Not Enough Power To Suck - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Not Enough Power To Suck

December 15, 2008


I bought a Christmas tree this weekend. And put it inside the Flex. Because I'm an idiot. Christmas trees have needles. Lots of them. And they come off inside a car. No problem, I figured. 'Tomorrow is Monday and I'll be getting this rig cleaned up before I take it to the office anyway.' This is IL policy, lest you suffer the wrath of Oldham.

The plan comes undone after the jump.


Here's where the long string of logic and justification begins. It was pouring in the OC this morning. Pouring, I say. The kind of rain we don't get in California unless, of course, I need to get a car washed and vacuumed.

'So vacuum it yourself,' you say. Ah, yes, and I would have had there not been a river coming out of the sky. Shop vacs don't work so well under water. Vacuuming water is one thing. Vacuuming under water is quite another I assure you. So I grabbed the handheld vacuum my mother in law bought on QVC (don't ask) and headed for the Flex. I had already spotted the AC outlet on the back of the center console facing the second row -- right where I needed to suck the most.

But there was no sucking to be had -- at least not courtesy of the Flex. 'Must be the cheap vacuum,' I thought. Nope. Sucks fine when plugged into an outlet in the house.

The Flex's outlet cover reads '110 volts, 150 watts.' Now I'm no expert on electrons, but I'd wager that's simply not enough to power my crappy QVC hand vacuum.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ about 12,500 miles

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