Last post on Dec 16, 2012 at 4:05 AM
You are in the Ford Flex
What is this discussion about?
Ford Flex, Wagon
#80 of 88 Re: Ford Flex AWD front end growl [bandaidgooz]
May 11, 2011 (8:08 am)
I don't know if you have had this resolved yet, but I know what that is, bad wheel bearing. Happened to mine too. I don't blame Ford, they didn't make the bearing. If it happens again though, I will be on their case to get an updated wheel bearing.
A lot of posts you see are complaints, it rides bad, it squeaks, the iphone makes noise(not the cars fault, I had an iphone do that to my desk phone and speakers, stupid iphone), this sucks, that sucks, this is bad, that is bad.
Well, here is a positive post. I have a 2010 SEL EB, and I love it. I bought it in Feb of last year and have 18K miles on it. It has it's quirks, it isn't the "perfect" vehicle, but for someone who has a family of 6, it's the best vehicle for my needs. Plenty of power with the EB, the NA version is anemic, especially since we also have a 2010 Fusion Sport with the same V6 in the Flex NA. Same engine, totally different beasts, you really can tell the Flex is heavy. It doesn't have an exceptional ride, but for having 20" tires with no more than 3 inches of sidewall, it rides reasonably well, strips in the road and cracks are heard and felt, dips can be jarring at times, depending on how deep and how fast you go over them, but I can attribute all that due to the low profile tires. Winter driving has been EXCELLENT! I have the same brand/model tires, goodyear RS-A on the Fusion, and they suck, royally, horrible traction in rain and snow, and thought, here we go, same tires, poor traction, but after driving through snow with them, and having great traction, I compared the tires. Sometime between when my Fusion was built, and the Flex was built, Goodyear changed the design of the tires, and they have very good traction now.
The headrest hasn't been much bother to me, I don't drive with my head pressed against the back seat, and it is designed to prevent whiplash injuries, so you have to take it or leave it with that design, more and more cars will have headrests like this, annoying, yes, but safer. Have to give up something to get something I guess. Overall it is a very comfortable car to ride in, especially for long trips, the Flex is a wonderful highway cruiser. The one thing I found though for highway cruising, the tires are loud on certain pavement, most notably, concrete with the grooves, and for a long stretch of that pavement, my ears were a little numb. At 70 MPH, we can hold a normal conversation, don't have to speak loud to be heard, except to be heard in the third row( DONT MAKE ME STOP THIS CAR), and getting 27 MPG on the open highway, it really is a great cruiser.
I think the best part about owning a Flex though, the style, no other car is like it, sure the scion is boxy, but it doesn't have the class the Flex does. It turns heads, and people have asked me several times if they could look in my car. I have never had a car where people would ask to see it.
Would I buy another one? Only if this one gets wrecked, or if they still make them when I finally wear this one out. Considering the EB V6 will most likely last 200K miles, I will be holding onto this one for quite a few years.
#81 of 88 Re: Ford Flex New Owner Reports [KarenS]
Sep 17, 2011 (7:22 pm)
I bought 3 days ago a brand new 2011 Titanium Flex Ecoboost fully loaded top of the line, I was driving in an unknown territory the navigation system stopped working, the voice command is not picking up and the system shot down!
I was so scared! I don't know the place, thanks to i phone I was able to find my way out.
My husband called sync support, they instructed him to re-set everything, it did not work...he worked with them on the phone for 2 hours....it was not fixed and apparently our neighbor saw my husband struggling he told him to bring it back to dealership because he have a flex too and end up trading it because it has a lot of problem.
The car is 3 days old and it is giving me problem already...I don't know what will be next!!!
DONT BUY FLEX! DONT WASTE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY!!!!
#82 of 88 Re: Ford Flex AWD front end growl [bandaidgooz]
Sep 25, 2011 (8:09 pm)
Our 2009 AWD Flex had a low growl that kept on getting worse until one day it wouldn't move. It turned out the transmission fluid was so low it didn't show on the dip stick. I think the Ford dealer ended up replacing some seals under warranty, after we put a lot of fluid in to get it going again.
#83 of 88 Clicking noise / recirc door
Sep 25, 2011 (8:15 pm)
Ford needs to get its act together with vent doors. After having to do the online blend door fix on my 97 Explorer (still holding), now my 2009 Flex makes a clicking noise whenever the air system is not on recirculation. I dropped the glove box door and the noise is definitely coming from the motor or actuator behind the glove box on the recirc vent. Has anyone else had this problem and can recommend a fix?
#84 of 88 2012 New Flex Owner
Mar 26, 2012 (1:32 pm)
To tell you the truth we brought the Flex for all the options inside that we wanted but couldn't afford in another car. We weren't impressed with the style. But after owning it just a week we are in love with it. We even like the looks of it now. The roof rails, add to it and we are having the FLEX lettering added to the front like in the Titanium model. We just cannot believe the luxury and all the options in this car for the cost. Great value, hopefully we feel this way after a year or two. We needed the room for our extended family road trips and vacations, and now have it plus some.
#85 of 88 Good Choice
Mar 27, 2012 (8:34 am)
Congrats. We love the flex too. I wish I could have kept it and get a new truck too, but one took priority over the other, so someone will be getting a nice Flex EB. Kids are mad at me though, I got rid of both their favorite cars.
#86 of 88 Re: Clicking noise / recirc door [huskero]
Jul 05, 2012 (7:27 pm)
I have a 2010 Flex SEL with the same problem. I called the dealer and they told me it is the actuator for the recirculating door. I am in the process of taking apart the dash/radio bezel to access the part but am struggling with the bezel removal. I have already removed the bezel over the shift lever and removed the 2 bolts from the radio bezel but can't get it to move. I am afraid to pull on it too hard for fear of breaking the bezel. Any thoughts?
#87 of 88 Re: Clicking noise / recirc door [gkaminsky]
Jul 05, 2012 (7:48 pm)
No longer under warranty? I would let the dealer fix it, before you break something that can cost more than the actual repairs. Been there done that.
#88 of 88 Re: What were they thinking? [jontyrees]
Dec 16, 2012 (4:05 am)
I agree 100% about the golf clubs!! How dumb is right!! We almost did not buy our Flex based just on that. Other than that (and it's a biggie) we really do love the vehicle. Rides like a dream.