starts with an "F".
May 13, 2004 (7:03 pm)
This isn't news, Ford stated 2 years ago they would shift to "F" for Ford's sedans, "M" for Mercury's, and keep "heritage names" on certain vehicles (Mustang, GT, Taurus. While SUV's keep the EX/ES names.
#520 of 922 Re: [ANT14 #519]
May 17, 2004 (9:47 pm)
So with Ford's naming game, I guess that we can look forwards to an all new Ford "Frown Vic" and Mercury "Mable" for the 2005 models...Hehehe
On another note, does anybody know how hard it is to pull the door panels and rear panels off to upgrade the Freestar's speakers?
#521 of 922 Adding Cruise control to Freestar S
May 18, 2004 (6:24 am)
Any one install an aftermarket Cruise control in a Freestar S. I am really suprised Ford is not offering Cruise on the S (unless you are a Fleet) They must be using the S to get people in the door to upgrade them. The only reason I am interested is I want a cheap van with side curtain air bags. With A-Plan or X-Plan and $3000 rebates it is the lowest cost van to offer this level of safety.
#522 of 922 Re: Adding Cruise control to Freestar S [guod #521]
May 19, 2004 (10:39 pm)
Not personally myself, but it shouldn't be too hard. Are you looking at a "Plain-Jane" aftermarket or a Ford unit? The Ford unit would look like factory installed without the "Tilt Wheel" feature. If Ford still offers that accessory
#523 of 922 freestar problems
May 22, 2004 (8:26 am)
hi i have a constant pinging like bad gas. i have about 10,000 miles on my van. the dealership replace trany(they thought where noise was comming from) now back at the dealer 3 weeks out 11/2 days and then back. the trany shifts hard and hesitates. we took it foir a test drive with the tech and got out to switch places and you smelt a burning smell. i said what's burning he said your trannys hot. i know that's wrong. well weds i meet with ford rep any suggestions?
#524 of 922 re: freestar problems
May 24, 2004 (10:57 am)
When we test drove one, there was a pinging/banging sound at highway speed (mostly when I let off the gas a bit) as well as a burning smell when we got back to the dealership. Turned out to be a fouled spark plug.