Last post on Sep 06, 2008 at 4:25 PM
You are in the Ford Freestyle
What is this discussion about?
#38 of 47 Re: Forget MT. [coldcranker]
Jan 19, 2007 (1:58 pm)
"For those who think stability control is not helpful, they are probably the same ones who think high center-of-gravity vehicles never roll over."
They most certainly do roll over. However, the FS is not a high center-of-gravity vehicle, and has very good rollover ratings (4 stars).
#39 of 47 Re: Forget MT. [stevedebi]
Jan 19, 2007 (7:04 pm)
The Freestyle has a higher CG than cars, lower than Ford Explorers, in the middle of the pack.
#40 of 47 Re: Forget MT. [coldcranker]
Jan 24, 2007 (10:48 am)
I drove an Edge yesterday, and since i have a Freestyle, here are my comments and comparisons: the Edge is very good-looking, has good seats (better than the Freestyle in the front), a nice ride, decent handling, a good sense of solidity. However, its steering and brakes are not as good as the Freestyle's, and its transmission (6-spd) needs recalibration. Of course, the Freebie has more cargo room, but the Edge's interior is done better and you can get a full power seat on the passenger side. The Freestyle drives more like a car and, while its engine is not as powerful, the CVT is more cooperative. The Edge is a good vehicle, but needs a little attention to steering, brakes, and transmission behavior. The Freestyle is probably on its way out. But who knows with the way things are at Ford.
#41 of 47 Re: Forget MT. [bruneau1]
Jan 24, 2007 (3:57 pm)
do people want a totally new vehicle with the same name or the same vehicle that has improvements over a longer time?
#42 of 47 Re: Forget MT. [explorerx4]
Jan 26, 2007 (11:18 am)
The Freestyle can be freshened up in the styling department, and maybe tweaked to give it larger tires for a version of it that would appeal more to people who value looks over fuel economy (bigger tires = less MPG). Why Ford created the Edge is beyond me when they could have just updated the Freestyle and had a better vehicle than the Edge!
#43 of 47 Re: Forget MT. [coldcranker]
Jan 26, 2007 (12:58 pm)
Agreed! But it is evident that there are serious planning problems at Ford. Now with their huge debts, the future is very uncertain, even survival is in question. I hope the Freestyle makes it into 2008 with the new engine and transmission, but I lament the passing of the CVT. My partner said maybe we should start buying spare parts.
#44 of 47 Future of Freestyle
Mar 14, 2007 (7:38 am)
What is the future of the Freestyle i.e. is Ford going to keep making this vehicle? Or are they going to rename/rebadge just like they did the 500?
I like the Freestyle and want to know if it will be available at the end of 2007.
#46 of 47 Re: Freestyle becomes TAURUS X [mschmal]
Sep 05, 2008 (6:42 am)
Now it looks like 2009 will be the last model year for the TaurusX, replaced by the combination of the Mazda6-based Ford Edge, the stretched Flex (D4 Volvo-based chassis), and the all-new unit-body Ford Explorer due out in about a year. The Freestyle and TaurusX were the D3 Volvo-based chassis, and I think the all-new Explorer will be based on the D3 (?-notSure). The Escape rounds out the small end of the unit-body crossover vehicles.
Ford has, and will continue to have, a huge selection of all shapes and sizes of crossovers.
#47 of 47 Re: Freestyle becomes TAURUS X [coldcranker]
Sep 06, 2008 (4:25 pm)
I was at my dealer body shop (small spot of rust in the channel of the rear lift gate)and the manager said the new design changes will happen in 2010.