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Ford Freestyle - Taurus X



  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,985
    You may want to put the photos on your page so they'll be bigger too - these are a bit hard to see. Just login with your forum user name/idea and then follow the Album prompts.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    LOL if that is the case, then I feel really sorry for anyone who paid near the MSRP.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    When I went to the intro training on the Ford 500, they told was going to be a cabin air filter and showed us it on the preproduction unit.

    Funny, all the production units I have seen have it deleted. :(

    I have a cabin air filter on my 07 Mustang and I definitely notice how much cleaner the dash is compared to previous cars I owned.

  • fordenvyfordenvy Posts: 72
    Badged Taurus X (stupid), New 3.5L engine (good), new 6-speed transmission (good), new All-Wheel Drive system (good), new facia (better then the last), new two-tone interior and seat upholestry (good). The buttons, handles, and levers on the old freestyle were already of good quality so no need for improvement there. Did I leave anything out?
  • saabturboidsaabturboid Posts: 178
    The existing Haldex system is proven and very effective. Volvo will still be using it so there must be a reason for that. I was very impressed with how well the AWD Haldex system worked on our Freestyle over the last few weeks as we had back to back 16" snow storms. The "new" system is not being used because it is better. It is being used because it is cheaper. This doesn't equate to a (good) in my book.

    I am also not with you on the new transmission. I am a CVT proponent and wish Ford had continued to develop it.

    Regarding the name change... well...I wouldn't be caught dead with a Taurus in my driveway. I don't think I'm alone.
  • That is in the X. I know that the existing haldex is as good as they get, but it's costly.

    I believe that the base drive train is common between the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia (direct Envoy replacements), Ford 500 and the X. At least the transmission was a joint venture between GM and Ford. I'm not sure about the 3.5 engine.

    This car will be my daily driver as my wife has a company car and it's shaping up that it'll be a Prius (we call it a beep-beep). I'll end up with the 'high' of the hi-lo mix. Finally! I always end up with the lo!

    Reality is that I could go for a late model used FS as well. There's some Limited's here in Boston for 23k with under 10k miles. By far an excellent bargain IMHO. I'd be happy with an SEL :) too bad that in '078 it'll become a city commuter from home into downtown Boston.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    GM and Ford co-developed the 6 speed trans however, the software will be different so they will probably not feel the same.

  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    I did some research, drove a Forester and Rav and you're all right, neither one of those even comes close to the Freestyle with all its attributes. Although, I was impressed with the ride and overall quality of the Forester. With that said, I couldn't pass up a deal on a 07 Freestyle SEL. I traded in my 05 SE for a fully loaded with moonroof, for $1000 less than I paid for my 05 SE. The trade in value was less than desired, but my dealership is practically giving away the Freestyle. Less than 23,000 for a new Freestyle, I couldn't pass it up. This one I'll keep. As long as Audi, BMW, Cooper and Nissan keep using the CVT, parts should not be an issue.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    What did you get as the trade-in value for your '05 Freestyle? about $14K? It's pretty easy to give a really good price on a new car when they're making a killing on the trade-in.
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    Yes, exactly $14000. The car was in great shape and the salesman also said so. Kelley, NADA and Edmunds all give that number as the mid range for trade-in value. I didn't owe that much so... Rebates were, $2000 cust cash, $500 auto show cash and $1500 dealer cash. I got some money back on the extended warranty too. I still got a great deal on an excellent car.
  • passat_2002passat_2002 Posts: 468
    More info please. What was the mileage, and how long had you owned it? I'm assuming that your SE trade-in was the base car model with no major options, like leather seats or rear-seat a/c. Manual air controls as well.

    Mini Cooper have ditched their CVT for '07 BTW. They went to a 6-spd. automatic instead.
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    Sure, 17680 mi, built 2/05, purchased 3/7/05, owned 2 years and 10 days. SE with cloth seats, convienence group and traction control, 2nd row bench seat, single disk CD, dual zone heater.
  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    Dealers will be very cooperative in getting Freestyles off their lot. Sales are down 50% and others considering the vehicles will wait until the Taurus X is available.
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    I considered waiting and buying an 08 X when the 09's come out. My thoughts are that the base X will be closer to 30K than 23K. If so, that's a lot of $$ for a name and grill change. Your right though, if anyone you know is considering a Freestyle, now's the time to buy.
  • That's my fear that the Taurus X becomes a $30k opening bid and that the Eddie Bauer is 45K. My hope is that with going back to 3 trim levels (SEL, Limited, Eddie Bauer) that Ford just pushes the top end up as opposed to pushing the bottom up. Then I'll HAVE to buy a used one.

    As it is, the FS is a bargain even without too much discounting. The space and fuel economy make it quite a vehicle. I've never seen an ad for one either. It appears to be a bit of a red headed stepchild that Ford has issues supporting.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Taurus X is prolly going up market to make room for the "Fairlane" when that comes along.

    Incidently, the factory is not taking any more orders
    for Freestyle. Only whats on lots and in the pipeline is available.

    My lot only has 1 left.

  • passat_2002passat_2002 Posts: 468
    Ahem... now say "Flex".. not Fairlane.

    I think I liked Fairlane better.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Ok its official Ford has the stupid people in the world naming their models. What the heck are they thinking? Windstar would have been a better choice.

    No doubt they highest trim will be called limited...

  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Ok its official Ford has the stupid people in the world naming their models. What the heck are they thinking? Windstar would have been a better choice.

    Or Fusion X or Edge EL

    Edge Xtra?

    No doubt they highest trim will be called limited...

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