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05-07-2017, 04:47 PM #1
First week with my Continental
Purchased my Continental on 27 April 2017 from Jim Keay Lincoln in Orleans (Canada). It is a Reserve with the 2.7 liter engine and AWD, with moon roof and Tech package and was built in January 2017. I have about 500 kilometers on it now with 13.5 liters per 100 kilometers (about 18 mpg) average fuel consumption. My average fuel consumption over the last 300 kilometers is 10.1 liters per 100 kilometers (23.3 mpg US) in a combination of city and hwy driving.
Setting up the driving position for me took a few days because of all the possible adjustments in steering position and seat setup, now it is perfect. Easy to get in and out with the easy out feature turned off. Most of the car features are set using the "settings" button on steering wheel. The only thing that doesn't seem to be working just right is the "welcome lighting" where the Lincoln Star is supposed to be displayed on the ground beside the doors and the outside lights and interior lights do not go on when I approach my unlocked car (in the garage). Perhaps it will be different at night when car is locked when I approach.
The instrument and info display in front of driver is controlled by the "Display" button on the steering wheel. You have 2 options "Gauges" and "info/trip/fuel" which allow a lot of options for the instrument display area. The settings are fixed until changed for another option. So it is a multi step process to view trip info or fuel info, but the current fuel economy works great displaying the car 500 kilometer fuel usage and the immediate fuel economy as a bar graph which is very sensitive and gives usable info for improving fuel economy. Disappointed that digital speedometer option seems to prevent tach from displaying. The display area is lit very well in daylight and night operation so the display does not fade to nothing in sunlight like the Town Car.
Driving mode is set to Comfort in D and Normal in S. Disappointed that in S mode the transmission digital gear selection feature does not work, probably needs Sport mode where the demonstrator was set up and did display transmission gear selection. There is no torque steer so far on the long circular accesses to our freeways. The steering feels good to me, a little heavier at speed than the Town Car and is even more stable feeling. The suspension in Comfort mode does not porpoise like a very softly sprung car but moves vertically over undulations, it is very well controlled and a pleasure not to have to put up with bad roads especially after the winter. At parking speeds the steering feels about right, but is not as light as the Town Car's hydraulic steering. I don't have problems with FWD or RWD and the AWD Continental is in FWD most of the time, until more traction is needed. The car warms up very quickly, probably helped by the radiator shutters closing off the rad until up to temperature. It makes a big difference in heating up the cabin quickly too. The turbos go about their business without any noticeable effect, only got a boost of 5" once and it needed a bit of throttle, usually the car is way faster in "tip-in" and acceleration than the Town Car and gives better economy. The interior room and comfort and performance are outstanding and better than my 2007 Town Car. Holds a straight line down the road perfectly, even on slightly crowned roads. It is silent at all speeds, but there is a little thump over broken pavement from the 255/55R19 tires, much less than the 245/40R20 tires I drove on a demo. The 19's fills the wheel well much better than the 20's too.
The rear seat headrests power down and manually tip forward to provide a perfectly clear view of the rear window for reversing and using the inside rear view mirror. The backup camera display also shows a 360 degree view as if from over the roof. It is taking me a long time to get used to those camera features even with alarms going off everywhere. Worth learning to use but I am not there yet perhaps because the view through the rear window is so good. Visibility all around is excellent.
Wipers work well with a one sweep if stalk pressed down and a rain sensing feature when lifted up one position (time sensing is gone but the adjuster stays for amount of rain) then there are the slow and fast wiper settings which work great. Washers work well with very fine mist when stalk pulled to steering wheel. The only thing I didn't like was the driver side wiper sweep. It left too wide a gap (3.5") next to the front pillar. So I raised the park position a couple of inches up the windshield and it clears the screen to the max beside the pillar and still allow 1.5" for high speed wiper over-run on the blanked out glass. Park position still looks fine and will be better for stock de-icing feature in the winter.
The adaptive cruise control works much better than I feared. For highway driving it is set with a distance to car ahead of 3 bars (of max 4 bars) setting and that is very comfortable for me. When cruise switched on a grey steering wheel appears in low center of display. When pressing set the digital speed displays just above and the icon then turns green and a green pointer appears on the speedometer at the target speed so you can track the car adapting to slower traffic. The set speed can be incrementally changed up or down as the speed limits change. It tracks vehicles coming into and leaving my lane from left and right but does not change the speed or take unreasonable action. When in town the 3 bars setting is too high and causes braking when coming up on traffic at an intersection much earlier than desirable. At a traffic light this is concerning but I have not tried a lower setting, just don't use it. Cars have lots of room to merge into my lane.
Trunk is huge and nicely rectangular so the entire space is usable. The Town Car trunk may have more cubic feet but on two levels it is not as big in real life use. The rear seats have a small pass-through behind the armrest. Both back seats fold forward to provide lots of extra room for cargo. The two outside seat belts detach and so get out of the way of cargo entering. The middle seat belt cannot move and stays as a hindrance to a long item getting into that area. The spare tire and tools are located under the floor with a compact spare tire and not a bottle of compressed air with tire sealing properties. My son's Dodge van has no spare and those pressurised containers are very expensive for a one use and the tire must be cleaned and that is more expense. The cabin has a lot of useful storage space and most is covered.
The automated trunk lid opens from switches on dash and on outside of trunk lid just above license plate and on inside of trunk those work perfectly. The additional switch is foot actuated by a forward and back kick about where the license plate is, but it is a work in progress for me. I never get the trunk to open on first try, so a work in progress, but it is so handy when carrying groceries in both hands.
The way the doors and latches are engineered is quite incredible. To enter, just touch the door handle switch behind the handle and the door springs open to meet you, such an innovative feature, makes you feel like the car wants you in there. The doors close with a nice "thunk" sound and if you don't quite make it to the close position the car realises your error and cinches it up tight without a sound. When you are ready to leave it is not a two handed operation like most cars requiring one hand to move the release lever and the other to stop the wind from blowing it fully open or against a car beside. The Continental has an armrest that you fold your hand around and press a button with your thumb to easily exit in a controlled way.
The ignition and locks are controlled by a fob that stays in your pocket all the time. The fob allows the locked doors to open at a touch while the ignition accessory position is activated by pressing the start button on the dash in easy reach. All aspects of the systems are now powered to enjoy everything the car has to offer, no restrictions like on other cars. Starting the car just needs your foot on the pedal and a press on the start button. The starter seems energised to start the car without continuous pressure on the switch, it is so intuitive it knows your intentions and executes. The starter is very quiet from inside the car and when cold the engine springs to life with a relatively low fast idle, maybe 1,200 rpm instead of 1,700 for the Town Car. So I just put it in drive and go. The electronic transmission selector is the best I have ever tried, just press the button you want and the mode is lit with an orange light and no mistakes are possible.
The Navigation is easy to use and gets me where I need quite nicely.
05-08-2017, 11:53 AM #2Senior Member My Lincoln(s): 2013 MKS
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05-09-2017, 05:39 PM #3
Excellent write-up Town, better than most of the magazine writers!
The Continental sure does have a lot of neat features. I wish either of my Lincolns had the adaptive cruise control system, that would be really handy.
05-11-2017, 02:32 PM #4
I figured out the foot operated trunk release, just stand back a little so your foot just goes under the bumper beneath the license plate. It works every time first time for me now, and it is so handy when both hands are full of bags. I could not see anything under the bumper that resembled a sensor.
The welcome lights are triggered from a locked car when unlocked, just like the Town Car but with more effect.
Tried both handling and performance settings set to Sport for the "S" trans setting in Driver Control and still the individual gear number selection is not shown.
Installed the child seats today for the first time and that was easy except for the outboard rear car headrests being too low. Thought they were power operated up and down and manual tilt. But appears to be power tilt and no way to raise them. Supposed to be press button switches on each vertical leg but I could not find any that worked. So child seats are resting against headrests of car which is not ideal, until I figure it out.
05-11-2017, 08:39 PM #5Junior Member
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Wonderful post, Town. Thank you!
05-11-2017, 09:00 PM #6
This afternoon I let my son drive my car. Everything was fine until I tried to get out of the front passenger seat and the door arm rest button to release the electric door latch failed to work. When you press the button there is a noticeable movement normally but that switch feels lifeless. Door can be opened from outside as normal. I will be taking the car in tomorrow in the hope the dealer will have time to look at it.
05-11-2017, 11:55 PM #7Junior Member
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Did you find the emergency release in the door card storage cubby by/or underneath the speaker? (if my memory serves me correctly)
05-12-2017, 09:30 AM #8
05-12-2017, 03:21 PM #9
The switch is the problem, it has been ordered and is expected in 3 to 4 days. The driver side manual latch control only works the driver door. Here is a picture of both switches on driver side:
05-12-2017, 05:17 PM #10Junior Member
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Sorry about your experience.. Hopefully they will have it fixed in no time.
There has been some consternation about that switch location. Many reviewers complain about the location and that it's "inconvenient to push with your finger"...but if you look at it and where it's located, IMO it was designed to be pushed with your thumb as you grab that door handle... and just give it a push with the thumb. Any thoughts? IMO it didn't bother me in either of my test drives.