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New Member Doing Research: Would you buy a Demo 2018 MKC Reserve?

Hi...

It's turned out to be tricky to find an MKC w/ light interior in my area.

One dealer has a Burgundy w/ Espresso interior (dark seats, light headliner) that was a sales mgr car and has 5K miles.

I've been reading about the pros/cons of buying demo models generally....wondering if there's anything specific to MKC I should take into account.

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what packages does it have? Tech? Climate? Engine? etc...
what is it's window sticker price.
nothing wrong with buying the demo as long it's the right price.
What neck of the woods are you in?
I picked up a used 2017 Burgundy w/ espresso. (but my seats are not dark) Reserve w/ 2.3L, 20" Tech, Climate 24k miles for $30,900. Original sticker was $48,660

2017 Burgundy MKC AWD Reserve 2.3L 20" rims, Tech Package, Climate Package,
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wow that's an excellent deal. this one is the 2.0 w/ just climate. Select Plus level.

I want all the safety stuff, so the Demo was no longer an option. he did a search for an 18 Reserve and is doing a dealer trade...

now I'm having that longtime Toyota-owner anxiety about reliability....seems like most people here are generally happy....

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I researched common complaints on the mkc and found very little. So I am crossing my fingers. But for myself I only plan to own it 5-6 years unless it has been trouble free. My toyota 4runner had it's list of problems.
If you don't mind the way the nissan CVT handles hills. Look at the new rogue. Lots of tech. nice ride. fairly reliable except the CVT is a common complaint.

The St. Louis area had some great priced used 2016 and 2017 Reserve (fully loaded) last month. If you don't mind a lightly used certified vehicle you can save big dollars.

2017 Burgundy MKC AWD Reserve 2.3L 20" rims, Tech Package, Climate Package,
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@Buckeye....I like the Rogue just OK, it's underpowered a bit for city-type driving....maybe I should see if there will be changes for 19.

I'm not expecting "trouble free" but I'm concerned about the MKC (and Lincoln generally) reliability scores. while not a ton of common complaints, as you said, there have been enough random scattered things to make me wary....also I'm really surprised how far up the trims you have to go to get all the safety stuff, too -- and the 18 doesn't have autonomous braking, just a warning! that alone may put me off...

I'm in Philly area, and it's interesting -- very few 18s left around here...

thanks for your insights!
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I had two Ford Aerostars over a 15 year period (1989-2004). The first one needed a transmission rebuild in the first year and a fuel pump later but I still got a second one because it was the most suitable vehicle at the time. We've had a number of Toyotas (Echo, 3 Corollas, Sienna (13 years) and a RAV4) from 2003 until now. All were mechanically reliable but there were a few minor issues to be looked after. Both the Ford/Lincoln and Toyota dealerships are about a five minute drive from my home and have been good to work with, so if I do have issues I don't have to travel far for service.

We have had our 2017 Lincoln MKC Reserve for over fifteen months and the only issue we have had is the modem being unrecognized. This was fixed with a software update. Fortunately, one of the service advisors at the dealership is a Lincoln specialist and dug into finding out the right solution for the problem before a technician laid hands on it. I see that there have been a number of issues with the first year 2015 models but don't seem to have seen many complaints with the more recent model years. We are pleased with driving and riding in the MKC and will probably replace it with another Lincoln vehicle when the lease is up. Personally, I would order a new 2019 the way you want it if you can wait.

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Like anything, it’s all a matter of whether the consideration you receive sufficiently offsets its use to date - above and beyond the substantial discount from MSRP dealers should be offering on remaining 2018 stock, incentives notwithstanding.

Ford desperately wants rid of the 18’s as waning demand in anticipation of the restyled 19’s which has caused something of a glut to accumulate on dealer lots which interferes with the clear road ahead they wish to create for the refreshed versions which must compete with them.

Having concluded our search some three weeks ago and taken delivery on Saturday, high trim, high content units are starting to vanish, especially 2.3s - which go like a stabbed rat. Our fully-optioned 2018 Reserve 2.3 was the only remaining unit within 1,500 miles - and we had to accept our 2nd color choice and forego the trailer tow package to get it. It also had 20” wheels which we absolutely didn’t want, but the dealer agreed to swap them with the 19” AWD wheels we preferred and credit us the difference, even after trading with a dealer several states away to get it. Especially in southern states where AWD is far less prevalent in dealer stocks to begin with, Premier, Select, and oddly optioned units quickly are becoming all that’s left. We even had two other units sold out from under us between the time our dealer inquired about them and told us about them.

Lincoln seems to have eased back on some of the heaviest incentives in most areas which expired July 8 as both stocks dwindle and the highest priced units are snatched up. What stickered at $51K ultimately cost us less than $39K before TTL, which Lincoln lent us the money to buy for free for five years. The best of the incentives was a lease-to-retail offer of $4,500 atop all others for those who were ending leases and willing to purchase a new vehicle. In our area, at least, I believe that same offer is now only $2,500.

In the end, my wife will be driving it and she prefers the 2018 styling for some inexplicable reason - probably the same reason she preferred me.
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