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Lincoln Zephyr, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKX
Feb 28, 2013 (3:59 pm)
And another interesting fact is that Henry named his second car (Cadillac being his first) after the first President he had ever voted for.
#4047 of 4404 Re: I saw something today [lemko]
Feb 28, 2013 (4:11 pm)
One would think the Chrysler 300 would make for a natural limo conversion car as it still employs RWD.
There is a ton more (literally) engineering that goes into a Limo than a regular sedan - and the pre-production Limo has reinforced frames, extended cabling and wiring harnesses, bare interiors heavy duty components ready made for stretching, and warrantied by the manufacturer for such modification if done within the given parameters of the warranty. The base car is "prepared" for the stretch, as opposed to the normal Sedan sold to us. To my knowledge, Fiat/Chrysler doesn't offer a "Limo-ready" car for stretching. Ford is offering the MKT now, and some are being made - but I'm disappointed in them. They just don't look like a limo should to me. The old Town Car did. In fact, it looked better as a Limo (actually what it was DESIGNED to be) than a regular sedan to me.
GM is smart to try to take this market from Ford-if there was ever an opportunity - this would be it. The 300 would be a nice replacement as well, if it were engineered to be one. Someone ought to get in there, because I hear Lexus is preparing to offer the LS in Limo-ready form.
#4048 of 4404 Another month lost
Mar 03, 2013 (8:33 am)
Lincoln's February sales were down the most of any brand. At least they doubled the sales of MKZs from January. But they did outsell Volvo by 14 units, and sold more units than Fiat. A few more than the Mini brand too.
And the Ford brand continues to take up the slack for the company.
#4049 of 4404 Maybe to the land of weird
Mar 04, 2013 (4:47 am)
Yesterday I got the message to run the tests and send report, I chose yes.
Later that day my wife and I got home and I parked in drive. I lock vehicle via the keypad which has been having an anomaly for quite a while now. That is it don't always work on first, second, third, or more tries, but does eventually.
A few hours later my wife noticed a window open which certainly was not so when I shut down. I went and checked. The driver door was unlocked and all four windows were fully down. WTF? Anybody have an idea what is going on?
I had crazy things happening with the 11 Lacrosse as well. On that one I was very suspicious that it had something to do with that GM system where they can send code to your vehicle, unauthorized code! You know they have the capability to unlock, start and stop, and likely much more via their system whether you subscribe or not.
#4050 of 4404 Re: Another month lost [gregg_vw]
Mar 04, 2013 (5:38 am)
Gas mileage is still an important buyer decision. I had noticed improved ratings for the 3.7, 2013, along with boosted power. Sadly the Eco does not get better mileage, but worse. I understand, basically, the load added by moving to AWD, but the 3.7 AWD gets better mileage than the ECO.
Yesterday I clicked a couple of links to look at MKS options. Sadly I could not find the mileage rating for the ECO or even the power rating. With the number of buyers using internet for buying decisions, it is sad that such sites often have usuability issues. Add out-dated, erroneous, and fudged data, and brand loyalty fades.
It seems auto industry is following Boeing act of lieing about fuel usage so they can get a sale. Fortunately government regulations have an impact on fudging in auto industry.
It seems there has been the reduction of engine choices throughout the industry because of cost. I wonder if Ford/Lincoln are making best choices. A current engine that comes to mind is GM's 3.6L in a loaded 11 Lacrosse CXS. I have not seen a weight spec for my 10 MKS 3.7L FWD, but it was claimed the Lacrosse was ~4400 lbs. The MKS has more area on a front profile allowing for a little more drag.
The Lacrosse. My salesman told me he ran one to 148MPH. I can see that as possible because I was zooming past 130 when I let off. And it did not have much wind noise. And vehicle was very stable.
I would not try this with MKS because of stability and it just does not have near the power even though it was rated only a few horsepower apart. The following model year, over a year later from my build, GM significantly increased horsepower and CAFE numbers stayed the same.
The MKS 3.7, running similar speeds, gets about 2 MPG less on highway and similar in local driving.
I certainly have to suspect the powertrain, engine/tranny, as the main difference. There are definitely tecnological differences between the engines. GM had major issues with that engine in earlier models, especially timing chains. I have not heard of any longevity issues yet, although direct injection and the direct EGR via the exhaust valves would be a question in my mind. Simply because those are new developments, but also those who have been testing their used oil find high gasoline content. There are a number of threads concerning that issue and it seems to be common to engines using direct injection. I have not checked if ECOBoost engine has same finding. Perhaps they have found a way to compensate what certainly would have caused premature wearout a decade or more ago.
Will Lincoln find it's own powerplants?
#4051 of 4404 Re: Maybe to the land of weird [e_net_rider]
Mar 04, 2013 (6:12 am)
You accidentally pressed and help the unlock button on the remote which activated the global open feature. Happens a lot.
#4052 of 4404 Re: Another month lost [e_net_rider]
Mar 04, 2013 (6:21 am)
Sadly I could not find the mileage rating for the ECO or even the power rating.
Really? I went to Lincoln.com, clicked on MKS then Specifications and both the power and mileage ratings are right there.
#4053 of 4404 Re: Maybe to the land of weird [e_net_rider]
Mar 16, 2013 (7:37 pm)
This has happened to me many times, in many cars, including my Lexus. It is not aliens - it's my pocket and my key-fob. Sometimes, I open the trunk, set off the alarm, or if I hold the unlock button down accidently, it opens every window, the sunroof and unlocks the doors.
Apr 01, 2013 (6:57 am)
The new RLX got a negative review in the Wall Street Journal. Among the comments, it said the RLX, Acura's flagship sedan, is little more than a larger, heavily contented Accord. While adapting Honda's FWD architecture to a car with E-Class and 5-Series fighting pretensions saved money, the result is a car that doesn't accomplish its mission, in the reviewer's opinion. Further, it's not even an effective competitor to the A-6 Quattro. Incidentally, Consumers Reports rated the 2013 A-6 best-in-class; better than the E-Class or 5-Series.
Are you listening , Lincoln?
It should be mentioned that the RLX will be available with AWD later this year. The AWD version will also have more power. I hope the WSJ tests that model too, to see whether that will make the RLX more competitive with its German rivals. And, let's not forget Cadillac, which just introduced an all-new, larger CTS to take on the Germans.
As I read the WSJ review of the RLX I couldn't help but doubt whether Lincoln is going down the right path for a revival. Time will tell, but I don't think it is.
#4055 of 4404 Re: Acura RLX [hpmctorque]
Apr 01, 2013 (11:47 am)
The good thing about selling cars is that hardly anyone pays attention to what automotive journalists say about a car, good or bad. If they like the styling, features and price then they'll buy it.
Ford is going down the only road it can afford with Lincoln. GM is spending billions and billions on Cadillac trying to "beat the Germans" with limited success.
Ford's plan for Lincoln is to start with unique sheetmetal and features, upgrade the dealership experience to be more Lexus like (this has only just begun and will take years), add unique powertrains (still in development), add higher volume luxury models (MKC e.g.) - all over the next few years.
THEN they can start considering unique platforms. Trying to develop a halo vehicle right now would only make the journalists and a very few customers happy.
Ford can afford to float Lincoln for a few years so they can afford to take their time and try to build the brand from the ground up.
The biggest problem Lincoln has right now is vehicles like the MKZ keep getting compared to Ford vehicles like the Fusion instead of the true competition like the A6, ES, etc.
E.g. - people complain about the 2.0EB being the base engine. Yet when you look at the Audi A6 and even the Jaguar XF - they both have the same 2.0L Turbo engine yet both produce less power than the MKZ and cost at least $10K more.
Judging by the number of people who have waited for ordered MKZs for 6 months or more the buying public likes this vehicle and they shouldn't have any trouble selling 40k-50k without the overhead of a totally new platform.