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How reliable is a Ford Flex?

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Nicholas Hinrichsen - Published: October 1, 2021

There is much more that impacts the cost of car ownership than just the sticker price or MSRP. When buying a car most people have an easy means to find the MPG or fuel economy, fuel costs, registration fees, and insurance premiums as part of their average car annual costs - how do you know how to find maintenance costs?

 

Most people know that certain brands have good cars that are reliable (Honda) and others are very unreliable (Land Rover). While these associations are often grounded in fact - there’s far more data we can use to determine which Hondas (e.g. the Honda Civic vs. Ridgeline) are reliable and which Land Rovers (e.g. the Evoque vs. Range Rover Sport) are unreliable.

How reliable is a Ford Flex and what are the expected maintenance costs?

To look into your specific vehicle’s maintenance costs we’ve developed some aggregated data from RepairPal, Warranty companies, and long-term quality studies to determine both maintenance costs and the overall reliability of a Ford Flex and compared its results across other makes and models. In this article we’ll examine:

  • How reliable overall is a Ford Flex?

  • What is the overall maintenance cost of a Ford Flex?

  • How frequently does a Ford Flex require maintenance?

  • How likely is the Ford Flex to have a severe repair issue?

  • What are different factors that impact maintenance cost?

  • How reliable is Ford Flex over the long term and in the real world?

Some vehicles may appear to be a smart purchase due to low down payments and purchase prices, however you should do some research on exactly how much the car will cost you throughout each year. This article writes about the details of the true cost of maintenance of a Ford Flex in order to answer these above questions to save you time and money. 

Overall Reliability Ratings: Is The Ford Flex Reliable?

Overall the Ford Flex reliability is 59.85 and that makes it very reliable. The chart below illustrates exactly how this ranks compared to some other cars, but the average overall rating is 57 as some comparison.

This data is based on a mix of examining the cost and frequency of maintenance, the warranty coverage, and by looking at long-term reliability by looking at how long these vehicles are typically kept on road. Keep in mind this comparison is amongst all cars, not just compact or subcompact cars in the same class as the Ford Flex.

 

You might notice these figures differ substantially than those you might find in J.D. Power or Consumer Reports. Most publications look at reported issues in the first months of ownership to the dealership (such as JD Power), or ask for owners biased reviews over longer term cycles of their new vehicles. This study instead looks at real world repair costs and frequencies from repair shops and wholesale auction data.

Annual Maintenance Cost of a Ford Flex

Overall - the Ford Flex has yearly car maintenance costs total to $713 .  The table below shows a complete ranking of how various cars rank in this overall system as some comparison. Given that the Ford Flex has an average of $713 and that the average vehicle costs $651 annual --- the Flex is substantially cheaper to maintain.

How Frequently Does a Ford Flex require maintenance?

To examine the frequency of major maintenance we examined how many times the vehicle needed major unscheduled maintenance over a 3 year span. This “major” maintenance item is an expensive system breakage (generally a part or a component with pricing over $1,000) that requires repair. 


It should be noted that while we examine this data on a make model basis, driving habits, condition, and mileage obviously impact results. Each vehicle requires maintenance at different frequencies. Older vehicles may need more frequent services, while new cars can go longer without as much attention. 


You can tell how long a vehicle can go without maintenance services by its frequency score. A frequency score tells us how many times per 3 year span a specific vehicle requires major maintenance. The score is presented over a 3 year span - so for example, if a car has a maintenance frequency score of 3, then this car requires major services every year. The closer the frequency score is to 0, the longer amount of time it can go without major maintenance services. 


A Ford Flex has a frequency score of 1.23. This compares to an industrial average of 1.3, so on that implies the Ford Flex is substantially better than average. The chart below gives a breakdown of all makes/models. 

It’s worth pointing out that there are lots of reliable vehicles that may also require frequent, but affordable maintenance. Many domestic brands for example require higher maintenance visits, but at a cheaper overall cost (since labor and parts expense are typically cheaper for domestic brands). This doesn’t mean the car breaks less often, but does indicate that when the vehicle has issues its very easy to fix - which is arguably even more important.

Severity of Repair and how it impacts overall reliability for the Ford Flex

Some repairs can be outliers as they cost way more than the average repair cost. To identify these “big deal” repairs where an engine, transmission, or major component needs replacing, RepairPal uses a severity score for their consumer reports and reliability rating.

 

You can use a vehicle’s severity score to determine how likely that specific make and model will have a major issue. Severity scores are given as percents, with a score closer to 100% showing the vehicle is very likely to need major repairs. 

These scores are especially important for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who enforces the safety standards to reduce vehicle-related accidents; vehicles in need of repair are a hazard to the driver and everyone else.


Specifically for the Ford Flex, this vehicle has a severity score of 14%% compared to an average of 12% for all vehicle models. 


Please note - severity score is a very good indicator of whether or not you might want to purchase an extended warranty. Extended warranties don’t make economic sense most of the time, but they do help avoid high-cost catastrophic events. 

Long term reliability and the “Keep on Road” score of the Ford Flex.

Although reliability encompasses many things, there is a score from Dashlight that seeks to give a good overall impression of an owners ability to “keep on the road”. This study looks at trade-in vehicles both in terms of overall mileage, and the number of reported “red light” issues for those trade-in and auction vehicles.

 

A red-light issue is when there are major engine, transmission, or other powertrain issues that require substantial repairs. This index is good for a couple reasons shown in the 2 x 2 chart below:

Cost / Frequency to Repair 

Low

High

Low

Low frequency of issues, and when they do occur they will likely be remedied so few cars will be traded in with issues

Although repairs are low in frequency, because they are very high cost its likely many trade-in cars will show these major issues

High

Although repairs are frequent, the low cost of repairs means few cars are traded in with issues

Highly likely cars will be traded in with a high frequency of major issues

So in essence this is a good estimate of how expensive it is to keep a car on the road reliably vs. getting a newer car. It's also a good metric to balance out the superior reliability of some brands (e.g. Lexus) with the cheaper cost to repair some domestic brands (e.g. Ford).

 

Overall the Ford Flex has a long term quality rating of 49.7 compared to an average of 43 across Makes and Models we examined. Please note this is not compared amongst cars from the same bodystyle (e.g. hatchback) or class (e.g. subcompact) or size (e.g. small cars) but amongst all cars.

 

Factors That Impact Maintenance Cost

There are a number of things that impact the exact maintenance costs of your Ford Flex. Generally these fit into a few main categories:

  1. The region and driving conditions in which the car is used

  2. The preventive maintenance the car receives

  3. The exact trim levels, configuration, transmission, and options and packages on the vehicle

The region and driving conditions

Would you rather buy a delivery van from Boston or a one owner van from a Grandma in rural Southern California only driven to church? Usage has a lot to do with expected vehicle maintenance costs, and in general the harsher the driving conditions, the more maintenance required. 
 

Good

Bad

Warm temperate weather

Hwy cruising commutes 

Unsalted roads

Smooth level roads

Extreme Heat or Cold

Stop and Go Traffic, short trips

Salted Roads (de-icing)

Pothole heavy hills

The Preventive and Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance costs and requirements depend on your vehicle’s make and model. These routine maintenance costs will likely help you avoid the higher costs of unscheduled maintenance. Most of the time - you can explore your vehicle maintenance schedule located in the car owner’s manual in the glove compartment to find out which maintenance services your car requires and how often these services need to be done. 


Thanks to modern computerization and mechanical improvements to the design of the engine, new vehicles require less upkeep than ever before. Nonetheless, as a general rule of thumb here’s some general maintenance expenses:


Basic maintenance factors include:

  • Oil Change: It is standard to change a vehicle’s engine oil every three months or between every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. 
     

  • Tire rotation: Because a car’s front two tires bear most of the vehicle’s weight, a tire rotation is needed to spread this stress evenly on all tires. It is recommended to rotate your vehicle’s tires with every oil change.
     

  • Multipoint inspection:

    • It is recommended to get the following inspected each oil change

    • AAA auto insurance offers free multipoint inspections

    • Fluid levels

    • Hoses

    • Inflation pressure

    • Tire tread depth

    • Battery

    • Belts

    • Air filters

In addition to these basic maintenance requirements, vehicles often require some wearable car part replacements that ultimately affect ride quality. As your car gets older in model years or if it is a used car, you might notice replacement costs starting to rise. For example, your Ford Flex might also require replacements. Your average yearly cost of owning will also rise in effect to age. Also, more expensive cars are made of pricier parts, which can be more costly to replace. Replacement and car repair costs include but are not limited to:

 

  • Tires:

    • Checks tires once a month for cracks or tears

    • You can also use the penny test to check the tread depth of your tires
       

  • Wiper blades:

    • The rubber in the blades is upgradeable over time

    • Recommended to be changed every 6 to 12 months
       

  • Engine filters:

    • Stops dirt and debris from clouding your engine

    • Should be replaced every 20,000 to 60,000 miles
       

  • Brake pads: recommended to be changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles
     

  • Car Batteries
     

  • Engine transmission: check whether your reliable car has an automatic transmission or manual transmission (e.g. six-speed manual) or CVT (continuously variable transmission) 


The exact trim levels, configuration, and options and packages on the vehicle

While we treated all [MAKE] [MODEL] the same in this article - sometimes maintenance costs vary quite highly depending on the exact trim level (e.g. LX, EX-L, EX on most Honda models), engine configured (e.g. the fuel efficient four-cylinder engine BMW is more reliable than the six cylinder turbo), standard features (e.g. airbags, sunroof, etc), as well as additional options (e.g. leather seats, heated steering wheel) and packages (e.g. technology package, utility package) the vehicle has (Toyota infotainment touchscreens in 2002-2004 were not highly reliable).


Although it's not a steadfast rule - the more moving parts, options and packages your vehicle has the more likely these items are to need repair. E.g. a vehicle equipped with Bluetooth, climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, touch screen infotainment system, and NHTSA/IIHS approved active safety features (blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning) has more items to break than a base-level Nissan Sentra with just a steering wheel and AM/FM radio. If you opt for the four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), rather than front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive models this too is likely to cause additional complications.


In addition, for styling,  trim levels for the higher horsepower sport models are more likely to be “pushing” the limits of their mechanical components than lower priced based models. The 2006-2010 BMW M5 as an example had notorious engine and transmission issues for a very advanced, highly complex V10 powertrain. The base model 5 series (more tuned for good epa gas mileage) was far more reliable.

 

Will having back seats increase your maintenance costs?

When deciding on the best car for you, it’s important to note the amount of legroom and overall cargo space available to you that will fit your lifestyle. Due to the technology and build of the larger vehicles now, maintenance costs to do not vary that much from SUVs to sedans. A sedan will usually have a lower CPM than most SUVs, mainly due to the higher cost of tires and brake repairs.

 

However, these prices do not deviate that much from one another to detract from the roomy vehicle with foldable rear seats you could have. If you’re a large family, a three-row car is definitely worth the maintenance costs, but if you’re short on a budget and don’t use your car much, only having a first row (Smart car) may work for you. 

Refinance a Ford Flex:

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Ford Flex Expert Review

Staff Writer

Launched in 2009, the Flex is Ford's large crossover offering. Easily distinguishable from any other people movers thanks to its unique boxy exterior, the Flex comes well equipped even in base-model flavor and can be optioned out to bona fide luxury-car levels.

The Flex's boxy styling is not for everyone, however, and may be contributing to the models' relatively-slow sales, though the somewhat hefty price tag does not help matters. The Flex is a bit lacking dynamically as well, and can be difficult to park, especially if not equipped with a back-up camera.

However, the Flex makes up for those shortcomings partially with its smooth and comfortable ride, which make it great for long distance trips and partially with its high-quality, well-appointed and well-equipped interior -- especially in higher trim levels. The flat roof means plenty of room for all three rows of passengers, not to mention ample cargo room. As a bonus, the Flex can even tow up to 4,500 pounds, which is plenty for hauling most weekend toys.

Bodystyles: SUVEngines: 3.5L V-6, 3.5L turbocharged V-6Transmissions: 6-speed automaticModels: SE, SEL FWD, SEL AWD, SEL EcoBoost, Limited FWD, Limited AWD, Limited EcoBoost

The big news for the 2010 Ford Flex is the addition of the powerful EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V-6. Additionally, the Flex receives the Active Park Assist self-parallel-parking system as an option on range-topping Limited models.

Flex SEL and Limited models get white roofs and body-color mirrors. Wheel options go from 17 inches on SE models to as big as 20 inches on the range-topping Limited. EcoBoost models get separate dual exhausts.

Depending on configuration, the Flex can sit either six or seven, though taller adults will find the third row to be cramped. Cargo capacity ranges from 20.0 cubic-feet to a whopping 83.2 cubic-feet.

The Flex is not the most agile vehicle, but when fitted with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, it will move with surprising urgency. Even the base engine, a naturally-aspirated version of Ford's 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 262 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque doesn't labor when moving the Flex's two-and-a-quarter tons except in extreme conditions.

The Flex received 5-star crash safety ratings from the NHTSA from all four positions thanks partly to its compliment of six standard airbags. Stability control and four-wheel ABS are standard as well.

SE, SEL FWD, Limited FWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highwaySEL AWD, SEL EcoBoost, Limited AWD, Limited EcoBoost: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway

  • Roomy interior
  • EcoBoost power
  • SUV-like towing capability
  • Steep pricetag
  • Hefty curb weight
  • Boxy styling not for everyone

Best box you can buy

  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Mazda CX-9
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2010 Ford Flex

Retail Price

$28,950 - $42,465MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Engine3.5L V-6
MPG17 City / 24 Hwy
Seating7 Passengers
Transmission6-spd auto w/OD
Power262 @ 6250 rpm
Drivetrainfront-wheel
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2009 Ford Flex Review

We think the funky Ford Flex is comfortable and generally likable, but we’d hardly call it a performance vehicle. The newly available twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 doesn’t fundamentally change that, but it does at least add some performance to a crossover desperate for speed. As it turns out, a few other modifications help spice things up, too.

Even Heavier, Much Faster

The standard Flex might look like a wagon, but it drives like a crossover. It isn’t particularly quick, hitting 60 in 8.4 seconds, and although it handles relatively well, it isn’t terribly thrilling to toss around, due to numb steering and a base curb weight that tops 4800 pounds in all-wheel-drive guise. The Flex EcoBoost, available only with all-wheel drive, adds roughly another 200 pounds. But with 355 hp at 5700 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque available from 1500 all the way to 5250 rpm—advantages of 93 hp and 102 lb-ft over the naturally aspirated Flex—it feels much, much quicker.

We didn’t have a chance to strap test equipment to the Flex on our initial drive in mile-high Boulder, Colorado, but Ford claims a 0-to-60 time of 6.8 seconds. Our recent test of the Lincoln MKT, which shares the Flex’s platform and EcoBoost powertrain, resulted in a 0-to-60 figure of 6.1 seconds, so we think Ford may be sandbagging a bit.

The blown engine is complemented by the same six-speed automatic transmission found in the standard Flex, only it’s enhanced with an overdrive lockout mode with hill descent control, as well as a true manual shift mode. Self-shifting is done via steering-wheel paddles shaped exactly like those on a BMW 3-series, a surprisingly sporty touch for a Brady-grade family hauler. (It’s too bad about the cheap black plastic in which they’re rendered.) Speaking of grades, the overdrive lockout mode’s hill descent control automatically downshifts into an appropriate gear for engine braking when the shifter is set in “M” and the brake is held for a half-second or so.

The hill-descent control works well even while pulling a 2500-pound trailer, which the Flex did with incredible ease at the 7000-plus-foot altitudes we experienced in Colorado. As a forced-induction motor, the EcoBoost V-6 is innately thin-air friendly, which helps explain—but in no way tarnishes—the fact that the Flex EcoBoost proved more adept at light towing than the Chevy Suburban, Toyota Sequoia, and GMC Acadia that Ford brought along for comparison.

But the story of the Flex EcoBoost is not merely one of flexing muscle. The suspension is revised with stiffer springs and revised dampers, which serve to lower the vehicle by 0.4 inch and deliver a nice, taut ride that remains delightfully free of harshness. Roadholding was impressive as we hustled through mountain passes. We did notice a bit of a low rumble emanating from the rear of the vehicle during high-speed cruising, however, as well as a bit of wind noise from the A-pillars—no doubt a byproduct of the tall windshield, which is also responsible for ending many a bug’s life (in a splat, not even a smear).

The standard Flex has a hydraulic power-steering system which we don’t particularly like; it’s replaced in the EcoBoost model by an electric power-assisted system that we also don’t particularly like, owing to its having more or less the same lack of feel. The EcoBoost’s electrically operated system does allow for two noteworthy pieces of technological innovation: an active straight-line assistance feature that countersteers automatically in the face of crosswinds and crowned road surfaces and a sonar-based self-parallel-parking system that absolutely shames the slow and sloppy camera-based self-parking technology currently offered in certain Lexuses.

Can You Tell the Difference?

Big 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels, a discreet “EcoBoost” tailgate badge, and two fat outboard tailpipes that stick out far enough from the bumper to sear one’s shins are the only giveaways that this Flex has hit the gym. Inside, there are even fewer unique features—just the aforementioned shift paddles and the “M” slot in the transmission gate. However, 2010 also brings certain refinements to all Flexes, such as a telescoping function for the tilting steering column and more comfortable front headrests. Improvements are always welcome, but we think the Flex interior is already among Ford’s strongest, with above-average materials and assembly quality and a level of practicality that’s virtually unmatched in all of crossoverdom.

Ford admits the twin-turbo Flex will have limited appeal. The company expects the model to make up only 15-or-so percent of all Flexes. And it won’t be cheap. The base price is technically $36,890 for a 2010 Flex EcoBoost, but Ford admits the only way to get one that cheap will be to order it. The effective base price for an example in dealer stock will be $39,940, which includes goodies like leather upholstery, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, power-operated pedals and liftgate, and heated mirrors. The Flex Limited with EcoBoost, with its upgraded leather, voice-activated Sync and navigation, LED taillamps, and xenon headlamps, will effectively start at $43,580.

That might seem pricey for a Flex, but it’s in the same ballpark as well-optioned seven-seat crossovers from GM, as well as the far heftier and thirstier Toyota Sequoia and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, vehicles that Ford claims are cross-shopped with the Flex. In that company, the Flex EcoBoost is not only one of the most-fuel-efficient options but also by far one of the sportiest. Plus, it looks cool. If you have to drive a box, at least make it an interesting one.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6- or 7-passenger, 5-door wagon

BASE PRICE: $36,890

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 213 cu in, 3496cc
Power: 355 bhp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Length: 201.8 in
Width: 75.9 in Height: 68.0 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 5000 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 6.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.6 sec
Top speed: 120 mph

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 16/22 mpg


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Ford reliability 2010 flex

The Ford Flex is a midsize SUV that offers a roomy cabin, abundant luggage space, decent engines, and an easy-to-navigate infotainment system.

Produced between 2009 and 2019, the Flex was a huge flop for Ford despite its many positives.

In this piece, we discuss the longevity of the Ford Flex.

Does a Ford Flex last long?

Despite its unpopularity, fans of the Ford Flex swear by its durability and exceptional reliability. Several users are well past the 150,000-mile mark with no major maintenance or repairs. With adequate care, the Flex will last more than 200k miles easily.

How Many Miles Do Ford Flex Last?

With adequate maintenance, a Ford Flex will most likely last for 200,000 miles or more.

Flex drivers whose vehicles have lasted that long say they park them in indoor garages during the winter.

In addition, the Ford Flex only needs minor repairs before it reaches the 200,000-mile mark.

How Soon to Expect Rust on Ford Flex’s?

The Ford Flex start rusting about 2-3 years after production.

Users claim they found the first signs of rust on the lower edges of the rear door.

When that happens with your Ford Flex, spray the affected part with some wood oil.

The Film Fluid wood oil comes recommended, as long as you use it only in the winter.

In case rust hasn’t appeared on your Flex, you can delay it by parking it indoors during the winter.

This is because the Ford Flex is more likely to rust in cold weather, just like any other vehicle.

How Long Do Ford Flex Last Compare to Similar Cars?

Ford Flex vehicles last just as long as other vehicles in the same category.

Below, we compare the Flex to its major competitors:

Ford Flex vs. Chevrolet Traverse

The Ford Flex and Chevrolet Traverse have equal durability levels.

Both cars will most likely last for 200,000 miles.

However, rust appears on the Ford Flex faster than it does on the Chevy Traverse. While it probably takes 4 years after production for the Chevrolet model to start rusting, you may find rust on your Flex within 2 years of production.

Likewise, the Traverse saves more fuel than the Flex.

Your Ford Flex probably won’t last longer than 18 miles on a gallon of fuel. For the Chevrolet Traverse, the average gas mileage is 23 mpg.

Ford Flex vs. Acura MDX

Your Acura MDX will most likely last the same time as the Ford Flex.

Drivers of both vehicles attest to the fact that they can last for 200,000 miles or more.

On the other hand, the Acura MDX withstands rust much longer than Ford Flexes.

Rust doesn’t show up on most MDXs until about 12-14 years after they were produced. Ford Flex often start rusting as early as 2-3 years after production.

With regards to fuel economy, the Acura MDX delivers better than the Ford Flex.

Whereas Acura MDXs last 24 miles per gallon, Ford Flex will most likely not travel longer than 18 miles on the same quantity.

You may also like to read our article about Ford Flex & Light: 14 Questions Answered

Ford Flex vs. Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is the only car in this set of comparisons that is not as durable as the Flex.

It is more probable that your Honda Pilot will breakdown after 150,000 miles. Ford Flex’s often last a little longer, about 200,000 miles.

What the Honda Pilot loses in durability, it gains in resistance to rust. Ford Flex SUVs rust much faster than Honda Pilots.

While it often takes the Honda Pilot about 15 years to succumb to rust, Flex’s start rusting about two years after their manufacture date. Yet again, the Honda Pilot wins over the Ford Flex in gas mileage.

Whereas the Ford Flex may offer you only 18 miles per gallon of fuel, the Pilot can take you 5 miles longer.

Even though Ford Flex is undeniably very durable, they offer a rather low fuel economy in comparison.

Is Ford Flex Reliable?

The 2019 Ford Flex, its most recent model year, only earned a score of 2.5 out of 5 in reliability in J.D. Power’s reliability rating.

Meanwhile, the Ford Flex is quite expensive to maintain. Maintenance on most similar-sized SUVs probably won’t cost more than $573.

However, you’ll likely have to pay about $715 for yearly maintenance on your Flex.

In addition, they offer a low fuel economy compared to similar SUVs. For instance, the Honda Pilot offers an average of 23mpg.

On the other hand, the Ford Flex may only last 18 miles on one gallon of fuel.

There are still several benefits you’ll enjoy if you buy a Ford Flex:

  1. The vehicle combines the utility of a minivan with the sportiness of contemporary SUVs.
  2. It delivers exceptional visibility, a comfortable cabin, and best-in-class entertainment systems.

The Best and Worst Years of Ford Flex

Customer feedback shows that 2013 is the worst model year for the Ford Flex.

This model year had the highest amount of negative reviews varying from expensive repairs to low fuel economy.

Also, users complained that the signal light for ‘door ajar’ wouldn’t go off even when they shut the doors.

The 2019 Ford Flex is the best model year. It offers larger seats, improved handling, and more powerful engines.

It comes with a glass roof for better all-around visibility, and the interior is plush.

Nevertheless, 2019 Flex owners fault the model year on its low gas mileage.

What About Recalls for These Model Years?

Ford has recalled the Flex 10 times during its 10-year production run.

The company recalled some 2013 Ford Flex to fix a manufacturing defect in its fuel tanks.

Because of this issue, fuel may leak from the tanks, and cause fire accidents.

A few 2019 Ford Flex also received recalls from the Ford Motor Company. The company had doubts that their power supply cables were attached correctly.

If this problem is not fixed, owners may be at the risk of a fire.

Here is a breakdown of the recalls, according to the model years:

Model YearNo. Of Recalls
20135
20143
20152
20112
20122
20091
20101
20161
20171
20191

Ford Flex Model Year List

Ford released the Flex in 2009, and production ended in 2019.

While the vehicle is still on sale, the units at dealerships are leftovers from the 2019 production.

Here is a list of the model years of the Ford Flex:

  • 2009 Ford Flex
  • 2010 Ford Flex
  • 2011 Ford Flex
  • 2012 Ford Flex
  • 2013 Ford Flex
  • 2014 Ford Flex
  • 2015 Ford Flex
  • 2016 Ford Flex
  • 2017 Ford Flex
  • 2018 Ford Flex
  • 2019 Ford Flex

Is Ford Flex Expensive to Maintain?

Yes, they are. Your typical midsize SUV only costs $573 yearly to maintain, but Ford Flexes often require $715 for annual maintenance.

How Long Do Brakes Last?

The average service life for Ford Flex brakes is 30,000 miles.

Your brakes may not get to last that long if you stomp on the brake pads too often.

New brakes are priced at $136-$196.

How Long Do Batteries Last?

Usually, Ford Flex batteries quit after 4-7 years of usage.

If you switch off all signal lights when you leave your car, you can extend the service life of your batteries.

$199 should get you a new battery.

How Long Do Tires Last?

Since the Ford Flex is heavy, its original tires will most likely wear out after 40,000 miles.

When you need a replacement, get Bridgestone Dueler or Hankook DynaPro tires.

Both tires are tough and can take the weight of the Flex.

With $150, you can purchase either of them.

How Long Do Transmissions Last?

The service life of Ford Flex transmission ranges from 130,000-180,000 miles.

Keep an eye on your transmission for leakage if you want them to last very long.

How Long Do Spark Plugs Last?

Most Ford Flexes use iridium spark plugs, and they are usually good for 100,000 miles.

What Is the Insurance Cost of Ford Flex?

On average, it costs about $2,052 yearly to insure a Ford Flex.

Nevertheless, your insurance may increase or decrease depending on your age, gender, or mileage.

Tips to Prolong the Life of your Car

Here are ways to optimize your Ford Flex for improved longevity:

  • Pay regular visits to the technician.  That way, you will detect faults in your car before they escalate.
  • Park your car in a dry, well-ventilated garage when it is not in use. If you do this, you can delay rust on your Flex. It is imperative that you do this during the winter, as vehicles are more likely to rust in cold weather.
  • Ensure you give your Flex a thorough wash to remove foreign materials that may make your SUV rust faster.
  • Check and refill your fluids when necessary.
  • Remember to rotate your tires when you take your car for servicing at the technicians.
  • Avoid stomping on your brake pads as much as you can.
  • Drive carefully.
  • Start your car every day, even when you have no intention of using it on a particular day. This practice will extend the service life of your batteries.
  • Repair car parts as soon as they develop faults.
  • When you need to replace worn parts, get quality spares.

References:

2019 Ford Flex Review

Ford Flex Consumer Reports

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Ford Flex

Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.

0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.

Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.

Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.

Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.

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