Anyone look at the Freestar. They made it so the 3rd row seat folds
into the car. In order to do that, they made the seat real thin and
raised the floor. It now feels like just a hard bench seat. They
took a real comfortable seat that the winstar had and turned it into
something terrible. It also doesn't move and the backrest doesn't
recline. I have leased 5 Windstars and was offered an early lease
termination to take a Freestar. After I looked at it, not only did I
decide not to take the deal, I probably will go somewhere else when
this lease is up in January. They must not be selling these since
they are giving big rebates and other deals. They took a good thing
and ruined it. Any opinions?
You are correct to make seats that do not need to be removed, but
just fold into the floor, the seat construction must be altered.
The situation is not unique to Ford. Honda and Chryslers new
vans with foldaway seats have the same problem. Chrysler ever
cheapened the middle seat to allow them to be folded into the
floor. My guess is on average buyer rarely uses the bask seat
for passengers nearly as often as they use the van to haul items
that require the older heavy type seats to be removed. Designers
figure the fold down convenience is worth the small confront loss
I don't own a van, but if I were, I would rarely need to reconfigure the
seats. In any of my current cars I rarely fold down the back seat to
accommodate bulky cargo, so I wouldn't need to take out seats all that
I don't know if this is true for the Windstar, but I think with the older
Caravans you could put the back seat in the middle seat's position. This way
you could hold five people and have a huge cargo area, which would be good
for our family of 5 on long distance trips (I've never liked crawling into
the back row of a van anyways.) I would prefer this to folding seats,
because I could always take the seats out if I needed the flat floor (yes
I'm aware that they're quite heavy)
I know someone who is a Caravan owner and was quite disappointed when they
saw the flimsy seats in the new Stuff-n-Go system while looking at a 2005
Caravan. I think it might sound good in practice, but if the seats are
uncomfortable, I don't think it would be worth saving the five minutes of
pain taking the seats out for the hours of pain while traveling.
I have done as you suggest and moves the rearmost bench seat to the middle
position and removed the middle seat entirely.
My biggest cargo load is either the monthly Costco trip or my 3 dogs to the
urban dog park, plenty o'room for both.
Of course if I'm buying sheetrock or plywood, both seats come out.
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