You joined BOV 3 days ago and just rained a tribe of useless barbs on a forum of the biggest fans of Ford/Lincoln, not to mention employees past and present here. Ford tried to do something others would not contemplate in a complete makeover of a massive plant in a month. Instead of looking at what went right, you are focused on what went wrong. If your post was the single driving factor of a person deciding what vehicle to buy, people would never buy a new or used Ford product. Thankfully, Ford/Lincoln customers are mostly Blue Collar or from the Blue Collar realm and pretty damn smart. They understand life is not perfect and when life deals you a lemon, you make lemonade. You do not cut the tree down and smirk at how you won't get another lemon. There are many highly satisfied Lincoln customers with Aviators and other Lincolns. You won't have a chance to enjoy a truly great vehicle because you like the other five threw a fit and canceled because you did not get it on your terms.
This thread was started by me with the sole intent of following my order through the process with my friends on this forum, I did not post it on Audi or BMW forums even though I own one of each and my daily driver is a BMW. When I need to tow/haul/travel I use a Ford F-150, when I feel sporty I get my Mustang or Challenger out. If I had to give up four of my cars today, I would be driving the F-150. When I get the Aviator, it will be the Aviator. I spent a three day weekend with one and put on hundreds of miles. When you get seat time, if you trust it enough to try, you will see Lincoln blew away the Europeans IMO. A short jaunt around a dealer area doesn't count. I think my Audi is superb around the house, but I took it on a 600 mile trip and will never again do that. These are my opinions and just that, my opinions. In your other replies you mentioned your "professional hat" and that it somehow qualifies your comments. I wore a blue collar hat and then a professional hat until my retirement at 48. My specialty was production/manufacturing. My latter years was at the top overseeing product cradle to grave lifecycles of aircraft. I spent time in classes with automotive production managers. Your comment about the "Max and Lightning" kind of pisses me off, but I let it go because you obviously have arm chair manufacturing experience. They were not my projects and many of the mistakes made at Boeing were due to greed and though I'm sad to see them go through this process they brought it on themselves. The Lightning, where I am intimately familiar with the company is more of a corporate salesman promising what engineers said was possible before T&E. It is an extremely capable aircraft and will be for decades to come. All that said, manufacturing is about CPI (Continuous Process Improvement) Ford tried something, and though I don't know specifics, they are bench marking what worked and improving what didn't. As you said AI and BEVs are on the horizon, they guy who can win the day on factory changeover speed will win the market. Ford is not about to spill the beans to dealers or consumers on what went right and what went wrong, these are corporate secrets they will use in the near future to improve. Ford has innovated since the Model T and I think they are on the brink of the next big thing.