By on August 31, 2018

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Folks, I need automotive queries for publication on Piston Slap, my inbox is almost empty! Email [email protected]m so the TTAC community can help.  And yes, ask anything except for car purchasing advise for aforementioned reasons. – SM

Stefan writes:

Sajeev, here’s the latest news regarding our Chrysler Pacifica: it is gone!

My son and his wife bought a Ford Flex, and my wife was so impressed with it that she wanted one. Since buying cars with her generally has been like pulling teeth, I quickly agreed and we took delivery of a 2017 Limited: cherry red, camel leather interior.

So her Chrysler Pacifica and its Chinese driveshaft has moved on (probably to the auction). It served us well and was a much better car than its reputation. Thanks again for your help; I enjoy reading your postings at TTAC, you’re the best!



PS: I still have my ’97 triple-black Town Car with only 167K miles on it. Panther love!

Sajeev answers:

What a fantastic ending to an interesting query: the Flexes (Flexi?) are cool and will likely get cooler with age. But we also learned that longtime TTAC reader Stefan still has his fat-panther (i.e. 1995-1997) Town Car.  Mark my word: the sight of a Fat Panther and a Flex in the same driveway will be pure internet clickbait 15-20 years from now.

Now please help us out by sending your automotive queries to [email protected]m so we can return back to our normal(ish) programming.


Send your queries to [email protected]m. Spare no details and ask for a speedy resolution if you’re in a hurry…but be realistic, and use your make/model specific forums instead of TTAC for more timely advice.

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31 Comments on “Piston Slap: We NEED Questions! (And a Shafted Pacifica)...”

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    Hi Sajeev,

    I just sent you a question (before I saw this article…Serendipity?). It’s in your inbox.

  • avatar

    I also sent in a question! Blasted Alabama baked paint… and Ford’s crap UV protectant.

  • avatar

    Is it right to buy a Chrysler?

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    Congrats to the OP and his wife for the Flex purchase. I’m sure they’ll he happy with it.

    My friends up near Seattle (who bought the Volvo against my advice and paid for it dearly) now have a Flex. They absolutely love it. For some, its just perfect.

    The 95/6 Town Car is about the only Panther I’d remotely consider.

  • avatar

    I’ve always thought the Flex looked really good. I’m also a fan of Volvo 240 wagons. Go figure.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I believe it was a one year only option, at least from my limited research, but there is a Flex that came in teal with a silver top, just like the Land Ark. I see one every now and then and look longingly at it as it goes by.
    I would love to have one with EcoBoost and AWD. I don’t think it came that way though.

  • avatar

    We can’t help but wonder if the Flex is named for what it does when you go over a railroad crossing…

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    in this blog you will find answers, not questions

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    “My son and his wife bought a Ford Flex, and my wife was so impressed with it that she wanted one.”

    I call BS, there isn’t a woman alive who likes the Ford Flex. Are you really a Gay couple in disguise?

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve met women who loved their Ford Flex, including my buddy’s girlfriend (the couple I mentioned above who bought a Flex).

      Besides, I and others are openly gay on these pages, I doubt anyone feels the need to remain in the closet on this site. For the most part, folks around here are above judging someone based on something like that.

      • 0 avatar

        My wife has come around to the Flex as long as it isn’t in “Old Man White” (which she calls any pearlescent/diamond white paint) – I know that color was available on Limited trim models for a long time.

        The biggest problem I have with the Flex is the EPA highway rating and what I’m seeing on Fuelly. A crew cab 4×4 F150 with 2.7 ecoboost would probably get better fuel economy.

      • 0 avatar

        Interestingly I had a conversation with one of my students who made a comment about her mother driving a “large vehicle” so I had to ask what she drives. The answer was a Flex followed up by she wanted a minivan, but didn’t want a minivan.

        When the Flex came out my wife was definitely interested and we did go a drive one at one point. However we decided that at that point in our life our days of needing such a vehicle frequently were just about over. So we decided to keep our 3 row SUV and get her a car for her daily driver.

        • 0 avatar

          My Uncle Tim bought a Flex after they had utterly wrung the life out of a late build Buick Rendezvous. It was his first Ford since a 1st Gen Windstar that fit the very definition of POS.

          It is his wife’s primary car. I should ask him how he likes it now that he’s had is several years – it is only the 2nd Ford he’s ever owned that I can recall.

          • 0 avatar

            The Windstar turned a lot of people against Ford. Its hard to blame them, I’d say its easily their worst product of my lifetime thus far.

            Hopefully the Flex is treating him better. It should, its a lot more solid mechanically.

      • 0 avatar

        I thought I was the only gay guy who loved a good bull. I had a ’91 LX with the 3.8L and console shifter as my first car. It blew the head gasket (as expected) and then continued to leave a trail of parts behind it until an errant Bronco put it out of it’s misery.

        But the one I LOVED was my ’00 SEL Premium. Silver with black leather and every option the blue oval offered. The Duratec was great and bulletproof (sold it with 120k and it still looked showroom fresh). Should have never gotten rid of that one. I’ve had a Mazda3, Jetta GLI, 328i, 128i, TSX, 500 Abarth, and Tiguan since then… but I have my eye on picking up a Fusion Titanium next to carry on the spirit of the comfey (and low running cost!) Taurus I loved so much!

    • 0 avatar

      it wouldn’t shock me if any fellow gays butch up on car sites tbh. And hey, the Flex is a good car to practice our ‘lifestyle’ in the back of

      • 0 avatar

        If they feel the need to protrey themselves as more masculine than they really are, that’s their business. I tend to find that there are *a lot* of gay guys just like me, who are masculine for the most part and do not fit the stereotype whatsoever. I guess the most feminine thing about me is I don’t care for sports, but I’ve met plenty of straight guys who don’t either.

        I’m much happier reading articles here than I am some fashion site or TMZ. Likewise, I’m more likely to be found under my car in the midst of an oil change rather than hanging out at the mall buying 15 pairs of shoes I’ll never wear lol. Most people take a long time to figure out that I’m gay, usually after they’ve known me long enough to think about the fact that I’m never with, nor talk about, a wife/girlfriend, haha.

        • 0 avatar
          Arthur Dailey

          I’ve been around long enough to know that it is a waste of time to typecast, and quite frankly I could care less about someone’s sexuality.

          • 0 avatar

            I feel the same way. I don’t want it to be thrown in my face, you know, and that doesn’t matter if its hetero or homosexual. Talking about it is one thing (and keeping such talk respectful is preferred), but dry humping and face sucking in front of others just gets on my nerves. I don’t judge what you do or who you do it with, I’d just prefer not to see it lol.

      • 0 avatar

        “the Flex is a good car to practice our ‘lifestyle’ in the back of”

        Might I suggest forgetting the Flex a getting a house

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