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ZanatWork

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ZanatWork last won the day on November 9 2013

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    The Woods of Washington
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    Ford Flex

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  1. 4 little non-profane words certainly get your unmentionables bunched. I have little patience for people over-griping on projects still in the rumor stage, I tend to think it's a special breed of ridiculous to just dismiss a potential vehicle this early in the game. Plus, he said "he's done"...so...why should he care?
  2. The nose makes me think of the NIssan GTR...so I hope it looks better in person. The lack of a true manual is a bit disappointing, but the "stat racers" should be thrilled. Even as much as I love a good manual in a sporting car, I have to admit that there's a bit of a disconnect between wanting supercar performance capabilities while preferring the slower shifting of a manual. Basically, it seems like the GT350 is the "analog purist" car while the GT500 is the "today's tech" super-Mustang. Barring the GTR-esque visual issues, I'm impressed and very pleased, overall.
  3. I'll wait for real judgement until I see the real thing in a real color. As much as I love any prototype pics I can see, they rarely define my overall impressions of the production examples. However, regarding the earlier post about wagons-minivans-SUVs-CUVs-wagons...eh, most SUVs and CUVs rarely see unpaved roads. The basic truth is that the wagon remains too logical to not utilize, regardless how it's repackaged. Some of us really liked the Focus ST wagon, and were hoping for a successor in the Focus Active line, but whatever....
  4. As I said when I saw this elsewhere: "too much inter-sibling romance".
  5. As much as I'm annoyed with Ford's apparently inability to control the releases of its own product news lately, I'm also disappointed that every Bronco rumor goes from zero to ridiculous assumption in about one second. It's gonna be a mid-sized, off-road focused SUV with 300-ish hp. As much as I'm a member of the "save the manuals" club, a good auto isn't a deal breaker. I also have no real opinion on a hybrid version, as I wouldn't be likely to buy that variant.
  6. Very agreed. I saw the Focus Active as a potential Subaru competitor, especially if it was available in a couple different guises. I do worry about that being a missed opportunity.
  7. ZanatWork

    Ford Flex AWD transmission confusion

    It made noises in the driven gears, not in park/neutral.
  8. ZanatWork

    Ford Flex AWD transmission confusion

    I did push it in neutral a few times, now.
  9. ZanatWork

    Ford Flex AWD transmission confusion

    It locked up noisily while I was driving it, it sounded very mechanically tragic. I haven't had it out and diagnosed yet, but it sounded like someone was dragging bicycle chains in a metal drum...and only park/neutral were doing ANYTHING. Sadly, my abilities to get a proper diagnosis are very limited as the timing of the failure was truly unfortunate. I only just started a new job and am beyond broke, which exacerbates the situation. Strangely, I can't see any but the first response on this thread...?!
  10. Yep, proof of over-medicating in this country...! 1. The GT is doing fine in racing, and I hadn't noticed that the class-rival Corvettes were than much cheaper...so your argument is bizarre. 2. The top-level Vette may hold a minimal advantage over the GT in some conditions, but it's still hilariously garish to look at and suffers typical GM build quality issues. 3. The Camaro is a far worse car than the Mustang, and only out-performs it (in some guises) by amounts slight enough to be overcome by driver skills. Why suffer gunslit windows and worst-in-class styling for 1/10th of a second at some drag strip? 4. GM is crap, and seemingly determined to stay that way. It's nothing new that they'll build a "numbers" Camaro/Corvette that still has interior trim falling off in the first year of ownership. Back away from the paint thinner, and put its lid back on.
  11. ZanatWork

    Ford Flex AWD transmission confusion

    It locked up noisily while I was driving it, it sounded very mechanically tragic. I haven't had it out and diagnosed yet, but it sounded like someone was dragging bicycle chains in a metal drum...and only park/neutral were doing ANYTHING. Sadly, my abilities to get a proper diagnosis are very limited as the timing of the failure was truly unfortunate. I only just started a new job and am beyond broke, which exacerbates the situation.
  12. ZanatWork

    Ford Flex AWD transmission confusion

    Much appreciated. The Flex is excellent for my overall needs/uses when working, and the rest of the car has been excellent.
  13. I'm really hoping that someone here can help with this. OK, so...I have a 2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD. It's very "limited" right now, as its transmission gave up the ghost on me a month back. As I'd just lost my job and had other chaos hit at the same basic time, my autumn was off to a less-than-great beginning. That said, I'm still paying on the car and genuinely love it when it's working. So...once re-employed, I began searching for a replacement transmission. I have a good friend with a shop, we can do the swap...but there's a confounding issue: "early" 2009 Flexes (like mine) take a different version of the transmission than those built after 5/2009...and the later transmissions are both easier to find and much cheaper. I don't know what the difference is, and no area Ford dealer or transmission shop can seemingly tell me. I have enough in Paypal Credit to get one of the "latter" transmissions (with some warranty, even), but not the earlier version. HELP?!!?
  14. I still have a small hope that the Flex will be one of the "whitespace" vehicles, because they really are thick on the roads out here in Washington. Mine has been amazing, one of the best and most unique vehicles I've owned. The numbers aren't pretty, and I wonder how RAM is getting increases when their quality remains everything we know and remember about FIAT.
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