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20 Cars Ford Probably Regrets Making

Cameron Eittreim January 23, 2020

2003 Lincoln LS
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6. Lincoln LS

Where do we start with this travesty? The Lincoln LS was a product of the Lincoln brand trying to be hip. The sedan was marketed as a modern and sophisticated sports sedan, but in reality, it was nothing more than a badge-engineered Jaguar. The problem with that was how bad the quality of Jaguar products was at the time. It rubbed off on the Lincoln as the LS was notorious for having quality issues. Where some big American luxury sedans were making progress, the Lincoln LS was taking a step back.

2005 Lincoln LS
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Sure, you got a roomy interior and powerful V8 engine but in reality, the LS was a blunder. These cars went on for a few years and were sold until the 2005 model year. There are a plethora of reliability issues on these cars and repairs were quite expensive. This was the main reason why the car never managed to sell very well.

2006 Ford Excursion
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5. Ford Excursion

The SUV boom was among us at the end of the ’90s and Ford needed something to compete with the Suburban. The Ford Expedition was a big SUV, but it couldn’t compete with GM’s extended-length family hauler. Thus the Excursion was born. Based on the heavy-duty truck platform, the Excursion was everything that the Suburban wasn’t. But the Excursion also had an immense amount of drawbacks to it. The first of which was the fact that the spark plugs would blow out the side of the engine.

2006 Ford Excursion
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To top things off, the vehicle got horrible gas mileage due to its massive Triton V10 engine. If you needed an SUV that can tow a house and still go to the beach then the Excursion was for you. But for the average consumer, the Excursion was just too much vehicle to be practical for everyday use.

1995 Ford Escort Wagon
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4. Ford Escort Wagon

Ford didn’t even advertise the Ford Escort Wagon when it was on the market. Escort wagon buyers were a select few who just needed additional cargo space. The wagon didn’t offer any unique features you’d expect. The thing was just an Escort with the back stretched on it and Ford had always offered one. The wagon could have been something unique, but Ford execs just didn’t see a market for it.

1995 Ford Escort Wagon
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Sadly, if you need an inexpensive wagon with a lot of room, the Escort was a good deal. But finding one that hasn’t been put through the wringer is going to be hard. These little cars are a dime a dozen in today’s market and a good deal of them have been used for parts.

1994 Ford Explorer
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3. 1996 Ford Explorer

When you think of an iconic car that almost took down an automaker, the 1996 Explorer is it. The little SUV which is one of the best-selling vehicles of all-time was involved in the infamous Firestone lawsuit against Ford. These things would tip over and explode because of the tires, causing injury and even death. Court findings revealed that the roof on these models was intentionally designed weaker than the outgoing model. For what you got, the Explorer from this generation was a good deal.

1991 Ford Explorer
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You got V8 power in an attractive and compact package. But at the cost of your health or even death, this obviously wasn’t worth it. Ford ended up settling out of court for millions and you seldom find Firestone tires on a new Ford vehicle any longer. There was just too much scarring done by the company.

Lincoln Blackwood
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2. Lincoln Blackwood

Fewt know what Lincoln was thinking, but for one year in 2002, the company released the Blackwood. This odd and expensive pickup truck featured the first satin bed to ever be used in a production pickup truck. To make things worse, the Blackwood was only available in black, which meant that there was no customization. The Blackwood could have been a great truck for the Lincoln brand had it not been so limiting. The truck had a lot of features that just made it useless.

Lincoln Blackwood
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Sure it was a good show truck, but you could go and get an F-150 for way less and still have all of the features that came in a Blackwood. The truck is seldom remembered nowadays and when you see one you quickly notice what it is. Aside from the name and the bodywork, there was nothing special about the Blackwood.

2001 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning.
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1. Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

When you think of performance trucks there is one that you probably think of first. The Lightning was a performance truck on a mission, but with the second generation, Ford missed the mark. Here’s why – the truck only came in a single cab format. This alienated a good portion of the buyers who had children. Drivers want a fun truck but also need the space that comes with an extended cab truck.

The SVT Lightning could have been a great truck in the second round had there been some more options. But the fact that it was only a single cab knocked a lot of potential buyers out of the running for these. Still, the value is holding firm on these trucks to this day.

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