2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test


2009 Ford Flex Limited: Boxier than My Speakers

November 09, 2009

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I recently used our Long Term 2009 Ford Flex to transport my ancient DCM Time Window 1A speakers. While ancient in design and construction these speakers still sound...well, better than almost any other home speaker I've ever heard (the 'almost' is the DCM Time Window 7 speaker, of which I also own two sets).

However, because this speaker design comes from the groovy 1970s they have a groovy exterior shape. Instead of being blocky, they're oval towers surrounded by an almond-like base and cap. I like the shape, but it's not condusive to lateral G forces when you lay the speakers on a flat cargo area.

In other words, every time I went around a corner the speakers would slide and roll, banging into each other and the Flex's interior panels. After just two turns I stopped and wedged my backpack (aka 'man-purse') in-between the speakers to secure them.

It worked, but as I was closing the rear hatch it occurred to me that the Flex's exterior shape is boxier than my speakers. Made me wonder what shape a 1970's version of the Flex might look like...

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 37,420 miles

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