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  1. Interesting, so it's the new cars too. My Lincoln Mark VII's have all been tough on batteries if the car isn't driven regularly. I've found an idea that can keep up with the drain, if there is a solar panel sized close to the sunroof inside perimeter. I haven't found one I like yet that fits, I want one 28"x13" I believe it is, to fit the clear glass surface. I have a controller that if it will make 30-40watts, that will maintain a battery that has normal current draw on it while unused. We'll see, I haven't made time to ask around of the sellers of flexible solar panels.
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    Future of the MKZ: Articles of Speculation

    That is interesting. I like the thought of a performance hybrid, but whether that can be done is questionable, given the tight space of a sedan. I'd be happy with anything similar to the current MKZ 3.0T, if it looked no worse. I love back end still, and performance wise only the FWD bothers me. I wonder if the AWD system is a sensing type using an electrical signal to engage the rear drive? In the first A4WD Fords, that meant an electromagnetic clutch, which can be triggered additionally by an add on switch etc. If so, I'd want to force AWD any time I intend to hit the gas, before hitting the gas. That should be built in, but Ford is known for not seeing well, what needs to be done.
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    3M Clear Bra

    That's a cool idea, the leaf blower for drying. I've got a C3 blower I prefer over the gas powered one. I'll try that next time I wash my nice cars. I've got a $15 a month anytime deal at the local Zips car wash, for my daily driver work truck. So I haven't washed anything since last Summer, it's time to.
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    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    I just read of a new 7.3 liter engine Ford is developing. I hear it'll be an F150 engine choice but will fit a Mustang. It's evidently going to be a pushrod V8, sounds like a step back to the traditional smaller SBF size, with modern variable valve timing etc. That's what the Chevy LS engines are now, modern SBC's with new tech, plus heads patterned after the old Cleveland heads, which dominate NASCAR, since 1975. Maybe that new Ford engine might be a Mustang choice, we should know in a couple of years.
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    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Good planning. Take good care of the spare armrest too, keep it treated with a leather preservative etc. I had my old one saved from my 91 LSC SE, but in the garage and not treated since my wreck in 1997. The leather is pretty hard and rough compared to when I removed it in 1998. Untreated even nice leather will go bad, stored away out of the weather.
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    Fuel is not as good during the Winter, and the changing of blends with an unlucky fill up(tank with old gas) can make any car run poorly for a while. Try to find stations which sell real gas, no alcohol gas. I don't need premium for my cars right now, but I have a station close that has real gas for 5 cents less than their premium with alcohol. They source the real gas from a different vendor, and the prices are unrelated. I'd buy the premium if the engine is made to take advantage of it, but it's a waste if it's not.
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    2017, 19" wheel max tire with

    Each 10mm gain in section width is right at about 1/2" in diameter gain. The profile factor(the series(40)), it's worth about 1" per step. So the 255/40/19 is about 1/2" taller than the stock 245/40/19 tires.
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    New Owner - 2017 MKZ 3.0 AWD

    Thanks for the link to the main description of the TSB, that helps. Curious too, do you know if the correction was a new head design etc, or an assembly repair or change?
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    New Owner - 2017 MKZ 3.0 AWD

    Good trade then Scott, you found the one that fit the goals. I still wonder about the 3.0 engine TSB, if it's every 2017 or just some. I found two 17's south of me with plenty of miles on them, I'm not ready to contact anyone to ask how the TSB could work for a used purchase, I still have lots of estate work to do, and my work vehicle rebuild. I know more about what to look for now, thanks to you guys here for the details of the driver's package etc.
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    New Owner - 2017 MKZ 3.0 AWD

    Well thanks, that explains it, though that is dumb. But I'm used to Ford doing such dumb things, so it isn't a surprise. I have a 92 Mark VII that I'm slowly working on, and a few years back I discovered the left door trim has a space for a memory seat switch to bolt into. I have the switch for it now, a NOS part that came on Continentals of the same chassis. They obviously never made a Mark VII with a memory seat, but the feature was on some Continentals. So I'll fix that oversight along the way when I do some rewiring. That's a relatively easy modification. The newer cars have way too many integrated electrical parts and systems to retrofit anything after purchase. You basically have to live with what it comes with.
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    New Owner - 2017 MKZ 3.0 AWD

    Welcome and congrats on the trade, I hope you love the car for a long time. I'm still surfing the internet occasionally for a blue AWD TT. I haven't yet seen one with the Driver's Package and a white interior, except one used 2017 in GA recently. What does that Driver's Package do in fine details mechanically etc? I have not driven one yet, just read and heard the few reviews by others online. I have a black label 2018 here locally that my dealer wants me to come try out. It has everything but that package of course. I might have to decide between the more common versions without the package. Very few cars people chose to pay for that, given the number of chrome grilles I have seen.
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    What’s your next car?

    I also prefer to buy my cars with a few years and 60-100k in them. I had been aiming for a 2017/18 MKZ since they were revealed, but after about the four year old mark. That's not far off, but I'm getting older and this could be my last car. I've been searching around for a high optioned reserve, in blue with white interior, and the 3.0 AWD. Those are very rare I see from what's available. My local dealer has a 2018 black label, but it doesn't have the Driver's Package. I'd like to go see it closely, but I'm not in a rush at all, so much other stuff to do at home.
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    Conversion possible??

    The difference in transmissions like that is typically the output shaft and tail housing, which are interchangeable. In this drivetrain layout, I doubt it's that simple though. You should not want to do away with the rear drive. But someone should be able to tell you if that FWD trans can be used to rebuild your AWD trans. The big issue is the damage caused by driving any automatic after it malfunctions. People all seem to keep driving until the car won't go any longer. That extra distance driven after the first symptom, is why most rebuilt transmissions don't last as long. The worst damage is not from the initial problem/cause, it's from the excess heat and contamination by driving it with a symptom. When ever an automatic car stops shifting properly, stop driving it immediately, get it to a safe place very quickly, and fix it then. If the old trans is actually burned up inside in any way, using parts from a different trans is wise. The valve body and all the tiny components inside are fragile, any debris in the fluid creates excessive wear of those parts, which is not visible to most rebuilders. They just clean out the material, and put it back together, hoping there's no damage to the small parts. If it shifts "okay" when they test drive it, they consider that a successful rebuild.
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    12V battery upgrade

    Measure the space available behind the tray, to be sure the battery you have is going to fit. Then remove the tray, it looks like those three bolts should let it come out. Then you can work on the tray much easier out of the car, and clean it well too, plus your hands from handling it. Most plastics can be cut easily with rotary tools, but it melts a little as it goes. So trim it roughly near where you want it, and use either a rotary bit/tool to smooth the edges, or a file(much slower).
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    Sport Tuned Suspension Question

    Interesting. My list of wanted options is growing.