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KenZ

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    Georgia
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  1. KenZ

    GPS Map Update '14 MKZ

    In theory, it is data from about 1 year later - but exactly what timeframe that covers is not clear to me. In my area, which is rapidly growing, I look for streets/roads/new exits that I know have been built (and when) and get a sense of the timing. On the A9 chip, I find roads that were new about 12-18 months ago from now, but nothing newer. I have been buying chips for various cars since the A4 Chip (2013) and the data lag has been consistent over the years.. In all cases, the data is only as good as the people providing it. The A9 Chip still has a local shopping mall name wrong - even 5+ years later. It sold 5+ years ago and changed it's name. At one point, a new flyover ramp on a local highway took almost 3 years to appear on the chip. Or in other cases, local restaurants or stores that have been closed and torn down for a couple years - are still listed. You will also find that different companies make suppositions on the data that are not always correct. For example, I found that the A3-A9 chips all identified a local training center for a retail store - as an actual retail store which it is not. Also had that happen on corporate offices for restaurant chains, telling me a restaurant existed where it did not! Quite frustrating sometimes. Waze and Google have it right, so I know the information is out there, just not with the people providing these chips. Overall, the vast majority of data is good, especially in areas that don't change much.
  2. KenZ

    2013 z loaded. Footwell lights?

    I had a 2013 MKZ (but traded it in on a 2017). From what I remember, there was an ambient lighting system that was turned on and controlled thru the settings menu on the center stack screen. I am not sure if was an option or if you have it, but you may see it if you look thru the menus. It definitely had footwell lights as well as some other lighting in the doors. It was fairly low lighting and was on all the time when it was it was dark.
  3. KenZ

    Get New Tires Other than Dealership - Warranty?

    The dealerships reflect the management philosophy and business models of their ownership. I have a Lincoln dealer about a mile from me and another about 15 miles away. I use the one that is 15 miles away for service. Why? Because the one 15 miles away bends over backwards to get my service business. The one a mile away makes me feel like they are doing me a favor by servicing my car.
  4. KenZ

    Gas door

    My 2017 MKZ has the free pick up and delivery option which I used and loved. When I was talking to the service guy about bringing in my 2015 MKC for service (no free pickup and delivery on this model year), he told me they would do the same pickup, leave the loaner, and delivery back to me for $50. It is about 15 miles and 20-30 minutes with traffic - so frankly, it was worth paying. It may be worth checking out if your Lincoln dealer might do that. It is one of those things I don't mind paying for!
  5. KenZ

    Oil Life Monitor

    Prior to the oil life monitor, I had always done whatever the owners manual recommended. The recommended miles and months have definitely changed over the years. Now I go by the oil life monitor, I wait for the warning which seems to be around 5%. The last few cars I bought always had free maintenance for a certain amount of miles/years. I once tried to get the free maintenance when the oil life was at 20% and was told they would not do it unless it was 10% or lower. I told them I was going on a 2000 mile driving trip and did not want to do maintenance on the road. They did it for me but wrote up the "trip" circumstances on the work order.
  6. I used the E-Bay A-5, A-6 and A-7 in my 2013 MKZ with no problem. Traded it in for a 2017 MKZ before the A-8 came out. The new MKZ's don't have an SD slot any more. I did get an E-Bay A-8 for my 2015 MKC and it works fine. I purchased from these guys: autoleasesolutions (3040) 99.6% positive feedback autoleasesolutions (3040) 99.6% positive feedback
  7. I have not gotten the A8, but over the years I have upgraded from A4 to A5 to A6 to A7 from Ebay on various cars. Maps and Points of Interest are updated on the SD card. In my experience, there were no additional features available by upgrading the SD card. I am assuming that additional features would only be available if they chose to implement them in a Sync update. Be advised that while the A# updates are newer data, they are typically not as up-to-date as Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze or other standalone GPS's that can have daily/weekly/monthly autoupdates. I live in an area that is growing rapidly and new streets, highway exits, businesses, etc - are way behind in the Sync A# card. I have been watching the name of a local mall that changed 3-4 years ago which is still not updated in the Sync A# SD cards or even in my 2017 Sync 3 which does away with the A# SD card for (presumably) an online update at some point. Whatever the technology, it's all about the data!
  8. KenZ

    Navagation System Inaccurate

    I am not speaking with any real knowledge or fact - just conjecture. In my 2017 MKZ 3.0T, I often use the regular Nav and then set the same route on my phone in Apple Maps or Waze. I have not used Google Maps on my phone. Depending on the route, the mapping systems will often set slightly different routes resulting in different times. If there is a major highway blockage, the Nav system will ask you how you want to handle it as you get closer, while Apple and Waze may just route you to a different route - perhaps using local streets that don't have traffic data and might be equally slow. Even if the routes are the same, the timing is different 95% of the time. Along a long route, it kind of seems like the Nav system takes accidents or blockages anywhere along the route (even 30 or 40 miles away) into account (and timing) immediately, while Apple Maps and Waze don't take it into account until you get closer. Taking it into account when you get closer is probably the better way since the accident or blockage may not even be there once you get there. Once started on the road, the Nav system time often drops a little almost immediately. And once on the road, the Apple Maps or Waze time typically rises a little. It seems like the time is constantly recalculated as things happen. I have noticed that the Nav system will typically always have the longer time. It seems like the more stoplights involved, the more difference. I wonder if the Nav programmers are using a more conservative or worst case scenario at how long you might be at a stoplight. For example, about 1 mile from my house I have to make a left turn at a light onto a major highway. If I just miss that left turn, because it is a major intersection, it is about 3 minutes until I can turn left again. So the question is, did the programmers for the different mapping programs allow an average of 30, 60, 90, 120 or more seconds for that turn. Multiple that by a lot of turns and you can get a big difference. Being a programmer in a prior lifetime (not for mapping though), I tend to think about that kind of stuff. Waze is rather new and I have only tested it over the last few months. I don't like to use it in the real world because of the way it reroutes people onto residential streets, Especially now that school is open again, Waze is rerouting rush hour people off of clogged major highways and onto residential streets - where it is interfering with school bus routes, etc. I have used Waze just to see how it is different from Apple Maps or the Nav system. I have used the Apple Maps timing tests with my 2013 MKZ Nav (no longer own this) and my 2015 MKC (still own this and has Sync 2). Sync 3 in the 2017 MKZ is generally more accurate in timing than the Sync 2 in the 2015 MKC. As I said, just conjecture. I don't think that it is something that can be "fixed", just noted and allowed for.
  9. KenZ

    2017 MKZ - Initial thoughts...

    I started this thread almost a year ago. My fully loaded 2017 MKZ 3.0 now has 6,696 miles and was picked up for it's first service. The pickup at my home went off without a hitch. I scheduled it thru the Lincoln Way App and was kept up to date via text. The text just before pickup included a link that showed me what the driver would look like, etc. The car they brought me was also a 2017 MKZ, but was a 2.0 Select model with minimal options. It has made me appreciate my car so much more! It is sort of weird to be driving the "same" car, but yet have it be so much different. Biggest difference is the 3.0 vs 2.0. Although the 2.0 is pretty peppy, I do miss squealing the tires every once in a while! I am surprised at the gas mileage though, I would have expected the 2.0 to be much better. Although I did not buy gas to check the mileage officially, the dash mileage was lower than I get on my 3.0. I really missed the panoramic roof. Although I don't have it "open air" in the hot summers, I usually leave the inside sunscreen open. It is amazing how cramped the inside feels without the expanse of glass as the roof. I also missed the automatic wipers. I also missed the upgraded Revel Optima sound system and I definitely missed the air-conditioned seats! . The biggest shock was having to manually open and close the trunk. While the button releases the latch, it doesn't smoothly open. Nor is there a button to close it. While out making several shopping stops, I kept reaching for the "close" button. I have to say that at one year later, I love my MKZ even more than when I first bought it...
  10. KenZ

    2017 MKZ Quality of Comfort

    Hopefully you will be reimbursed. If it is at all possible, I would check out other Lincoln or Ford/Lincoln dealers in your area for your ongoing maintenance service. I was unhappy with the ongoing maintenance service at the Ford/Lincoln Dealer about a mile from where I live and now have my service done at a Ford/Lincoln dealer about 14 miles from where I live. I could not be happier. It is the difference of night and day. Not as convenient, but much easier on my blood pressure!
  11. KenZ

    Which Do You Prefer?

    I had a black 2013 MKZh - and I love the look of the split wing on that car. When I saw the 2017 MKZ at the Atlanta Car Show in April 2016, I hated the new front end. Decided I would keep the 2013 a few years more and would probably go with a different brand/model when it was time to trade in. Fast forward to July 2016 and I was driving by the Lincoln Dealer, they had just received a white 2017 MKZ and put it on one of the display pedestals out by the road. In white, I absolutely loved the new front end. Long story short. I now own a white 2017 MKZ. I still do not like the new front end on some of the other colors, but on white - I love it. I know... I'm weird!
  12. KenZ

    2 months and I'm in love with my car:)

    I have never been particularly loyal to a car brand. I typically would go to the Atlanta Car Show and sit in all the cars and then go out and buy something that was interesting to me or that I felt particularly drawn to at the show. That is what got me into a 2013 MKZ-H (my first Lincoln). I loved that car so much, when it was time to trade in my Wrangler a couple years later, I got a 2015 MKC 2.0. That was the first time in my very long life that I had every owned two cars of the same brand. I traded in my 2013 MKZ-H on a 2017 MKZ 3.0TT. That is the first time in my very long life that I have ever traded in for the same model. I would say that is love...
  13. KenZ

    Lane Departure Correction

    Mine too. I had a 2013 MKZ that was much more forceful in lane keeping than my 2017 MKZ. But then the heated and cooled seats worked much better in the 2013 also. Sigh....
  14. I am not as excited about CarPlay as I thought I would be. I am not a huge fan of AppleMaps. If Waze was available thru CarPlay, I would be more likely to use it. Be wary if rerouting takes you to roads that do not have traffic reporting available. For example - when a local interstate is clogged, both systems (AppleMaps and Nav System) will reroute me to a State Route that runs somewhat parallel to the interstate about 1-2 miles away. Unfortunately, the close-by State Route doesn't have traffic reporting so it assumes it is quicker based on speed limit or God knows what. In the couple times I tried using it, the State Route took about twice as long as the projected time for the clogged interstate - because the State Route was clogged worse with normal traffic and rerouted traffic! FWIW, AppleMaps is more likely to have newly opened roads/stores/restaurants/gas stations/etc on their mapping. it seems they do continuous updating. The built-in Nav systems seem to lag way behind in new information. What I do now is... have the regular Nav system on the big screen for ease of seeing what is coming up and Waze on the phone (phone is mounted next to the Nav system). Waze uses "people" traffic reporting on any road that has users on it and if the big screen Nav tries to reroute me, I check the Waze traffic to see if it makes sense. I don't use CarPlay as much as I thought I would. It is a little clumsy if you want to switch around from CarPlay Audio to Sirius or regular radio. Plus I don't like that it forces what is on the CarPlay screen to be on the phone screen. Or that Apple tightly controls what it deems "appropriate" to be available in CarPlay. i.e. my local college sports broadcast app is not allowed in CarPlay, so I have to go out of CarPlay and go to USB or Bluetooth connect and play the app thru the phone to listen to sports broadcasts. Then I cannot use anything in CarPlay while I am in that app. First World problems. Sigh...
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