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Ford Freestyle Parts and Ford Freestyle Accessories

Interesting Facts about the Ford Freestyle

  • If you see a Ford Taurus X today, you are actually looking at a rebadged Ford Freestyle. The full-size crossover SUV Taurus X was produced in 2008 and 2009 after it carried the Ford Freestyle badge from 2005 to 2007.
  • During its short run, the 2005 Ford Freestyle was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award. A year later, Ford Freestyle received several recognitions including one of 50 Great New Cars List by the Automobile Magazine and the 2006 Recommended Buy by the Consumer Guide. Motor Trend Buyer's Guide recognizes the Freestyle as a family-friendly, easy in/easy out vehicle. The Motor Trend credits the Freestyle as flexible, usable, and comfortable vehicle.
  • If you will notice, all the names of the Ford SUVs begin with the letter “E” (Ford Explorer, Expedition, Escape, Ecosport, and Ford Excursion). But why not the Ford Freestyle? You see, the Ford Freestyle, although classified as a midsize crossover SUV, replaced the Ford Taurus station wagon and rides on the Ford D3 platform, which is essentially the platform used for Ford sedans. And Ford names its sedans and minivans starting with the letter “F” (Ford Focus, Fiesta, Five Hundred, Fusion, and Freestar).
  • Today, the Ford Flex is the marquee's entry to the full-size crossover utility vehicle segment. The Flex replaced the Ford Taurus X in June 2008. Just like the Ford Freestyle, it doesn't share anything similar to its predecessor. While the Freestyle used the D3 platform, the Taurus it preceded used the DN platform. The Ford Flex uses the D4 platform, which it shares with the Lincoln MKT and the Ford Explorer, while the Ford Taurus X used the D3 platform. Again neither the Freestyle nor the Flex shared anything in common with the vehicle before it.
  • The Ford Freestyle was first seen as the Freestyle concept at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. Two years later, it was released in the market.
  • The main interior feature of the Ford Freestyle was the “command seating.” This feature is intended to improve the driver's visibility and to make it easier for the driver to get in and out of the vehicle.

Ford Freestyle Articles

  • Ford Freestyle Problems 25-Mar-14

    The Ford Freestyle was released in 2005 and discontinued in 2007-just three years in the production line. Although it was a nice looking SUV, it was plagued with several problems. Here are some of these problems:

    Throttle

    Several complaints have been received by the NHTSA regarding the lunging problems of the Ford Freestyle. The unexpected movement of the vehicle at low speed even when the foot is off the gas pedal can happen both forward and reverse gears. The sudden acceleration can be suppressed by pressing the brake pedal, but that isn't really much of a help if the driver only wants to move forward and the vehicle wants to lunge him off the windscreen. The occurrence is more prevalent when the steering wheel is turned and the A/C is on.

    Rear brakes

    Rear brakes are supposed to wear out after 100,000 miles, but many reports claim that the Ford Freestyle rear brakes need to be replaced about every 30,000 miles. Some even have to be replaced as early as 12,000 miles. Since brake pads are not covered by warranty, owners have to shoulder the expenses of having the rear brakes replaced.

    CVT transmission

    The Ford Freestyle equipped with CVT transmission is not the best option out there. It is prone to failure and there isn't a lot of mechanic who can fix it. Even Ford dealerships may not be capable of fixing it, since they abandon this model after three years. Repair cost even blows anyone away and gives the owner more options in the used car lot than keeping the Freestyle that can fail anytime. Junk it or pay the hefty price for repair.

    Instrument gauges

    This is something that must not happen in the 21st century. If Henry Ford is alive today, he would be very, very embarrassed with the Freestyle. If the name means anything, it might just be the definition of the gauges-going freestyle. Many owners report that the gauges go crazy and simply quit. Name any instrument in the dashboard that can go wrong and it can go wrong in a Ford Freestyle.