Ford Freestar
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Make: Ford
Model: Freestar
Ford Freestar

The Ford Freestar was a minivan made by the Ford Motor Company and was manufactured until November 2006. It took the place of the Ford Windstar for the 2004 model year and turned out to only last two years in production. The name change was necessary to remain true to Ford's strategy of renaming their cars to words beginning in F. The Freestar, along with its Mercury sister car, the Monterey, are manufactured in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Amazingly this model offers a place for up to seven passengers and it features an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission as the part of standard equipment. The Freestar should have been a versatile model in that there were five trim levels available: the Freestar (base), the SE, the Sport, the SEL and the Limited. For the consumers in the United States, the Freestar is available with two gasoline-powered V6 engines. The smaller 3.9 L, which is only available in the United States, develops a maximum power of 193 hp (144 kW) at 4500 RPM, while the larger 4.2 L offers a power of 201 hp (150 kW) at 4,250 rpm. While the smaller engine is on the base model in the United States, the larger 4.2L engine is standard on all models in Canada. The Freestar name change was a bold move that may have led to its early demise. It appears that the name change killed what was once a strong product line. The Toronto Star cited one naming expert who called it the "Ford Fiasco". It seems that the name change caused confusion and chaos for consumers. Others called the proposal to rename Ford models with a word starting with the letter F as "just foolish". Ford stands behind the ideas and has said that the dealers suggested it. Whether or not this is true is really not known; it could just be something that they are saying to take the heat off of their backs.

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