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  1. Smokestone10

    The Other Shoe Drops

    Ford's slogan should be "Want a car? Go to Honda or something." I can't wait to watch the domestic manufacturers scramble to flesh out their passenger car lineup when SUV/crossover market goes soft... again. And it will at some point. Fads always pass but this one seems to be taking it's sweet time.
  2. Smokestone10

    Older but still pretty nice

    It is, well... Smokestone. ๐Ÿคฃ It looks silver in bright light and gold in less light. Weird thing is Ford always had issues with dark metallic blue, and guess what color my brother's Fusion is. ๐Ÿ˜…
  3. Smokestone10

    The Other Shoe Drops

    Ugh.... modern Cadillacs look like Origami to me. And I'd be buying that legendary sub-FCA level of quality GM is becoming known for.
  4. Smokestone10

    Older but still pretty nice

    Ooooooohhhhhhhhhh..... you're gonna like it! I've had my 2010 AWD for about a year and a half now and I love it. Mine had over twice the miles on it when I got it but it's held up well, just a little bit of wear on the shift knob, and the typical little battle scars any (at that time) eight year old car with that many miles would have. Quiet, rides nice, decent on gas (and runs just dandy on good old 87), and has all the luxury doodads I'd ever want. I agree, just the right amount of tech. And the 2010 facelift has held up well, appearance-wise, especially compared to a lot of other luxury cars from the same period. I actually like the "bow wave" grille now more than I did when the cars were current. And since I live in a snowbound region the all wheel drive is nice. My MKZ is better at being a Subaru than my previous car... which was an actual Subaru! A few pieces of advice... Get the fluid level in the PTU (transfer case) checked with every oil change. Mine burned out last summer, fortunately I purchased the car with a 100k warranty and paid nothing out of pocket for the repair. If it's going out you'll hear a high pitched whiny rumble, kind of like a wheel bearing, that will appear at about 40MPH and 60MPH. Keep an eye on the fluid and you should be golden. Check the tail lights. If they're flickering, pulsating, or lighting up strangely (as in all three levels are lit up when the brakes aren't applied), they still should be covered under an extended warranty from the factory. Strictly speaking I believe the cutoff is 2011 models, but I don't know if the actual tail light for 2012 was any different. I'd imagine it has to be if it isn't covered by the extended warranty, but I have no idea if the early 2012s may have come with the older lights. The lights will still function, but it just looks weird. Keep an eye on the rockers. Mine are starting to bubble from the inside, though the driver's side is slightly worse. That side was getting crusty when I bought the car. What irks me is that my brother's beater '06 Fusion (same rockers) has pristine rockers, while my car is four years newer and has about half the miles on it and mine are getting scabby. This summer I may be going in with some Por 15 to see if that works, because I really don't feel like spending nearly 3k for new, professionally-replaced rockers. Other than that, just maintain it (as you would with any other car) and you should be quite happy with it. I'd also recommend taking it to a Lincoln dealer for regular service when possible, because you should get the complementary wash.
  5. Smokestone10

    New MKZ'er here

    Welcome to the forum and to the joyride of MKZ ownership!
  6. Smokestone10

    The Other Shoe Drops

    *cough cough* CD6-based Mark IX, anyone? What? A boy can dream...
  7. Smokestone10

    The Other Shoe Drops

    I don't own a Jag dealership, but I have a buddy who works for one, so... ๐Ÿ˜„
  8. I've always liked Trico Neoforms. My car isn't garaged so my wipers are constantly in the sun but the Neoforms hold up pretty well. They never streak until they're worn out to the point of needing replaced anyway. I know you're supposed to change out your wiper blades about twice a year, but I''ve had the Neoforms last a year or longer.
  9. Smokestone10

    Left home in the Lincoln, and came back with three more.

    I have the Monogram Hairy Olds kit somewhere. One hell of a machine, even in 1:24 scale! I've heard the guy that built the car for George Hurst was so afraid of it that after he got it back, he cut it up with a torch and buried the pieces in the desert. The hand-made aluminum bumpers survived, though. They're on the re-created Hairy Olds that was built a few years back.
  10. Smokestone10


    Since it's been stupid cold and snowy the last few days, I guess I could also add that they help prevent windows freezing shut to some extent.
  11. Smokestone10

    Left home in the Lincoln, and came back with three more.

    Got this much maligned kit today. Actually, two. If the body proportions look weird, there's good reason. Revell took an existing Thunderbird pro street kit, and fabbed up a shortened MKVII body to fit. I also ran across a built up MPC '68 Toronado. I'm posting that because @drolds1 might get a kick out of it. ๐Ÿ™‚
  12. Smokestone10

    The Other Shoe Drops

    So... chances are my next car will be another used MKZ, and a Jaguar XE after that...
  13. Smokestone10

    Who else hates deer?

    Never cared for deer meat. Just irks me a tad that I drove my previous beater for two years and never even had a close call, then smacked one with the Z less than 18 months after I got it. On the plus side, my new insurer (Progressive) has actually been helpful. I already have a body shop lined up. But first things first, getting the noisy AC compressor fixed. ๐Ÿ™‚
  14. Smokestone10


    I have a set on my 2010, but they were on it when I got the car. On a few very hot days I've used them to leave the windows cracked so the car doesn't get as hot but other than that I personally don't have much use for them. They might be handy if you're a smoker but my MKZ is a non-smoker car.
  15. I certainly hope it will be a sedan and not another crossover...