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  1. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator Reviews

    In regards to the seats, I know in my experience they DO take a while to find your optimal position - which means the reviewer would have had to take some extra time to find that perfect comfy position. I'm willing to bet that most did not take much time. However, that optimal position is there if you search for it - in my opinion. It may take you several minutes.
  2. AutomotiveAddicts

    GT electric driving range of 18 miles

    Considering those are press vehicles they were driven hard previously in small spurts, which would yield a lower overall range. If you drive the GT on the highway then refueled it the range will be higher as the computer will naturally base range off of recent MPG and driving style, just like any other MPG/DTE computer. Something to keep in mind.
  3. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator Reviews

    It is just me, or do these reviews vary greatly? One review says the seats aren't comfy, the other says they are excellent. One review "estimates" a 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds, while car and driver estimates 5.1-5.3 seconds. I'm thinking some of these folks got a little lost during the press event. Maybe they need a full week with the vehicle and some GPS-based timers. Strange, but not completely surprising. Thoughts? Have you all read many of the new reviews today?
  4. Adaptive Suspension gives you the coil springs with dampers that are electronically controlled (dampened) from detected movements. A very common feature among many vehicles. In the Excite mode the dampers will firm up slightly. Separately - With the Dynamic Handling Package, an option, you get the air suspension system, which utilizes air springs (specialized air bladders at each corner) along with adaptive dampening that is manipulated by additional control units due to the road preview that reads the road via a camera mounted above the front review mirror. The Air Suspension system also has other features for lowering during entry/exit, raising in the Deep Conditions drive mode, lowering in Excite Mode, and auto-lowering around 70 mph for better stability at highway speeds. Supposedly there are additional actuators as part of the dynamic handling package for modulation of the wheels when a rise or dip is detcted in the road to pre-load the system for a proactive adjustment to smooth out the road imperfection.
  5. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator For the Weekend

    Looks like a big difference from the X3 and Aviator. Amazing. Can't wait to get ours and see how she does. I don't think most people realize how amazing tech is to actually "read" the road and make proactive adjustments like Benz has done for almost 5 years now with their trick setup and newest E-Active suspension system. Forgive me, I'm a nerd. I like going over the bumps around my area with Benz that have that system and show people how amazing it is where the bumps or dips in the road almost cannot be felt. Hope the Aviator's Dynamic Handling Package provides some of that. We shall see. Thanks again for the videos and comparison.
  6. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator Reviews

    My bad. LOL
  7. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator Reviews

    So, here is one of the first "run-downs" of the Aviator from pro journalists... The rest of the reviews should be next week as the driving impressions are supposedly embargoed. So, look for them to drop Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
  8. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator For the Weekend

    So, looks like it will lower "some" when switching the ignition off and then lower even more upon your approach, which you demonstrate in your video.
  9. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator For the Weekend

    I was just about to post that. HAHA I'm guessing that pressing the unlock button will place it in the easy access entry height... I take it that's the door unlock button or the key fob unlock button only? hmmm.
  10. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator For the Weekend

    I wonder if there are any settings deep in the vehicle settings menus? Did you try to find any settings? Thought they would have put something so people could turn on or off the "kneel approach feature" or one that has it lower when you park. I don't think Ford/Lincoln would have set a default as some people would not want that function all the time or desire to set it to lower to get out of the vehicle. I'm a nerd/geek and I like to tweak settings like that... I do it all the time with many of the press vehicles I get to test drive. The Land Rovers have that feature, Benz has it, even Lexus has it in the LX570. However, BMW omitted that feature for the air suspension and you have to manually lower the height... oddly enough. However, there could be a manual override in the Aviator's settings. Especially for entering a mode that you have to set to tow the vehicle. Can't imagine that we have to pop it into Excite mode every time we park to lower it. I think it is time that we get an online manual PDF for the Aviator and share that. I'm gonna search around. The owners manual will answer a lot of these questions.
  11. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator For the Weekend

    wow... that’s interesting!!!! can’t wait to try it out. I have always been amazed at the system in the Benz ever since they had it in 2014. Most people don’t realize how amazing it is to have a suspension system basically erase bumps or dips in the road. Technology is wonderful, when it works. Any clue as to settings for the system to auto lower when exiting the vehicle? Can’t wait to play around with it when mine arrives.
  12. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator stop sale

    Also, there is a current "holdup" for some "issue". Some are being sent back for the ones that were on the way. If anything, glad they are working out any early issues NOW rather than later. Good QC if you ask me... Humans aren't perfect. I would rather they take the time and fix whatever they find now rather than AFTER we get our vehicle.
  13. AutomotiveAddicts

    Aviator For the Weekend

    Mustangchief, very nice! Glad you finally got time with it. Seems you share some of the same thoughts as I did with my limited time. Did you notice the air glide/road preview suspension actually working to smooth out bumps and road imperfections as in did it make you look in your review mirror to see if you went over a bump or now that you know is there that you feel in your Mustang but didn't feel it in the Aviator. Just trying to see how it compares to Benz' E-Active system that reads the road as well but utilizes more aggressive adjustments via pneumatics and hydraulic actuators.
  14. AutomotiveAddicts

    I Drive the Aviator Reserve

    Pretty good video of the Black Label... but without the Dynamic Handling Package...
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    I Drive the Aviator Reserve

    I'm pretty certain the engine noise, if proven to be artificial through certain speakers, will NOT interfere with the stereo/music sound. I've noticed on may vehicles that I've reviewed that any engine sound pumped through the speakers essentially goes away with certain stereo volume levels. Plus, with such a sound system on the Aviator, the tones were very clear and defined and I didn't notice any distortion or change at speed during my drive. I believe the auto-speed-dependent-volume control was set to OFF as well when I went through the menus.
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