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  1. Traded in our 2016 Edge SEL last week for a 2020 Titanium...Burgandy Velvet with the lighter-colored interior. No long trips yet as we work on the break-in but absolutely LOVING it so far! One of the first things I noticed was the lack of the plastic engine cover...not sure exactly why Ford did this. Could be some sort of design thing, Ford going cheap, problems designing/getting parts during COVID or due to some minor engine changes, they just fell behind and didn't come out with one. Anyone have an opinion whether Ford leaving the cover off was by design (for example, to help the engine to stay cooler, etc.)? At any rate, living in the high desert of Central Oregon, it gets pretty dusty and gritty here and it just bugged me thinking of all that junk collecting on the engine. There are several threads in the forum where other inmates stated that the plastic cover from 2015-on would fit. If you run that Ford part number for the cover, it doesn't appear applicable for 2020 models. Visited the local wrecking yard today and not many Edges 2015-on. Did come home with a pristine cover from a 2015 2.0. Due to some design changes on the newer engine, and a change in the valve cover where the oil fill was moved right next to the dipstick, not an exact fit. The underside of the cover has four rubber "pucks" that snap over the "nubs". I spent four years in the U.S. Cost Guard (aka, the "puddle pirates") many years ago. Due to continual budget issues and often being in the middle of nowhere, we prided ourselves in being "masters of fabrication"...if we couldn't get it, we'd simply make it. So here's what I did... First photo is the engine bay at purchase...no cover and no under hood insulation mat either; Second/third photos (yellow circles) show the existing plastic "nubs" on the intake manifold that hold the front edge of the cover. This is the same design as past years, so they didn't change the intake manifold. Fourth/fifth photos (red circles) show the brackets and "nubs" I fabbed to seat the rear edge of the cover. Due to some engine design changes, these are not present on the newer models; The last photo (green circle) shows the cover in place on the existing intake manifold nubs and the two new fabbed studs. Snaps right in place after getting the positions right for the two fabbed ones. A TINY bit of trimming on the right edge to let the cover lay flat around the air intake snorkel. Unfortunately, Ford moved the oil fill cap right next to the dipstick on the valve cover on the newer engines, whereas the older models had a larger space between them (the second hole on the right side). I cut the cover to be able to access the oil fill cap; just as easily could have left it be and simply popped the cover if/when I needed to add oil. Sooooo...it ain't necessarily purdy but it IS functional and should do the trick to keep the dirt and grit off the engine. Cheers!
  2. Lucky dog...it'd be nice if we could get the diesel version here in the states! 😮 THAT would be cross-country touring machine... LOL....a few years ago, my bride and I spent 3 weeks driving around Scotland. I sourced a rental car with an automatic (BIG bucks!). While I CAN drive a manual, something about shifting with my LEFT hand (not to mention looking down and thinking, "Oh, I'm doing 7000 rpm...I should probably shift!") made me beg off. I told my wife I wanted ALL my attention out there in front of me, reminding myself to "Keep left, keep left, keep left" and remembering ""Tight left, wide right", etc. And entering roundabouts from the LEFT.....eeeehaw! 😉 I had borrowed a friend's mail Jeep here (right-hand drive) to do a little practicing and that helped some. We were supposed to get a UK-spec Ford Focus but when we showed up at the car hire in Glasgow, turns out they had upgraded us (no additional charge, no less!) to a 2-series BMW turbodiesel. *GULP*... now I was really stressing, going from a fairly inexpensive vanilla Focus to a much-more expensive BMW. First thing I did was take it out of Sport mode and stick it in Econ...think our worst tank was something like 52 MPG / 22.1 KPL. As it turned out, everything went great...no damage, although I will admit that both front rims might have been a tad bit...uh, er...shinier...when I turned that car back in than when we picked it up. LOL...they didn't even blink... Cheers, Bendmac
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    2020 Titanium in Burgundy Velvet...those are aftermarket Raceline rims with Cooper Evolution snow tires for navigating Central Oregon's often-nasty roads.
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    Greetings from Central Oregon!

    So here's some pics of my lil Burgundy beauty in some Central Oregon sunshine (lol...between storms...another one coming in tomorrow). The aftermarket rims (Raceline) are a little "blah" but serve their purpose when it comes to swapping tires back and forth. No twice-a-year-all-day (or better) waits at the local Les Schwab store for tire changeover...takes about 45 minutes to do the swap at home. Since the car came with 20-inch rims, I went with 18-inch rims with a slightly taller tire. Bottom line is that the aspect is the same (29.6 either way), so it doesn't mess up the speedo or any of the built-in safety equipment. They installed new TPM sensors and "armed" them to the car, so everything works like it should. Got the car back today after the graphics shop did the Xpel self-healing film application. They did a nice job...all the painted areas across the front (including the headlight lenses), about half way up the hood towards the windshield, all four outside door handle pockets, the leading (rearward) edges of all four doors (what you'd crash into a car parked next to you if you weren't careful), and all four "quarter panels" (the areas behind each wheel that catches spray, etc.). Except for the hood, pretty invisible. Since it was dusty today, you can just barely make out a line across the hood where the film stops and the stock paint continues. Freshly washed and dried, hard to tell it's there. Spendy stuff (but a lot of that is the labor to have it installed) but I think it'll keep the paint in better shape. I ordered up a set of Ford OEM mudguards (courtesy of a vendor recommendation from here). Anyone else done that? If so, do you have to remove the flat deflector strips that are already on the car behind each wheel, or do the mud guards simply bolt on in front of them? They're stuck in weather somewhere in the Midwest so might be a week or so. Observations so far: I heard stories from some here that their rig was sold with no spare and no jack...first thing I checked and all is good. No plastic/foam engine cover or under hood "blankie"...reading on here from others, don't know if that was by some sort of design or simply Ford cutting costs. Not big deal for me right now. It's gonna take some time to get used to that rotary shifter! 🙂 I have a F150 S/crew with a column shifter the the 2016 SEL we traded in had a console shifter, so it'll come with time. Autostop...don't quite know how I feel about it yet. We'll see...worse comes to worse, if I get tired of turning it OFF every trip, there are the dedicated plug-in units out there that do away with it, period. The rest of the safety stuff...the lane departure warning, the adaptive cruise control, the blind-spot monitor, etc....all nice stuff, just takes some getting used to. Our 2016 had the blind spot mirrors and that was one of the first things I noticed when sitting in this one...now I know why! Experience whispers to be to go get some stick-on ones but we'll try getting used to the BLIS and see what happens. LOL....makes me want to go out and get a new(er) F150 with similar technology so it's an "apples to apples" driving experience...NOT! 😉 Anyway, thanks to all who have submitted observations, tech tips and such... Bendmac
  5. Hello, fellow Edge inmates...hope this finds everyone hale, healthy and hearty! Just traded in our 2016 Edge SEL AWD in 2 Good To Be Blue for a 2020 Titanium in Burgundy Velvet. LOVE the color and am enjoying the upgraded features in the better trim package. Heated seats and steering wheel are proving popular with the DW and she loves the power tailgate since she's on the vertically challenged side. The rotary shifter takes a bit of getting used to but getting more comfortable with it. The list of safety features is downright impressive and am still learning those as well. The SEL was no slouch in the snow and on slick roads, but this 2020 simply feels more planted and sure-footed. I bought aftermarket rims mounted with Cooper dedicated snow tires (soft comp rubber with the "mountain snowflake" symbol, so in Oregon, they're classified as a traction control device, just like studded tires). Went down to the local car graphics shop and ponied up for a pretty comprehensive Xpel self-healing film protection kit. The cinders they use here in Central Oregon on slick roads can REALLY ding up the paint on the front and sides of the car, so this film protection should help, as well as keeping the headlight lenses from getting pitted. I had NO idea of what it took to do the film application but it is VERY time intensive...they had the car for two days! Wash, dry, wipe down, then clay bar, clean again, then film application. Overall, VERY happy with the new ride...be nice to get it out on a nice road trip once we get some miles on it and the weather improves.
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    Wireless charger pad

    Also, I don't know what the charge "rate" is in amps by using the wireless pad, but a little experience with my new 2020 Edge Titanium seems to indicate that it charges slower than if you have the phone plugged in to a USB port. Of course,, I've been spoiled by using a fast charger at home where I can go from almost nothing to 100% in about an hour... 😉 Works fine on my Samsung Note 10+.