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Certain automotive fashions are better left in the grave. To wit: faux wood paneling. It looks good on the old Woody, but it's an absolute atrocity on everything else (see: Griswold, PT Cruiser). However, spies have caught the new Ford Flex donning some woodgrain shelf paper paneling, and as much as FoMoCo is trying to redefine the people-mover/minivan segment with the Flex, this would seem to be a seriously counterintuitive move. We're hoping it's a joke, and for our money, it is.
[Source: The Car Connection]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      whats the car next to it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I just threw up! I love Ford but WTF! I want to see Ford Micro Machines
      • 7 Years Ago
      Woody is retro and lord knows everything retro is hot right now. A lot of people grew up in 1970's station wagons with fake wood trim (heck even some 80's Caravan's and Jeeps). The moment I first saw the flex I personally thought the design was just screaming for the fake wood treatment. I am sure it will happen whether it is Ford, dealers or aftermarket. I would buy one and I am a 30 something married woman with two incomes and no kids so no it isn't just old men. You do have to do it right though and those pictures are not it. The pictures just look like one of the designers slapped some shelf paper on it for a laugh or to get everyone on the internet talking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks like the top of a school desk.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I forgot to mention fake convertible tops....

      Gosh, I miss my 1990 Couple Deville...LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      Believe it or not there are many people (generally older) that miss woodgrain on vehicles and in some cases it seems to actually fit (HHR, PT Cruiser). If Ford doesn't put it on the Flex you can be there are many out there who will stick it on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Like I said below... I am only 38 and I like the woodgrain. So it will hopefully be another 70 years before they stop producing the woodgrain contact paper for cars. :-)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Older people who prefer wood grain on their vehicles are either dead or getting really close. We are talking "pipples" in their 80's and 90's, maybe in their 100's.
        Ford needs to find a way into the 21st century, and fake woodies ain't it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        May I recommend "Contact Paper". It will work on any car! Actually it doesn't breath and will wreck your paint. Go to a car wrapping (advertisement) place and as them to wrap your car in wood! Really, I'm not kidding! It has little holes it in and allows your paint to breath!
      • 7 Years Ago
      A--- This is just a "mindfxxx" on Ford's part, since there is no composite framing for the faux wood (they always used light colored, curved phony wood around the main phoney wood.)
      B--- I am not so sure that, done right, it would not be "retro fun", rather than anacronistic. Since it was a Ford feature for decades, it might be a good Heritage trim level on the Flex ---- or maybe not, but it is not a silly idea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think its a ecoboost test car with the engineers having some fun
      • 7 Years Ago
      You really have to see this wagon in person. Like someone said above, it's not for every car, and when you first see the Flex, my first thought was also, "hummm, I wonder how it would look with wood...." It's just that type of vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guys, this was a joke. A supplier was using this car for cold weather ABS tuning and got bored, so they put shelf paper on the doors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay, I know it is not PC in the auto world, but I like a wagon with wood grain trim as well as cars with white walls, landau roofs and two tone paint. If they had offered an XC70 with woodgrain (minus all the black plastic) it would be in my garage now. I miss the days when there was more to check on the options list then just tan or gray interior and one of five paint choices.

      No, I am not 89 years old, I am not a geeky type. I work out, look decent enough and only have 38 years on the ticker. Makes no sense, I know...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some things are better left in the decade they came from...that's why woodies had REAL wood, not this ugly vinyl junk...
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