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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,073 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Ford Flex engine problems

engine problem

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2012 Ford Flex Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 082012

Flex 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles


There are several different incidences that have occurred. (1) while turning a corner or slowing down the A/C will shut down. (2) the control panel instruments will go all the way over to the right and then surge forward when turning a corner. (3) car has died on several occasions especially while trying to accelerate onto highway. (4) A/C will turn on by itself and blow on maximum even when power switch is turned off. (5) when car loses power, all codes are reset so dealer is unable to get a clear reason why car is doing this. We had a black box installed for two weeks with some results pinpointed but after it was "fixed" we continue to have the same problems. Dealer connected a computer while we drove around block and the computer diagnosis was that we were pushing the brake and gas at same time...not possible! the reading was that the brake had been touched more than 2000 times while driving 20 miles. We have had this car in repair shop 8 times and no resolution yet. Dealer said they would stand behind vehicle with an extended warranty at no cost while we tried to find problems but now warranty is up and they want us to pay for extended warranty. We were told by dealership that if we apply for lemon law that we would most likely lose the case and it would only cost us money. According to Texas law...this car definitely qualifies~ we are waiting to hear from our attorney. I hope no one else buys this type of vehicle~

- Blum, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 272004


  • 8,200 miles
My 2012 new Ford Flex had complete engine failure 3 times 1-27 driving..complete shut down. I cruised to curb. Restarted quickly 2-01 same incident 2-02 repeat on major street dealers have said that they have no idea what to do. They have hd my vehicle since 2-02.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 292012

Flex 6-cyl

  • 5,020 miles
First incident happened while driving about 40 miles an hour. Idiot lights came on the dash and the cars engine turned off. Thankfully I was able to get car off to the side of road. Car cranked right back up. 5 days later while sitting in a fast food line, same thing happened and was able to crank car. Called dealership in town, brought car in and they said, "nothing is wrong with your car, come and get it" picked up car. 2 days later while driving it down our street, I stopped to get mail about 9pm and the car totally died. No power at all. Was stuck in park had to be towed. This is a very dangerous situation. The car shuts down while I am driving!!! thank god that it has not happened while going 65 miles an hour with my family in the car. Car is at dealership. Have only had the car several months. Not a good track record so far!

- Apex, NC, USA

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