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  1. Another note on buying a used TC, apparently some of the earlier Gen 2 automatics have had some issues. At some point Ford made some minor changes to the seals and gaskets. There are some discussion on the board about changing transmission fluid. I wouldn't not buy one with higher miles, but would change the transmission fluid. I'm to sure if mine has the changes but irregardless I plan on changing fluid in the 50,000 mile range. VW had a similar issue around 2008 with their Aisin Warner transmission, said it was sealed for life but fluid needed to be changed at 70,000 to 80,000 miles with full synthetic being the best fluid. About the only fluid Ive seen that is really lifetime is coolant. Did extensive research a couple of years ago and in a clean system, the high quality European coolants last very well.
  2. A bit long and rambling but hope my experience will help you. There is a switch to turn the parking assist off. I haven't used mine but have rear parking sensors and the factory towing package. When looking for mine most of the Titanium versions have the middle row captains chairs while most of the XLT's have the three seat configuration. I found several XLT's with captains chairs but had to look at the photos to make sure. It is possible to get three seats in leather on the Titanium so have to always check. I have the floor matts from weather tech and they are good. Didn't get the ones for the third row but will probably get it soon. Plan on taking the third row seats out in the spring and putting one of my scooters back there. Looks like the weatherTech mat will go in with the rear seats out. I will probably go the route of cutting a piece of rubber as depending on where I'm going and what I'm doing will have some or all of the seats out. I have the rubber mat from WeatherTech that goes in the back with all of the seats folded. I used it once so far and it was nice to have. The seats have panels which go over them when folded but there is a bit of an unsupported area between the middle seats and this helps give it a bit more strength. If you can get the roof racks that is nice as they are expensive when buying from the dealer. The towing package is nice but you could easily add a hitch. Between the 2014 and 2018's there are not many changes. One of the biggest is in 2017 the high end radio went to Sync 3 which is reportedly a much nicer interface. My 2016 has the Ford MyTouch with navigation and I don't have any complaints, radio works, I can make phone calls using voice commands and the navigation works well enough. I bought a new 2016 Titanium in late November after looking for several months. Don't know about the west coast but here in the south there were several new '16s available. I got mine for not much more that the price of a very nice used one. Very few in Alabama but several in central and eastern Tennessee along with Georgia and Florida. Interestingly there were none in the Memphis area or a bit further west. Hopefully my TC will make it to the west coast this year as we have a son in San Jose who is moving to Portland.
  3. Oil

    WOW cannot understand a dealer putting the under tray back on so badly! I'm at about 1,600 miles and thinking about an oil change but don't want that kind of service. Will go with synthetic oil for sure but, probably what I can get at Costco as the TC does't run high oil temperatures. Temperature is the biggest enemy of oil life, had a couple of VW 1.8 turbos which were the worst car I've ever seen for cooking the oil. I generally do all of my out of warranty work.
  4. hub cap suggestions

    Like them as well, check load rating on wheel. Don’t think it will be an issue.
  5. New 2017-18 head unit related questions

    I'm partial to the factory setup, wiring is easier. My 2016 backup camera works great, no problem seeing at night or or day. Ive read a couple of comments about the image being dim at night. I've only briefly looked at head units. The number of choices are mind numbing. When I was shopping I was prepared to upgrade the stock system. Turned out the one I got has the Ford MyTough Sync with NAV (2016). so I didn't pursue the aftermarket option.
  6. Cool, probably have photos of you from Barbers. Shot most of the CCS races there as well as WERA and AMA.
  7. Plus 1 on being cautious. Your are in a great area for motorcycling. When did you race and which organizations? I've one a lot of race photography over the last 12 or 13 years.
  8. New wagon owner

    Welcome! Nice TC and love the color. I looked at new and used and planned to put in an aftermarket head unit if it didn't have the NAV already. Crutchfields has good info on what it takes and a truly bewildering selection of head units. Traded a VW Rabbit in on my TC that came from a rental fleet. Daughter drove it until the twins came and I bought it from her for my son who gave it back after I bought him a Jetta wagon. It didn't seem too much the worse for being a rental. I have a Rabbit same year which I bought new and the difference between them was mostly due to one being outside all the time and the other spending the first 5 years of it's life in the garage - I rode a motorcycle most days to work so it truly was a garage queen. I'm impressed camping over the weekend near Cincy! That must have been cold. This was the first vehicle Ive bought in a while which wasn't a near panic decision to replace a car that was suddenly inoperable. Last car was because daughter's Beetle decided to regurgitate part of a valve. Had a Mercedes 190E (worst car Ive ever owned bought used from a friend with high mileage) crack a piston, parked it at the BMW dealer and test drove a 91 318iS. Dealer said take it home and think about it, they knew what would happen! That was the best and most fun car ever until my CBR600RR.
  9. Back up sensors not working

    WOW, sounds like a limp mode! Was power normal. Mystified power steering was affected unless it was a more general electrical fault or computer was having a Microsoft day. I eagerly looking for updates and hope they get it solved quickly.
  10. sunroof

    Congratulations on your soon to be purchase. I really like mine. I bought it a couple of months ago and had to drive 300 miles to get a new one. Purchased a new 2016 a couple of months ago without the sunroof. My concern was the extra heat it would let in. In my research on the vehicles I did not see anything unusual about leaking or cracking. It is a non opening glass panel so sealing should be pretty good. I did see some issues with the retractable cloth cover. Sunroofs are relatively common on XLT's and Titanium wagons from what I saw when looking so I'd think if there were a problem it would have showed up by now. I've had sunroofs before and the only problem I've had is the drains getting stopped up and leaking. Since the TC's sunroof is fixed it doesn't have that problem. My wife has a 2008 Smart car with the lean top and no problems but it lives in the garage. My son has a VW Jetta wagon with the giant sunroof that retracts and has had no problems. No these are't the same but maybe will help you. My Volt had a small chip in the front windshield, last fall driving out of my driveway, the hickory tree (or squirrel) carefully aimed a hickory nut at my windshield landing a less than two inches above the chip. Instant almost circular crack!!! Anywhere else and it would have just bounced off! Safelight fixed it no problems. Next year I may have some hickory firewood.
  11. Good to know, I've got the factory hitch but looks like the weight limit is more of a GVW and towing capacity issue. Don't think I'd have any problems with the Metropolitan (50cc scooter) which is 165 lbs . If carrying the scooter would probably to have any real weight in the van. For longer trips will take the seats out and put it in the back of the van. Thinking I'll use a piece of plywood to bolt down to the seat bolts on one side an then strap the scooter to the board.
  12. New member

    Welcome, it is very versatile. What attracted me was the ability to haul people or haul stuff or take seats out and haul more stuff and or camp in it. Plus it fits in my garage.
  13. Great to hear about high mileage without major issues. Like the wheels, I have the 17" and they are intricate = difficult to clean. How much does your dirt bike weigh? I've thought about hauling one of my scooters but have held off due to the young weight limit of 200 pounds (for hauling). Honda Metropolitan is only about 165 pounds and the Elite 110 is about 250 pounds. Also have a ZX6R 636 but would put it on a trailer - have an old Holsclaw 2 rail dirt bike trailer I'm rebuilding for it.
  14. Dashboard difference 2016 & 2017

    From what I know, the 16 has the Ford MyTouch and the 17 has the Sync 3. Both are the high end systems with the large screens. The dial and switches below the screen are different. The other radios with the smaller screens seem to be the same from what I’ve seen. For replacing a basic radio with an aftermarket one would be the same for both years. Crutchfields is a good site to explore the differences - see what they say for ‘16 versus a ‘17. Don’t know of differences in backup camera. Many aftermarket double din radios have a backup camera input.
  15. Not the same problem but I’ve got a 2008 VW Rabbit that has a door lock switch issue. Folks in the VW community have figured out it is a micro switch that is only available as part of a larger assembly. Some have replaced the switch with a similar micro switch which is inexpensive. I’d look to see if that could be done.