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#16 of 182 2011 Edge probably my next car
Aug 29, 2010 (8:05 am)
My 2007 CX-9 has been an excellent car, but, as a Ford retiree and one who cares about US economy, I have to get a vehicle with the Ford Oval. I'm also motivated by the excellent products Ford is producing.
Would like something smaller, but annual migration from AZ to MI, carrying 5 months of living stuff, requires a bit of cargo room.
I also need a vehicle that's fun to drive and proud to own. The Edge looks like the winner ... so far.
I was considering the Grand C-Max, but question its ability to carry 6-7 people (an advantage, but not a must).
Explorer is definitely out due to lack of select shift. I drive a lot in the west & southwest with long steep downgrades, and don't like the smell of cooking brake pads.
I've been away from Edmunds forums for a while, so I hope to make some new friends, and hook up with some old ones. Hi Alan.
I'll probably stir things up a tad with my beliefs on left-foot braking, outside mirror aim, and other issues. Right, Alan?
#17 of 182 Re: 2011 Edge probably my next car [lateralg]
Aug 29, 2010 (5:06 pm)
Wow - there's a blast from the past. You might want to take a harder look at the new Explorer - I think it has plenty of engine braking ability for descending hills even without select shift.
Although you certainly wouldn't go wrong with a 2011 Edge either.
#18 of 182 Re: 2011 Edge probably my next car [akirby]
Aug 29, 2010 (5:26 pm)
Good to hear from an old friend. Are there any other former LLSOC folks that hang out on Edmunds?
Also good advice. I plan to drive both the 2011 Edge & Explorer. I'll also check out the Explorer forum.
The Explorer will have to fit my needs LOT better than the Edge in order to compensate for lack of SST. As a measure of its importance to me, you may recall that I converted my 2000 LS to SST from the floor of my unheated garage in Michigan in February.
#19 of 182 Re: 2011 Edge probably my next car [lateralg]
Aug 29, 2010 (7:29 pm)
A few still lurk around. We're still active at llsoc but as you might imagine there's not much to discuss these days. Let me know how the explorer looks.
#20 of 182 Re: Any 2011 updates? [craigmri]
Sep 06, 2010 (7:25 pm)
My dealer just got a few 2011 Ford Edges. He said Ford was stockpiling them until they had enough to broadcast to all dealers to make sure everyone had something. He also said there's a lot of demand for this car so there aren't any incentive offers just now. He thinks that after dealers clear out their remaining inventory of 2010 Edges there might be incentives for the 2011, depending on sales.
I test drove two Edge Limited's. I found the car generally lives up to its reputation from the reviews. The engine is strong enough to pull the car nicely, although there seems to be a lag of a few seconds between the time you press hard on the gas pedal and the engine revs mightily. And when it does you can definitely hear it. But then when you get up to speed it quiets down again. The brakes are incredibly strong, best I've experienced in a car.
Some other things that bug me. The power steering feels heavy to me. Some reviews called it "well weighted" and "taut," but I think it's kind of heavy. I was hoping for stronger power assist. The air flow from the air conditioner vents is only adequate, and becomes kind of weak when the A/C vents in the rear end of the front center console are open. The temperature is nice and cold but I think the cubic feet per minute should be a bit higher. The car has a high belt line, making me want to raise the driver seat to its highest position, otherwise you feel like you are sitting at a table on a seat that's too low and you find your chin resting on the table.
One thing I like is that Ford allows you to order the MyFord Touch as a standalone option instead of bundling it with expensive and useless (to me) extras like the Vista Roof. However, disappointingly, you can only get the High Intensity Discharge headllights as part of an expensive bundle.
I ordered a Limited with the Nav and MyFord Touch and a few other items. Out the door price will be $38K, not bad, except I really resent having to pay $50 for a tank of gas, $400 for "administrative fee" and $500 to cover Ford's damned advertising expenses. Delivery in six to eight weeks.
#21 of 182 Re: Any 2011 updates? [towsie2001]
Sep 06, 2010 (8:04 pm)
He said Ford was stockpiling them until they had enough to broadcast to all dealers to make sure everyone had something.
BS. They don't do this - they hold them until they're sure the production line is ready (they build vehicles with no flaws for 5 continuous days) then start shipping them. The ones that are built initially and need repairs get fixed then shipped. They do NOT hold vehicles to broadcast to all dealers.
#22 of 182 Re: Any 2011 updates? [towsie2001]
Sep 11, 2010 (5:22 pm)
I though Hid lights were only available on the Sport?
#23 of 182 Re: Any 2011 updates? [beerme1]
Sep 12, 2010 (2:56 pm)
Nope. The limited with Rapid Spec 302 has HID headlamps.
I drove one Friday, and like it enough to trade in my CX-9 and buy the 2011 Edge.
The one I'm getting is LOADED with everything except trailer tow. Color = white platinum metallic tri-coat, and medium light stone heated leather seats.
The light color and the BAMR will be a good combination for my 6 months in AZ.
Here's a question for you electronic geeks: How can I find out if headphones can be used with the entertainment system? The system has USB port and AV input.
#24 of 182 Re: Any 2011 updates? [lateralg]
Sep 12, 2010 (5:21 pm)
Gary - which entertainment system and what did you want to use the headphones for exactly?
#25 of 182 Headphones Possible?
Sep 12, 2010 (7:50 pm)
The top of the line Sony audio system with HD radio. It includes Sirius, travel link, & some other stuff. Also, Nav. system accepts SD card to display photos on the screen.
Often wife wants music or NPR while I prefer silence & the pleasure of driving.