Ford Flex Reviews

2009 Ford Flex SEL FWD 3.5L V6 from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 kilometres
Most recent distance66000 kilometres
Previous carFord Freestyle

Summary:

Overall, a great family vehicle! Do not overlook it!

Faults:

We have the Leather/Convenience package in ours, so we have the memory seats, which used to automatically move the seat back when the key is removed, but it doesn't now. (Yes, I checked the option in the dash controls).

Will need tires soon, but they are original, so they are not doing too bad; still have some tread on them.

Wheel bearing went when we bought it; dealer fixed, no problem and no cost.

General Comments:

Overall a great car. Unlike some people, we liked its look and we wanted to upgrade from our 2006 Freestyle, so the Flex was a natural fit. Our SEL is well equipped with the Convenience package (memory seats, power pedals, power tailgate and puddle lamps), the leather seats, Vista-roof, Sync system, 12 speaker Sony sound system, rear seat DVD player and easy fold second row seats. Ours is the 6 passenger model with the centre console in the back; we wish we had found one with the fridge though!

It's quick when pushed; the V6 has more than enough power; just seems to be at odd points in the power range, but we have gotten use to it.

It can also hold 6 people easily, as we have done this many times, and the trunk space is OK with all the seats filled. The rear A/C & heat works great, and the DVD system keeps the kids entertained on long drives.

I am not looking forward to buying another set of all seasons and a set of snows for this car though, as they are 18 inch rims, but what can you do, right?

Also, we added an aftermarket roof rack to our Flex (you can't order the Flex with the factory racks if you have Vistaroof) and it works great! Also added the Flex bug deflector, had the front windows tinted to match the back, and had it pinned striped.

One other thing I dislike is the light coloured interior; we were warned that they get dirty VERY easily, and it's difficult to get some marks out of the leather seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2011

2010 Ford Flex Limited 3.5 twin turbo from North America

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 twin turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance12700 kilometres
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Great vehicle, although it looks like a shipping crate with wheels - the style grows on you

Faults:

Had noise from the brakes a couple of times at around 10.000 km - dealer took it in and replaced pads, turned rotors as per TSB 10-05-06. Very happy with the Flex so far.

General Comments:

- Overall a great vehicle.

- Middle seats are like being in a limo, lots of room.

- Cup holders in front are not made for small/medium size cups, hard to get smaller coffee cups out of holders.

- Ecoboost is great, more power than needed.

- Electronic steering is more positive than power steering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2010

2009 Ford Flex SE 3.5 from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Solid and functional

Faults:

Center console latch spring came off.

General Comments:

So far so good. No issues.

Had a Windstar, which was god awful, so was reluctant to get into another Ford, however the Ford dealer took mercy on me and gave me the KBB value for trade in on it. I test drove the Taurus X, the GMC Acadia and a Sante Fe, and was immediately sold after test driving the Flex. It just felt more solid than any of the others.

The Acadia was real nice, but more expensive, and the Flex interior I liked a little better.

Only one minor complaint is the gas pedal. The engine is rated at 265, but engine power band is flat until higher rpm or the gas pedal is not doing much the first 2/3 of the way down. Could be the tranny programming too, but it just seems like it takes a lot of foot to get the thing to get up and go to pass. Other than that, I am pretty happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2010

18th Apr 2012, 12:50

Update to original posting. Have 73K miles on this Flex. So far nothing major other than the PCM needed to be re flashed when the engine starting surging under light throttle. Dealer was quick and helpful. Cost was $106.00 to re flash the PCM. So far so good.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews