Talking to 4 Lincoln dealers looking for an Aviator for my wife and all 4 said the same thing - X-Plans were not being accepted currently due to supply constraints. But we COULD order one an get X-Plan pricing. So thats what we ended up doing! Watching Autotrader and Cars.com, the number of Aviators keeps dropping so makes sense with supply being so constrained.
It’s exactly what I said. It’s illegal in almost every state. There might be one or two states without these tough franchise laws or only have some of them.
These franchise agreements date back to the 50s, 60s, 70s. Ford has no say in how the dealer runs their business. That includes appearance, pricing, customer service (or lack thereof), etc. it’s really sad that they have no control over bad dealers and the only way to get rid of them is to buy them out.
Google automotive franchise laws.
Your original statement.......100% illegal in almost every state.
So which is it? I find it hard to believe that Ford does not have the right to insist on certain image standards.
And obviously it is all in the details I would imagine how image improvement is presented to the dealer.
AC compressor either does not run or short cycles. Cause, defective AC evaperator thernistor sensor located deep inside plenum and requiring removal of entire dash.
Alternative fix, a 20 cent 36K resistor in the 16 pin blue or green connector located right behind the glove box.
Open the glove box and gently push in at the rear right and left sides of the box to allow the box to come forward into the passenger compartment.
There may be a string preventing the box door from dropping down all the way. You can pull it and dislodge the string for better access to the connector behind the door.
There are 2 connectors behind the glove box door. You want to work on the 16 pin blue or green one to the left.
You need to get a resistor with a value of 36 K ohms (any value from 30 K to 40 K ohms will work) and place it in the connector. I first removed the plug and found it easier to work with. The pins to work with will be either pins 13 and 15, or 13 and 14. Pin 16 is on the top row all the way to the left. On my car I used pins 15 and 13, the second pin on the top row from the left and the fourth pin from the left. On my connector there was no wire in space for pin 14. On some other connectors you will find wires in pins 14 and 13. the third and forth pins from the left on the top row of the connector.
I used a 36 K 1/4 watt resistor. Any wattage resistor will work as there is very little current going through it.
Simply bend the wires on the resistor and place them in either pins 13 and 15 if there is no wire in space 14, or if a wire is in space 14 put the resistor in pins 13 and 14.
Doing this will fool the PCM which controls the compressor clutch and will allow the compressor to run.
Replacing the defective thermistor might cost close to a thousand dollars to remove the entire dash.
Don't give your hard earned cash to the Stealership. Do it yourself in less than a half hour.
Resistors can be located online or at a store selling electronic components.
Keep in mind, there are dealers that will sell vehicles below MSRP (regardless of the current market). In fact, there are 2 Ford dealers in my region that sell vehicles at invoice. Low overhead, no negation required. In addition to invoice price, one dealer offers ZERO “doc fee” and the other requires $86 for the “doc fee”. So, while your statement regarding MSRP or above above might be true for many dealers, there are other options. If you are in the market to buy now, do some research.
This video is already one month old but it's one of my favourite reviews of the Bronco Sport in muddy and steep Brazilian terrain. One may skip the first 22min of the video as it is just a presentation. In the following 10min, an on-raod analysis; and finally some real life off-road.
Although you can turn English subtitles on, it will only give you an idea... Bronco Sport may appear as Globo Esporte; Compass may become "purchase" or "shopping" (compras).
Anyway, there are some interesting situations in the last 10 minutes, where the BS is tested to its limits in a more tropical environment.
The reviewer was impressed, as was the case of anyone here who got their hands on the steering wheel. Only letdowns mentioned are price and brand perception.