Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll come back for more.

Finally! The post about the Ford Flex. I apologize for all of the nails you must have bitten down in anticipation of my update, but aside from being busier than normal, it has been quite interesting trying to figure out this whole Flip camcorder upload feature. I finally got it (I hope) and simply couldn't spend another minute on the computer (I DO homeschool, you know!) so this version is a little less pretty and a tad bit longer than my original vision would have led you to believe. Still, within its almost 10 minutes (yikes!) you will get to laugh at my inability to look into the camera for more than 1.5 seconds, see Corinne pick her nose (again) and witness a genius marketing/fuel saving epiphany made by yours truly.

What's not to love?

When I asked others what their opinion on the Flex was, I heard everything from "it looks like a hearse!" to "it looks like a Big Mini-Cooper!" So basically? The exterior style is a personal preference or dislike.

Do I like it, you ask? Well, let's all reflect on my current mode of transportation, shall we?

Yes. I drive a conversion van. A gas-guzzling, slightly faded, very crunchy-carpet CONVERSION VAN. So basically, for me, the body of the vehicle isn't of much importance. One could say I am above all of that vanity... Ahem. Well, I don't care what the car looks like as long as I can afford it and it doesn't break down, but who wouldn't prefer all of those details in addition to a nice exterior??

(My poor van. I should be nicer to it. Considering the abuse its taken, it has served me well.)

I digress!! Ford Flex is the topic here, not Dodge vans!

My personal reflections on the Flex:

~ Loved the smart car features. LOVED. The navigational system saved my butt when I drove to the wrong high school for Corinne's ballet pictures. She would have missed out completely, if not for that feature.

~ Loved the skylights, hands' free rear door, reverse drive camera (so I don't run over bikes or kids!) and all of the bells and whistles it had.

~ Didn't care for the 3rd row access. For a family with only 2 children who want to utilize the rear row occasionally, it isn't a big deal to flip the seat forward and climb in and out. But I had the car seat in the rear and a booster in the middle. A pain in the tush after only a week. And if it was snowing or raining? I can only imagine the hassle it would have been to buckle in all 3 kids. If you have more than one small child (in a safety seat) I recommend that you give it a REAL test drive with all of your kids and their seats included. Get a feel for the process of loading them up before making your final choice.

THAT said, if it were Justin and 3 of his friends? We'd have no problem getting in and out. Flipping the seat forward really is easy, if you are old enough to do it yourself. Car pooling would be a snap...

~ The one feature that I do love about my van is the same thing I love about the Flex: you can find it in a parking lot. Its design stands out among all of the mini-vans and silver suv's so picking your own vehicle out of a crowd is never an issue. If you have never had a unique car, you can't understand this appeal. But trust me. It is a blessing to not have to click your door lock button over and over to figure out which silver/black/blue mini van is yours.

Wow. It took me about 18 hours to upload that video!! SERIOUSLY. I need to use OneTrue Media or something next time. This is the second video that I have tried to upload in the past 2 days that wouldn't load up without hogging my computer!!

ANYWAY. I hope this post helps someone's decision regarding the Flex. It really is a unique car and I am so honored that I got to try it out!
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