Broken and Disconnected - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Broken and Disconnected

June 25, 2009


After 26,000 miles things are bound to break. Fortunately, the non-functioning pieces I discovered last night are minor, but irritating nonetheless.

The first thing I do once I get in the Flex is plug in my iPhone to get the tunes playing. One of the few reasons I like the Flex is for its Sync system -- almost enough to overlook the bizarre seating position I'm forced into (This is one car that really needs a telescoping wheel).

As I went to open the center armrest bin, I noticed the latch is no longer spring loaded, and boy, does that thing feel cheap when it's left dangling. No biggie, I thought. Then after plugging in my iPhone to the USB port, nothing happened. I tried to get Sync to find an external device, but lady in the dash only said, "Device not found." Rats. Maybe it's my cord? Nope, still zilch with another connection **sigh**.

But wait! the new iPhone 3.0 update last week just might bail me out since it now supports streaming 


music over Bluetooth. Ta-da! Yes, it works! The sound quality is pretty good, but Sync doesn't control the device, requiring me to manually select and skip on the phone -- oh the humanity! What is this, 2007?!? Also, the signal cuts out every now and then, interrupting the music...and my groove.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 26,402 miles

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