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Lincoln MKS, Sedan
#2933 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [hey_tinkerbell]
Jan 19, 2013 (12:48 pm)
I bought my new 2013 MKS about a month ago on 12-14-12, and I like it a little more every day. It moves effortlessly down the highway, the roominess and comfort are unbelievable, and it zips in and out of parking spaces just as easily as my old '08 CTS. The technology is a bit overwhelming, but I'm learning to appreciate it. The voice recognition system is frustrating...I need to learn how to speak slow-ly and e-nun-ci-ate each syl-la-ble...and even then sometimes I fail to connect with the system. I made the mistake of calling the handy 800 number in the manual when I was trying to figure out a Bluetooth issue...I have never, in my life, had a customer service rep try so hard to pass the buck. Now I know why my sales rep wants me to call him instead. While unusual to me, that is a workable solution. I do like the accident report information, and while I only ski about 3 days a year, having access to the current slope conditions is amusing. My gal pals all like the ability to select the ambient lighting from a rainbow of colors. The seats are very comfortable. I'm not thrilled with the a/c system, which may be a big issue in the summer months. I expect the fan to come on at full force when I first turn on the car to reach My Temperature as quickly as possible, and that doesn't happen. What good is the auto temp function if I have to manually adjust it? My guess is that it's set that way to help with fuel economy, which is really not that great. While I get around 21 mpg driving around the suburbs, its a bit less than my old Caddy, and I feel like I'm at the gas station all the time. I didn't buy the car for it's fuel economy though. The only other negative worth mentioning is how annoying the parking sensors are in the garage. OMG the incessant LOUD beeping when I try to pull out of the garage...and I'm pretty sure those garage walls, assumed by the car to be to be moving vehicles or people, aren't going to disappear any time soon.
Overall I'm really pleased with my purchase. Will I buy another Lincoln? Time will tell.
#2934 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [hey_tinkerbell]
Jan 19, 2013 (3:02 pm)
I have the same issue with the back-up sensors in my Mustang pulling out of the garage. It would be nice if you could silence it without disabling the whole system.
#2935 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [hey_tinkerbell]
Jan 19, 2013 (7:37 pm)
In the winter the fan doesn't come on full force right away because it would only be blowing cold air. It waits until the engine warms up enough to provide heat. It's actually smart. In the summer it will come on immediately with A/C if required.
#2936 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [hey_tinkerbell]
Jan 20, 2013 (9:23 pm)
Interesting to read your comments as they remind me of enduring the same beeping with our recently purchased '11 MKS. We bought it with 7,797 miles on it last August and went on a 2,000 mile trip into Canada. On one tank, we averaged 28+ mpg, but all the rest were in the mid 20's.
Recently, we had to drive 120 miles round trip for 7 consecutive days. We were on I-5 in WA going down to Clackamas, OR. It was 75 mph on I-5 and 70 in 405 and we averaged 24+ mpg.
We bought this car because we need an AWD to climb our snow laden road and driveway & after sitting in the '13 Taurus SHO, the CPO Lincoln was chosen due to the more elegent interior.
Compared to other Lincolns we've owned, I miss the Cornering lights, under hood light, Air shocks, AutoTrunk pull down, but the AWD & IRS make up for it.
So far, 13,500 miles and we are very satisfied with it.
#2937 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [akirby]
Jan 21, 2013 (11:20 am)
Well that is a very valid point, Akirby. I do live in central Texas, and the winters run rather mild here. My frame of reference is to my old '08 Caddy CTS's A/C system, which was truly superb. I ruled out Audis this past summer because their systems couldn't cool down their cars fast enough in the 100+ summer heat. Maybe the Lincoln's system is more refined...I shall hold off a final ruling until we hit the summer months. Thanks so much for your perspective.
#2938 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [euphonium]
Jan 21, 2013 (11:38 am)
Euphonium - glad to hear you are getting some decent fuel economy. I have the base engine, not the Ecoboost, and given that Texas is largely flat and snow-free, I did not allow the salesperson to sell AWD to THIS "eskimo". A friend told me that the car should perform better once I get a few thousand miles on it. The worst gas mileage has been 16 - travelling from Houston to San Antonio on I-10 after Christmas into a strong headwind, with 4 people, fully loaded, and 3 bicycles strapped to the back. Hopefully all will improve from here.
I totally agree with you about the Lincoln having a more elegant interior than the Taurus, and don't understand when the car critics pan the MKS saying it's the same and the Taurus is $10K cheaper. My retort is that the Taurus is about the same price as the MKS once you option it similarly, but lacks the class, sophistication, and other amenities that come with owning a Lincoln. I'm not saying the Taurus is bad, but rather that I think it's ridiculous to say they're the same.
I'm not sure what cornering lights are...I have noticed that my MKS lights shift when turning. I had a Lincoln rental a few years back that would use hydraulics to close the trunk once you manually pulled it down to a certain point so that it wouldn't slam. I didn't really have much use for that...a button that would have automatically closed the trunk - I would have missed that, because it's really high. There's no place on the exterior to grab it firmly, and I'm scared I'm going to slam my wrist in there each time I use the loop inside to pull it down. Yes, auto-trunk-close would be a very nice feature indeed.
These are minor annoyances, some of which I expect I'll get used to over time, and some will grate on my nerves more each day.
Filing under "burying head in sand"...I hope this waterfall grille is here to stay. Not because I love it (I don't), but because I envy the timeless styling of Mercedes and BMW, masking the ability to gauge exactly how old your car is. Geez, for any Lincoln made in the last 5 years, I can tell you exactly what year it is just by catching a glimpse out of the corner of my eye.
#2939 of 2980 Re: Bluetooth phone [hey_tinkerbell]
Jan 22, 2013 (6:12 am)
Going to dealer today for service. The phone issue stopped.
#2940 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [hey_tinkerbell]
Jan 22, 2013 (6:33 am)
A/C system. Not sure about what system current MKS use. 11 Lacrosse used an updated expansion valve system. Maybe because it has been known for many years that with home systems an expansion valve would boost efficiency by about 0.5 SEER. A significant saving over life of system. Also eliminates most of the time needed for system pressures to stabilize. Almost from start it would blow very cold air and cool even a heat soaked vehicle quickly. Until poor trouble shooting (GM method) had them open the freon system instead of fix the electronic issue.
My MKS does not cool as quickly. It has bigger interior and maybe more air leaks.
#2941 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [hey_tinkerbell]
Jan 22, 2013 (1:15 pm)
I'm not sure what cornering lights are
When the headlights are on & the turn signal is used, the cornering lights illuminate just to the edge of the turn so one can miss the ditch & hit the driveway in the fog.
The lights are mounted in the lower leading edge of the front fenders and can be quite bright when changing to brighter bulbs.
#2942 of 2980 Re: I like the new 2013 MKS [euphonium]
Jan 23, 2013 (5:32 am)
It seems they were reserved for high end vehicles such as Town Car or Cadillac, full sized rear wheel drive. On those big vehicles, they may have been as much as two feet back from the front of bumper.