High Mileage MKC's
It's been a minute since I've posted on here.
I am a RSM who is on the road daily, my car is essentially my office. I bought the MKC new in December of 2014 and initially leased it for two years so I could write the payment off. I set it up with a very low buyout so I bought it out.
I bought the MKC with concerns. It was one of the first models of the first year of a brand new model from a domestic brand, it had a turbo 4 cylinder engine putting out a lot of power for its size which brought longevity concerns, etc. Why I bought it over a german brand or Lexus/Acura knowing I was going to be putting a lot of miles on was because it's a Ford product so I could have it serviced or repaired at any Ford dealer in remote areas, and it shared a lot of parts with other Ford products so there should be plenty of part availability if something goes wrong after warranty. I chose it because it had a very unique premium look & feel to it inside and out with the ease of service that domestics are known for. That, and I really loved the look when it came out and still do love it.
I just clicked over 296,000km/184,000mi today and the MKC is still going strong daily. It has had it's odd problem and quirk here and there (listed below) but on the whole I have absolutely zero complaints with how this ride has held up over the last 5 years and almost 185,000mi. It's been a comfortable and reliable SUV and I would 100% buy it over again! The only complaints I have is noise and fuel economy. Even with newer better tires than factory I still find it noisier than it should be, and the fuel economy from the 2.3 is pretty horrendous for it's size. I find myself filling the tank at least once every 3 days, I have filled it twice in a day once. I'd like to see a larger fuel tank, but I still find 19-21mpg highway pretty bad for an SUV this size considering I've had a few full size Ford pickups that average 18-20mpg, as does my 2016 MKX 2.7.
Here's what has broken and what I've had to fix:
-Oil changes every 8,000km-5,000mi
-Tire rotations every 16,000km-10,000mi
-Changed transmission, PTU and rear differential fluid every 30,000mi
-OEM 20" tires swapped at 40,000mi, I have run Michelin Pilot Sport A/S's since then with good results.
-Leaking clunky front struts changed under warranty at 40,000mi, the replacements are the same ones I have now with no issues, all other suspension is stock other than tie rod ends and sway bar links.
-Brake pads done every 40,000mi or so, rotors have been replaced once and resurfaced once.
-Spark plugs & coils done at 60,000mi, again at 120,000mi and again at 180,000mi.
-Front CV axle was clicking at 110,000mi so I had both front axles replaced.
-Sway bar links done at 140,000mi
-RF wheel bearing was making noise at 155,000mi so I had both front wheel bearings done.
Other than routine maintenance that pretty much brings us to today. Currently my a/c is not working, I need tires again and my brakes are getting down there again. Those are really the only things wrong with my car right now other than a couple rattles. The a/c will be diagnosed this week and if it's anything major I may look into getting into something new as it also needs tires & brakes. It's probably only worth about $5k on trade as it sits so I'm not really interested in putting a couple grand of work into something that's worth that little. I really like Lincoln's latest product in the Corsair and Aviator so I wouldn't mind checking either one of those out!
5 years with a great ride!!
2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 Reserve AWD - Tuxedo Black Metallic/Ebony - Tech package, driver assist, 20" Polished Wheels
2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5 Ecoboost
2016 Lincoln MKX 2.7 Reserve