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Ford Edge, SUV
#136 of 165 Re: Hard-to-read speedometer [thegraduate]
Aug 21, 2008 (1:27 pm)
That's the problem! When the lights go on (automatic) at twilight, the illumination of the speedometer changes a black-on-white display to a light green-on-white one which has no contrast. The only way to read the speedometer is to either turn the display intensity way down or way up, and even that does not work all the time. This seems to me to be a safety issue!
#137 of 165 Re: Hard-to-read speedometer [sjbrody]
Aug 21, 2008 (1:47 pm)
Never noticed that at all. Seems like turning the display intensity up would work.
#138 of 165 Re: Hard-to-read speedometer [akirby]
Aug 22, 2008 (1:00 pm)
Our display is as bright as it can get. For 2008 they put brushed aluminum looking guage faces on the Limited model which was a change for the 2007 SEL+ models.
It really is very hard to read until it gets darker.
#139 of 165 Re: Hard-to-read speedometer [hardhawk]
Aug 23, 2008 (5:54 am)
I see what you mean - noticed it last night. Most of my dusk driving is in traffic so I'm not usually checking the speedo anyway - just following traffic.
#140 of 165 illegible instruments
Aug 23, 2008 (7:12 am)
Strangely, the Fusion has the same instrument cluster by all appearances, but with legible faces. I drove one for a month and had no problems reading the numbers. My dealer, however, says the clusters are not interchangeable. Makes sense from a gearing/readout point of view. Maybe the Edge instruments were designed by the same guy who, about 50 years ago, put an 11-hole egg tray on the door on my Frigidaire (GM) refrigerator. Go figure.
#141 of 165 Took short test drive, will look at again later
Aug 25, 2008 (10:56 am)
I took a very short 'around the block' test drive in one of these last week. I'm not seriously car shopping yet - not until next year, but I know I want/need something in this category of vehicles. I'd be interested in hearing from people who have had them long enough to have had to drive one in bad weather --- like snow and ice type bad weather. I live in PA, which can have REALLY bad winters, so bad weather driving is a big consideration for my next vehicle.
My impressions from my very quick test drive were pretty favorable. I thought the seats were very comfy, mostly liked the interior and where things were located. The ride was very smooth, though I never had the chance to drive it more than around a residential area and that's not much of a test. I will be interested to actually take one out on the highway.
My worst impression was the "salesman." He didn't explain anything about the car, didn't even TRY to convince me to buy it. I had to be the one to stand there and prompt him with questions. I sure won't go back to that dealership - geez! What an idiot.
#142 of 165 Re: Took short test drive, will look at again later [kmauss]
Aug 25, 2008 (11:03 am)
Wow - most people would KILL for a salesman like that!
#143 of 165 Re: Took short test drive, will look at again later [akirby]
Aug 25, 2008 (11:09 am)
Lol - true! But there is a difference between no pressure and no information!
#144 of 165 Re: Took short test drive, will look at again later [kmauss]
Aug 25, 2008 (11:23 am)
yuo should have told the slaeperson you were going out on the highway and if they didn't say anything, take it as a 'yes'.
i would definitely take it on the highway. last month, i had an '07 as a loaner for a few days. it rode well on the highway, but the tires were really noisy.
#145 of 165 Edge in winter
Aug 25, 2008 (11:53 am)
I have a front-wheel drive Edge and live in the Toronto area. My driving is 90%+ urban. If I did a lot of highway driving I'd have paid the extra $2000 or so for AWD. My memories of a '98 Audi A4 Quattro tell me that one of the great advantages of AWD is the added straight-line stability at highway speeds. And the Edge AWD, from everything I've read, is superb, It shifts torque not only front to back but also side to side.
That said, I've found the front-wheel drive more than adequate in winter, provided you install four of the correct winter tires. I had to return a set of Michelin X-Ice to Michelin because they were useless on snow and slush in a bend. The front end broke loose almost without provocation. I switched to a set of then-new-model Yokohama Ice Guard G20 tires. They are outstanding! Traction and grip in all conditions are reassuring.
Remember that the Edge, like all crossovers, is high and front-heavy. It's going to understeer, whether front- or all-wheel-drive.