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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.