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Buying used: How to tell if it's got the STHP?

AWD summer tire handling package

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#1 dnarud13

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 04:35 AM

Don't have a Z yet, but after a year of researching cars, I'm pretty sure I've decided on the MKZ.  Now I'm just pinning down the options I'll look for.  Enthusiast forums are the best place for info on a car and this looks to be the most active forum dedicated to the Z.  So, thanks for having me! 

 

I'm looking for a '14-'16 Reserve with the Ecoboost, a/c seats, moonroof (pano a +) & THX. Now I'm comparing FWD w/ AWD.  I'm in the south so I don't have to worry about snow, but I do like responsive handling.  I want to drive the two back to back for comparison.  Atlanta's up the road from me and there are quite a few to choose from there. 

 

I've Googled and key word searched this site but haven't found a definitive answer.  I know that the summer tire handling pkg only came on the AWD.  The dark painted pocket 19" wheels seem to be the main indicator, but I'm seeing those on FWD cars also, so it's not a for sure tell.  How can I tell for sure?







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#2 drolds1

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 01:01 PM

The wheels became a free-standing option for the 2014MY.  That explains why you're seeing them on non-AWD cars.  Yes, the handling package was only available on AWD cars.  The option code for the package is

14H.  You'd have to be able to reproduce the window sticker to see for sure.  Outside of that, entering the VIN into Ford ETIS will show everything the car was built with.  (Note that no matter what VIN you enter, it will show Ford Transit Connect as the vehicle.  Ignore that). 

 

Personally, I think you're going to have an extremely difficult time finding an MKZ with the handling package.  IDK how many were made but it has to be infinitesimal.  Few people even knew it existed.  I've never seen one in any dealer's inventory.  BTW, I think you'll find that for a car that was never billed as a sport sedan, these cars are no slouches in the handling department.

 

Good luck with your search.  Let us know how it turns out.

 


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 06:03 AM

Thanks droid!  Is There a charge involved with using this?


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 12:18 PM

Thanks droid!  Is There a charge involved with using this?

No.  No charge.


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 03:43 AM

Any idea how the STHP is listed in the ETIS?  When expanding the the "Minor Features" tab, on the 50 AWD's that I've looked up on there, there is no "Summer" or "Handling" or "14H" package listed on any of them.

 

"Continuous Control Chass Susp" is listed on every one, as you would expect.  Could it possibly be called "Enhanced Interact Vehicle Dynamics"?  I've found just a few of those.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 01:58 PM

IVD originally stood for ESP (Advancetrac) in the US.  Later, it also included the  CC suspension.  I'm guessing that enhanced IVD now includes active cruise control, lane keeping, etc.



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 02:55 AM

That's not it then.  So, no way to tell? :-(

 

Unless ...

 

... the whole STHP was eyewash corporate made up to cover their tire switching for the Edmunds review. 

 

The only reason for looking for a so equipped car was for the 'special' computer coding.  But if it was just a marketing CYA, and there really isn't any difference in coding, it's a non-issue.  The tires I can always get. The wheels are pretty common.   Makes my search a whole lot easier.  Ecoboost, AWD, pano, THX, heat/cool seats and the right colors.


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