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#1692 of 3348 Help! Uncomfortable Driving Position
Dec 17, 2003 (11:06 am)
I just purchased a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer (same as Ford Explorer) I have power leather seats, tilt steering column and adjustable pedals. During the test drive, the truck was great and I am happy with it. BUT, I cannot get comfortable. Specifically my Achille's tendon. Because of the driving position, my foot is angle too far back when stepping on the gas or brake and causing constant pain at this point. I am quite tall (almost 6'5") and have tried every seat position. The best seems to be with the seat all the way back, pedals all the way forward, the front of the seat bottom all the way up and the back of the seat bottom all the way down with the seat back reclined. Quite the odd position and it is still painful. I think either the pedals need to me modified or I might need to have the seat tracks extended. Anyone else have this problem? Any solutions? Help! Thank you.
#1693 of 3348 red carpet lease vs. red carpet option
Dec 17, 2003 (12:23 pm)
I hope someone can help me. I am currently leasing a 2002 ford explorer xlt. It is on a 36 month lease that expires in may 2004.
I got an earlybird offer from the dealership that originally leased the vehicle to me. I went in and have negotiated a fair offer which includes them picking up the remainder of my lease payments in return for leasing another explorer xlt.
They are telling me that ford no longer leases vehicles under the old program which was called a red carpet lease. now they are using the term red carpet option. They say that the terminology is changed because of insurance reasons. This way they are not on the insurance as a primary owner of the vehicle for liability purposes. I understand this. what I want to know is that it sounds like i am buying the vehicle, not leasing it. they say that this is technically true. that i am paying 38months of a low payment and a large balloon payment at the end. They say that if i dont want to pay the balloon that they will take back the car and i can walk away with no penalty. is this true. do you know about this program. can you explain it to me. they say that this is actually a better program for me than a lease because i can trade the vehicle in to any dealer instead of being locked into a ford.
please respond asap as this offer is only good through friday, december 19th, 2003.
Dec 17, 2003 (3:36 pm)
You are correct in your statements about the RCO. I have an RCO on my 03 MM Premier. Basically they figure out what the dealer trade in value will be in 36 months (balloon payment), leaving them room to mark it up and resell it. You can trade it in to any dealer because you actually own it and any dealer will be glad to give you the "balloon payment" value for the vehicle.
Hope this helped
#1695 of 3348 pulleydog - ls8sport
Dec 17, 2003 (4:27 pm)
I also second what ANT said - the V-8 would be my choice. Where I live, most of the noise you get from the 6 is the cooling fan in the summer, but the 8 makes the truck much more fun to drive, and sounds great!
ls8: Funny you should mention being uncomfortable. I found all of my 3 Mountaineers to be extremely comfy, and when I bought my current Navigator, I couldn't get comfortable in it either! But my Mountaineer was still extremely comfortable in the position the memory seat was set for. Finally, in an effort to duplicate the seating position of the Mountaineer, I took a tape measure, and measured the distance from the headrest to the top of the wheel, the seat back to the bottom of the wheel, and the seat front to the bottom of the wheel, then replicated those dimiensions exactly on the Navigator, and set the seat memory there. Voila! Comfort was installed, not been a problem since. I don't know if that would help you in your case, but I do know what you mean. I think there were just too many variables for me to find my "sweet spot".
Dec 17, 2003 (4:28 pm)
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Dec 19, 2003 (7:30 pm)
So what you are saying is, why bother to ever invent anything new or move forward with any type technology as it will only break anyway and someone, somewhere will be inconvenienced, hurt or even worse by the technological failure.
Might as well stop living.
Dec 21, 2003 (7:27 pm)
Must be a response to the "just something else to go wrong" crowd. I don't like that rationale either. I love conveniences and gadgets, and if one or two of them break, well so did my crank windows in the 60's!
#1700 of 3348 Whining noise from Front End
Dec 22, 2003 (5:41 am)
My 2003 V-8 MM is closing in on 35k miles. I was talking to my service rep (who is great)and noted that I was hearing a whining noise coming from the front end and that I did not think it was tire noise as the tone/pitch did not change on different types of road surfaces. The result was the front wheel bearings were replaced. This seem to solve the problem for a few weeks but now the whining noise is back. I will going in for 35k in a few weeks, but wanted to know if anyone else was experiencing the same issue. Thanks.
Dec 22, 2003 (2:26 pm)
AWD, I presume, tjf?