2009 Ford Flex Limited: Funk Masters Flex
May 18, 2009
Breaking: Santa Monica, Ca.
Top olfactory scientists were baffled at the sudden, gripping funk that took over the Edmunds.com Ford Flex.
'It smelled like bad bananas,' says one editor who asked for anonymity, 'but I searched, there were no bananas. No bananas!'
The source of the fruity fragrance remained a mystery for literally days until 6 Edmunds editors crammed into the 3-row crossover to escape the blistering desert heat and stumbled upon something horrifying.
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A piercing 'Ewww' rang from the third row, says Vehicle Testing Assistant Mike Magrath. 'I heard the yell and then someone said 'We're going to need paper towels. And bleach. And do we have any latex gloves?' and that's when things got gross.'
Finally, a breakthrough.
In the last row of the Ford Flex is a storage bin directly next to a round cupholder. Think back to kindergarten: round pegs go in round holes, square pegs go in square holes. Fast forward to being a parent and giving a small child a juice box and then a round hole to put it in. The contradiction must be maddening.
One child, it seems, solved the problem.
A furry box, bluish-green with mold was extracted from the cubby with expert care. Onlookers were too disgusted for photography. This grainy cell phone shot, taken with one hand cupped over the user's nose, is the only evidence that remains.
Late reports indicate that a healthy dose of Oxy Clean spray and half a roll of Bounty eliminated the remaining problem.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 23,982 miles