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Old 04-20-2011, 12:26 PM   #15
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That looks like a nice set up you have. Do you know if that the same engine in the Flex that they put in the new F150 pickup?
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:36 PM   #16
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Same engine, tweaked a bit. I recently towed my new-to-me Miata on a (very lightweight aluminum) car trailer with a borrowed-from-the-office F-150 Ecoboost. Needless to say, it didn't even know the trailer was there - but that rig probably weighs even less than my trailer...

The engine is as impressive in the truck as it was in the Flex/MKT - smooth torque available low in the rev band. Very quiet too with just a bit of compressor sound from the spooling turbos.

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Old 04-20-2011, 12:46 PM   #17
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That's good to hear. I understand it is an outstanding power train. I'll have to visit a local dealer and take a ride. I'm not in the market, but like to hear about new automotive advances.
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Ford Flex

We tow our 73 Safari with a 2009 non-Ecoboost Flex. No problems at all. Trailer is a tandem with 4 12 inch brakes, so stopping is not a problem. Tongue weight does not faze the vehicle and it plays with the weight power wise. Knowing when to shift makes a difference.
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what kind of fuel economy are you getting towing with the flex/F-150? N.A. or turbo?

DW and I have taken a few trips now with our new 23D, towing with an 06 Jeep liberty diesel. It does pretty well, but we are (I am) on the lookout for a new TV. MPG is a real factor with fuel prices where they are headed..
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what kind of fuel economy are you getting towing with the flex/F-150? N.A. or turbo?

DW and I have taken a few trips now with our new 23D, towing with an 06 Jeep liberty diesel. It does pretty well, but we are (I am) on the lookout for a new TV. MPG is a real factor with fuel prices where they are headed..
whoops... just found this sibling thread on this very topic.
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whoops... just found this sibling thread on this very topic.
BTW...not to get off topic, but that's a nice Charley Boorman you've got there....is that him eating sheep "parts" from long way round?
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BTW...not to get off topic, but that's a nice Charley Boorman you've got there....is that him eating sheep "parts" from long way round?
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I got between 12-14 with the Flex or MKT Ecoboost towing my Argosy. I don't really keep out of the boost, I'm afraid. FWIW, I can get 15 towing with my Honda Odyssey.

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12mpg towing with my v10 Excursion is sounding better.
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Thanks for some great input. Sounds like keeping the Excursion as a TV makes the most sense. We get about 14 mpg towing. The Flex may get about the same however we already own our Ex and would not have to buy another TV for 25k+. Nigel
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12mpg towing with my v10 Excursion is sounding better.
That's the thing - if you have a more fuel-efficient car to commute in, the towing mileage matters less and less. (I thought you mentioned getting an old Miata in another thread - I just got a 95 M-edition myself.)

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Yep I like the idea of an MG without the MG headaches! I want an N series, may 93 or so.
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Surprised no one here talking about the new Explorer since they are discussing the "Flex" - Explorer is simular frame - but can tow more, nice "Turbo-Gas" engine offering....

12-14mpg - that's at the bottom range of what I get with my 2011 diesel F-350 towing a 31' 2011 Airstream 30 Classic...
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