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#1 thegabrielles

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 10:02 PM

Making some progress... I had the windows tinted and the car is now being professionally ceramic coated with element119 Diamond finish. I should get it back Thursday. It had minimal flaws in the paint that I could see but my eye isn't as good as the professional! He pointed out much more and after the first pass (of three) in the paint correction, he says 95% are gone. He has done one of my other cars and it looks incredible. I am really looking forward to seeing it on Thursday.

 

I also emailed Livournous.... I thought about the tune but can't justify losing the warranty at this point. I have just under 12,000 miles on it now and its been an interesting 3 weeks with the car.  Here is a recap and my thoughts so far.

 

First off, the car

2017 MKZ 3.0T AWD, purchased used

 

Power... yep its definitely got it, but it comes on smooth. Transmission, even in sport mode is definitely ready to have Lincoln drop in the 10speed or something. Shifts are smooth and controlled in normal driving and feel slow in sport mode, although it will spin the tires when it hits second, third is not that good. The tune would definitely help this. I am surprised there isn't some sort of Launch control or something to get it off the line with boost built up. The initial hit is less than I was expecting... but this is a 4400lb car with a V-6. 

 

Interior is incredible, although I believe the driver's performance package seats may be a bit less "cushy" than the standard seating. I use the massage setting during my commute every time and LOVE it. I am 6-0 210... not a small guy but not huge either. The bolsters are tight and a bit more room on my commute would be nice, again, this is the drivers package seats. I am coming from a Roush Mustang so I do love the performance aspect of this car and the package. 

 

Gas Mileage- Well I bought a 400HP heavy sedan, I wasn't expecting Hybrid mpg and that's a good thing. I have already got worse mpg than I ever did in the 80K miles I put on my Roush. So far I have a high of 26.27mpg and a low of 19.91mpg. The 26 was all highway doing about 75-78mph. The 20mpg was about 50/50, so it's getting what its supposed to. I  won't complain about that but it's still odd getting worse mileage than a "Muscle Car". The other odd thing is the miles per tank. I know it has an 18-gallon tank, I put 17.044 in it once already, but it sure does seem to go through a tank in short order. I have been filling up around 270 miles, I know I can go further, but that just seems the right time to fill it. I have gone a long of 448 miles (17.044 gallons) but that really felt like I was pushing it. Highway, middle of the night, and gas stations closed made me push farther than I wanted.

 

Exterior- Bad azz!! This car is amazing looking, especially from the front. I am glad I decided on the 2017 as the looks of the front combined with the incredible rims and grill of the drivers package and I turn around and look every time. Once I get it back from the ceramic coat it will be even better. The back looks great but I think it's due a refresh to match the front a little better, but it still looks great from that angle as well. 

 

Handling- If you must buy a 3.0T you have to get the AWD!!!! The drivers package helps the handling with torque vectoring and the sticky tires, but cornering is amazing/ flat and controlled. The tires definitely scream that they are about to give up, then you add a little throttle and it just keeps pushing around the corner.  Sticky tires definitely help but you can feel (and see on the dash) the torque vectoring working. AMAZING! The suspension is Lincoln Smooth in normal driving.

 

Panoramic Sunroof/ Audio and Sync 3---- Going from a convertible to this was difficult but that BIG sunroof makes so much better. I have the Ultima Stereo so 1200Watts and 20 speakers. The sound is incredible and clear. I did expect a bit more volume though, but it is plenty loud enough to cause hearing issues. :) I don't know how the noise cancellation actually works through the stereo, I guess I just have to trust that's why it's a quiet ride. I do find myself cranking the volume for telephone calls so I can hear it. Sync 3 is SO MUCH better than Sync but it still doesn't understand be half the time. Apple Car play is useless to me. I don't understand why the screen is so bright in Car Play music.... it is annoying at night. Plus Waze is not compatible... why? Overall the functionality is much better. I do wish there were hard buttons for function (Maps, Phone, Audio, etc). That would free up some screen space in some settings and during Navigation, you wouldn't have to "find" the buttons to change. 

 

 

Overall, I definitely love the car. There is always a few things I want to do or would like different on my cars but this was everything I was looking for when I purchased and I am definitely enjoying it. I'll post up some pics with the ceramic coating when I get it back this weekend. Hopefully, I hit on all the key points on the "review"

 

Now onto a question:
I used to have an older car with keyless entry and one of the things I loved about it was I could lock my keys in the car. This Key Fob is HUGE!!! I don't like carrying it with me all the time, especially in a pair of shorts. Is there any way to lock it in the car and the car be secure? Thanks!

 

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#2 Izzy3906

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 10:17 PM

It looks great, enjoy it.


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#3 crushalot

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:48 AM

Now onto a question:

I used to have an older car with keyless entry and one of the things I loved about it was I could lock my keys in the car. This Key Fob is HUGE!!! I don't like carrying it with me all the time, especially in a pair of shorts. Is there any way to lock it in the car and the car be secure? Thanks!

 

You can lock the FOB in the car 2 ways. Upon leaving the FOB after exiting the car you can either press a finger on the little washboard on top of the door handle or you can press the bottom 2 numbers on the SecuriCode entry.  I recommend setting your own personal code so that it is easier to remember.  

 

Car looks nice.  I recently purchased the same model new in Black and just got the high end tint installed.  Wish I could go darker in my state!



#4 longislander

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 10:41 AM

Beautiful car! Wonder why the original purchaser only kept it for such a short time? Or was it a dealer demo?


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#5 thegabrielles

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 11:51 AM

Crushalot, I did create my own code, but when I leave the remote in the car it reminds me I forgot it. I will give it a shot though, thanks!

 

LongIslander, the car was a dealer car, driven by a Lincoln Rep for six months prior to being put on the market. I never purchase new but tend to buy Demo cars or similar. I saved over $23K purchasing this car over new. Pretty much a no-brainer in my opinion. Still smells new and was maintained well. I tried to get it CPO for the additional Warranty but it wasn't worth the $1750 they wanted for it.

 

It's tinted at 20%... not sure what your state laws are and I will go on record saying I don't know the laws here... :)



#6 crushalot

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:18 PM

Crushalot, I did create my own code, but when I leave the remote in the car it reminds me I forgot it. I will give it a shot though, thanks!

Sorry I missed the point in bold.  From the manual:

 

You can override the smart unlock feature
and intentionally lock the intelligent access
key inside your vehicle.
To do this, lock your vehicle after you have
closed all the doors by:
• Using the keyless entry keypad.
• Pressing the lock button on another
intelligent access key.
• Touching the locking area on the front of
the door handle with another intelligent
access key in your hand.
 
I always use the bottom 2 on the keyless entry pad and it works for me to lock in the FOB.  Works when leaving the car running also if just running into a stop real quick.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:14 PM

Thank you! I have read through the manual, but I haven't read every bit of it. I didn't see that in there. Thanks for the information! Forums are always a great source of information... even when its a question I could have found my own answer for! 

Thanks again!



#8 thegabrielles

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:50 PM

Rooftop shine!

 

New pick of the shine on the roof, just polished up still needs the ceramic coating. Can't wait to see it Thursday!



#9 Izzy3906

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:04 PM

the shine is looking great,  hope it doesn't rain.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 07:17 PM

I finally went to pick it up tonight and it looks great. I haven't seen it in bright sunlight yet but the guy that did it took these pics... WOW!!!

 

Ceramic Coated! (6)
Ceramic Coated! (5)
Ceramic Coated! (4)
Ceramic Coated! (3)
Ceramic Coated! (2)
Ceramic Coated! (1)

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 08:56 AM

Looks great.  Do you mind mentioning how much you paid for the ceramic coating?  I am looking at having the same thing done and just want to compare to different areas.  1 layer of 9H runs $1000 around me.



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:22 AM

Beautiful!!

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 02:02 PM

Thanks... I am very happy with it, I am interested in seeing how it does with normal day to day dirt and rain. 

 

Crushalot- I had two cars done, one last week and the MKZ this week so I probably got a better deal. When I was pricing I checked with a few different companies and the ceramic quality and product price has a big part of the overall price. The 8yr warranty Ceramic I went with costs about $250 just for the product. I saw pricing from "basic" 2-year warranty product for high-end places over $1K. Also, the guy I used basis his pricing of the amount of work involved in each car. My MKZ needed very little. My wife's Boxster needed a LOT more work but it has a lot smaller body that the MKZ, yet they priced out the same. My pricing was somewhere in the middle ground, and I definitely feel I got a great deal.








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