Originally Posted by 5.0 Candy REDCS
I'm so sorry to hear about your MKC mmoretti, Somehow, I cannot picture you hitting the gas out your driveway and laying rubber on a daily basis...This does not solve anything but hopefully is will minimize the damage going on.....have you considered installing mud flaps to the front/rear.....unless you already have them installed....
For comparative reasons, I also live on a dirt/gravel road....Thus far, I have zero sand blasting to the areas behind my wheels, granted I take it real easy while on these roads,and usually move at around 20---25 mph at most, Im not suggesting to the contrary with you!
Publicity in ANY form gets attention, if I was in your shoes...I would inform Lincoln of intent of inviting an automotive reporter to discuss a story regarding the MKC inherent issues, and the lack of support you are receiving from them, that hopefully will set off some higher up action on their part....last thing Lincoln needs is negative publicity especially in this economic downturn .
If there is any way I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to let me know, that goes for the both of you.....there's strength in UNITY!
Candy I am driving on regular paved roads that everyone drives on. My neighborhood is nicely paved with curbs and regular cleaning. Ive talked about this at length in this forum.
The car rarely sees a highway or excess of 50mph. 90% of my driving is on 3 county roads with speed limits of 35-50mph. Yes in the summer on clear clean roads you may see me open up a bit and have fun at 55 on some stretches of the road (without my son in the car of course
) but overall I'm a fairly conservative driver. Don't even put it in sport mode-don't need the temptation. If the roads are even slightly bad I'm crawling along, believe me - I have my son in the car. And seriously no other car gets damaged and the rocks from the road inside... There is nothing abnormal about the roads I drive on, every other car, all my neighbors and friends cars (including my previous Cadillac and my husbands current ford escape) has driven them for years including last year (when my damage and problems happened) without anything happening. PERIOD.
Mudflaps he he. I have several posts on that here too but because I like you I will repeat again
. No offense to those that like the look of mudflaps. I just do not. Not on this car, not on any car ever. I like the original look and minimal sticking out. I have never had mudflaps on one car I owned.
I should not HAVE to put them on my car to prevent this ridiculous damage. Particularly if I hate the way they look. No other MKC owner has to do that to prevent substantial damage (I'm not talked no about a few chips here). I accept normal chips here and there. It's normal. I'm not unreasonable. But there's a certain level that we all get and that's not what I'm talking about...
The dealer (Lincoln) wants me to put mud flaps on, yes. But discussing with them and the fact that mud flaps are meant to prevent "normal" splashes and as per their description "to deflect mud, snow, and ice". Not machine gun fire rocks that pummeled my plastic, paint and wheels. I doubt the mud flaps are going to solve it, then I'm stuck with my car with mud flaps I don't like. I asked them to guarantee that putting mud flaps on will solve my problem - they won't , they can't.
I told them I was concerned that the rocks could deflect off of their mud flaps and hit another car or person or do other damage. The force and trajectory of the rocks is just not normal to have caused such damage. They do not know how those rocks may react to the mud flaps. The rocks are thrown up to my windows. I'm seeing chips in my back windows too. The mud flaps are going to be absolutely pummeled. I told them I did not want to be responsible and if they want me to put mud flaps on then I need something in writing from them and Lincoln describing the problems and exactly why they were making me put mud flaps on the car to correct their problem and that they would take responsibility for any detrimental consequence of the mud flaps, etc, etc.
They will not...so I will not put the mud flaps on the car.
And my cars modem is dead again this morning..nice.