Javelin (Forum Supporter)
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10/1/20 11:50 p.m.

Boost Wagon Mk I was a 2013 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost AWD I bought from a skeezy used car lot in Portland for $11k (+ttt) back in February 48 hours before the pandemic shut everything down. I put about 4k miles on it before a flash flood two weeks ago took out the electrics.

I loved the size, space, and drivetrain. It's like a 25% bigger Mazda5 but with triple the horsepower. Mk I was great in some ways and terrible in others. I had cross shopped other vehicles right before this happened and ruled just about everything that fit six full size people out.

Having the opportunity to correct the issues with that one led me to look at Lincoln MKT's (which I really really like, more in that in another thread later) and first gen Flexes (09-12). The early ones had all the stuff I loved (twin turbo V6, AWD, panoramic roof, 6 seats and a fridge) and none of the stuff I hated (LCD gauge screen, capacitive touch sensor center stack). I also had an insurance payout for $15,400.

I scoured the web for a suitable 12- and after a number of rules outs, including a previously stolen one and one that was apparently in a fight with a flock of chickens, I located a really high priced 12 Titanium EcoBoost AWD a long way north. A whole bunch of back and forth ensued and I found out that it was a two owner car, always local to Seattle with great records and a clean Carfax.

So today we drove up to look at it. 75k miles, $17,000 price. When we got there it presented beautifully. Their detail shop truly does fantastic work. The service department however could be upgraded by hiring a fainting goat. It had directional tires to the wear bars on the wrong sides and an air filter so clogged with dirt and feathers that it's hard to believe it runs. 

The idiotic dealership than tried to tack $5000 to the total price with $1800 in "government fees" (tag and title are about $150 max) and $2200 in sales tax (which is only 8.2% so not sure what they were calculating) along with $595 of "aftermarket" (no idea, it's stone stock) and $1150 worth of "gap insurance".

I literally laughed at the guy for a solid two minutes. Once I caught my breath, I told him 16k for the Flex, 8.2% tax, $150 tag and title, and that's it, or I walk. He came back with that plus the $150 doc fee and that was it, so we had a deal. (I did make the service department put the wheels on the right side before driving it home.)

So, I present to you, Boost Wagon Mk II!

It's got 355 HP and a refrigerator. 

Oh yeah, and a trailer hitch.

This should be fun. Let's get this one into the 12's before something befalls it.

Racebrick New Reader
10/2/20 12:09 a.m.

Got any good info sources about the flex/mkt? Forums, etc?

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
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10/2/20 12:12 a.m.

In reply to Racebrick :

Not really, info is thin on the ground on these. I'm doing a buyer's guide write up that I'll post soon covering all of them.

slowbird SuperDork
10/2/20 12:33 a.m.

Nice! I like the front end styling of the early Flex better than the later ones.

Sine_Qua_Non SuperDork
10/2/20 12:57 a.m.

Strange. Either this is a 2013 model or the front end is not original for that car

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
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10/2/20 1:23 a.m.

In reply to Sine_Qua_Non :

The blue one was a 13. The black one is a 12. The Titanium trim package has a unique grill, headlights, taillights, and tailgate center piece.

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
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10/2/20 1:27 a.m.

Hah, had to really update the signature. I've bought three cars in four weeks!

03Panther Dork
10/2/20 2:14 a.m.

Congrats on the "new" flex. When (if) my income ever recovers, I owe the financial management  half of the team a newer car than the lemon of a Highlander we ended up with for her. It will either be an older Navigator/Expo., a few year old Oddosey, or a Flex. I follow along with your adventures ocasionally, and am glad I have you for the extended test drives. Just us... and the 4 furry kids, so rear air is important, but the tiny seats in the Oddy, are not!

I turned around on the Interstate to go check out the first Flex I saw, when the first cam out. I'm a wagon dude from way back, and a good wagon can be hard to come by. Was very disappointed to find out it was FWD, since I prefer a longitudinal engine/ RWD. The  guy thought he had a hook with "well we've got it in AWD also"... Uhhh, SO not the point, sales winiee.

I went to your "garage" when I saw this, and only saw the model cars, and the sold ones! And a cool cat! And from the sold P71:

"What it is, is the last real American car. A V8 up front, the drive wheels out back, the way God intended it to be. Not some sissy tin box with wheels"

Just to poke fun at ya,  Uhh...smiley


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10/2/20 7:13 a.m.


infernosg New Reader
10/2/20 1:45 p.m.

Fun! We've had our '13 Limited Eco-boost Titanium (that's a mouthful) since September '12. Same color as your 13 as well.

Ours it upwards of 100k miles now. I've enjoyed it but it's not been without its problems. It was our "vacation" car from 2012 through 2014 and then became a daily driver with kid #2 in 2015. It's maintained that status with kid #3 in 2017. My biggest annoyance is the brakes. Despite having the larger brakes it seems to be really easy to warp them. I've done it to three sets of front rotors. I guess that's what I get for driving it like a sports car (it moves/handles well for a 5000 lb vehicle). I've also gone through two LR calipers that seem to end up sticking for no appreciable reason. By far the biggest bill was the water pump. It failed without any warning and my wife nearly overheated the engine to death after refusing to stop driving it (I was 600 miles away on business because of course). Apparently older versions can dump coolant into the oil pan when the WP fails causing near complete engine destruction. We were fortunate that didn't happen but the repair bill was still pretty hefty. Ours has its share of battle scars but is still going strong. I've always wanted to "play" with it but SWMBO has been pretty adamate that I not touch it other than basic maintenance.

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
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10/2/20 2:31 p.m.

In reply to infernosg :

I love those wheels, what are they?

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
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10/12/20 8:18 p.m.

So one of the first things to do was catch up Sexy Flexy on all the maintenance that the dealership totally didn't do. The air filter in particular was basically trashed, it was completely full of leaves and feathers. I beat the thing out right in front of their door before leaving just so it would make it home. 

Not being one that can leave well enough alone, I decided to get a complete cold air intake instead of just a filter. Ford is notorious for having tiny air intake tubes and weird sized filters (or even those"lifetime" ones in the Foci) and it's a known restriction on the EcoBoost motor. I chose the Roush as it had a complete sealed box and a traditional oiled filter. 

The install was straightforward and the kit was well engineered. It used all the factory hardware and clips and utilized the air intake in the grill. I went a step further and wrapped the inlet tube with the air temperature sender in gold heat reflective tape. Not shown is the bottom of the airbox, which is also taped. I plan on doing all the charge pipes as well.

I decided to install the included emblem on the tailgate because it looked cool. 

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
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10/18/20 8:52 p.m.

Video intro and intake installation:


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