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What vehicle did your Flex replace?


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#1 OFFLINE   muphasta

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 02:17 PM

I did a similar thread on the Fusion page since that is what I drive.

List the vehicle you parted with for the Flex, what you will miss from it, what you wont, and what you'll not be able to live without that your Flex does have.

My wife was driving a 2003 Volvo V70 and it was getting too small for the 4 of us. I never did think it was big enough.

What I will miss:
Gas milage
Room in the garage
sleek styling

What I will not miss:
cramped back seats
uncomfortable or lack of comfortable place for arms

What I couldn't live without that the Flex has:
Sync
Room
more room
3rd row seats that an adult can sit in. (even if it isn't a graceful entry)

I'll probably think of more later.

#2 OFFLINE   roush3

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 04:24 PM

I had a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What i miss
-Offroading (but i have a 4 wheeler for that)

What I will not miss
-ride
- little storage room

What I couldn't live with out that the Flex has:
-Sync
-ROOM
-ride
-quality
- and most important the engine (ECOBOOST)
- beating little hondas every time and the look they give u cause u beat them in a "wagon" (best part of the car)

Edited by roush3, 04 November 2012 - 03:31 PM.


#3 OFFLINE   roblectric

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:43 PM

I traded a 2008 Ford edge. Never looked back.

#4 OFFLINE   NCFlex

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:23 PM

Our 2010 Flex is replacing a 2000 Explorer with 223,000 miles on it.

Love the Sync!

#5 OFFLINE   mesaman

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:03 PM

We had an 2005 Chevy Suburban.

The only thing we miss about our old 'bus' it the height we used to sit at.

We love our 2009.

#6 OFFLINE   eosBlue

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 11:59 PM

My '10 Flex Limited replaced my '06 Jeep Commander Limited. The Jeep was OK, but I just didn't like driving it that much unless there was a snow factor (something I see little of out here in the Seattle area EXCEPT when I go skiing.) Even then, the roads are mostly clear.

My Flex really shines when I'm on a highway cruise. Just did a 1300 mile "roadie" and my Flex go 23.5 MPG overall. The Jeep would have been lucky to turn in maybe 16 MPG on the same trip. However, the cost of gas means little to me now that I'm retired and a big year for me would be 10 K.

If you want a ride similar to the big wheel base era, the Flex is the way to go IMHO.

#7 OFFLINE   Liteman

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:58 PM

I was driving a 2003 Ford Expedition XLT AWD. Was getting 14 miles to the gallon.

#8 OFFLINE   tspelly42

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 03:34 AM

Replaced a 2007 F150 FX2, loved the truck, still do acually. It was time to get all the goodies, and the Flex has everything.

#9 OFFLINE   mmsstar

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:29 AM

Replaced a 2006 Freestyle LTD FWD with the 2011 SE

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#10 OFFLINE   D'Aire

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:21 AM

We will be replacing our 2006 Freestyle with the new 2011 Flex Limited we are ordering. We will be keeping the Freestyle as a commuter car.

I wish the Flex got the gas mileage my Freestyle does, but I'm not expecting that. We went with the FWD version to keep the MPG a little better. I'm not a big lover of all wheel drive anyway, so that was no issue for us.

I also wish the Flex had a little bit bigger cargo area. That would mean a little bit less "bump outs" within the cargo space to allow the dog crates to it better.

#11 OFFLINE   TheMotoDiva

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:07 AM

Our 2010 Flex Limited replaced a 2004 Saturn Vue V6 FWD.

What I will miss about the Vue:
-Polycarbonate body panels (pre-GM model, plastic shell you didn't have to worry about grocery buggies)
-Able to take smaller parking spots
-Fuel efficiency

What I will not miss about the Vue:
- every creak, squeak and rattle associated with Saturns (had three of them, all were very noisy)
- road and engine noise

What I couldn't live without that the Flex has:
- cavernous interior storage and seating space
- backup cam and sensors
- 4500# towing capacity (have class III factory tow kit)
- incredibly quiet cabin

#12 OFFLINE   sjanes

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:37 PM

2000 Volvo V70R AWD. Great car but no longer meets our needs. If the Flex serves us as well as the Volvo did, I will be very happy.

#13 OFFLINE   UB003

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 08:10 AM

Replaced a 2004 Ford Freestar.

What I will miss.

....Not a thing.

What I will not miss.

....Gas mileage

#14 OFFLINE   Flexability

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 08:47 AM

I did a similar thread on the Fusion page since that is what I drive.

List the vehicle you parted with for the Flex, what you will miss from it, what you wont, and what you'll not be able to live without that your Flex does have.

My wife was driving a 2003 Volvo V70 and it was getting too small for the 4 of us. I never did think it was big enough.

What I will miss:
Gas milage
Room in the garage
sleek styling

What I will not miss:
cramped back seats
uncomfortable or lack of comfortable place for arms

What I couldn't live without that the Flex has:
Sync
Room
more room
3rd row seats that an adult can sit in. (even if it isn't a graceful entry)

I'll probably think of more later.


The Flex replaced a Subaru Outback (of which I have owned 3 since 1995.) I will miss the looks (The Outbacks appealed to me until this year and the new one is too ugly and as such is part of the reason why I switched.) The other reasons are my Outbacks were underpowered, and Subaru's new turbo doesn't match the Flex. The car was just short of big enough for me; I'm not huge (6-1) but there just wasn't enough leg room for me, and the back seat passengers had limited room.

What I couldn't live without: The comfort and space. The quiet. The horsepower (what fun). I really like the Synch, hands-free voice activated media and phone, navigation. I love the looks (the Brick appeals to me).

Edited by Flexability, 13 December 2010 - 08:56 AM.


#15 OFFLINE   eosBlue

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 10:11 AM

I'm not a big lover of all wheel drive anyway, so that was no issue for us.


Let me get this straight. You live in Minnesota where the roof of the Metro Dome just fell in because of a snow dump and you're NOT a fan of AWD? According to the EPA ratings, the FWD is 2 MPH better than the AWD model. With gas at $3 a gallon, driving 15000 annually, the extra cost of AWD comes out to 1.5 cents per mile or about $250 a year.

The above figures are based on the combined EPA rating of 18 MPG for the AWD verses 20 MPG for the FWD. In addition to being my highway cruiser, my Flex takes me skiing and pulls my boat out of the water on slippery boat ramps. So far, with AWD, it does all my requirements nicely.

The Flex is my 2nd AWD vehicle (the other one being my '06 Jeep Commander). I was a bit leery about buying the Jeep because of the AWD, but so far I haven't spent one extra penny that I can tell for any additional maintenance with AWD. Yes, there is that 1.5 cents per mile for gas, but when I enter that TWILIGHT zone where 4WD would be safer, I'm already in AWD.

PS In nearly 5 years of driving the AWD Jeep, I never had to use the option of going to full 4WD, but then I'm not a "rock climber".

#16 OFFLINE   mesaman

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 08:46 PM

We traded up from 2005 Chevy suburban, and never looked back.

#17 OFFLINE   Boyd

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:24 PM

replaced a 97 Caravan with 2011 Limited
The Dodge wasn't a bad van,but I won't miss anything about it

#18 OFFLINE   vwguy0429

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 07:32 PM

I had a VW Jetta 1.8T wagon

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#19 OFFLINE   commstar

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 10:09 AM

Replacing 00 Chrysler 300M, retaining as a commuter. Mike

#20 OFFLINE   ethan's_flex

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 10:29 AM

'10 flex limited replaced a '00 audi s4

What i'll miss:

acceleration
manual transmission
never being asked to drive (rear seats uninhabitable for adults)
memories


What i won't miss:

trademark german reliability
manual transmission
creaks & rattles


What i couldn't live without now w/ flex:

Sync
Volume (space, not loudness)
Cushy ride
Quiet






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