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Dabbadoo

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Let me start by saying I'm with you all in that I love this truck, but I really feel like one should test drive any car to really tell if it's right for you. So, drove an XLT and noticed a few things that have me wondering about the quality and durability. 1st, (as someone else mentioned previously) the interior door handle gives a bit if you pull on it. How will this hold up over time? 2nd, it had an acoustic windshield installed (which the website says is not available on an XLT). Why was that necessary? And 3rd, at speeds over 50mph, the edge of the hood (btwn the hood & windshield) in the center was vibrating / bouncing up/down about 1/2 inch from ... wind drag? It was as if the metal was too thin to support it. It wasn't the road, it wasn't a windy day and the hood was fully secured. Would really like to know if anyone else has noticed this or (hopefully) my experience was for whatever reason unique. Understandably corners were cut to keep the price down but at what costs? Even with that said am still keeping my reservation for cactus gray hybrid with lux pkg & moonroof.
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Let me start by saying I'm with you all in that I love this truck, but I really feel like one should test drive any car to really tell if it's right for you. So, drove an XLT and noticed a few things that have me wondering about the quality and durability. 1st, (as someone else mentioned previously) the interior door handle gives a bit if you pull on it. How will this hold up over time? 2nd, it had an acoustic windshield installed (which the website says is not available on an XLT). Why was that necessary? And 3rd, at speeds over 50mph, the edge of the hood (btwn the hood & windshield) in the center was vibrating / bouncing up/down about 1/2 inch from ... wind drag? It was as if the metal was too thin to support it. It wasn't the road, it wasn't a windy day and the hood was fully secured. Would really like to know if anyone else has noticed this or (hopefully) my experience was for whatever reason unique. Understandably corners were cut to keep the price down but at what costs? Even with that said am still keeping my reservation for cactus gray hybrid with lux pkg & moonroof.
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Still waiting to test drive/test fit, so I can't comment, other than to address the hood issue.....if it's the front edge of the hood vibrating, and not the center sheet metal, then that's an easy adjustment issue. The latch isn't pulling the hood down snug with the rubber stoppers.
 

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Let me start by saying I'm with you all in that I love this truck, but I really feel like one should test drive any car to really tell if it's right for you. So, drove an XLT and noticed a few things that have me wondering about the quality and durability. 1st, (as someone else mentioned previously) the interior door handle gives a bit if you pull on it. How will this hold up over time? 2nd, it had an acoustic windshield installed (which the website says is not available on an XLT). Why was that necessary? And 3rd, at speeds over 50mph, the edge of the hood (btwn the hood & windshield) in the center was vibrating / bouncing up/down about 1/2 inch from ... wind drag? It was as if the metal was too thin to support it. It wasn't the road, it wasn't a windy day and the hood was fully secured. Would really like to know if anyone else has noticed this or (hopefully) my experience was for whatever reason unique. Understandably corners were cut to keep the price down but at what costs? Even with that said am still keeping my reservation for cactus gray hybrid with lux pkg & moonroof.
I did nice long test drive of Eco XLT AWD w/FX-4 last Thursday. Had it past 70 MPH in some canyon roads as well as on hiway and specifically looked for that hood vibration and there was none detectable. Had salesperson with me and we looked for it but... a little tiny bit at rear corner closest to fender but it was nothing obvious or continuous- just random a couple times. Never noticed any give on interior door handle. Did you pull on it while sitting inside with door closed to experience this? I never deliberately tugged at it when seated inside and door latched shut- can't think of any reason I would need to do that? I heard a little road noise and asked if Mav had the acoustic windshield, but only got shrugged shoulders response. It sounded like agressive tread tire noise to me, so we lowered windows and confirmed that was it and attributed to wheels on FX-4 package. I'm getting an XL with steelies with stock street tires, so not an issue for me.
 

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Still waiting to test drive/test fit, so I can't comment, other than to address the hood issue.....if it's the front edge of the hood vibrating, and not the center sheet metal, then that's an easy adjustment issue. The latch isn't pulling the hood down snug with the rubber stoppers.
just FYI, hood release inside needs to be pulled 2x (printed right on handle!) to fully open latch. Maybe someone tugged once and partially opened a hood and made it flutter a little? Just guessing that could be it.
 
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Dabbadoo

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Still waiting to test drive/test fit, so I can't comment, other than to address the hood issue.....if it's the front edge of the hood vibrating, and not the center sheet metal, then that's an easy adjustment issue. The latch isn't pulling the hood down snug with the rubber stoppers.
It was the back of the hood (between the hinges). But it appears someone checked for the during his test drive and all was good. Glad to hear that.
 

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Interesting comment about an acoustic windshield on an XLT. Can those who actually now have a non-Lariat let us know if they got an acoustic windshield on their XL or XLT?
 

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The hood flutter has been talked about by someone else on a test drive. Sometimes rubber stoppers can be adjusted to put an end to it, other times it might require a kit of some kind.
 

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Regarding the acoustic windshield, there was a debate about this on another thread. All of Ford's windshields are "laminated" but only the Lariat is acoustic and laminated. Someone did a test drive back to back and confirmed the Lariat was quieter. However, I believe someone also looked up on fords part website and all three windshields had the same part number... so the debate rages on.
 

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I really feel like one should test drive any car to really tell if it's right for you.
My Maverick-to-be is the 3rd new car I've ordered without a test drive, and I think you are more sensible than I am!

The car I borrow from my wife while I wait for my XL Hybrid is a Toyota RAV4, also a hybrid. I am very happy with ours, however multiple owners on the RAV4 forums for the 2019-2021 model have complained about fluttering hoods, mirrors that vibrate on the doors, and so forth.

I think that all manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce weight. I hope they haven't gone too far!
 
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