A Stern Experiment - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: A Stern Experiment

November 03, 2010

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I'm sure there are other people like me, sitting in the Venn-diagram intersection of NPR adherents and Howard Stern listeners. But I'm not a bona fide Stern fan. When he ascended from terrestrial radio to Sirius Satellite in 2006, I wasn't willing to pay $13 a month to follow him. I missed the show, but I got over it. Or so I thought, until last night.

I assumed that the satellite packages in some of our long-term test cars excluded premium channels, such as the Howard Stern Show. But there he was, at Channel 100, on our 2009 Ford Flex Limited.

I listened to the show's rebroadcast on my way home and found that 45 minutes just wasn't enough. In an unvarnished effort to get more listening time, I drove around with a list of made-up errands for another half hour. I'm now fully informed on the latest David Arquette-Courteney Cox separation news. And I also know way too much about some other very sordid, unimportant topics.

It was a good experiment for me, though. I've realized that although I like the show and its blend of pop culture, politics and unadulterated trash, I wouldn't spend my own money to get it -- or to get satellite radio in general. I can find lots of other things to do with $156 a year.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @71,138 miles

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