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  1. Shipping process?

    Same reason why it could take you all day to travel by commercial flight from Los Angeles to New York, but the same flight by private jet takes a couple hours. Flying commercially doesn't just account for the time that the plane is in the air. It's the time to travel to the airport, check in...
  2. Installing Rear Window after sale?

    Doesn't mean it can't be replaced. I got the slider replaced with a fixed window in my F-150. That window is glued and bolted to the cab.
  3. Anyone Worried about the Lighting Quality? LED Lights Getting "Poor" IIHS rating

    I'm not concerned. I had a car that IIHS rated the halogen multi-reflector headlights as "poor", and I only had an issue on dark moonless nights in the sticks. I honestly had no complaints. Had that been a more frequent trip for me, I would've just installed some Rigid Industries D2 lights in...
  4. 2022 Maverick EcoBoost (2.0L) Official EPA MPG Rating Released - Confirms Window Sticker Figures

    Same here. My first-gen Mazda3 was EPA rated for 22/29 and I got around 27-28 tank averages (hand calculated), but I attribute that to most of my commute at the time being 55mph 2-lane roads. I remember thinking back then when I bought the car (2007ish?) that I just wanted a fuel-efficient 4x4...
  5. 3% Below Invoice on Ford Maverick at Granger Ford

    Also, if you are in the "great" state of California, your vehicle must be 50-state/California Emissions equipped (not Federal Emissions) or have more than 7,500 miles at the time that you register it. There are a few other exceptions (military and moving to CA come to mind), but other than...
  6. Why are there no fog lights?

    Ford Explorers and older Toyota 4Runners had projector fog lights that were very small but still effective. It's all speculation. Maybe they were on the table but had to get shelved due to time constraints. Heck the Ford Edge had fog lights at launch, but they were eliminated on all trims...
  7. Examples of maximum trailers a non-tow package Maverick can safely tow

    Well it depends on the height of the trailer as well as the aerodynamics. For example, a V-nose trailer technically has less frontal area than an equivalent flat-front trailer, even though the V-nose has more surface area. But regardless, for an occasional tow, I wouldn't have an issue with...
  8. Examples of maximum trailers a non-tow package Maverick can safely tow

    I think a better example would be a 5x8 enclosed trailer. Those weigh about 700-900lbs empty with a GVWR around 2000-3000lbs depending on the axle. That leaves about 1,100 to 1,300lbs of trailer payload. If we round down to the 80% rule (do not exceed 80% of the vehicle's tow capacity), that...
  9. How long do you keep your vehicles?

    Absolutely! I forgot about that too. I sold my F-250 (crew cab, long bed, 4x4, 6.8L V10) because I no longer had work for it to do after I sold my enclosed trailer. It was a nice truck to look at, but big trucks have high operating and repair costs. If you have the resources to daily a big...
  10. How long do you keep your vehicles?

    I'd add safety to that list. Sure, someone out there probably has a 1996 Toyota Camry in fantastic shape that runs like a top. If it gets into a head-on collision with a 2021 Toyota Camry, the ol' '96 will probably be crushed like a soda can while the '21 will sacrifice itself to keep the...
  11. News From Ford Mexico 09-02-21 - Recent Chip Shortage At Maverick Plant

    I was thinking about the aftermath as well. When I worked as a mechanic, we'd be on the lookout for "Katrina cars" after major storms down south and to the East. Katrina cars are flood-damaged cars declared a total loss that were dried off, patched up, and sold to unscrupulous buyers all across...
  12. News From Ford Mexico 09-02-21 - Recent Chip Shortage At Maverick Plant

    I hate to say it, but Ford probably won't miss you. Ford promised deliveries beginning in fall. Even if you get scheduled next week, are you going to be upset if your delivery date is not sometime this year? You're being an early adopter for a product that was launched during a worldwide...
  13. For all you new trailer towers

    Tow mirrors are not needed unless your trailer is wider than the tow vehicle at it's mirror height, or the tow vehicle you're driving happens to be a Ram pickup. In the case of the latter, it seems mandatory to flip up your tow mirrors even if all you're towing is sailboat fuel. When I refer to...
  14. 2.0L EcoBoost Maverick under hood & engine detailed

    You're going really out on a far-reaching limb saying "in general washing your engine is a bad idea". Again, all those sensors, computer chips, and other underhood components are designed to take a spray of water. The engine isn't in a sealed, weatherproof compartment. If you drive in the rain...
  15. Ford cancelling parts - maverick service concerns

    Even if that's true, it doesn't mean you're SOL if the car is out of warranty. Chances are the part you need is still being used in other vehicles that are still supported and/or the automakers have new old stock lying around. I can't speak for all dealerships, but the dealership that I worked...
  16. 2.0L EcoBoost Maverick under hood & engine detailed

    There are numerous videos on YouTube and such that go over the process, some that take more precautionary measures than others. As for myself, I just go to the local DIY car wash. Pop the hood. Use the low pressure ("spot free rinse") function to get everything wet. Take the foam brush and do a...
  17. 2.0L EcoBoost Maverick under hood & engine detailed

    I agree that clean engines are a good thing. But the minimal protection that engine covers provide is insignificant. What would matter more is getting the engine regularly washed to keep dirt and debris from accumulating in the first place.
  18. 2.0L EcoBoost Maverick under hood & engine detailed

    I discarded the engine cover on every vehicle I've had. You can imagine the look on my face the first time I popped the hood on my old Lexus GX470 and saw basically a second hood.
  19. Getting real tired of the $20k truck argument. ..rant

    As a past owner of several Ford vehicles, I quickly learned that it's worth it to wait for at least two model years, preferably until the mid-cycle refresh, before jumping on a Ford. Thus I'm over here waiting in the background for two years instead of preordering a Maverick now. People don't...
  20. Non-powered sliding window option- Why ?

    I suppose it depends on how far you're going, but I'd rather carry those items on a soft rack or something and not risk taking a pipe or a furring strip to the shoulder or neck on a turn. I used to use the rear slider a lot when I had a regular cab pickup. Obviously can't reach back there with...
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