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Smokestone10

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Wednesday afternoon, two days after my trusty (and rusty) Subaru Impreza decided to shed part of it's rear sub frame on the road, I went home with a gently-used '10 Sterling silver MKZ. And now you know where I came up with my screen name. 🙂  I was actually looking around for info on the jukebox setting on the stereo when I found this forum. I registered for an account and poked around a bit and realized I'd forgotten my manners and didn't even bother to say hello first. 

My real name is Chuck and my  MKZ isn't my first Lincoln. In high school I had an '81 Town car that was beyond thrashed, but I still adored that floaty old barge of a car, with it's glitchy electronic dash and severely misaligned driver door. That car more or less set the tone for every vehicle that followed... with a few exceptions, every vehicle I owned from then on was a beater. After about 20 years of that, and the Subaru giving up the ghost, I thought it was time to treat myself. I've wanted a Lincoln forever, and had looked at various Town Cars and FWD Continentals, but I kept going back to the MKZ. I knew a new one was out of the question, but when I saw this one on a local dealer's website, I could not pass it up. The fact that my father and two of his uncles were big time Lincoln guys only cemented the deal. And the best part of any Lincoln is that it's not a Cadillac... always a plus in my book. 🙂

About the car... it's an all-wheel-drive model with the 3.5 Duratec. Since listing all of it's features would take me all night, I'll list what it doesn't have. It does not have the moonroof, chrome wheels, or the six-disc in-dash changer. Other than that I think it's about as loaded as an MKZ could have been in 2010. It has 112,000 miles and shows only the slightest signs of wear- there's a bit of a scuff on the front bumper fascia, a few nicks in the paint on the hood, but nothing that really detracts from the looks too much. I don't trust my touch-up skills much, so I'll likely find a pro to do that stuff for me. Other than that I'm just hoping to keep it looking and running as well as it possibly can.

Here it is in front of my grandfather's old work shop. It's not the first time a Lincoln has graced that spot and I don't want it to be the last. 

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And here it is at a local park pavilion. I noticed that the Lincoln badges on the driver's side hubcaps were oriented in the exact same position and was amused enough by that random thing that I snapped a pic. Look closely and you can see the scuff in the front bumper, just below the headlight. 

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The only downside to owning my MKZ so far has been that, after years of driving junk, I have to readjust my habits a bit. No more blasting down dirt roads... 20 MPH is the fastest I go on the last 1/8 mile home from work. No more blindly throwing open the door at the gas station, no care in the world if I hit the pallet of windshield washer solvent or whatever with the door. And no more bi-annual wash and wax sessions! This car deserves better.

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Beautiful car, and a great introduction. Thanks for sharing the photo of your grandfather's workshop, too.

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It looks to be in great shape, Congrats and good luck with it.  Another tip to treat it well --> Don't forget to park it away from the other cars, even if it's a spot waaaay back from your destination.

 

Welcome Aboard.

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HI Chuck. Congratulations on your new MKZ and welcome to the Lincoln MKZ Forum! A lot of great people and good information here.

Something which may be helpful: Although it is posted previously, here is a link where you can download a PDF version of your Owners Manual, in case the Dealer did not provide it when you purchased your car. It will certainly help with those Jukebox questions and a lot of other things. You can also download your Maintenance Schedule there - https://www.fleet.ford.com/partsandservice/owner-manuals/

And here is a link to the Lincoln Owners website, where you can register yourself and your MKZ and have access to all that information and more benefits: https://owner.lincoln.com/

Good luck! 😀

 

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Thanks guys!

jmcgliss- I'm hoping this one won't have to spend much time IN the workshop. I bought a five year 100k warranty with it, so for the time being, I'll let the pros work on it when/if something on it breaks.

fusionff- I usually park on the far end of the lot anyway, as it helps me avoid the blur of people in a hurry to leave at 3PM. The last couple days of last week I did park up near the building though, to help the crowds see the car better. 🙂 Word that Chuck got a Lincoln spread pretty quick and now everybody wants to check her out. 

bbf2530- I do have the manuals for it, I just happened to be online and thought "I could walk out to the car and get the manual, or I could do a little googling from the comfort of my easy chair" so that's what I did. 😄 And yes, I did find the info I needed here, plus quite a bit more. And thanks to this forum Lincoln might be getting a few bucks from me via their accessories department- that first aid kit seems like it would be handy, and it matches the car. 🙂

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Welcome to the forum.  That body style still looks beautiful, enjoy your MKZ.

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On 9/2/2018 at 12:01 PM, Izzy3906 said:

Welcome to the forum.  That body style still looks beautiful, enjoy your MKZ.

I am. I've already told co-workes "I can't go back to driving junkers", and that was on the second day I had it. 🙂

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Had to tweak the screen name a bit... turns out the actual color of my car is Smokestone Metallic. So, here we are. 🙂

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So far, so good. 🙂

I'm told that "if you don't look back over your shoulder when you're walking away, you bought the wrong car". I find myself looking back over my shoulder quite a bit. Often when I catch a glimpse of it out of my window or when I'm walking toward it in the parking lot leaving work, I still have a hard time believing that's my car. Almost two months in and the "new" hasn't worn off- for me that's a pretty good record. 

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That is a good feeling, I do the same when I leave it parked to go shopping I also look back at it.

 

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