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Mar 19, 2010 (5:31 pm)
That's terrific. Congratulations. There's no shame in allowing dealers a little gravy, especially if a long distance dealer swap is involved. We often fail to remember we need profitable dealers too, and hopefully this weakest link in Ford's North American chain will improve.
Dark Ink Blue is a sublime color; and the precise shade Fiord chose is truly unique. It's indeed almost two entirely different colors; a near-black in certain conditions, and one of the most dignified and elegant shades of what I describe as an "Executive" blue I've ever seen. It's at it's best when it appears near-black (like its namesake ink) and the blue lumanesces from beneath. It's the shade of my MKS; and we deliberately forwent a 2010 in favor of a 2009 as Ford dropped D.I.B. For MKS in 2019 in favor of Atlantis Green. The MKS in this shade is a true "CEO Special".
You will love EcoBoost. Even as Mustang GT leaps beyond 400hp, Ford's dirtiest little secret is the EcoBoost V6. It's torque curve is SO broad and SO flat and SO stuck-to-the-ceiling that but not for its higher center if gravity, an EcoBoost Flex (and MKT and MKS/Taurus, for that matter continue to offer Ford's most satisfying throttle short of Shelby.
Enjoy your Flex and welcome to the select community of owners. The total volume must have finally reached some point of critical mass recently as rather than being a "see one every week or so" rarity, I see almost at least one each day, which can only exponentially help sales as more people have the opportunity to "look 'n ask" whenever one appears in their corner of the world.
Congratulations and welcome.
#147 of 211 Re: New Flex Purchase [ttweb]
Mar 19, 2010 (5:49 pm)
I take it you are getting a Limited, not an SEL. Sweet deal. I couldn't find a Limited without the Vista roof, or an SEL with a tow package. I figured I could live without the NAV, and found the SEL EB. You will just LOVE being able to pull out into traffic and hit 60 MPH in seconds. It will open some eyes when you do.
#148 of 211 Re: New Flex Purchase [acdii]
Mar 29, 2010 (2:54 pm)
I have put 1700 miles on in one week. Love it!
And yes it is a Limited. The Nav was a maybe for me but a must for her. It is a very good Nav. And having all the other functions (climate, radio, etc.) available via the touch screen is nice as well.
#149 of 211 Re: flex towing capabilities [ttweb]
Mar 30, 2010 (8:13 pm)
Just curious, at 6'6" do you find the driver's footrest to be uncomfortable? I'm 6'4" with a 33" inseam and I find it really limits the legroom and makes it very difficult to extend or reposition your left leg on longer trips. I also wish the driver's seat went back an inch or two farther. However, it is my wife's everyday vehicle and it fits her great! But if I was my everyday car, the driver's side footrest/legroom would have probably been a dealbreaker. Otherwise, I've been very pleased with our new 2010 Flex SEL and am very comfortable riding in the passenger's seat.
#150 of 211 Re: flex towing capabilities [drewkc]
Mar 31, 2010 (10:05 am)
Good question on leg room. I thought the dead pedal might be problematic (36" inseam) but after 1800miles on mine, I seam to be doing fine. When I put it on cruise control I move my foot off the dead pedal and find space near or under the brake pedal. I also find taking my shoes off helps tremendously (assuming the feet are fairly freshly bathed. LOL.). I wouldn't mind if I could get another inch or two of seat movement but it doesn't feel critical.
And really my choices for 3 row seating in my size are pretty limited. The Flex won out over the CX-9 (passenger seat comfort and narrower width), the Honda Odyssey Marginal leg room, no passenger leg room, and uncomfortable seat after 100 miles), the Suburban/Yukon XL (best leg room, but seats that didn't hold you in place). All other minivans are much worse for legroom.
#151 of 211 Re: flex towing capabilities [ttweb]
Mar 31, 2010 (11:58 am)
This would be my only little gripe on the Flex. It could use a little more room between the brake and dead pedal, so you can stretch the legs out a bit. Considering the seating is upright, and not reclined like in a car, it isn't that big of a deal, I took a couple hour drive and found it comfortable enough for a long trip, but having just a little more room would have made it perfect.
#152 of 211 Re: flex towing capabilities [ttweb]
Mar 31, 2010 (6:49 pm)
The dead pedal in the Flex just seems a bit larger and deeper than what I've experienced in other cars. I guess it's a convenient feature for average size drivers, but somewhat intrusive for taller people, IMO. Like you, though, Iíve adapted on longer drives by removing my shoes and placing by left foot to the right of the footrest or under the brake. But if Iím wearing boots or bulky shoes, itís hard for me to find a comfortable position. I have a bum left knee, so the dead pedal is probably more of an annoyance to me than other drivers...
Did you get into a Traverse when you were shopping vehicles? I thought it was sufficiently roomy, but my wife and I weren't impressed with styling and felt the Flex offered much more bang for the buck.
#153 of 211 Re: flex towing capabilities [drewkc]
Apr 01, 2010 (7:55 am)
I did try the GM triplets. The front headrests did a great job of pressing against the base of my neck. Very annoying. The leg room was good. My wife was not impressed with fit and finish. The second row was not very suitable for adults. Sat too low and the headrests did not raise and lower and thus pressed against my upper back. I was raised in a GM family so it wasn't a bias against. Just too many things that didn't work.
Yes the Flex's headrests lean forward, just not as far and don't make contact. That's a good thing Ford, if you are listening.
#154 of 211 2010 Flex Purchase
Apr 27, 2010 (11:40 am)
Just thought I'd share the details of my purchase:
2010 Flex SEL 2WD w/Conv Pkg, Vista Roof & White Tri Coat paint
Paid invoice minus $2500 rebate or $31,660 + tax (3% Va), tag & title
OTD was $32,888
Put $1500 down financed $31,388 3.9 for 60 months. $530 per month
Picking up the car tomorrow.
They made money on the holdback and I felt like I was getting a good deal. No trade in involved.
Hope this helps anyone buying a Flex.
#155 of 211 Re: 2010 Flex Purchase [tslbmw]
Apr 27, 2010 (12:00 pm)