2005 Ford Freestyle SE Fwd 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
Didn't want a minivan but needed lots of space for the expanding family. The driving experience is superb, theres a real feeling of security white driving this car, its very stable. When you take a look around the car, you notice its made strong + lots of protective panels/rubber here and there. Performance is low, but who wants to race a 7 passenger car? Fuel economy is good on the hwy. Its has 70k miles with no major issues. A couple of repair on the suspension but previous owner drove a lot on unpaved roads, so I guess its normal. Generally love this car and recommend it. Saw a couple of internet complaits about tranny prob. I tow a 2000 pound popup tent and its holding up pretty strong.
Big strong parts, you can see the car is made to last. Starts at 1/4 turn at -40 degrees celcius with no problem. My 2007 Escape didn't want to wake up.
Transmission is sluggish in very cold temperatures and takes a few seconds to engage (At any temp.) Maybe the owners who have tranny problems didn't treat they're transmission well. I'm beleve CVT's don't react well if you go reverse and go drive while the car is still backing up...