I would not write Ford off too soon.
Check out Ford in 1926, 1954, 1978.....
More so than any other car company Ford has shown the ability to turn things
At this moment my family members own the following vehicles:
- 1997 Honda Civic - not a bad car, but soon to be replaced with a new
- 1999 Ford Ranger - Good Truck, in 8 years the only repair has been 1 IAC
- 2001 Ford Escape - Has needed one coolant level sensor (warranty) and 1
Cruise Control Cable ($13). This is my Sisters vehicle. It compares very
favorably to my SO's 2007 Toyota RAV4.
- 2005 Ford Freestyle - zero problems so far. This is my Mother's car. I
drove it on a long trip earlier this year and was very impressed.
- 2005 Honda Accord - This is my older sons car. It was purchased used when
1 year old. It is a good car, but certainly nothing so outstanding that I
would pay thousands extra for it.
- 2006 Nissan Frontier - This is my farm truck. Nothing wrong with it, but
after owning it for a year, I wish I had bought a Ranger instead.
- 2006 Ford Mustang - This is my younger Son's car. It is basically a
stripper. The only option was the exterior decor group (spoiler and spinners
on the wheels) and a tape stripe. Despite this the car is very well
equipped. The Mustang was $3000 cheaper than the 1 year old used Accord. I
am still amazed how well equipped it is. It drives very nicely and has not
had a single problem so far.
- 2007 RAV4 - This is my SO's car. It is a very nice car, but I don't
understand why it costs thousand more than an Escape (I've driven both
extensively). She prefers Toyotas, so I understand why she bought it, but I
think Toyota is ripping people off. The car has been flawless so far (5
- 2007 Ford Fusion - my new car. I've only had it for a month, but so far it
is great. An Accord or Camry with Similar equipment is unavailable (I have
AWD). But even without AWD, an Accord or Camry with the same equipment would
cost thousand more. And in my opinion, the Fusion drives much nicer than
either of the other two.
So, at least based on the Fords I am familiar with, I don't understand why
Ford is suffering so much.
The Fusion is a very nice car, it's on my short list, but:
Several weeks ago I had one on a one day rental. I liked everything
about it except the poor tracking on the highway. Level roads, no wind
at speeds of 110 to 130 kmph for 300 KM. (200 miles)
It needed firm two handed steering, else it wandered off course.
I'm wondering if the AWD had something to do with this problem. It felt
like the early Taurus which had inadequate caster and wandered around.
I wonder if the tires aren't the problem (maybe over inflated?). MineFusion
is AWD and tracks laser strainght. If you want to see something that
wanders, you should drive my Nissan Frontier. When it was new it was the
most nervous vehicel I had ever owned. However, after a few months either I
got used to it, or maybe the wear on the tires improved things. It is still
on the nervous side, but at least now I don't think it is uncontrollable.
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