Last post on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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Ford Escape, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, SUV
#700 of 740 Re: Can BLIS be disabled? [automelon48]
Aug 09, 2013 (1:56 pm)
"this is a safety feature"
We could argue that, which would probably de-rail this thread.
#701 of 740 Re: Can BLIS be disabled? [lateralg]
Aug 09, 2013 (3:42 pm)
It's as much a safety feature as a convex mirror. Once you get used to how it works, it's as good as a convex.
I don't understand why someone would want to disable it. If you don't like it, place a small convex mirror in the upper left corner, that's where the non BLIS spot mirror is anyway. Other options, swap out the mirror glass, or don't buy a car with the BLIS feature.
#702 of 740 Re: 1.6 SE FWD [tinycadon]
Aug 10, 2013 (4:52 pm)
I noted on 2013 escape they eliminated bumpers, cabin is smaller. As compared to my 2011, I have more room, window space. Now we are noting the 2014 is returning to the old station wagon scenerio, just smaller. Your thought?
#703 of 740 Re: 1.6 SE FWD [printerman1]
Aug 11, 2013 (5:25 am)
What do you mean by "the 2014 is returning to the old station wagon scenerio"?
Someone posted the list of additions/deletions/changes between the 2013 and 2014 models a while back; to the best of my knowledge, hardly anything is changing between the 2013 and 2014 models.
#704 of 740 Re: 1.6 SE FWD [escapeti2013]
Aug 11, 2013 (1:56 pm)
There are several items that are newly optional on not available in the 2014 Titanium, vs the 2013.
Lincoln is rumored to be coming out with a model based on the Escape, so maybe they are trying to create some separation.
Good deal for those who bought 2013 Titanium's.
#705 of 740 Re: Items of Interest Ford Escape SE 2013 [cmuniz]
Aug 13, 2013 (5:14 am)
One last post on my Sync update experience. The module ordered by the dealer arrived and I made another appointment with the Sync specialist that comes to the dealership 3 times a week for 4 hours each time. He installed the software in about 2 hours and gave me the car back. When I got in nothing worked as it should and the screen was still "scrambled". I gave it back to him right then and in another 30 minutes he gave it back to me working properly. I felt really dumb for screwing up the update in the first place, but I must say I didn't feel so bad after the specialist screwed it up his first time, too. I still think the potential for failure is rather high considering that customers are buying cars, not windows-based computers. My IMac and IPhone update seamlessly time after time.
#706 of 740 Re: Can BLIS be disabled? [tim156]
Aug 13, 2013 (6:43 am)
The option that's worked for me for 20+ years is proper aiming of outside mirrors.
I would not tell anyone that it's safe to change lanes if the BLIS light isn't on. In fact, the 2013 Escape Owners' manual implies that by stating that driver should look back over shoulder before changing lanes. That scares me.
Tim, please keep an open mind on this. If interested, I can send you info. on how to properly aim outside mirrors, including evidence of how good proper aim is.
#707 of 740 Re: Can BLIS be disabled? [lateralg]
Aug 13, 2013 (11:54 am)
I assure you, I know how to adjust and use my mirrors. Since 1972 I have driven box trucks, garbage trucks, stake trucks and 40' and 60' transit buses.
I don't need to have any opinion other than my own, BLIS works fine for me, if it doesn't for you, so be it, go with a spot mirror or no mirror at all, I could care less what you do. You posted a question on a forum and I answered and gave an opinion. Regardless if you use a spot mirror or BLIS, it's always a good practice to look over your shoulder, I don't think the manual implies it, it suggests it.
#708 of 740 Re: Items of Interest Ford Escape SE 2013 [automelon48]
Aug 14, 2013 (8:13 am)
Regarding the latest SYNC update (3.6)...
Specific question is does this update change the intensity of the graphics display? I remember reading somewhere about earlier issues Edge owners (I think) were having with an update that 'dumbed down' the display. We've had a lot of trouble with the SYNC/MFT in two previous versions, and are currently at 3.4something from Dec '12. Haven't had any major blips since then, and I'm very hesitant to download anything new just so the temperature display shows up somewhere else. At this point, we're not broken... but we HAVE been before and I really don't want to go there again unless there's some real benefit.
Thanks for any help...
#709 of 740 Re: Items of Interest Ford Escape SE 2013 [southtx]
Aug 14, 2013 (8:30 am)
I did my update last night. Had no problems. The first thing I noticed was the temperature is gone again on the display. It used to not be there, the update in June put it there, and the recent update removed it again. Have not noticed much else as of yet.