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How much of the tech in your Edge do you actually use?

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After posting about the poor performance of the rain sensing wipers on my Edge, i got to thinking about some of the other features that i was excited to get when i traded my 2016 Ti for my 2020 ST. Just wondering out loud here about how many other people have similar feelings about the tech in their cars.

 

1. rain sensing wipers - as per my other post, they don't wipe often enough in light rain even at the highest sensitivity setting. i'll probably turn off this feature if i cannot increase the sensitivity.

2. auto-high beam - the road to the town where i live is very hilly and very curvy. if i have the headlights on auto high beam, they take far too long to turn off the high beams when another car comes within view. again, i'll probably just turn off this feature since it doesn't really work in my experience.

3. adaptive cruise control - i find the acceleration and deceleration/braking on the adaptive setting to be too aggressive. doesn't matter what distance i have it set to. whereas i can see the cars braking far ahead and just lift off the gas to gently slow down, the ACC just keeps barreling down the road and then brakes heavily when i reach the slowing cars. it's not smooth. the distance setting just changes when the car brakes, not how aggressively. i find myself using this feature less often than i anticipated. this is on a very busy two lane (one each direction) highway.

4. self-parking - i knew i wouldn't like this feature and i was right. i find that i can parallel park the car better and faster myself than it can. i never back into a side-by-side space so that feature is wasted. when i tested that feature, it seemed to take forever compared to me just doing it myself.

 

how do you feel about the features i've mentioned above? do you share my point of view or do you think they are wondeful? am i doing something wrong? i'm just curious and wanted to get other people's opinions.

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OK gen 1 features here ...

 

1-rain sensing wipers: rain on windshield, click, wipe. Done.

2-auto high beam: no problem, I drive with my high beams always on. Oncoming drivers flash, click, low beams. 

3-adaptive cruise control: get too close, hit - del and slow down. Don't need a computer telling me how close to follow. I'm old, I leave 1/4 mile clearance just to be safe. Until some prick tries to get between me and the car ahead. Then it's war. 

4-self parking: works ok inasmuch as I'm the self. In high school they taught us to parallel park on a hill. 

5-Sync, can't remember the commands and syntax. Glad they used knobs and switches. Not a fan of display menus. Have to take eyes off road too much.

6-Adaptive headlights, love em

7-AdvanceTrec, good in winter, but extends stopping distance

8-heated/cooled seats, yes, yes, yes

9-autopilot advanced driver-assistance system, doesn't work very well in gen-1, constantly have to monitor and correct, makes it difficult to watch a movie on long trip. 

10-automatic vehicle restructuring, you know, when the car's computers decide that your seat would be better if it automatically reset itself all the way forward, or how much fun it would be it the engine were set into limp mode and you can only drive at 20 mph, or it turns on the service engine soon light and invents a bigus code just to screw with the technician. 

 

 

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9 hours ago, enigma-2 said:

 

3-adaptive cruise control: get too close, hit - del and slow down. Don't need a computer telling me how close to follow. I'm old, I leave 1/4 mile clearance just to be safe. Until some prick tries to get between me and the car ahead. Then it's war. 

 

 

 

yeah.. this is me. 

I don't like to follow too close for safe stopping buffer, but if i leave a reasonable safety gap some ass always drops in and pisses me off

I really want a 'look to aim' paintball machine gun on my hood

 

1 rain sense wipers - i use rain-x and use the wipers as little as possible, so usually they are off unless needed

2 auto high beam - always on except in foggy conditions. i like the feature

3 adaptive cruise makes commuting easier and less stressful- i like it

4 self park- i never use it. tested it once. thats it

5 sync.. never really use it.

6 heated and A/C seats, definite fan of this

7 lane assist - somewhat helpful if you are on a long road trip and getting punchy while looking for a rest stop. but it works poorly and will kill you if you rely on it..

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On 10/13/2021 at 4:53 AM, Cerberus said:

I really want a 'look to aim' paintball machine gun on my hood

Oogh, oogh, oogh (as officer Toody would say on Car 54, Where Are You) I love this idea. (Evil grin, hands rubbing in glazed look).

 

I came up with a device to get tailgaters off my tale (but never got around to implementing it). Set up a plastic container with brake fluid in it. Using a windshield wiper pump to pump the break fluid out on to the drivers rear tire. The spray will get picked up by the tire and coat the windshield of the car behind you. (Car must be close or it won't work). Once he sees the drops on his windshield, he'll turn on his wipers and washers. And that's it. Once the brake fluid gets mixed with water, it turns into a sticky goo and makes the glass blury. He has no choice but to back off, stop and clean his windshield. (As I said, thought it up but never actually tried it. But it's tempting....).

 

Anyway, Rain-x is good, but doesn't last nearly long enough. Found a "much" better way that keeps windshield clean and slippery. Good as and better than Rain-x. Here's what I do;

 

1) Clean windshield with Windex and a microfiber towel. Clean one side then the other.

 

2) Next clean the glass with degreaser. (I use Simple Green).


3) Follow with clay bar and warm water.

(I use Mothers Clay Bar System).

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002U2V1Y/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_FP0ZEF9HS75TDPC144Q3

 

If you've never used a clay bar to clean the surface; here's how:

Wet the glass (your can't use too much lube) and wipe the glass first in an up and down motion, then in  a circular motion. Whenever the clay sticks or hangs (there is a contaminate on the glass), continue to rub that spot until the clay slides smoothly. (The clay will loosen additional dirt embedded in the pores of the glass).


4) Clean the glass again with Windex and a new microfiber rowel.


5) Dry the windshield with a microfiber towel.


6) Apply a thin layer of good quality carnauba Wax (Collinite 476 is the most long lasting).

 

example:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002P3ZO2E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_i06EAbZDVS70X

 

Glass should look frosted when applied properly. Allow five minutes or more to dry properly. Test by running finger through wax. If finger smudge is clear & pushes up a small ridge of wax at the top of the finger smudge, the wax is dry and ready to buff off. If the glass is not completely clear and clean in the finger smudge,  the wax is not ready yet.


7) When the wax is dry, buff off Wax with a clean microfiber towel using a circular motion.


😎 Finish "buff" the glass using a fresh, clean finishing microfiber towel. Use circular motions, followed by up & down parrern to finish.


9) Finally finish by cleaning the wiper blades using Windex and a microfiber towel. Follow this by applying a coating of 303 Protectant. Spray on,  leave set, and wipe excess  off with microfiber towel. 

 

First time I did this, windshield lasted for several months. Wiper blades on fifth year. Glass is super clear. 

 

In cleaning the inside, I've used this method:

 

1) Apply some rubbing alcohol on a microfiber towel and wipe the inside of the windshield in a circular motion, to remove any grease, oil or polymers from the glass. (The problem with the inside windshield is that it's coated with polymers evaporating off of the instrument cluster and interior).

 

2) spray Windex on another microfiber towel (not on the glass) and wipe in a circular motion. 

 

3) using another microfiber towel completely dry glass. Overwipe to remove all traces of the glass cleaner.

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12 hours ago, enigma-2 said:

 

 

Anyway, Rain-x is good, but doesn't last nearly long enough. Found a "much" better way that keeps windshield clean and slippery. Good as and better than Rain-x. Here's what I do;

 

 

I used the rain-x washer fluid so it retreats every time i hit the washer button..

its a million times easier than your process i think.

I respect your attention to detail and diligence to have such an involved and comprehensive procedure, but i tend to lack the patience for some things..

especially when there is an effective simple alternative.

 

interesting though, the bit about polymers evaporating off the cluster and interior. I always wondered about that, why the inside gets a film on it..

i mean, i don't smoke.. and I don't have a heater core or evaporator leak as far as i know, so what the hell? 

question answered.

 

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Comet cleanser or barkeepers friend is also good on glass.

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3 hours ago, akirby said:

Comet cleanser or barkeepers friend is also good on glass.

 

With regard to comet cleanser, If it's that good on glass, why isn't that mentioned in the product literature?

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