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#28 of 60 Re: 2012 Explorer [rich3910]
Jul 12, 2012 (10:29 am)
I have had nothing but problems with this Explorer since I purchased it just over a year ago. Between the Ford Sync and the Sirius radio it has been in the shop five times. Any vehicle that needs over 100 fuses or breakers is bound to have problems. The biggest problem is that the three local dealers in our part of the country haven't a clue of what to do because they don't understand the owners and service manuals anymore than I do. I have had over 20 Fords in my lifetime and this is the last one I will ever even consider purchasing. They have the worst dealer network in the industry a bunch of bozos ripping off the public with their high service costs and lack of skill. I had my Ford Edge in four times for the same problem and never did get it fixed at the local dealer. Service sells almost much as Zero defects and Ford talks a good game, but it ain't happening. And guess what, Serius is even worse, talk about a bunch of dummies!! Latest issue, the weather radar no longer works. Turn it on and it places me in Chicago and I am nowhere near Chicago plus the radar function which used to work perfectly, no longer functions. All you see is a blank map with all the interstates showing up, but no storms, no clouds, no nothing. And all you get when you call Ford or Sirius is a series of Duhs and Dis and Dats.
#29 of 60 2012 Explorer Limited ( limited in many ways)
Jul 17, 2012 (8:41 am)
Purchased my 2012 Limited 12/1/11. Sync My Touch never worked from day one! I have returned to the shop more than 4 times. They have replaced the APIM and USB units. It has gotten better but never 100%. I believe when you buy a vehicle with a sticker of $44,600 everything should work! Ford reps keep blaming on my IPhone 4 but I installed the same phone in the Dealer's Sales Manager Explorer and it worked 100%. That vehicle had Nav and mine doesnt. It is now down to about 4 major issues like dead spots on the tabs being unresponsive. The Tech said its because there is so much going on in index that it takes a long time. The Turn by Turn works about 50% at best. The Bluetooth Streaming worked well until they installed the major upgrade. The Ford Tech they sent out knew less about the vehicle than me. I am at 7 months and 9300 miles. Why was I not told about this until after I discovered it as I drove away on delivery! I am looking into the New York Lemon Law as I just can't take it anymore. I can't let my wife take it anywhere because I would get a call 5 minutes after she left with the problems. She depends on directions so she bought a Garmin. On several occasions the radio FM comes on randomly. The Vehicle Health report finall worked after six months. Does anyone with the NON-Nav unit have similar problems? The Ford Tech told me its an " Apple vs Microsoft" issue. Right now it's my issue because I am stuck with this 45k nightmare! Ford has screwed up one of their most reliable vehicles and is in denial. I want my truck replaced or refunded. I have wasted too much time and energy to play Russian Roulette with the Sync MyTouch system on a daily basis. It is unsafe when a person like my wife is driving along and the radio comes on blaring unprompted and random.. Come on Ford step up like I did on purchase day. Very Unhappy with my EXPLORTION !
#30 of 60 What...Get a new phone?!? 2012 Explorer Limited
Jul 30, 2012 (2:52 pm)
I too have a 2012 Explorer Limited that I paid over $40K. Today I was told by the service technician "there are known issues with Sync and the iPhone, so maybe you should think about getting a new phone". I blew up...Are you serious, a new phone! How about they get their equipment fixed. How about they stop selling a product that doesn't work. $40K+ for a vehicle that I've had to take in for service at least ever couple months for a "master reset" even after the update that was supposed to fix everything. How about they give me my money back and I go buy a car that works as it's supposed to. How can Ford get away with it? There are SO many unhappy customers that are having the same exact issues and frustrations...what can we do???
#31 of 60 Re: What...Get a new phone?!? 2012 Explorer Limited [calsurfer2002]
Aug 06, 2012 (4:59 pm)
Well, first off, your dealer tech is wrong - I have an I-phone, and it works great with the Sync in 5 Fords I have, including my 12 Explorer. It works more dependably than my wife's Blackberry does. So that's out the door.
Secondly, the "master reset" is done by removing the battery cable for a minute and restoring it. So just do that yourself when it locks up and save yourself a bothersome trip to the dealer.
Yes, I do have to do that sometimes, maybe every 4 or 5 months, and yes, it annoys me. It was much worse prior to the upgrade, which did help a lot. Remember though, this is a Microsoft unit, and if you have a Microsoft PC, you know they crash fairly often, don't they? What did you expect? It's not the hardware, it's the software code that locks it up from time to time. Clearly annoying, granted, however, the unit does so much great stuff, I still like it, and would put up with it again to get the features it offers.
I assure you, Ford is concerned about the issue, and is working assiduously on a permanent fix - but these problems don't turn on a dime. There are a lot of engineering changes needed to address such a problem, especially when the sub-contractor, in this case, Microsoft, is the problem. Somebody will eventually get sued, I assure you. They should have gone with Apple.
#32 of 60 Re: 2012 Explorer Limited ( limited in many ways) [explortion]
Aug 20, 2012 (12:15 pm)
I am having similar issue to you. I purchased my Limited w/Nav on 12/3/11...HMM...Bad month? My latest issue is my clock will not keep time. It just stops...I just got it back from the dealership on Saturday after doing what Ford suggested and replacing the radio?? Did you ever get a fix?
#33 of 60 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 07, 2012 (12:27 pm)
A reporter would like to talk to owners of Ford cars and trucks with MyFord Touch. If you fit this description and you’d like to talk with the reporter, please send daytime contact info to PRedmunds.com by 4 p.m. Pacific/7 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
Sep 10, 2012 (7:30 am)
I have a 2012 Explorer with MY Touch. My USB does not work have the time. Keeps state USB cannot be detected. While it is loading commands. Not my Samsung Galaxy will not send or receive txt. Dealer says it is up to date.
#35 of 60 Latest update makes things worse
Sep 11, 2012 (5:08 am)
Ford customer service has told me to wait for the newest update and I just happed to check the site on 9/9 and there it was. I downloaded it and installed it step by step and received confirmation of the install.
It is a huge waste of time. Not only did it not address the problems but in some cases made it worse. The Bluetooth Media streaming is a joke. It gets confused with USB and other media functions. More frustration! Yes to some people that may sound trivial but it was one of the major reasons I bought the vehicle, of course assuming that everything worked. It didn't work. My advice to anyone considering a Ford Sync/MyTouch vehicle is wait. DONT BUY It ! My dealer has tried so hard with no success. The only issue I have with them is not disclosing the problems they were well aware would surface. Ford has been useless.
They have a standard robot like answer " Wait for the update". I did and all it got me was another wasted weekend trying to fix the problems of my new 42k Explorer!
Never again Ford. Thanks for all of your non customer support. Maybe you should have taken the incentive money to fix your defective system.
My phone update came out in February and on 9/10 they produced an update that doesn't address the IPhone update. Don't waste your money!
#36 of 60 Re: Latest update makes things worse [explortion]
Sep 30, 2012 (8:22 pm)
I just wanted to say I surrender Ford. I found a Toyota dealer to buy the Explorer from me and I have wasted way too much time and energy. Ford has made two offers. Imagine spending 44k on a vehicle that has not worked for 11 months. Ford has made two unbelievable offers. One is a maintenance program for 24,000 miles (Toyota gives that on every new car ) and the other being one payment. This move was just as ignorant as repeated denials to attempt to fix the problems. Yes, all of you attorneys willing to work on this THEY REFUSED to try to fix the problem. I am getting rid of it because they will never have a fix and the buyers will watch the watch the value bottom out and Ford right along with it. Yes Ford where quality is Job 1 and the customer is Job 2 at best. It appears the "Dirty Job guy" forgot to tell you about the Dirtiest Job he has been on where the buyers are getting "Jobbed". Owners beware that several law firms are putting together Class Action programs and having no problem finding willing participants. Watch the value on these disasters plummet. the Edsel just found a successor. Good luck, Explortion
#37 of 60 Another Ford Explorer Sync Brainfart
Oct 03, 2012 (2:14 am)
Posted on the forum site on 9/11/12 was the following message from the geniuses at Ford:
"The MyFord MyLincoln Touch 3.2 software, which was shown as being available on certain vehicle configurations this past weekend, has now been removed from the website. If you’ve downloaded this software onto a USB drive, but have yet to perform the update, please do not install it in your vehicle. We will make an announcement when the update becomes available on SYNCMyRide.com."
It is now 10/3. Unfortunately they didn't tell you what to do if already installed. They maintain a database of up to date installations so what's next. Idiots!
There is only one reason Ford didn't request the government bailout money, nobody knew how to fill out the forms! Suckmyride will be posting something soon I bet, NOT!
One year and my Explorer Limited has lost 25% of it's value with 11K miles. What does that tell all of you suckers like me. Explortion