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Well, that didn't take long. A company by the name of Auto Tech Plastics has gone and done what seemed inevitable and many a blogger feared would happen: endow the new Ford Flex's slab-sidedness with fake woodgrain. Make no mistake, we have absolutely no problem whatsoever with the classic woody wagons from a bygone era. Sure, they may take a bit more upkeep than normal, but the classic models with their real wood paneling are just fine by us. This... thing? Not so much. The last wood-applique'd machine that rolled off the assembly lines should have been in '91 when the final Grand Wagoneer met its demise.

For those of you who don't share our opinion, there are plenty of choices with which to fill your plasti-wood fix. If you must, *sigh* click here to see some of your options.

[Source: The Car Connection]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Who could possibly design that junk box on wheel should be sacked. Actually Ford should change the whole design department for any hope of changing it's image and fortune.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the last wood-paneled vehicle to roll off assembly lines be the '93 Wagoneer? (The warmed-over Grand Cherokee version) Actually, wasn't the Buick Roadmaster wagon available with wood until '96?

      Agreed, that Flex is hideous.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Unique!? Isn't that code for U.G.L.Y!!!?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Grant, you beat me too it.

        However, the PT Cruiser was available with a factory faux wood package for a couple of years which I believe would make it the last factory faux wood sided vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ugh, enough with the wood paneling make it stop!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, come on! The woods great but it is missing something, a vinyl top and a chrome roof rack.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ick
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh how this makes me miss the Grand Wagoneer that my dad used to have many decades ago.

      • 6 Years Ago
      well at least the flex looks better as a woody than the honda element lol that site is hilarious
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing needs some whitewall tires.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree, this looks silly. We all agree about that.

      But why, then, does anyone think wood interior trim looks luxurious?

      I don't think cars should have wood. Period. They're machines, not furniture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No woody for me after looking at that monstrosity.

      Some bits of automotive history are best left in the past....
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the love of Christ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      When will the faux convertible top version be available? Maybe it will be an option on the Lincoln MKT? "Gold" package, whitewalls?
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