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unca waldo

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    2.0 L EcoBoost or 3.5 L v6

    I'm obviously coming into this discussion very late, but for those whom this is pertinent, I can offer my two cents worth, based on personal experience. I own a 2015 Titanium with the 2.0 EcoBoost, and my sister bout a 2016 Titanium with the 3.5. The 2.0 in mine provides an amazing amount of power for a four cylinder engine. Even though I knew it was turbocharged, I was still surprised by the performance it gave me. I've made numerous drives between Los Angeles and Phoenix, and can run for hours on end, at 80+, without the slightest problem. If I need to accelerate, I push the loud pedal and there's plenty of power. At 80+ MPH, the fuel mileage isn't anything to write home about, but 24+ MPG is nothing to sneeze at either. The Edge Titanium is quiet, smooth and after 6-7 hours on the road, I don't climb out, feeling like I've been trapped in a 55 gallon oil drum. My only "complaint", if it could be called that, is the 2.0 clatters like an old John Deere tractor at idle. Apparently it's the result of the direct Injection system... Oh well. I don't notice any clatter from my sister's 3.5. As for my sister's 3.5, everything about it, as far as ride etc, is virtually identical to my 2.0, with the exception of performance. It's not bad, but it is different. While the 2.0 in my Edge feels "peaky", the 3.5 feels smoother in its power delivery. It seems to have a bit better low end punch at part throttle, but my 2.0 will run away from hers, if I stick my foot into it. I have noticed, when I start pulling hills in my 2.0, the trans downshifts more quickly than my sister's. This spools the turbos up, and fuel mileage drops like a rock. Overall, I think if I drove mine, then hers, from L.A. to Phoenix and back, I'd be very happy with either one. Both are exceptionally comfortable and quiet, and get the job done with little to no fuss. I'm due for a new ride soon...my current car is 12 years old... and I'm seriously looking at the Edge Sport, or perhaps waiting for the Edge ST, if that ever actually happens.
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    Hyper-sensitive brakes

    Prior to having the booster replaced, I found I could mitigate the hypersensitivity of the brakes, particularly when they were cold, by riding them lightly, for a short distance, in order to build some heat into the pads and rotors. It seemed to help a bit. It was a pain in the okole, but it was better than slamming passengers against their seatbelts.
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    Not really a complaint, but an observation...

    It's made this racket since we bought it, it's been in for service regularly and no mention of low oil levels have been mentioned. The engine cover is in place, but it could very likely be the high pressure injectors clattering. This is the first car I've owned with direct injection, so I'll see if I camn isolate the noise to the top end of the engine. The noises don't seem to affect the performance, so maybe it's just a normal engine sound. Thanks for the ideas... I'll definitely check both possible sources, just to make sure.
  4. We've had our Edge Titanium now for not quite a year, and I must say, of all the vehicles I've owned over my lifetime, it is the smoothest, most pleasant car/SUV/crossover/whatever I've driven. Great power for the vehicle/engine combination (2.0 Eco-boost in a fairly large vehicle). The one thing that kind bugs me is... from the outside, it sounds like a frickin' tractor! Inside, it's quiet... outside, it's like sitting next to an idling John Deere... certainly not in keeping with a almost, near luxury, interstate cruiser. I checked for leaks, like maybe a noisy waterpump, or loose tin, anything that might make such a noise... no joy, can find anything. Any thoughts, or am I just being over-sensitive? Maybe I just need to turn m y hearing aids down...
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    MKX original 22" wheels

    I like wheel/tire combinations that sit even with the fender openings... tires sticking out beyond the fenders look lame. Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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    Hyper-sensitive brakes

    Got my Edge back today... what a difference! No more lurching to a stop, passengers aren't suffering whiplash just because I tried to slow at a Stop Sign.
  7. Several months ago, I asked if anyone had been experiencing "grabby" brakes on their Edge... ours is a 2015 Titanium. Well, today, the dealer advised me they were replacing the brake booster, pursuant to Technical Service Bulletin #SSM 45857 and NHTSA #10081005. I'd researched the issue and supplied the service department at the dealership with the information. To be honest, the dealer was NOT trying to blow me off... but having the information, certainly helped showing them I was an educated customer. If anyone else is having these same issues, you might approach the dealership with this information... it certainly made getting the proper repairs made in my case.
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    2.0 ecoboost longevity?

    So, if I understand it correctly, Ford engineers designed into the system, a set-up that advances timing to the point pre-ignition becomes a factor, then uses that information to set the engine parameters. As a result, the engine computer will compensate for lower octane by backing down the "base" timing, right. If that is the case, wouldn't it hold true that by using the higher octane fuels, the computer will set the "base" timing at a more advanced state and "listen", then compensate when it detects knock? If true, the engine computer is allowing the motor to run with more advance, producing more power and better economy... or am I missing something?
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    2.0 ecoboost..how is working in the new Edge?

    Well, we've had our Edge Titanium 2.0 for six months now and we're still pleased with the performance. I'm still amazed that a 2 liter engine can drag around such a large vehicle with such ease. Fuel mileage isn't what I'd hoped for, averaging 18.5 to 19 MPG, but that almost exclusively city driving. We'll be driving to Arizona in a month or so, and I'll be interested to see what it'll get on a long, freeway drive, about 800 miles round-trip.
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    2.0 ecoboost longevity?

    I agree about adding a catch can, though on a turbocharged motor, it's a bit more complicated than installing one on a N/A engine... you've got a pressurized intake tract as opposed to one drawing a vacuum. The Direct Fuel Injection MAY aid in economy, but creates a whole host of other issues, like carbon build-up on the valves and such. I'll admit, I'm not well versed on these heavily computer controlled engines, however I find it hard to wrap my mind around a manufacturer WANTING to induce pre-ignition, just so it can be measured and alter the engine parameters in order to compensate, to stop what it induced to begin with! What exactly would be the point?
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    2.0 ecoboost longevity?

    Relatively speaking, an engine design for boosted applications will last as long a N/A engine, provided it's maintained religiously, using high quality components and lubricants. Going cheap, particularly on motor oil, it a great way to shorten the engine's life. I'm old school, so whether the manual calls for it or not, I've always used premium grade, synthetic motor oils and filters. The synthetic oils are less prone to "coking" up the turbo. Another practice I've always followed is to idle the engine for approximately 30 seconds before shutting it off. That allows the turbo to spool down, while maintaining a flow of "cool" oil to the bearings. It may not be necessary, but it's cheap insurance. Some might say it's a waste, but I use 91 octane fuel to prevent any chance of pre-ignition. Boosted engines are particularly prone to "knock" due to their high compression. You may not hear it, but pre-ignition will occur before the sensors in the engine retard timing, or whatever these engines do. The problem is, the damage caused by pre-ignition is cumulative, and if allowed to continue, WILL punch a hole in something... usually a piston... at some point. The use of higher octane fuel minimizes this issue. Prior to owning this Edge, I'd had a turbocharged Buick GN... and though I drove it like I stole it, I never had any problems related to the engine. I know the GN was "old" technology, but how I maintained it still holds true today.
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    How many miles before tire replacement

    I know I probably represent a very small minority but, I end up replacing tires long before the tread is worn... the tires on my cars generally dry rot. I have an '07 Magnum, with just under 30,000 miles on it and have had to swap out tires twice.
  13. I'm sure this is a hassle virtually everyone here, who's ever waxed their ride, has had to deal with. It doesn't seem to matter how careful I am, I still get some wax on the textured areas and it's a pain in the okole to clean it out. I finally had a "DUH" moment and realized, it'd much easier, and ultimately quicker, to just mask the panels off. I got a roll of blue painter's tape, ran it along all the edges next to the paint and waxed away. After buffing the residue off, I pulled the tape and "VIOLA", no ugly white blotches! Now, this is probably obvious to most folks here, but for the few who, like me, are a little slow, that's my tip.
  14. First car was a 1949 Chevy 2dr "slope" (fastback)... 235 6 cylinder, split exhaust manifold and a "Three on the Tree". It was the quintessential, mid 60's So Cal lowrider... dark blue metallic paint, white '64 Impala Super Sport interior, cut down steering column with a late '50's Oldsmobile wheel. Deep reversed, 14", Astro Supremes with 1" white walls. "Bellflowers" (side pipes)... Chromed or re-chromed everything not welded to the car. And, last but not least, an 8-track tape player with "Reverb"! GAWD, I wish I could go back in time... had good times "bumpin'" on Atlantic Ave in Northtown.
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    Horrible smell from vent

    I had a similar "smell" in another car I owned, and after much chasing around, finally found that excessive condensation had pooled in the air conditioning plenum. Over time, it went rank and stunk up the car badly whenever I ran either the air or heat. The dealer advised that before ripping the entire plenum out of the car, cleaning or replacing it, running the ventilation system on full, bringing in fresh air ... no air conditioning or heat... in order to hopefully dry the system out. I was told this happens a lot when folks run their vent system in recycle, which draws air from within the cabin, puts it through the cooling or heating coils and returns it to the cabin. The problems lies in that the humidity in the air, isn't removed as efficiently as when fresh, outside air is brought in. I followed through on the suggestion, the smell eventually went away and it hasn't returned. Now, I never put my system on recycle... Just a thought...