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You are in the Ford Freestar
What is this discussion about?
Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, Van
#532 of 922 samnoe
Jun 04, 2004 (4:37 am)
I had the following features I needed:
1) Air Canopy
2) Leather Seats
3) Stability Control/AWD
4) 5 Star Crash rating
I had the following to choose from with these features:
1) Toyota Sienna
2) Ford Freestar/ Mercury Monterey
3) Nissan Quest
The 2005 Town & Country had the air canopy but
it did not have the best crash ratings.
I like the Quest exterior the best but I did not like the interior and my wife hated all of the colors, so we did not consider it after an initial test ride.
The Sienna is extremely ugly on the exterior, but it has a great luxory feel on the inside. It drove well, but I did not really get to drive it much since there wasn't many on dealer lots. I was going to have to wait for it.
The Freestar was great looking on the outside and very nice inside. With A-plan and incentives, it was around 7-8k cheaper than a Toyota. Once I figured that out, I had to go with the Ford. I considered the Monterey, but the Ford dealer is closer and we have bought there before.
So far I like the message center, which tells us our gas mileage and miles to empty, the compass and temp above the rear view mirror and the audio controls on the steering wheel.
I dislike the gas mileage the most. I have been driving mostly around town and I get about 14-15 mpg. Not that good, but ok. Acceleration is great and handling and ride are exceptional. The third row seats are small and cramped but we try to only have the kids back there. The second row is very comfortable.
The driver and passenger seats are great. Visability is exceptional as well.
to sum up:
Drive, ride and handling
Audio Controls on steering wheel
front 4 seat comfort
small 3rd row seats
#533 of 922 Rebates
Jun 04, 2004 (4:41 am)
look at www.fordaxz.com, they have all of the rebates as well as ordering guides.
#534 of 922 One more thing
Jun 04, 2004 (6:47 am)
The Quest drove the most like a car and seem to have the best ride. Here is my ratings:
2) Freestar/ Town& country
1) Town & Country
1) Town & Country
Ease of Use
2) Town & Country
3) Town & Country
2) Town & Country/Freestar
4) Quest (Distant)
3) Town & Country
At least that is the way I saw in my limited exposure to the T&C, Quest and Sienna versus the Freestar
1) Freestar ( Pricing helps here )
Jun 04, 2004 (6:51 am)
Thanks everybody for the rebate information!
tjnb: Could you tell me what price you got with the A plan, e.g. a certain amount below invoice? I'm qualified for the X-plan. Don't know if they work the same but would like to have a rough idea. Is this discount on top of the regular rebates? Thanks!
Again, does anybody have a guess if the rebates will increase after this round?
#536 of 922 My A-plan price
Jun 04, 2004 (7:08 am)
was 4.4% below innvoice.
Jun 04, 2004 (7:46 am)
tjnb. Was that in addition to the regular rebates?
#538 of 922 Re: samnoe [tjnb #532]
Jun 04, 2004 (9:19 am)
Apparently you didn't need the AWD as only the Sienna has it.
#539 of 922 May I ask
Jun 05, 2004 (7:58 pm)
what are those A and X plans? Who are qualified for it?
#540 of 922 Those are employee and employee family plans
Jun 07, 2004 (6:08 am)
A Plan is for current employees
Z Plan for retirees( same price as A plan )
X Plan is for suppliers and dealers/salesmen. www.foradazx.com has eligibility requirements.
Also my 4.4% below invoice is before any incentives. Plus I got an extra thousand in incentives.
#541 of 922 Re: samnoe [spartanmann #538]
Jun 07, 2004 (6:13 am)
I wanted either Stability Control or AWD. I know that the Sienna is the only one with AWD, since Chrysler dropped for lack of sales. ( the Venture and other GM minivans may as well, but they lacked other features I wanted )