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#1396 of 3018 2007 MKZ Ride Quality
Jun 16, 2006 (5:07 am)
I currently own a 2006 Zephyr. I'm very pleased with the car (a sleeker body would be nice). The 2007 has my interest. More powerful and refined engine, better fuel economy, and if you drive 500 miles a week to and from work like I do, the larger gas tank is quite helpful. Also, I regret not getting the cooled seats. However, in Lincoln's promo they state that the MKZ will have higher rated springs etc. for a more performance feel. To me that means a stiffer ride which I absolutely don't want. The uncomfortable ride was the thing I disliked the most about my Maxima and I really like the ride comfort of my Zeph. I believe handling and ride comfort are inversely proportional (if the handling goes up, ride goes down).
Does anyone have any idea what Lincoln means by more performance oriented? How much is the ride going to suffer? A quick 10 minute test drive may not reveal the true ride characteristics especially if the particular roads travelled are nicely paved. I don't want to go back to the harsh ride of the Maxima.
#1397 of 3018 Re: 2007 MKZ Ride Quality [tiger16]
Jun 16, 2006 (5:35 am)
Where does it say the gas tank will be bigger? Didn't see that and I'd be surprised if that changed.
The suspension will be much closer to the Fusion, so test drive one of those and you'll get a better idea. The Fusion suspension isn't harsh by any means but it's not floaty, either. I think it will be sporty without being harsh, but only you can decide if you like it or not.
#1399 of 3018 Re: 2007 MKZ Ride Quality [tiger16]
Jun 16, 2006 (8:23 am)
Interesting - 17.5 to 20 gallons. It might be a typo, though - they make a lot of those. We'll know in a few months.
Jun 16, 2006 (8:30 am)
...Ford which in America stands for Fix Or Repair Daily
I sure don't pick up on that. When I hear people talking about Ford, it's generally to say, along with GM, that as a company it's on its way out (thank you mainstream media for perpetuating that) and that the cars are boring compared to DaimlerChrysler. In casual conversation I rarely hear reliability talked about.
#1401 of 3018 Re: ED [displacedtexan]
Jun 16, 2006 (9:15 am)
You generally only hear that from the Chevy fans.
#1402 of 3018 Re: ED [akirby]
Jun 16, 2006 (9:35 am)
Yep. Along with Found on Road Dead.
#1403 of 3018 Zephyr review
Jun 16, 2006 (10:16 am)
Did anyone catch the Zephyr review in inside line here on edmunds. Is it me or did the black Zephyr they were using photograph really well. What a georgeous car in black. Review was actually ok, cant wait till the 3.5L gets here, im sure the MKZ will get the praise that it deserves. But honestly 7.5 sec's to 60 is not bad at all. And they also commented on how the 3.0L didnt sound as harsh as in the fusion/milan. Must be the add'l sound deadening at work.
Jun 16, 2006 (12:22 pm)
if HP does not sell cars then all cars would have the same hp and it would be around 80, probably 150 for trucks.
You are smarter than that statement ANT, Ford and GM would not be hauling you know what to catch up with HP and there would be no point for newer fuel saving engine tech unless it can be used to unlock more power while keeping fuel economy good.
Oh yeah, and if HP does not sell cars no one would make pony cars.
Now, the fact that Ford has this 260+ hp enigne in the stable is good news, we need to see them keep up the work on it, like GM is doing with its 3.6 (now it will have DI!) and Nisan is doing with VQ, and of course Toyota.
HP is one of the major selling points of a car. It may be second to quality (durability, problems per car) but its relative and depends on the quality/hp differences.
Most surverys continuously rate HP as one of the major selling points of cars.
Look at this:
Click Here for a European Survey
The survey showed overall that “Safety” was the most important aspect influencing their choice. This was closely followed by “Reliability.” Germany and Great Britain were the only countries where consumers placed reliability, just ahead of safety.
The next most important aspects were “Performance/Road holding” and “Running costs.” In all countries, these two aspects were placed in either third or fourth place. Much lower in importance were, “Prestige and Quality,” “Styling” and “Air Conditioning”, followed by “Audio systems” and “Satellite navigation.”
I took this survey because gas is even MORE important there, and look still performance is just below saftey and reliability.
Jun 16, 2006 (12:43 pm)
You can't expect Ford to top on horsepower in all segments, I keep mentioning how there's other fires that need to be put out, not just horsepower. There are options, if you feel Ford isn't doing enough for YOU with horsepower, there are other brands.