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hbalek last won the day on December 14 2019

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  1. I guess both apply to this tire, the screw was near the edge of tread on the shoulder and also it has a foam lining called PNCS which makes it unrepairable. Luckily according to the Pirelli warranty PNCS and run-flat tires have road hazard coverage for a year because I didn't purchase additional warranty. My NTB dealer copied the warranty information and is submitting a warranty claim with Pirelli.
  2. At only 3100 miles, I got a drywall screw in the inner shoulder of the tire which of course can never be repaired. NTB ordered a new one for me for 313.99 and it was received in 4 days. When they unpacked the tire and saw the foam insulation inside, they told me these tires can never be plugged/repaired by them. You have to buy a new tire every time it gets punctured! I'm thinking because of the special order status of this tire size and that it can't repaired, it may be smart to purchase a spare and have on hand at home for emergencies!
  3. I guess conquest is not the right name for me. I am a convert in that I haven't owned a Ford branded vehicle since 1994 and never owned a truck. So the existence of the ST version of the Explorer made me reconsider the Ford brand and made me desire an SUV for the first time. I thought I'd always drive Lincolns especially Lincoln sedans. That all changed after seeing the ST for the first time in press photos and then in person at the Detroit Auto Show. Many of the Platinum and ST buyers are conquests especially from Audi and BMW it seems. I agree with everyone who says the Aviator is nearly perfect but with the ST and Platinum version of the Explorer you get most of the performance and tech goodies for $20-30K less. So high end Explorers are actually a bargain!
  4. I'm a conquest customer in that I've never owned an SUV let alone a Ford Performance model. My 2020 Explorer ST is my first brand new vehicle since my 2003 Infiniti G35 sedan. After that I owned 2 certified pre-owned Lincolns, a 2010 and 2013 MKZ AWD. At the time of my latest purchase, I was also considering a CPO Continental, Nautilus or MKZ. When I saw and drove it, I absolutely fell in love with my Rapid Red ST!!!!! Yes it has some flaws and issues but overall I'm still very excited every time I drive it, after 3 months and 3000 miles of ownership!
  5. Didn't the smaller plantforms like the last generation Escape. MKC, Focus, C-Max get engineered and designed by the European operations? I'm wondering if this is still the case with these new models.
  6. The only thing I don't like about the 10.1 inch screen is the camera image placement. Yes it is too small but there are 3 buttons at the bottom that are very easy to use if you want a larger rear-view image. It fills the width of the screen if you really need to see what's behind you. It was unfair of him to make the pinch and zoom gesture for that camera image without mentioning that it has 3 view buttons below the image. I agree with other critics who said the 2 camera images should be stacked to fill up more of the screen but when you're in navigation mode or other modes the vertical screen really does show you more information than the horizontally oriented one, which would require more scrolling to see complete lists and such. No vehicle is perfect and he's a very finnicky critic. But the fun-to-drive factor of this vehicle not to mention its stunning looks and presence along with comfort and premium features usually not offered on mainstream brands make it stand out from the pack. Flaws and all this vehicle is never boring! I've had this Explorer ST now for about 2 months and I'm very happy with this purchase decision over the Lincoln Nautilus or Ford Edge ST!
  7. I love the digital display on my Explorer ST! It took some getting used to but they thought of every piece of information and how to best display and arrange that info. Once you're used to it, it becomes second nature. Some have complained about the empty space in the middle above the lane keeping display. But that empty space is put to good use when the navigation is on and displays the next turn/direction and the audio track is displayed just above it. I have also gotten used to the minimalist tachometer to the left of the speedometer when in Normal or Eco mode.
  8. So my brand new Explorer just hit 1000 miles yesterday. Prior to this at around 500 miles when oil life indicator hit 96% it changed to 0%. I reset it and again at 96% it displays 0%. I checked the FordPass app and it displays 96% consistently but every time I check the instrument panel it says zero. Anyone else familiar with this problem? Any ideas? There are no other warnings or indication of any problems with the vehicle.
  9. On my 2013 MKZ, the lane-keeping assist and heated/cooled seats would turn off after every trip. On my 2020 Explorer ST, I love the fact that I don't have to turn on heated seats and steering wheel or lane-keeping at every startup! A minor issue is the drive mode always defaults back to Normal which is fine with me most of the time. Also, SYNC 3 stays on the screen you had on the last trip. SYNC 2 would always revert back to the home screen. I think I like this better so far too. A lot of things have been improved since the last generation. I had the first generation active park assist which was fine but this latest version which is completely automatic in and out of spots took some getting used to for sure but I love it! ACC with Stop-and-Go works really well too!
  10. I've only owned 5 sedans (4 of them were Ford, Mercury and Lincolns) in my lifetime and never considered another category like coupes or trucks until I turned 50 this year. The day before Thanksgiving I test drove the Explorer ST on 4 different occasions and really fell in love with it. Ten days ago I pulled the trigger on a loaded Rapid Red ST! So far I've driven it 300 miles and it is a joy to drive. The size and height took some getting used to after driving MKZ's for the past 9 years. My only complaints or little nitpicky items are: 1) With all of the high tech features and all LED interior and exterior front lighting, why did they cheap out and use 6 incandescent bulbs in the rear? (turn signals, reverse and license plate lights look a bit out of place like on some Acuras and BMWs with combination LED/incandescent units) 2) On a $60,000 vehicle, all 4 windows should be auto up/down not just the front ones! 3) Some of the interior plastic does feel flimsy for such an expensive truck, especially the glove box release which feels like it may fall off! 4) Again, $60K and no hood struts? 5) Why does this vehicle have mechanical door lock plungers? I haven't owned a car with that old-school type of lock since my 1985 Tempo, every other car either had toggle-type mechanical locks or my 2013 MKZ had a red LED door lock indicator. This is like going backwards with tech. 6) Sync 3 has some lag issues and the most annoying one is the radio presets which can have up to 5 pages but really only works well with 2 pages. If you save 5 pages of SiriusXM channels, the logos disappear every time you restart the vehicle and take a while to reload and reappear on the pages. Sync 3 is a vast improvement over Sync 2 and MyLincoln Touch but sometimes at startup Sync 3 updates and reloading screens take far too long. 7) As cool as the sculpted, scooped out flat middle of the hood looks, when it rains and I park on an incline, it collects water! WTF! This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen! Despite all of these relatively minor complaints, I am very happy with my purchase and this thing is a stunning beast and with Ford Co-Pilot 360, I feel very safe and secure!
  11. My 2013 Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EB with 80,000 miles has a similar problem. The engine seems to almost stall at idle once or twice at stoplights immediately after a fillup. It has been a problem since about 70,000 miles. It doesn't happen every time and seems to be worse in warmer weather. After the first 10 minutes of driving the problem disappears. I have not however experienced the startup problem myself--yet.
  12. I still love this car now at almost 7 years old and 80,000 miles and out of warranty. Sadly, 5 months after the extended warranty expired (I bought it Certified Pre-Owned which had a 6 year/100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty) the AC quit on me at the worst time possible. We were having an early fall heat wave, breaking record high 90s temperatures. I had the fuses/relays checked and also the Freon pressure and they were fine. This means it will most likely be an expensive out of pocket repair to replace the compressor or sensor inside the dash. The only other problem I had was the heated/cooled front seats stopped working last winter but that was repaired during the warranty period.
  13. hbalek

    2021MY Escape Facelift

    https://www.cars.com/articles/2020-ford-escape-ford-made-you-a-porsche-macan-1420757750310/ To me it has always looked like a Porsche Macan in front and the new RAV4 in the back. Anyone else? Did anyone see the front of the Aston Martin DBX? It also resembles that!
  14. The same person who told me a year ago in Detroit that suicide doors would show up on Continental (and they did) and that the Mustang platform was made available to Lincoln told me more last week at NAIAS. There will be a coupe and sedan version of the Mustang-derived, rear-drive model. He said NY Auto Show should be very interesting for Lincoln. It may be the debut of a concept or production Corsair or I'm thinking that this new rear-drive model which would replace the MKZ could be the big thing in New York.
  15. I follow Ford and Lincoln on both Facebook and Twitter and noticed that there have been no posts on any of their social media sites since April 20! This is odd considering they have consistently posted at least once daily on all platforms. Does anyone know why this is happening? I did check YouTube and they have posted a lot in the past week which is unusual.