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  2. Loki-MKZ

    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    I drove 14 hours yesterday, we decided to get it over with. The transmission exhibited an abrupt 1-2 shift a few times but averaging 72 mph for the entire trip I averaged 27.7 mpg, one reason is because on my way home a guy in a Honda Accord V6 drove straight up my tailpipe going around a long curve merging off of 290 West to get onto Rt 20. I put the car into sport mode and gav it some gas, now it's true the MKZ is no Sport sedan but it actually does better than other non Sport sedans in the twisties. He couldn't keep up and of course we ended up next to each other at the stop light where I figured I'd just let him go but no, I looked over to my left and he and his girlfriend looked like they thought they were going to whup on an old fart in his old fart Lincoln. The light went green, he gave it everything he had, I waited a sec before hitting the gas and then floored it and the car responded with the front tires screeching for grip and blowing by him like he went into reverse. What a waste of gas, I knew what the result would be and it went exactly like that but watching it happen it drove home the point that the way the MKZ sits right now if I race a stock 3v Mustang GT, a lightly or more modified 2v New Edge GT it isn't even going to be a race and it may very well scare a few gen 1 Coyote's if not give them a run. I'm trying to envision Lincoln execs as engineering has delivered to them a new 3.0 twin turbo that delivers 400hp / 400 torque, screw Ford it's about time we had some fun. I have seen other 3.0's on the road, but they are driven exactly like the 2.0's and 3.7's, very conservatively not that I expect them to be street racing but Lincoln has a rep for old folks driving slow cars. I fully intend to use that when I go to Great Lakes Dragaway this Spring, I'm going to let the car cool down when I get there and I'm going to pick and choose a few Mustang's running what I think my car will run and then I'm going to ask them if they want a go. I'm pretty sure of the responses, like, you're kidding right? I simply can't wait, who would have thought I bought a new Mustang GT April 2018 and then I would trade in a lease for what I thought might be a 3.7 MKZ only to find out it's the mighty 3.0 twin turbo that turns out to put the same kind of smile on my face when driving, incredible. 😜
  3. Loki-MKZ

    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    I disabled the function, I'll re-enable it in the Spring.
  4. bbf2530

    12V battery life

    Hi Pierce. With all the computerization and electronics on today's cars, battery life expectancy is 3-4 years. Will many batteries live longer than 4 years? Yes, of course. However, conventional wisdom is to seriously consider testing/replacing the battery once you hit the 4 year mark. Good luck.
  5. I have a 2015 MKZ Hybrid with 41,000 miles (bought new). How long (and/or how far) should I expect the 12V battery to last? Have some of you chosen to replace yours at a certain age and/or mileage, rather than to wait for clear symptoms (or a total failure without warning)?
  6. IraF

    3M Clear Bra

    I have had a clearbra on my 2014 mkz hybrid and then traded up to the 2017 mkz hybrid and did the same for that car, and never regretted making that decision, as for chips I never noticed any on either car and since I am not an avid collector of insects, they easily come off the bra. Before the clearbra, I used the 2 piece bra which would collect dirt and pebbles which did leave some marks on the hood. Easy decision to go to clearbra
  7. Zalvern

    3M Clear Bra

    I had the Xpel version on my MKZ. Then came a time it had no bra on, because the warranty will not cover if the bra gets torn by an "outside" source, thus I had it removed. So take that 10 year coverage as a grain of salt, because its more so about just covering natural defects. I'll share my thoughts and opinion. Everyone will feel different about it. I've seen plenty of raves and reviews of course about clear bras, and so of course that is why I put one on my MKZ since I "wanted the best for it". But at the time, I didn't really think on my own life and driving experiences to actually believe if clear bra is something I should justify. I made the choice from review hype, not because "I hate seeing my vehicle get peppered with chips and dents on the front, and constantly taking it to the body shop so it looks fresh again". Honestly, that doesn't happen as much these clear bra services make it seem like it will. After ditching it (as I did not want to pay again for another new bra and install), my MKZ never did get any serious rock chips or dents from areas I had the bra applied, and I gave it the full frontal package too. The only dent it got? Rear quarter panel, a spot that wouldn't have been clear bra'd anyway. Sure the clear bra will reduce the chances no doubt, but what if those chances are really not happening as much you may think? Truth is, the clear bra services are over exaggerating how often these chips and dents will happen. It really depends on one's living atmosphere and driving style if they will benefit from this form of insurance. For me, I do not plan to ever clear bra another vehicle again, and use the money elsewhere. I rather just take it to a body shop I've made good connection with, because I know frontal paint chips or dents aren't that often for me. Plus being a daily driver, many quality touch ups that are not bank breaking will really suffice. All my vehicles without bras have never gotten chips or dings on the frontal half of the vehicle, prior to my MKZ being the only vehicle I gave clear bra a shot on (and then the MKZ going without a clear bra and until its demise, was flawless to the human eye) because of my driving style. Faster I go, the more I want to maintain distance from other vehicles, and traffic being very slow or stop n' go is hardly likely to bring risk of road debris being flung around. I was more pleased by my ceramic paint coating for less time spent cleaning the car making most of my washes just needing a distill water rinse and use of ONR Wash & Shine. Great for glass, wheels, and everything to just be easier to clean on a daily driver. Now that I will definitely get done again for any vehicle I drive frequently throughout the year. Think of this: In regards to past vehicles that were driven without a clear bra, How often did you end up with displeasing chips or dings on the front ends of the vehicle? If you hardly or never been bothered by the appearance of a chip or dent (and even know a body shop that is good service to you), I wouldn't concern myself about it. Now ceramic paint coating on the other hand? Great stuff if you want easier cleaning sessions for a daily driver because of how often they will get dirty. But skip it if you just love wax and detailing bonding time with a car. I feel ceramic coating is great for daily drivers, and while say the weekend only vehicle or garage show queen can get by without it, the coating can compliment them too for more paint luster. My MKZ literally was cleaned only with distilled water and ONR Wash & Shine like 90% of the time. I rarely went to pressure washer stations to get the paint looking peerless and clean, nor spent many hours. Well that's my two cents based on my experience. Good luck on your decision!
  8. rubyinla

    3M Clear Bra

    Anyone have any experiences with these? Looking at getting a 3M clear bra that will cover 1/3 of the hood, bumper, mirrors and a 10 yr warranty from 3M for $600. They wrap the product around the edges so there's no edge to pull or ride up. More $$ than I want to spend to do the whole hood. I can live with the edge since I'm not taking it to car shows like previous vehicles. Any questions you'd ask if you did it again? Thanks... A link to Invisible Bra kits: http://www.invisiblemask.com/cgi-bin/products_ip/browser.cgi?prevtype=Automobiles+and+light+trucks&prevyear=2016&prevmake=LINCOLN&prevmodel=MKZ&prevsubmodel=&prevseries=&type=Automobiles+and+light+trucks&year=2016&make=LINCOLN&model=MKZ&submodel=HYBRID
  9. Yesterday
  10. k9frog

    Spare tire in a mkz hybrid

    I received the new spare tire today, It fits perfect on the car and in the trunk, The size of this tire is 135-70-17,All is good and we have a spare tire just in case.....
  11. What kind of Tires you have? I had to replace two good Micheline with Yokohama at Discount Tires..
  12. Chris109

    Head light upgrade

    I know. But I wanted a drink with an umbrella in it. Woe is us.
  13. R2D2

    Head light upgrade

    I had the coronas on ice for you, you never rang the bell
  14. Zalvern

    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    Ah yes, it's not without its cons like remembering to keep them open if it's going to Ice over night. That's the one time I had to remember the downside of power folding mirrors. Didnt have any issues otherwise. Ford could optionally package them for more premium trim options. Not everyone will like another gizmo that may hold electronic gremlins. Most European region Fords get them because there is no Lincoln upscale branch.
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  16. Dismonkey1

    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    I had a similar issue with the folding mirrors on a rather cold day (It was probably in the single digits with wind chill). The mirrors actually wouldn't open after starting the car or at any point during the ride as they were basically frozen. You don't realize how much you use the mirrors until they aren't there and you can't see to make lane changes. Didn't have the issue again, but in reality should have never happened one time. Single digits is cold but not like what they were getting in the Midwest.
  17. Chris109

    Headlight Error

    Hopefully that will correct the issues.
  18. Chris109

    Trunk opens without key fob

    While I was away, I was able to open my trunk without the fob and with the doors locked. Didn't realize that it did this until I discovered I had forgotten my key in the hotel. All of my computers and important stuff were in the trunk while I stayed overnight in hotels. Won't open by the button with the decklid disabled.
  19. Chris109

    Head light upgrade

    I just went. Didn't bother with the oil. It was still clear and full when I left. Also went looking for someone in Palm Coast:
  20. Chris109

    Head light upgrade

    I'll have to try that. Did that last nite. Success. Was that in the manual?
  21. drolds1

    Head light upgrade

    That's correct. The feature only works when the Autolamp position is engaged.
  22. bbf2530

    Head light upgrade

    Hi Chris. I thought that may have been you on I-95? But you passed me before I could even wave! 🙂 How was your trip? Hope you had fun. And hey...what did you decide to do about the oil change before you left? Did you change or wait?
  23. Loki-MKZ

    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    The power folding mirrors on my MKZ have issues with very cold temps and freezing up so they don't fold. I turned the folding feature off even though the dealer says no need. Well if no need why did they have to repair them, so I'll leave that off until Spring. I also wonder about the future of the MKZ, I could see keeping mine until 2021 and then trading in for a new one with maybe a hybrid design making 450+hp and 500lbft of torque or more, I can wish. :) As for the Mustang, we'll have to see but an AWD version with more power, oh yeah that would be awesome. An option to dis-engage the front wheels for some fun like Mercedes does would be fantastic.
  24. Loki-MKZ

    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    Well, I received my Livernois tunes, a 91 and 93 octane tune. I uploaded it to my car, not exactly blown away by the tuner interface, when it was done it didn't say complete or finished, just key off ignition for 3 seconds so I figured it was done. I read the information sent with the tune and it states the transmission may shift funny while it's re-learning, that's for sure! It shifted like it was drunk at first even my wife was asking me what the hell is going on with your car?? About half way to work it seems to have sorted itself out. Throttle tip in is incredible, just a bit of throttle and boost comes on and you're passing people with zero effort. It has always done this but it's better now. Full throttle will set the front tires begging for grip until the back tires are engaged which is very fast but still, the tires are not adequate for this power level, so what the tune does give is enough to want me to get better tires. The butt dyno says the car is definitely making more power you can feel, perhaps the timing comes in sooner and higher because it honestly feels like there is more kick than before. Starting at 1/4 of the way to work I babied it and drove normal, I noticed it likes to stay in 5th longer than it did before the tune so when I hit 40mph I now paddle shift into 6th and I notice the converter seems to lock up and you can just use boost/torque to gain momentum and while doing so it doesn't use as much gas as before. Most times I tested this I am at 21/22 mpg when I get to work, today I was at 24.9 keeping in mind I had to make sure to up-shift at 40 into 6th. I haven't done a full throttle 1/4 mile run yet, but so far I'm very impressed with the acceleration. I have a 5 hour drive on Monday which should help get the transmission learning fully sorted and I plan a couple of full throttle test runs as well.
  25. MKZMark

    Head light upgrade

    I'm pretty sure all you have to do is turn the headlight switch on the dash to non-auto.
  26. Chris109

    Head light upgrade

    Btw, bbf2530, I drove through Joisey on my way back from the south. Did you see me waving?
  27. Chris109

    Head light upgrade

    And I wish they had a toggle switch/button for the auto high beams. Very dangerous trying to go through the menus when driving. I had to do this a few weeks ago when driving in thick fog. High beams kept going on, and therefore blinding me. Had to drive in fog and try to find the auto high beam setting. On/off button on the dash would be great. Or even a quick succession of slaps to the paddle to disengage them.
  28. MKZMark

    Head light upgrade

    I believe Consumer Reports had been knocking Ford's headlights lately. I have the HID with the auto high/low beam and there's a big difference between high and low. In fact on twisting roads with the car ahead going in and out of view, the high/low switching makes the driver think I'm flashing at him. I've also annoyed drivers coming the other way because of the slow responsiveness of the system.
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