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Old 12-18-2009, 05:15 AM   #29
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We do substantially strengthen the hitch receivers on the Flex. It is one of the easier ones to do as there is lots of room and a really strong structure under the back end.

Next time we do one I can take a picture for you we could also make up the part and send it to you to install there if you could not find someone there to do it for you.

For the 17' Caravel the standard hitch is fine. The Edge has the same drivetrain and also works well for less expense there is less interior space however. Part of the price on the Flex is that it has 1.9% interest rate on which is worth a few thousand.

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Old 01-01-2010, 09:09 AM   #30
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With 350 pound-feet of torque at just 1,500 rpm Ford's new EcoBoost engine made the 2010 Wards top ten engine list. The Ford Flex has this engine as an option.

The complete list is here... Top 10 engines for 2010: Turbos and diesels big winners - Posted Driving


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Old 01-02-2010, 09:02 PM   #31
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Was able to twist the optioned list up to $47,690 (still shy a few expensive items). By comparison, a well-loaded diesel 2WD came in just over $60,000.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:06 PM   #32
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No thanks...

Matched up to a suitable size, it should do very well.
Have a neighbor who has driven them, raves about the creature comforts.

How would it look having a "brick" towing a Stream?....In the eye of the beholder I guess.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:23 PM   #33
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Have a neighbor who has driven them, raves about the creature comforts.
Drive one yourself, Robert and you'll rave too.

It's a very hip limo on the inside. Very Nouveau riche air about it, maybe a sort of "Rolls Royce meets Hummer" feel? The three big slashes of roof glass makes it feel quite open, as well.

All most people see is the machine age outside. Get inside before you judge it...
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:41 AM   #34
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"Rolls Royce meets Hummer"
For sure...

The aerodynamic nature of the Flex proves that sometimes you have to think outside the box.

Ford designers and engineers spent countless hours in the wind tunnel and made numerous subtle tweaks to deliver breakthrough aerodynamics.

Compared to the competition, Ford Flex moves through the air with surprising ease.

At 55 mph, the Flex needs only 8.90 horsepower while the nearest competitors in the full-size crossover segment - the curvy GMC Acadia and Toyota Highlander - require more than 9.30 horsepower.

The Flex's standout aerodynamics equates to 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 miles per gallon in city.

The drag coefficient of the Flex is .34 and the H2 is about .60
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:23 AM   #35
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So with a wheel base of approximately 118 inches-would the Flex be long enough to tow my 24 foot 1960 Tradewind (about 3400 pounds) or would it be cutting it too close?
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So with a wheel base of approximately 118 inches-would the Flex be long enough to tow my 24 foot 1960 Tradewind (about 3400 pounds) or would it be cutting it too close?
Car based vehicles tend to be very stable TV's when set up correctly.

Where you have a low center of gravity, IRS, precise steering, sticky performance tires, optimal connection (hardware and adjustments) wheel base length becomes less of a factor.

ie....we have outstanding stability and control with a 112" wheelbase.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:15 PM   #37
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How would it look having a "brick" towing a Stream?....In the eye of the beholder I guess.
I drive a Volvo wagon, the original "brick", so I think the Flex would look great towing a 'stream. Actually, I think my Volvo would look great towing an Airstream.
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Yeah Steph, they're pretty steep in price. I too wanted one... til we started looking at prices. Give them a few years... in 3 yrs, they'll be around 15-$20,000.
I'm going to resurrect this old thread, because back in '09 I said the Flex was too rich for my blood, and Marc told me to wait a few years - and today I finally brought home an '09 Flex AWD for our new tow vehicle to replace the van.

I did a ton of research, considered all my options, got a lot of advice for which I thank all the folk on the forum who had some to give, and have been in touch with Andrew T at CanAm (as the experts in towing with cars and smaller tow vehicles), and I think the flex will be the perfect all-around car for us. It drives so nice, is quiet and smooth, I'm really excited to have it. It doesn't have a tow package, but we have time to add that before our first trip in the spring, and the color even matches the Airstream - I think they're made for each other!

Here are the pictures of it off the dealers website. It's parked in my driveway getting rained on now
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That's great, Steph! Can't wait to hear how it works out for you. Did you get the eco-boost or regular engine?
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Congratulations !!!!!!

Thinking you will be very happy with the way it tows your Airstream. The black interior looks good too. Can't wait til we hear about your first towing review.
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That's great, Steph! Can't wait to hear how it works out for you. Did you get the eco-boost or regular engine?
This one has the regular engine. We had a choice between this one and a Limited which had a bunch of fancy features, and decided to go with the simpler model. Even at that it has a TON of features our 20 year old cars didn't even dream of It's only a foot or so shorter than our van, and a foot or so shorter in height, which is nice because I always have to climb up in the van, and this I can just sit in like a regular car. And of course it has all the airbags, side curtain airbags, traction control - safety features that will be nice to have 'just in case'.
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Congrats! It will have no problems with the Caravel, and will be so much more comfy than the van (I've done lots of towing with Ford vans in my past.)

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