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What vehicle did your Flex replace?


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#21 OFFLINE   pwrpony

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:45 PM

sold my lifted 2005 chevy silverado crew cab, 9 inch lift, 20 inch rims and 37-13.5-20 tires.

bought a 2009 SEL Flex. Love it.

Sold it because i really got sick of the 12.9mpg and $1800 for tires

so far I'm getting 6 mpg better in town and around 8-10 hwy :happy feet:

#22 OFFLINE   tadpole

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:07 AM

When my just-ordered Flex Limited FWD arrives, it will replace my 2008 Taurus X Limited FWD (I find I don't really need AWD in Florida). The T-X is going to my son, whose 10-year-old Honda Odyssey's tranmissions just S-T-B! (soiled the bed).

So I won't miss anything, I get a few more things (Nav, camera, power liftgate, tow package), and I'm as happy as a clam.

Prior to that, the T-X replaced a Mercury Sable Taurus Wagon. Any surprise? I do wish they had made a Mercury version of the Taurus X, but I can't imagine what a Mercury version of the Flex would turn out like......

#23 OFFLINE   dsfdlish

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:56 PM

our 09 flex replace my wifes 01 pos edition va-jetta (as in volkswagon)

#24 OFFLINE   kurtsbusa

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 03:10 PM

replaced my 2007 f150 crewcab with the flex just couldn't afford the new lease or purchase price of the 2009 f150's


Love the gas mileage in the flex and all the room but miss having a truck so just ordered a 2011 f150 ecoboost to lease so the flex will be sold :cry:

#25 OFFLINE   dkpnkc

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:35 PM

Our Flex replaced a Lincoln Zephyr. Wife wanted a hauler for the grandkids and her craiglist buys. I wanted at least one AWD since I sold mine and bought a FWD MKX. I'll miss the Zephyr's mpg and reliability. I'm hopeful the Flex will be as good.

#26 OFFLINE   tap24

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 03:51 AM

Infiniti G37

#27 OFFLINE   D'Aire

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 09:17 AM

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".

I do need to address this again. Actually, when I test drove our Freestyle back before we ordered in in 2005, I much preferred the way the FWD handled. That was the reason I got the FWD Flex. Now that I have had it for a couple of months and driven it around in what is turning out to be a pretty significant winter as far as snow and ice goes..... I kind of wish I would have gotten the AWD. I never had an issue with the FWD Freestyle on slippery conditions, but the Flex seems to be much more effected by those conditions. I do know that when it's time to buy again, I'm probably going to be thinking AWD if I stay with the Flex.

BTW...first impressions of the vehicle.....LOVE IT! Love the way it handles, corners, rides etc. etc. We have gotten much better gas mileage than we expected as well. We just got back from a trip to Florida last week. We put 3500 miles on in that trip, and we were getting 26-27 MPG in the southern states. That isn't true once we hit these cold climes up here where they add a bit too much ethenol to the gas. It definitely effects mileage.

#28 OFFLINE   kzeller

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 01:11 PM

2005 BMW 325xit

#29 OFFLINE   kzeller

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 01:15 PM

I need to know the down and dirty about adding the after market Ford roof rails to my 09 Flex ( with the vista roof)... vs. adding a Thule. From what I can tell the Thule has to be mounted above the door openings, which is more forward on the roof than the "Ford" rails...

#30 OFFLINE   tenracing

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:42 AM

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.

1987 Volvo 240DL wagon...actually my Step son will be taking it over, he turns 16 the end of march.
( it is alot like me square, old, and thinks it's fast)

What I will miss:
the simplistic part of it.
manual transmission
rear wheel drive, thorsen style diff makes for great drifting in the snow :)
sharp handling (with the summer wheels anyway)
dork factor


What I will not miss:
Noise
rattles
harsh ride (lowered with IPD springs, heavy swaybars, strut tower braces, rear torque arms, etc...)

What I couldn't live without that the Flex has:
Smooth ride,
EB throttle response
climate control
sync
dork factor
towing capacity

#31 OFFLINE   dtilden

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:53 PM

2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring AWD

I'll miss... can't think of a thing. The Pac was a nice unit BUT

Flex beats it in every way - power, ride, handling, towing, looks, comfort, Sync!

#32 OFFLINE   wfreer

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 08:33 PM

Replaced a Honda Odyssey 2007
It was a great car but had ridiculously expensive tires. Shocks gave out after towing our trailer across the country to motorcycle shows.

Miss the onboard storage space - cubbies, cup holders, height and sliding side doors and ability to access GPS on the fly (passenger only, of course).

LOVE the sound system,
Towing capability,
Unbelievably quiet ride

#33 OFFLINE   _3440

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 08:35 AM

replaced my VolvoV70!

#34 OFFLINE   nikki070304

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:59 AM

My 2010 AWD Flex replaced my 2005 Ford Escape. The Escape is now my spouses car.

Love EVERYTHING about it! Best car I've ever had!! :-)

#35 OFFLINE   Brad

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 01:20 PM

Replaced my 2000 Windstar. I had 136,000 mile on it and it was falling apart.

I miss the fact that I could park it anywhere, haul anything and not worry, cause it was a beater.

Looking forward to better gas milage and dependability.

#36 OFFLINE   FlexiMama

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:59 PM

I replaced a 2000 Nissan Quest...I don't miss a thing and I couldn't be happier with my purchase!

#37 OFFLINE   Tommet

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:18 PM

We traded in a 2003 Ford Windstar Minivan.............Thank God it's gone! :)

#38 OFFLINE   ventkj

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 03:11 AM

Replaced '98 Bonneville

Will miss:
Styling, tranny smoothness, low end torque, trailer hitch

Will not miss from the Bonnie:
Wind noise, lack of storage space for kids hockey equipment

Can't live without from Flex:
Interior space for people/cargo

#39 OFFLINE   Giant Microbe

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

Replaced a 1995 Toyota Celica GT convertible. Two entirely different beasts. Both are a joy to drive. The Flex is just much more practical for a growing family. We have enjoyed getting the same gas mileage from the Flex that we got from the Celica!

#40 OFFLINE   Alloy Snake

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 05:53 AM

Traded a 2004 Honda Pilot exl.Probably will upgrade to more options next year with another Flex.






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