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  1. All, one of mine was barely hanging on so I removed it... saw this thread and was about to buy the goo when I thought it might make sense to see if I hear wind noise.. I do not hear wind noise from the front drivers seat at 65mph.. wondering others are having trouble hearing wind noise... wondering if I need to be in the back seat to hear it... wondering if I need to be north of 65mph Thoughts. Dogbert62
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    Fuel Mileage

    All, yeah.. I was tempted to hit the gas pedal but was more interested in MPG... this does beg a couple more questions has anyone tried to correlate measured MPG to the dashboard average MPG? I assume it is somewhat tough without knowing the sampling rate and total miles in the average.. does anyone one know if there is a sweet spot for freeway MPG vs speed? Or has anyone maxed MPG to speed my guess is that it is fairly linear but if I get 27mpg at 60 and 12mpg at 75... I would tend to drive like a geezer... Dogbert62
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    Fuel Mileage

    All, 2017 TC wagon LWB w/2.5 I have tracked via on-board so it is at least relative... I generally stay at 22.5 mpg with mostly in town driving.. when I have taken it out for short road trips, I can gat up to 24.2.. took the TC on an extended road trip from Austin to Estes Park.. started at ~22.5... likely 24.5 when I hit the NM-CO boarder averaging 75mph on the open road.. hit Estes park at 25.1.. on the way home it climbed to 26.5 about the time I hit the NM-TX boarder with a 75mph speed on the open road.. it dropped to 25.8 when I pulled to my driveway in Austin... I pushed the speed up to 77-78mph and had a 25mph headwind.. the van was packed with my wife and I along with a couple light suitcases.. A/C was on Thoughts... —i am at least happy that the van got close to the 27mpg spec.. — wonder how many miles and how often the van is sampled for the on-board system — wonder if the ethanol percentages where different in CO than in Tx and NM causing some of the drop..... the drop did line up a bit with the last tank fill up CO... next time I will do a true mpg analysis and not rely on the van computer Regards Dogbert62
  4. I like the Steelie ball solution... dogbert62
  5. Suction cup based cradles often release in the TX heat... Cup holder based cradles lose the use of at least one cup holder... I want my coffee and my wife wants her soda... Air vent based cradles would require a USB cable that will get in the way of the brake/cup holder area... permanent mounting a cradle is not my style... throwing the connected phone works as long as I don’t have a passenger... this is solution is... reversible without permanent damage and stealthy with a managed USB cord while allowing full use of the passenger seat and cup holders Dogbert62
  6. All, As an Android Auto fanatic, I have been trying to determine where to put the phone when plugged into USB... putting it into the storage bin didn’t work... using the cup holders was a bit of a waste... I found the answer... at least for me... Between the emergency brake and cup holder there is a seam in the plastic. I took an used gift card an pushed it into the seam. This creates a narrow slot that doesn’t next to the cup holders The gift card went it a bit tough but I tested my idea with a thinner card first.. regards Dogbert62
  7. At the end of the day, the van is working as intended; picking up my granddaughter from preschool everyday, and hauling all of my grandkids on Grandpa days. No need for compensation for lost time or money... it wouldn’t change anything... With that said, Ford has badly failed to earn my future business... regards Patrick
  8. No out of pocket expenses..However, I was without the van for 3 weeks the first time and 5 weeks the second (and 150 miles out of town) Dogbert
  9. I now have 5k miles on the rig since the fix.. No issues.. I am finally trusting the van more.. Dogbert
  10. Yep.... This started with the last Sync 3 3.0 firmware... It also happens if you have a usb stick with music; when you turn off the car, it defaults to the last Am/FM station you had on... If you turn off the radio before turning off the engine, it will remember your last XM station... For me..... I am waiting for a Sync 3 update to fix this.. BTW.... Does your sync 3 NOT go into night mode when you start your car in the dark? There are not many TCs with Sync 3 so I thought I'd ask... My garage is dark enough that the auto headlamp light goes on but often the sync 3 doesnt. If i turn the headlamp knob from auto, to on, and back to auto, it goes into night mode. Regards Dogbert62
  11. All, I poked through the autobytel link in this forum and noticed the Ford seems to be replacing the 2.5L 4-Cyl with a 2.0L 4-Cyl I was wondering if anyone has thoughts on the updated gas engine planned for the 2019 TC.. Is it a proven motor? Will conventional wisdom hold and the reduced displacement result is lower off the line torque but better gas mileage.. I ass-u-me the the engine is already in another vehicle somewhere.. At any rate... just wondering if has thoughts on this update... Regards Dogbert62
  12. "Is that $30K for the entire van with the ramp installed" >> I contacted a mobility retrofit company which told me that the conversion was ballpark $20-30k if I brought them a new van for the conversion. Since I only wanted a ballpark, i took it no further... With that said, I have seen a used TC that have been converted for ~$35k if i remember correctly.. The Honda seems to be the swagger wagon of choice... Their options list screams soccer mom which would be a good fit as well for me. A couple downsides as I see it... First, they can get very pricey... I generally worry about spending bucks on depreciating assets. Second, I *think* it is rear wheel drive. So a wheelchair retrofit would have to come in from the side and not into the back. I always envisioned opening up my cargo doors and rolling the wheelchair in.. lastly, the TC seems a better fit for camping. I get the impression that the cargo height with the seat laid flat is better on the TC. It would be much better if I stripped the seat system out completely.... I think.. Dogbert62
  13. Yep.... That is the concept... The grand daughter has shown much progress and has fairly good upper body ability so I am hoping that she will be able to "swing" her way into a normal seat or booster... Time will tell... I agree that normal car seats would be much safer than a strapped down wheelchair. With that said, lifting a child or teen into a normal seat would likely be tough.. For reference... these type conversions run $30k ballpark Regards Dogbert62
  14. Right at 1k miles since the last fix... Likely out of the woods Why the TC and not a true swagger wagon? A ton of reasons 1) I have a 6 yr old and an 8yr old set of grandkids that Dad wants in 5-point harnesses. The Chicco car seats hit the roof in most of the standard swagger wagons but the TC is extra tall 2) I hate to put money into depreciating assets like cars... Especially a kid hauler... 3) I have a 2.5 yr old grandchild that may never walk that even Mike would fall on love with. The low seat height and high roof is much easier to sling her into the massive rear facing car seat than the Tahoe and Suburban that Mom and Dad have. 4) The TC can be easily retro-fitted for wheelchairs... I got the cargo doors and not the lift gate 5) I take loooong camping trips so good gas mileage is important 6) The seats fold flat nicely such that I can crash in the back on a long trip 7) I may be weird, but I like the looks of the TC much more than the classic swagger wagon.. My mid sized 2006 truck is getting long in the tooth so I was originally looking for a utilitarian van with good gas mileage that I could build out for camping.. So, I was looking at the little cargo vans like the TC. I liked the TC the best.. When it became probable/possible that I would need a wheelchair capable rig, the TC wagon was almost a no-brainer. Mike.... I'll take grandkids over pets... The Lampoon video posted above in this thread is one of my favorites... Dogbert
  15. All, Thanks again for your help and info.. I have looked into the TX lemon laws and it looks like the closest version to my tale is the 30day rule. The bottom line is that if I have another issue with the PCM before January, I can invoke the lemon law. As you can imagine, I have soured on Ford and have looked into alternatives that fit my wants and needs... Well, the best vehicle I can find is the Transit connect. Add to this the fact that the TC seems to be a fairly reliable commercial platform, I would likely replace it with an exact copy of the TC that I have. On the time to fix and loaner... I have another vehicle and didn't need the TC as a daily driver. So, allowing the dealer to work it and not require a loaner was not a big issue. in hindsight, it may have lit a fire under their back side if they had a financial impact for taking a long time performing warranty work on a vehicle that they didn't sell, but that is water under the bridge. The bottom line is that there is seems to be some confidence on this forum that they flaky voltage on pin 20 may be the smoking gun.. If it isn't, i will be shopping for a replacement on Fords nickel.. Dinocarsfast.... I chuckled when you said you were a BMW guy.... I sold my 2001 BMW 330CIC convertible with very low miles to make room for my grandbaby swagger wagon... I passed 500miles.... So I have my fingers crossed Regards Dogbert
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