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#2736 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [datagen]
Sep 28, 2009 (11:51 am)
Thanks, Datagen. I read about that trunk release in the manual but I haven't tried it. I might just leave the key fob in the car all of the time and use the keypad, anyway. I am not sure yet which method of locking/unlocking works best for me.
I am accustomed to using premium or at least mid-grade in my LS so I will probably continue that. It was full when I picked it up and I don't know what they put in it. I will try both 87 and 91 and see if I can tell the difference.
Cops shouldn't pay attention to a balding guy in a Lincoln, should they?
#2737 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [brucelinc]
Sep 28, 2009 (3:21 pm)
Congrats to both of you on your new MKS's. I think they're really sharp cars, keep us updated!
#2738 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [datagen]
Sep 29, 2009 (9:58 am)
Datagen, how do you like the adaptive headlights/auto high beams?
I knew they were there but didn't give them much thought until early this morning when I drove the car in the dark for the first time. Starting up in the garage, they came on and scanned left to right against the garage wall to show me that they were working. Driving on a winding 2-lane to work (where deer are plentiful) I really enjoyed the way they swivel with the turns. The auto high beams came on where there was no traffic and instantly dimmed when approaching other cars headlights or taillights. Pretty cool. I know these are not new features but they are new to me and the technology has improved since they were first introduced.
I probably sound like a kid in a candy store but everytime I drive this crazy thing, I find some little feature that makes me say, "Wow!" I am not sure if the 2009s had ambient lighting and lighted door sills or not but that is pretty nice too.
Have I mentioned lately that the twin-turbo engine has plenty of power?
#2739 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [brucelinc]
Sep 29, 2009 (9:38 pm)
Yes the adaptive headlight and auto high beam are great. I live in an area of deer as well and it is very handy. Be careful in the future if you decide to have your windows professionally tinted. We had to make a small hole in the tint so the sensor could still function properly.
You are right the 2009 do not have the ambient lighting. You can get a kit through the dealership but it is not the same. It is in my 2010 MKZ and it is sweet. That MKZ can fly and I see a ticket in the future, so I better start squirreling away now. It will be less of impact when it happens.
I am glad to hear your enjoyment and discoveries. I believe many whom went another way missed out on a quality vehicle. What size wheels do you have? Have you notice the attention people have toward the car? The styling and red color commands attention. The braking system is awesome as well. Keep those ecoboost comments up and you are going to make me go out and get a fully loaded Taurus.
#2740 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [datagen]
Sep 30, 2009 (11:57 am)
I drove several MKSs with the different wheel/tire options. I liked the ride and quiet of the 18s best. The 20" Michelins are quiet, too, but our many of our Minneapolis streets are horrible and the 20s were a bit firm for me - they include a firmer shock package. The ecoboost and/or ultimate package comes with the 19 inch wheels but my dealer swapped me the 18s off another MKS. If I lived in an area with smoother streets, I would have gone for the 20s.
Only a speed-freak or a power hungry hooligan would ever need to use wide open throttle with the ecoboost engine. If he/she does use WOT, it probably would not be for more than a very few seconds. The thing that appeals to me is the ease and lack of drama in which it accelerates quickly at part throttle. It pulls way more strongly at 1500 RPM than my LS did at 4000. The result is quick acceleration at part throttle with limited downshifts and hardly any noise.
It is too soon to tell about gas mileage but on my regular commute for just the past 3 days, my computer is showing 21.3. Under similar conditions, my LS was usually around 20 - 20.5. My wife's Taurus does about 22.8 when I commute with it. My round-trip commute is about 36 miles - part 2 lane county road, part busy freeway, and some downtown stop & go. I hope to take road trip soon so I can see what it does under ideal conditions.
#2741 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [brucelinc]
Sep 30, 2009 (7:14 pm)
That is some nice info to know. It was also good to know that we in Michigan are not the only ones who have bad roads. They are so bad here that they have taken up the European approach to fixing them to a point. They work on them at night and weekends like they do in Europe, but where Europe actually replaces a whole section, here they just patch it. It affects many things (wear and tear, mileage, etc). I am not getting that good of mileage. Mine is AWD and the best I seen it produce is 19.9. My Taurus kicks out 20-21 and the Z is right now at 18.9 – 19.5. I believe your ecoboost MKS is AWD as well right?
My commute is 13-15 miles one way and my driving habits needs work. I have passed my boss up so fast once that when he got to see me at work, he told me that he was impress and did not think a Taurus could even do those speeds. Due to some road conditions, I choose my routes base upon what I am driving. I have the 20” and at first the ride was rough, but they seemed to have adapted and have really smooth out much to my surprise.
I have notice better results when I travel down to Ohio (way better roads) and a few other areas. Here we drive like our ass is on fire. You have to or your ass will get run over. That is interesting the amount of power you get at 1500 RPM’s. A friend of mine told me the other day that he saw a sad sight of a new SHO Taurus in the right lane doing 55mph. Now I guess that tells you the mentality here.
#2742 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [datagen]
Oct 02, 2009 (5:36 pm)
Datagen, I have a couple of questions for you.
When you start your car, does it greet you with a verbal "good morning" or "good afternoon?" I would swear that I drove an MKS a few months ago that did that. Mine does not and it is not a big deal but I am curious if there is a setting for that. I have read all the manuals from stem to stern and can't find anything about it!
Second question: When I change the media to jukebox, it begins playing the last song that I was listening to prior to switching to another form of media. Is that normal? I thought that if I left the jukebox and listened to FM or Sirius for awhile (or turned the audio off) and then returned to the jukebox later, it would not play anything at all unless I pressed the song title or gave it a verbal command. Again, this is not a big deal but I was wondering if yours works the same way.
Thanks in advance for clearing up these little mysteries for me.
#2743 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [brucelinc]
Oct 02, 2009 (6:52 pm)
Well to answer you first question, I only get a short musical greeting while things are powering up. That voice greeting is new to me and like you cannot find this anywhere.
My jukebox has always picked up where it was when I switch to another mode or turn the vehicle off. This is voice greeting is interesting. I know a person who has a brand new Taurus, let me check with them on that voice greeting.
#2744 of 2973 Re: 2010 MKS ecoboost owner report [datagen]
Oct 03, 2009 (9:15 am)
Thanks, Datagen. Now I know my jukebox is behaving properly. It makes sense. If you go from CD to another form of media and back to CD, it picks up where it left off. The jukebox works the same way.
As for the audible greeting, I think it might have been a pre-production MKS that I played around with at a launch event over a year ago. There was some discussion about it on Blue Oval News and someone thought that theirs stopped greeting them after they paired their phone. Not sure what that would have to do with it.
You are right about the red color attracting attention. This morning at a SuperAmerica station, a total stranger remarked that it was a beautiful car. Oh, by the way, not sure if I mentioned it or not but the Ecoboost engine makes the MKS a rocket.