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I just bought my Lincoln MKC Reserve with 2.3 cf, red for around $27,500 including 6 months extension paid on my three-year lease. I figured it was a good deal. What do you think?

Also, does the mapping system need an update that I have to buy now that it's over three years old?

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Opinions will vary on whether you got a good deal. Grinders will say you paid too much - my feeling is if the vehicle has been good to you (must have been to buy it out) then you made a good choice.

On the maps - I have never updated the maps on my 15. I did update the sync 2 to sync 3 and now use Google Maps exclusively for the navigation needs. If you actually use the sync 3 nav then it may be worth it to you to update the database. My feeling is the updates are not a good value since they cost too much (my opinion) and are essentially outdated - even the most recent updates are at minimum a year behind. Google Maps is free to use and is the most current data you can get. Even portable nav units - most of them provide lifetime updates are better options.
 

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Opinions will vary on whether you got a good deal. Grinders will say you paid too much - my feeling is if the vehicle has been good to you (must have been to buy it out) then you made a good choice.

On the maps - I have never updated the maps on my 15. I did update the sync 2 to sync 3 and now use Google Maps exclusively for the navigation needs. If you actually use the sync 3 nav then it may be worth it to you to update the database. My feeling is the updates are not a good value since they cost too much (my opinion) and are essentially outdated - even the most recent updates are at minimum a year behind. Google Maps is free to use and is the most current data you can get. Even portable nav units - most of them provide lifetime updates are better options.
Exactly my thought... thanks for this
 

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Opinions will vary on whether you got a good deal. Grinders will say you paid too much - my feeling is if the vehicle has been good to you (must have been to buy it out) then you made a good choice.

On the maps - I have never updated the maps on my 15. I did update the sync 2 to sync 3 and now use Google Maps exclusively for the navigation needs. If you actually use the sync 3 nav then it may be worth it to you to update the database. My feeling is the updates are not a good value since they cost too much (my opinion) and are essentially outdated - even the most recent updates are at minimum a year behind. Google Maps is free to use and is the most current data you can get. Even portable nav units - most of them provide lifetime updates are better options.
Thanks for your post. Sorry I got back so late.

The actual price was about $25,100 including $500 payment to the dealer for the buyout. The rest of the $27,900 was NJ sales tax, papers, plates, etc. Of course I paid 6 months more over the 36 original lease. I think the original biuyout was around $28,000. Again this was for the 2.3 cf Reserve.

Regarding Google maps, I use Google mainly off of my cellphone. Is there a cost to update to Sync 3 if I don't include the new maps? Does Sync 3 work better than Sync 2 with iPhones and Android phones (we use both - my wife the iPhone and me the Samsung Android.) ? Any other advantages to Sync 3?
 

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Is there a cost to update to Sync 3 if I don't include the new maps? Does Sync 3 work better than Sync 2 with iPhones and Android phones (we use both - my wife the iPhone and me the Samsung Android.) ? Any other advantages to Sync 3?
Sync 3 uses totally different hardware, it actually involves physically replacing the computer behind the screen, USB hub, GPS antenna, and assorted wiring. Sync 3 is based on android where sync2 is based on Microsoft. I prefer sync3 much more than sync2 because of the user interface as well as the Apple CarPlay
 

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I completely agree with copbait. Sync 3 is a far better setup and carplay/android auto make it all worth while. I use android auto exclusively now and the sync 3 map system is only there as an emergency backup. It does involve some cost for the hardware and install, but I am glad I did it. I actually have functional nav and entertainment features that are updated in a timely manner and are MUCH more user friendly than the clunky ford system.
 
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