i LOVE this car's comfort, style, buttons & cup holders where you need them.. ford always does a great job w/ that..
BUT UNDER THE HOOD.. not so much.. :(
after the last 2 fords (tauras & CV) i SWORE no more.. but loved the flex.. however its true colors are showing.. @25K already needed new tires, @30K newed brake & lifetime rotors replaced!?? 46K a/c is going out..WHAT?!! let me stress..we take it to the dealer & don't drive our cars hard, get regular oil changes, rotations, etc.
my toyota scion has 100K & only needed 1 set of tires & brakes @50K.. and NEVER needed anything else NOTHING!!! come on ford america, we can do better!
vista roof and sync, overall type/body type.. of ALL the cars we drove, and there were many.. it was the ONLY sedan/SUV where 3rd row was TOTALLy comfortable.. like a regular full seat..
suggested improvements...just make the darn thing to last & work like it is supposed to..
i'm afraid to ride in it just like i was in our crown vic b/c every time you turned around something else wasn't working.. or stopped working way earlier than the user's manual says...even when you take it in and do all the stuff you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it.. i'm fearful of how much extra the next 50K miles is going to cost us...
Totally disappointed, I have previously posted two very flattering reviews of this car and now need to retract those as well as apologize to all who stopped me and asked me about this car.
Have had my Flex for 2 1/2 years and have put 45k miles on it.
About 10 days ago it began running hot, ended up being in the shop for almost 9 days.
Have had the car back for 8 days and it started running hot in traffic on our way to dinner tonight.
We had to park the car and hope it will still be there Monday so we can have it towed to yet another dealership!
Going back to a Japanese car after this!
Reliability would be a great feature.
We have a Toyota 4Runner, now driven by a college student, that has been all over the country and probably abused in some ways....
The Toyota has never had any issues beyond regular maintenance.
Tons of room, decent power and very comfy.
With about 100 miles the Sync system stopped working 4 trips back to the dealer until figured out. 8K The Rack & Pinion went bad and the car spent 3 days in the shop getting repaired.
10K terrible odor from under the dash (dealer couldn't replicate). 14K SMOKE from under the dash, took it straight to the dealer "we saw the smoke but couldn't find a problem" 16.5K Car lost all electrical power (incl PS/PB) with my wife driving So she pulled to the side of the road and it got towed to the dealer. If they tell me there is nothing wrong, I'm getting a Venza.
Seats are Incredibly comfy.
Interior plastics are extremely cheesy. poor Fit and poor look.
For the price of the car they could seriously improve on that.
I rode to work in a flex and it had plenty of leg room. My boss is 6,4" and I am 6'5". It is amazing that I can sit behind I'm the second seat and still have lots of leg room. I have been looking for a vehicle for several years that was #1 roomy and got ok gas mileage. The end kicker for me was how quiet it is and wow what a smooth ride. Excellent job Ford.
Room, quiet and smooth ride. The hi tech equipment leaves the competitors in the dust. Designed for tall people yeah.
Head rests in the front, no good for short people.
2009 Ford Flex Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The design and concept of this car is great. Unfortunately I have had to sell it over safety concerns. The car's stability control engages for no apparent reason and brings the car to a sudden halt. No one appears to be wiling to address the issue. I would be careful of a family based car that is potentially unpredictable.