2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: West Coast Run -- Cargo & Oil

June 28, 2010

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As I was preparing our Long-Term 2009 Ford Flex for a family trip up the West Coast I realized the third-row seat wasn't in the 'stored' position. I'd used the Flex to move floor-standing speakers and Ford GT parts in the past, but this was my first time using it for a family vacation and I wasn't sure it would have enough space.

But after pulling the necessary levers and dropping the rear seats down I was more optimistic. Twenty mintues later the Flex was loaded for a 10-day road trip, for a family of four, and there was still nothing stacked higher than the lower window edge, meaning no hit to visibility. Sweet!

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One item that did catch me off guard was an oil change warning only a few hundred miles out of Los Angeles. I know our own Dan Edmunds changed the oil at 55,568 miles, and I know we're using blended synthetic 5-20 oil. So getting this warning at just over 58,000 miles suggests two things:

1. The oil sensor wasn't reset when it was last changed, or

2. The oil sensor is wrong

Either way, I wasn't going to worry about an oil change during my trip. The car is supposed to have a full service at 60,000 miles, so until then we'll all just have to see this message every time we start the Flex.

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 58,120 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Ford Flex in VA is:

$130 per month*
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