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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
In Columbus (bob boyd) the one with 90k miles?
Best advice (prior to purchase) go to Rob in service and ask him to pull up the service records. so you know all repairs done there or warranty work done.
2) see if new modem put in to use with app
3) use an OBDII reader to see if there are any codes.
4) listen for noise while going over pot holes. (mine had this issue)
5) have them update the software to the latest version for the center console.(if not already)
Do you know latest version number?
 

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All great suggestions people, thank you. I'm an estimator/admin at a cutting-edge body shop. I've been a detailer, mechanic, and a used car salesman (only briefly though, I started hating myself...there is nobody I loathe more than a used car salesman). So, I'm pretty good (and untrusting) at inspecting used cars.
The carfax helped a little. I don't see any entries for the first 2-3 years (it was a lease until 58k mi.), then a private owner took it in every 10k mi for "LINCOLN Priority Service", (synth oil) and various other minor things, then the dealer took it for the past year or so and did some stuff to it ...
I did manage to get the Lincoln service records for the past couple years, and I did the code scan and inspection on a lift at my shop... but MOST impressively, they let me have the car since Friday (still have it) for an overnight test drive. I have been driving it, inspecting every inch etc...
The results are that it's in GREAT shape for 90k mi (without being able to do more invasive engine/trans tests), it's not perfect, the paint is excellent, but needs polished, the driver seat cooling/heat not working, I hear the air, but it sounds like a hose just got disconnected maybe...The rear rotors have grooves but newer pads (all new in front). It's prob due for tune-up , but it runs very well (very very slight rough idle), transmission shifts perfectly, brakes good (despite rotors, will replace when necessary).
The vehicle drives straight and true, the suspension/steering feel tight (as these get) but I can't get past the tires. The biggest issue is that all four tires have cupping, and you can hear/feel it. I checked on the lift, and it's obvious by feel, they are shot. I know these guys are def. not going to buy $388 Perelli tires, and honestly, I don't want them. I don't like them (even without the cupping).
I also have challenging credit so I don't have many choices and have been searching for months, this has been the best condition and had everything on my wish list, so I may have to buy the tires (I get cheap through my job), but the dealer will do all the labor, including alignment and he said he was going to see what the Lincoln dealership will pitch in... Good idea on the fluid change, I'll see if I can get
him to throw some of them in. I know it just had syth oil change and some filters etc... And I have to ask about the programming. - I HOPE TO CALL HER MINE TOMORROW. -Thanks All
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slight rough idle might be the side effect of a direct injection and the build up of carbon.
Cupping might mean the suspension is aged.
I suggest pickup used rims (smaller than 20) and that will help you find cheaper tires.
I'm not giving up the 20s, I love it the way it sits...but, are there any good $200 tires for these, lol? And yeah, my feeling about this vehicle is that the first "owner" (lease) didn't take care of anything except maybe the appearance, no tire rotations, rode on brake rivets, (hopefully they at least changed the oil)... Then "a hero came along" and took care of her. I've been looking for a car for months, everything I've been looking at has had worse problems, or not as nice. I can't find a better MKC (especially a black Reserve) in Ohio with less rust or that isn't $2k-$5k more on average. Even if I spend $2k on tires, I'm ahead of the game...my co-worker just spent more than my down payment on rims for his 2021 Supra, I gotta keep up, lol jk.
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Major bummer. The universe does not want me to have nice things. I'll try to make the long story short. My credit sucks from when I was young, never bothered to fix it... I get approved, with hefty terms that turned out to be more than was originally wrote for, but fine, I make decent money and I'll cancel Netflix...I then would have to buy tires @ $1250 (they would do labor/align) ...fine, still cheaper than other MKCs in my area, and this has EVERYTHING on my checklist, but tires wouldn't get installed until AFTER I signed, not so fine... I crunch the numbers; I'd end up paying $35k if I took the whole term to pay it off, and no warranty...not fine at all...They only would give the next synth oil change, which I think they do with every sale, and the tire labor...but after all that, in a moment of weakness (because this ride is pretty sweet) I head to the bank in her, to grab the down payment. I get to the teller, pull out my wallet, and my i.d. is gone. I lost it, searched everywhere, can't possibly understand where it went, it hasn't been out of my wallet for 2 years. I took it as a sign...Soooo, I get to the dealership, explain all that, and gave the car back. They were willing to hold the car until I got new id, but I just had to let her go. Was a very sad, but freeing moment. New plan, save for another year, pay cash.
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Sorry to hear that. Hope to see you back at some point.
I def. am a Lincoln man for life. Already have an "MKC jar". My goal is owning one in less than a year... P.S. The salesman, Jim, at Bob-Boyd Ford in Columbus, Ohio is a straight-up guy, he's a used car salesman, but one of the less terrible ones. He had Bob-Boyd Lincoln deliver the car to my shop (27mi), let me drive it for 4.5 days, then got me a ride back to my shop, even when I didn't buy the car. And didn't pressure me. Highly recommend. (If you HAVE to buy from a used car dealership).
 
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