Actually the Freestyle has sold better than Ford originally expected. My
Mother has one, and it is much better than the Taurus Wagon I owned years
ago. More room inside, better ride, equivalent fuel economy. In July Ford
sold more Freestyles than Crown Victorias, 70% as many Freestyles as Five
Hundreds (5,441 Crown Victorias, 7,881 Five Hundreds, 5,580 Freestyles). At
one point Ford was planning to drop the Freestyle when the Edge is
introduced, but they revised that when the Freestyle became such a large
percentage of the Five Hundred/Freestyle mix. After all, even if it is
called as an SUV, the Freestyle is just a Five Hundred Station Wagon.
January '05 was the last production of the wagon.
A Fusion wagon would/could be launched directly at the Mazda cousin, &
the Audi/VW Passat crowd, especially if the 5 speed stick makes the trip
into it. I'd be interested... the last 5 speed Taurus wagon was the MT5...
... the last 5 speed Taurus wagon was the MT5...
Yeeccchhh, don't remind me. The MT5 Taurus and wagon were a great idea and were
cool cars, but Ford spun way off into left field with that 2.5 motor. I think
came from the factory blowing oil. I once swapped a 3.0 Vulcan into an MT5. Now
was a nice combo and likely would have sold well. I suspect that the trans and
wouldn't have held up for the long term, being designed for the Escort\Tempo. It
great for the 1.5 years that I drove it though.
Someone mentioned the "heavy" Ford 500. I haven't really compared, so how much
heavier than a Taurus is it? From my casual looking it appears to be about the
I've never had or needed a wagon, but I agree that Ford needs a comparable
the Taurus wagon. Compared to the Escort or Crown Vic wagons of a few years ago,
Taurus seemed to be just about the right size for many segments of the wagon
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