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    My other ride!

    Let me tell you something that might warm your heart. The all-time best motorcycle rag still to this day was Cook Nielsen's Cycle Magazine (RIP.) In the early-80s Cycle did a yuge mid-size street bike comparison including of course Honda's renown CB500-4 and Suzuki's GT550 and GT380 (the latter both 2-stroke triples.) GT550 (a bike I owned) won and possibly by their all-time biggest margin, CB550 being #2 and IIRC GT380 #3. I owned both the GT550 and CB500-4 (I owned about 80 bikes.) The GT550's only weak point was a lack of cornering clearance; it had tons more torque and was simply a better bike in every way. And the triple sound was fantastic, though the 4s sound great too.
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    2015 3.5 V6: what type FI?

    Thank you kindly for a side order of good news with my oatmeal this morning! I purchased my Edge this past January; overall, this is my all-time favorite 4-wheel vehicle; the Goldilocks dimensions are great. Sport wagons have long been my favorite, having past owned a gorgeous steel metallic 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero Sport Wagon w/2.5T, 265hp/260 lb-ft, 5-speed A/T (let off @ 137mph indicated w/plenty of steam on tap, stable as a rock.) Buick's Regal TourX 4-cyl. turbo wagon caught my attention, presuming it weighs at least 200# less than my Edge, then I saw the Regal is 175# heavier! Still like TourX's appearance and functionality but both the weight and engine service issues damp my interest. I presume the carbon build-up issue on the intake valves of Gen 1 2.0L turbo EcoBoost engines is widely known, likely correlating to about $3500 lower resale value on vehicles with that engine vs. my Duratec V6. Still kind of ticks me off my V6 has 25 lb ft less torque. BTW, pure ethanol-free dyno-fuel increased fuel economy and boosted hp by about 20- ethanol is crime if you asked me! This Edge drives only about 4k miles annual now; I likely keep it for 4 years at which time it shall have about 127k miles. The known highest-risk engine service issue appears to be that of the internal water pump seal leaking coolant into the crankcase and subsequent potential need for engine replacement. Is there any other preventative check beyond looking for coolant on the garage floor? Is it worth it to pay my wrench to check for leaks on his lift twice per year? He's independent w/reasonable fees and 100% honest. Any other major risks I should know about and if yes, what are warning signs/preventative steps? THANK YOU!
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    My other ride!

    I am extremely impressed; it looks like show quality. The color is fantastic. IIRC Suzuki put the same color or just barely different on the 1976 GS750, the first truly great handling Japanese multicylinder sport bike. I had a Suzuki GT750, a '73 IIRC, but mine was the much darker blue metallic, not nearly as nice as this beauty. A reliable pro mechanic that loved the GT750 engine, said that its complicated lubrication system makes it more complex than Honda's CB750 engine w/chain driven SOHC. Amazingly, considering the 2-stroke architecture, the GT750 made more low-end torque than Honda's 4-stroke 1977 CB750 SOHC I owned later. The GT's air-box is pretty loud, IIRC rivaling the exhaust level under heavy load/high acceleration. The GT's worst offense was its limited cornering clearance; IIRC the 3-4 exhaust system ground first. The GT's' dual front discs just totally outclassed Honda's CB750 single front disc. I recall the first time I saw the GT on the Marin Sunday Ride, just staring at the dual discs like it was science fiction. We were taking our break at the dam just a few miles S of Fairfax, CA, just after the coasting race down the fire-road, a race that starts just above Bolinas Lagoon.
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    2015 3.5 V6: what type FI?

    Howdy. My Edge runs great and has 111k miles. Does my 3.5 have direct FI, port FI or both? A pro mechanic said a high ratio of the earlier Ford engines with direct FI develop moderate to severe carbon build-up on the back side of the intake valves. The only solution is to blast the offending carbon with walnut media, a process I can only imagine is quite costly. IIRC he said one of the symptoms is rough running in cold weather; I am pretty sure he mentioned other symptoms I cannot recall. My Edge ran and idled like a top last winter in 0 degrees F, even right after starting. Interestingly, IIRC he also had a Mazda 3.5 V6 in the shop, said to be the same updated 3.5 engine in some Fords, with direct (high pressure) and port (low pressure) FI. The Mazda was only a few years old with over 100k miles; that engine needed the walnut media blasting though the wrench said it had less carbon buildup than the earlier 3.5 with direct FI only. Viewers could see the carbon build-up behind the intake valves.
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    Water pump, early leak detection?

    Ayiyi! I can't believe you did that in your garage! Congrats! Finally picked up my Edge today. OMG I am totally in love with this car. It is just a fantastic ride. The most advanced vehicle I have ever driven and I realize this being a 2015 the current versions have to be even nicer. Only got 1 digital key. My Edge appears to have no physical key nor key hole. What on earth happens if the digital key loses power? Does anyone know the approximate cost for a 2nd key? Is a generic key via Ebay as good as OEM or should I stick to OEM only? I suspect OEM cost is at least twice a generic if the latter exist.
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    Water pump, early leak detection?

    Thank you kindly for the color correction! What about regularly checking the coolant level with a cold engine? Is there an advantage to checking the 2 weep holes? TX!
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    Water pump, early leak detection?

    2015 SEL 3.5 V6 AWD, pick it up tomorrow for first time, 110k miles. After (I hope) thorough research the known highest drivetrain risk appears to be a bad/leaking internal water pump seal, potentially diluting engine oil causing engine demise. At least twice I watched Ford Tech Mackuloco's YT video describing the leak detection system in the pump housing. Best I can tell, the earliest leak detection is a greenish weapage below the pump housing. Somebody suggested occasionally sliding a mirror and flashlight under the engine to search for green weapage under the pump housing. Is it just as well to simply regularly observe coolant level in the reservoir, with the engine temp always the same (cold?) Thanks!
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    Lift kit?

    2015 SEL V6 AWD. Picking up this used car tomorrow. Already plan to purchase gloss black powder coat for the OEM wheels and Falken Wildpeak A/T tires. For appearance and off-road performance, I consider installing a lift kit ranging from 1.5" to 2". I respectfully request comments from someone with experience in this area. Which kit or kits to you recommend? How many hours for a pro to install? (not me!) If possible, please quantify the negative impact on pavement cornering performance. TX!
  9. Thank you. I pickup my Edge tomorrow. If true, that's very interesting that OEM 2015 Edge lacked fog light option. The bezel sure looks like it needs a fog light installed. OT: I'm in my late 60s and have owned a lot of 4-wheel vehicles. IIRC the last Ford I owned was a red 1978 Fairmont; except for the 302 V8 and A/C, a base car w/roll up windows (WHAT ARE THOSE?) I drove it hard; it was indestructible while I owned it and it never left me stranded. Sum-total non-regular service was a failed voltage regulator. The engine made only about 140hp but decent torque, not bad for the era considering the car's weight. Engine ran smooth; emission controls caused '79s to run awful. Mine would burn rubber w/appropriate light accelerator and brake abuse. Playing Stop Light Grands Prix it was fun embarrassing drivers of Japanese 4s, used to beating Fairmont 4s and 6s.
  10. This week I finally pick up my used/new to me 2015 SEL. I want to upgrade the head lights and swap the decorative blank inserts for fog light inserts. Best head light upgrade? Cons/pros, OEM fog light inserts or aftermarket? If the latter, what about this? Front Bumper Fog Lights Lamps Harness Switch Kit For Ford Edge 15-18 Black - MotorGenic OEM Edge w/fog lights: is the fog light circuit parallel with the with main head lights or do fog lights have a separate on/off switch? If separate switch and my Edge SEL left the factory without fog lights: Describe the OEM fog light switch, its location and how costly is it to install in an Edge that originally lacked it? (Maybe it's best to install an aftermarket switch.) Thanks! James