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!