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  1. rampagex7

    Rearview mirror wiring?

    My Aviator GT has the frameless auto dimming mirror and it definitely works well and turns on when you get headlight glare from behind so I will agree that it is electronically powered. It also triggers the driver's side exterior mirror to dim at the same time. I've never looked behind mine to see if there's a wire harness but I'm pretty sure the wiring is all built in or routed through the mounting bracket because that whole area behind the mirror also has the forward facing camera on it you can see it from outside the windshield so there would be wiring behind there. You may need to pull the headliner or remove some trim pieces to get at the wiring.
  2. Definitely not normal. We have a 2018 Edge and 2019 Nautilus in our company fleet both with the same 2.0 4cyl turbo engine and they both drive excellent. 2018 Edge has 68,000km on it and the 2019 Nautilus has about 20,000km and have not experienced anything like what you describe. We're in Toronto so our vehicles get lots of cold usage as well. I agree with akirby sounds like a problem with the turbo, throttle or maybe mass airflow sensor. Is your check engine light on? Usually something that bad performance wise would trip a sensor and cause a trouble code.
  3. rampagex7

    2020 Aviator Check Engine Light

    Yes, when I brought it in the code had already cleared by itself so they really didn't do anything. They checked it with their scan tools and couldn't find anything wrong with the modules, so they cleared the code from memory. It has been working fine ever since so I guess it was a momentary glitch. While I'm sure it's unrelated, I did notice that my Sync 3 software updated itself a couple weeks ago as well.
  4. rampagex7

    Lincoln Aviator 2021 Colors

    Damn, I thought Ford Infinite blue was the same as Lincoln Flight blue (at least that's what the dealer told me) and now after seeing your post I just looked it up the paint codes myself and you're right they are different. I was expecting our Mach E to look like the Corsair in Flight blue now this Infinite blue/Ocean Drive blue (AB code) is going to look completely different. I found a video of an Explorer ST in Infinite Blue:
  5. rampagex7

    Lincoln Aviator 2021 Colors

    When I was at the 2020 Toronto Auto Show they had a 2021 Corsair GT PHEV on display in Flight Blue (See photos below) It definitely doesn't have any green tones, it is a grey-blue hue and depending on the angle of view and the lighting it gives you more of a grey or blue look. From far away it doesn't look that blue at all it looks more like magnetic. Either way it's an awesome color, we ordered a Mach E Premium in Infinite Blue which is supposed to be the same color on the Ford side.
  6. rampagex7

    2020 Aviator Check Engine Light

    Nope, I didn't do any wire splicing at all for the GPS. I used one of those add-a-fuses (basically a fuse tap) to take 12V+ directly from the fuse box and I tapped into the fuse for either the rain sensor or rear wiper motor (can't remember which). I got 12V- ground from a nearby mounting bolt that was attached to the frame, just loosened the bolt and put a ring terminal with the ground wire connected to it. I'm leasing the vehicle so I didn't want anything permanently wired in and that would be easily removable. Even the GPS itself I just strapped down with velcro so I can pop it out quick if needed.
  7. rampagex7

    2020 Aviator Check Engine Light

    Had another instance of the check engine light coming back on today. Went to plug in my Aviator to the charger when I got to work this morning it started charging normally and after about 20 minutes I saw the charge port light when solid red everywhere (which is supposed to indicate a charge fault of some kind?) so I unplugged it and left it alone for a few minutes. I plugged it back in and then it started to charge normally again the lights went blue again and it charged it up to full. When I left work and turned on the vehicle the check engine light was on solid and the Lincoln app chimed up as well. Luckily I just recently got one of those BlueDriver Bluetooth OBD scanners so I scanned it myself and came up with several trouble codes U0100 and U0111 which looks like a loss of communication between the ECM and BECM. (see attached report). I'll bring it back to the dealer on Monday and let them look at it, maybe there's a loose wire harness on one of the modules or something. @mustangchief are you still getting the check light coming up on yours? What happened when you brought yours to the dealer? scan_2020_10_30_07-27-14.pdf
  8. rampagex7

    Trade in Raptor for Aviator Black Label GT?

    This is so true! I find that it is so smooth and quiet you can't tell you're speeding it feels like you're standing still no matter how fast you're going. And they just brought in photo radar this year on select streets in Toronto so now you don't even have to have a cop tailing you to get nailed with a ticket. I also don't think the photo radar camera wants to have a discussion about how nice the Aviator is to let you out of a ticket.
  9. rampagex7

    Trade in Raptor for Aviator Black Label GT?

    My pleasure! Having been in your shoes hunting for info before a big purchase I definitely know the feeling of being unsatisfied at all the reviews out there. Maybe I will start my own Youtube channel one day and post my own reviews. Let me clarify: Whenever you start the vehicle, by default, the drive mode reverts to "Normal" mode (regardless of whatever mode you had it in before as this resets every ignition cycle). When in Normal mode, IF the battery is charged (either partially or fully) it will generally try to operate on only electric power (EV) only to maximize efficiency and will stay in EV until the battery is depleted then it will switch to hybrid. There are a couple of exceptions I've noted: 1. if you push the accelerator hard/quickly or floor it, the engine will come on immediately to give you a performance boost; 2. If it is really cold outside and it can't meet the demand for cabin heat on just electric alone (or you turn on max defrost) the engine will come on for several minutes to warm up the engine coolant and provide additional cabin heat. Once the battery is depleted it will operate in hybrid mode, but understand that battery is never fully depleted it always keeps a certain "reserve charge" and does charge the battery while you're driving in hybrid mode both using the engine and regenerative braking. Theoretically you could never plug in the vehicle to charge up the battery and it will operate like any other regular hybrid vehicle and as long as you have gas in the tank it will run just fine. Conserve mode: Works exactly same as Normal, if there is charge in the battery it will operate in EV until depleted and then switch to hybrid. The only difference with conserve is it will limit the acceleration a bit and adjust the transmission shifting slightly to supposedly give you a bit better gas mileage. (I haven't noticed any measurable difference myself) Slippery & Deep Conditions modes: Engine comes on and stays on, it operates in hybrid regardless of the battery's state of charge. In Deep conditions mode it will also raise the air suspension a few inches to give you more ground clearance. PureEV: This mode is only available if the battery has some charge and your EV range is greater than 0 km/0mi DTE. It basically will keep it operating in EV until your EV range drops to 0km/0mi then it switches to Normal mode and will operate as hybrid (PureEV mode actually disappears from the screen after). The difference between PureEV and Normal is that when in PureEV it will not engage the engine right away if you accelerate hard (see exception #1 above) instead a message will pop up in the gauge cluster saying "Please press OK to enable engine". Exception 2 will still apply for extreme cold, it will turn on the engine automatically to supplement the cabin heat and then a message pops up saying: "Engine enabled for system performance" and the power flow screen will say: Engine On due to: Engine Cold, Climate Setting. PreserveEV: In this mode the engine is always on (it doesn't even turn off during decelerating or braking) and only the engine is providing drive power to the wheels because the electric motor is now acting as a generator to recharge the battery. Excite Mode: Engine comes on and stays on, it will operate in hybrid regardless of the battery's state of charge. This is where you are guaranteed to get your full 494HP and 630lb/ft of torque as it will always give you the combined drive power of both the engine and electric motor at the same time. Believe me you feel it. Accelerator response is much more rapid and it will upshift at higher rpms to give you the sporty performance. Ironically I noticed that while Excite mode is worse for gas mileage, it is much better at recharging the battery than PerserveEV mode, especially if you downshift manually with the paddle shifters while decelerating and keep the engine rpm higher. I guess it's because the higher the engine rpm the faster the electric motor spins in sync to regenerate more power. Let me assure you that regardless of whether it is driving on EV only or in hybrid there is always plenty of power, you will not be disappointed. The electric motor is powerful and because it's situated in tandem with the engine right in front of the torque converter you get the same mechanical advantage of the 10 speed transmission with just the electric motor. (see my previous posts I put up photos of the cutaway of the 2020 Explorer from the 2019 Toronto Auto show showing the hybrid powertrain or PM me and I can send them to you.) I have no complaints about the EV performance, it accelerates just fine (although at bit slower than in hybrid) and I can get up to 130km/h (80mph) on the highway no problem in EV mode. There is a really nice screen available on the center touchscreen called "Power Flow" that has an animation of the vehicle, engine, and battery which shows you exactly what is happening at all times: whether the engine is on or not (and why!), where the drive power is coming from, whether the AWD is powering all 4 wheels or just the rear wheels, etc.
  10. rampagex7

    Trade in Raptor for Aviator Black Label GT?

    For regular charging yes a 240V outlet (need at least 20A circuit) will work fine. The max current it can be charged at is about 16A at 240V. The vehicle comes with a combination charging cord that has a standard 120V plug and a 240V plug (NEMA 6-20R). I have a dedicated Juicebox EV charging station in my garage which I like not just for charging the vehicle but because of the app that gives you live data while charging (voltage and current usage) and also statistics of your all your charge sessions (charge time, KwH used, etc.). I took a screenshot of my fuel economy stats from the Lincoln app if you want some historical data. (see below) That's based on being driven for 8 months and just under 12,000km on it to date. I wouldn't worry about long trips and trying to charge the battery while driving, just drive it normally as you would a regular gas vehicle and fill your gas tank as needed. Once your battery is depleted the engine will take over and it will drive in hybrid mode with the engine providing drive power most of the time. The engine will turn off and switch to either EV or regen braking anytime you take your foot of the gas pedal and decelerate or if you press the brake. Depending on your speed it may even turn the engine off while you're driving and switch to EV for short periods. The transition from engine to EV and vice versa is so seamless you cannot even tell! It is so quiet that most of the time if I'm not actively looking at the power flow screen or the tachometer I can't even tell whether it is running with the engine on or in EV. The Aviator has a Series-Parallel hybrid configuration, so it doesn't need for the battery to be fully recharged while driving because it can power itself with the just the engine, just the electric motor, or any combination of the two. Series hybrids (eg. Chevy Volt, BMW i3) only provide drive power to the wheels by the electric motor so the gas engine acts solely as a generator to recharge the battery and provide electricity to the motor, in these cases the battery does need to be kept charged to certain threshold while driving to provide constant power to the motor. Regarding the temperature extremes I've found the EV range is much more affected by extreme cold than heat. We've had a really hot and humid summer in Toronto this year and I used the A/C all the time and barely noticed any impact on the range at all, I had no problem getting between 35-40km of range on a full charge. However this past winter I did notice about a 25-30% drop in EV range especially on really cold days. Li-Ion batteries are not as efficient in the cold so I'm sure that also has an impact on the range. The A/C system is fully electric and powered off the high voltage battery so it has no problem keeping the cabin cool on hot days. For heating it can heat the cabin electrically if it is not too cold outside but on really cold days the engine will come on for a few minutes when you first start to provide heat or will come on if you turn on defrost or fan speed on high. A nice trick I learned from the OM is to leave the vehicle plugged into the charger overnight and then remote start while still plugged in and it will either preheat or cool the cabin electrically and will do so using the house power instead of draining the battery. You can even use the Lincoln app to program auto start times to so that it will preheat/cool before you leave in the morning which is nice feature.
  11. rampagex7

    Trade in Raptor for Aviator Black Label GT?

    I've found the PreserveEV mode (at least on my Aviator GT) is definitely not practical to charge the battery after it's fully depleted. I've tried using PreserveEV several times when driving on long trips from Toronto to my cottage up north on Georgian Bay. After running out of initial EV range I switched to PreserveEV mode and even after driving on the highway at a steady speed of 120km/h (74mph) for over an hour it only recharged 8km of electric range to the battery which is pathetic, plus it does hurt your fuel economy numbers because the engine is running constantly even while decelerating or braking whereas driving in normal or conserve modes the engine will generally always turn off and switch to either EV or regen braking anytime you are not actively pushing the accelerator pedal which allows recharge by regen braking. The PreserveEV works much better if the battery is already either fully or partially charged and it will keep it at that level for later use in EV mode. The best way to charge the battery is to just plug in the normal way. For recharge while driving I get much better results with regen braking. In fact a few weeks ago on a trip up north I hit a major traffic jam on the highway and had to detour on some back roads to get around it which led to driving on some really hilly areas. I was able to go long stretches with the engine not coming on so I allowed it to coast down the hills with the regen braking kicking in. The end result is I almost doubled the normal EV range which is normally 34km (21mi) and after getting to my destination my actual distance traveled in EV was 64.3km (40mi). My actual fuel economy for the trip was 6.3L/100km (37.3mpg). (see photo below) Personally I get much better results extending the EV range with regen braking vs. using PreserveEV mode so I've given up using it.
  12. rampagex7

    Trade in Raptor for Aviator Black Label GT?

    I can't comment on the Black Label experience as we don't have Black Label available here in Canada. As for the vehicle itself, I've had my Aviator GT for about 8 months now and have put about 12,000km on it so far. I love the vehicle overall and the hybrid powertrain. I've made numerous posts in other threads you can read about my experiences with the driving dynamics, charging, towing, etc. Without regurgitating all the comments from my prior posts, the short answer is don't put much stock in all the so called "Reviews" out there regarding the Aviator GT there because they don't do it justice. Look at feedback from current GT owners like myself: @rampagex7; @mustangchief;and @CoolScoop.
  13. I though the Escape/Kuga was supposed to have a liquid cooled battery pack similar to the Aviator GT. My Aviator GT PHEV definitely has a liquid cooled battery. As soon as you plug it in to charge the coolant pump turns on (you can hear the little whining noise under the hood and see coolant flowing from the reservoir). Depending on the ambient temperature it will also periodically bring on the main cooling fans behind the A/C condenser while it is charging, presumably to cool down the coolant flowing through the rad. Seems like a great setup to me so it would make sense if they used a similar liquid cooling system for the the Escape/Kuga PHEV. They definitely built in safeguards to protect the battery while driving as well. I've noticed a couple times while driving Aviator in EV mode for a long time especially with hard acceleration or driving up a hill with EV gauge at full limit the engine will come on and take over, then a message pops up on the Power flow screen saying "Engine on due to battery temperature" and the engine will stay on for a few minutes taking over the drive power (I guess until the battery cools down...) then it will go back to EV mode. It could also be the problem on the Escape PHEV's may be with the on board battery charging module itself overheating and not the battery itself, but I doubt Ford will ever openly disclose exactly what the problem is.
  14. rampagex7

    22-inch wheels? good or bad?

    I have 21" wheels on my 2020 Aviator GT and am very happy with them, the air suspension gives an amazing ride so if you're getting air suspension as well so if you went up to 22" it may not make much of a difference. I had 21" wheels on my last two vehicles: 2017 and 2013 MKX's (which did not have air suspension) and was happy with them never had any issues with ride quality. The only problem I had on my 2017 MKX with the 21" polished aluminum rims were the gaps between the spokes were huge which sometimes in the winter got snow and ice trapped on the inside of the rim which if you didn't clean it out throws the wheel off balance and cause vibration while driving. Bear in mind it is not just the size of the wheels that will affect the ride but the make and quality of the tires. I'm not sure what tires come on the Aviator with 22" wheels, but the 21s on mine have Pirelli Scorpion Zero which I find are excellent, hardly any noise and great traction + handling. My previous 2017 MKX had Pirelli Scorpion Verde also great tires, but now on the Nautilus they switched the tires on the 21" wheels from Pirellis to Continentals which I'm not crazy about myself. My boss drives a 2019 Nautilus with 21's and Continentals, she only has about 15,000km so far and you can tell they are already wearing in quite a bit. I'd be shocked if she makes it to the end of her lease (48,000km) and doesn't have to put a new set of tires on.
  15. rampagex7

    Paddle Shifters - 2020 Edge Titanium

    We've had a previous 2016 Edge Titanium (no tow package) and it had the paddle shifters, it was replaced with a 2018 Edge Titanium when the lease was up and the 2018 Edge (also no tow package) has the paddle shifters as well. Both vehicles leased from a Toronto Ford dealer and were built in Oakville.