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  1. brucelinc

    ceramic seats versus 401A option group

    I would have liked to see both ceramic and tan seats offered with 401A. However, Mustang already offers more options and combinations than any other Ford except the F150 so I guess there is a limit to what is practical from a production perspective. I doubt if ceramic or tan seats are particularly popular which is one reason that I like them. I had ceramic seats on my black 2016 and thought they looked great. When I decided to order a 2018, I knew I wanted the 401A package so I went with showstopper red seats.
  2. The owner's manuals for both my 2017 Lincoln and 2018 Mustang mention fuels under 87 octane in high altitude areas. They specifically say that those fuels are not recommended. The manual for our 2014 Taurus also calls out fuel under 87 in high altitude areas and do not recommend it for the SHO.
  3. I think their TV spots are excellent....promoting the active lifestyle people, showing off-roading, power-sliding through snow, etc. They show the terrain management system, locking differential, and bash plate. At the end of the spot, they say, (paraphrasing) "for going to the grocery store, any truck will do.....for those looking for adventure, there is only one choice - the Ford Ranger." It is almost as though they realize that for a daily driver, grocery getter, the Ranger may be lacking some features and ride quality. However, for those that use it as a fun truck, it is great.
  4. The only "live" TV I watch is the evening news and NASCAR races. There is a Ranger ad every night on Fox during the news hours. My dealer has 2 in stock and 14 in transit. There are several Ford dealers in the area that may have more.....or not.
  5. I don't know how they are selling in my area but the TV ads for them are shown frequently. There are also bill board ads. The TV spots are excellent, IMO. I see the following ad about every night:
  6. The current Ranger is a very competent entry into the market.....Oh wait.....This is not 2011! Never mind....
  7. Try doing a signal refresh. Sirius can do it for you or you can do it yourself online.
  8. brucelinc

    Please Explain How Turbos Function

    Like any other engine, turbo engines deliver best fuel economy with lighter throttle input and max power is achieved with heavy throttle. I sort of look at turbo engines like having 2 engines in one. Let's say you have a 3.0 liter V6 engine. Drive it reasonably, staying out of the boost and it delivers top fuel economy like a 3.0 V6 should. Drive it harder and it delivers power like a much larger engine...... but also uses more fuel like a much larger engine.
  9. brucelinc

    Please Explain How Turbos Function

    Yep, they are always turning but not always applying boost to the engine. If you accelerate gently or even what most would call normally, they are not pressurizing the combustion chamber and adding boost. In some engine applications, the boost comes on more readily than others. I installed boost gauges in my turbo vehicles. On my 3.5 ecoboost MKS, it took fairly quick acceleration before boost was required. On my 3.0 Continental, I get boost with less throttle input than I did with the MKS. Of course, either one would generate boost at heavy throttle applications.
  10. brucelinc

    Old Ranger

    As a fellow Minnesotan, I applaud your decision to give the Ranger to your Grandson and keep it going. I also have a 2001 supercab 4X4 that I still use for hauling fill dirt, lumber or anything else I need to haul. It is also the vehicle of choice when the snow drifts are too high for our AWD passenger cars. I test drove a new Ranger awhile back and, frankly, I couldn't see that it fulfilled my needs any better than my old one.
  11. Finally an answer to the Pontiac Aztec!
  12. brucelinc

    My new Ranger is a Very Rare One!

    I have sync 3 on two vehicles and it is flawless on both. The older one, my 2017 Lincoln, updated itself over WiFi. The one on my Mustang must have already had the latest update.....or it also updated itself without me realizing it. The speed, the voice recognition and the user friendliness has been first rate for me.
  13. If entry level means less expensive, is a turbo V6 less expensive to produce and offer than a naturally aspirated V8?
  14. Yeah, I have 285 street tires and I can avoid wheel spin off the line but it also breaks loose at around 4000....which comes up quickly. I also get massive wheelspin on the 1-2 shift.
  15. As much as I love the torquey nature of the twin turbo V6s, I am now smitten with the high revving Coyote. Personally, I think the high torque low revving turbo engines are great in heavy vehicles like trucks and utility vehicles but something about the Mustang calls for screaming RPM. Since the Mustang is somewhat traction limited, I have no use for more low end torque. Also, with the 10 speed, it is very easy to get into the meat of the power band very quickly and stay there if so inclined.
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