New, potential Ford Flex owner here. The reason I say "potential" is that I am two days away from purchasing a 2009 Certified Pre-Owned Ford Flex Limited. The wife has fallen in love with this car (I admit, it is nice...), and we're scheduled to finalize the deal and pick it up in two days. Tonight we went to the dealer to finalize some financing info, etc. and I asked for, and received, a copy of the maintenance records for the vehicle. The previous owner of the vehicle was the dealership's owner's wife, so all of the maintenance records were on file and easily printed. The car has approx. 32,500 miles on it.
In reviewing the maintenance records, I see the following items all related to the brakes:
- August 2010 (20k miles) Humming noise from brakes - Machined the rotors...problem "fixed."
- November 2010 (22,300 miles) "Pulsating braking" - Measured rotors, etc. Found crack in the "friction meteirail" on the rear brake pads. Replaced brake pads. Problem "fixed."
- February 2011 (25,100 miles) "Grinding brakes" - Implemented TSB 10-17-03 (Replaced front brake rotors, pads and anchor brackets)
So, of course, I'm reading all of the forums and seeing the plethora of brake issues with these cars.
I'm also reading that many people have had TSB 10-17-03 done and the initial feedback was that it resolved the problem.
(note, the car also had the leaking moon roof issue (seems to have been fixed).
My questions are these. Has anyone that has had TSB 10-17-03 done, had further brake problems? Did it truly resolve the problem? Is this a "permanent" fix?
My wife will be depending on this vehicle, as she will be driving around it in for work everyday and hauling our two small children to their various activities. I just cannot deal with having this thing in the shop on a frequent basis, and would just like to hear from anyone that has had this TSB repair done to know if it has fully resolved the problem. I would hate to make a mistake by purchasing this car if I can anticipate further brake issues. I know repairs will mostly be covered under the warrantee, but I just don't want to buy a lemon. Overall, the car seems solid, but I'm just looking for others' experience with the TSB 10-17-03 fix.
By the way, these forums seem great and I really appreciate the information everyone shares.
Edited by NHFlexster, 22 August 2011 - 07:34 AM.