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Pls forgive my ignorance, why is to so important for countless forum members to have a digital speedometer?

Why is it so important to see digitally if you are going at 56 or 57 mph? What's the problem with seeing it with the needle?

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Pls forgive my ignorance, why is to so important for countless forum members to have a digital speedometer?

Why is it so important to see digitally if you are going at 56 or 57 mph? What's the problem with seeing it with the needle?

Old people can't see.

 

It's a pointless argument. I have a lot of things I want but I bought a car that doesn't have them so I will contact complain about it. Like I would like a 20 gal tank but I know I didn't get a car with it and I'm not going to continue to complain about it.

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Old people can't see.

It's a pointless argument. I have a lot of things I want but I bought a car that doesn't have them so I will contact complain about it. Like I would like a 20 gal tank but I know I didn't get a car with it and I'm not going to continue to complain about it.

I really don't think that all the enthusiast out there clamoring for it are that far sighted.

I am in my upper 50's with reading glasses 2.75 and can perfectly see the difference between a mile at any given needle speed.

On the other hand, without my glasses I have a hard time reading the odometer.

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Once you have a digital speedometer -- which I have had in all my past vehicles -- you don't want to go back to a dial.

 

A digital speedometer is easier to read.  It's a quick glance.  

 

Most of all, it's modern.  It's something that shouldn't be missing from a luxury brand like Lincoln.

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I doubt many mkx owners care. I know I don't. It's natural for an enthusiast forum to include discussions about missing features our options we'd like to have down the road.

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I prefer the digital speedo, but not having it wasn't that big of a deal to me. Then again I'm in my mid 30's so maybe my age has something to do with it.

 

My reason of preference for digital speedo is to quickly guage how much faster I'm driving over the limit. Fortunately I own an escort passport max which also shows current speed. So, I'm ok without the digital speedo even though I like the option.

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I complained about this last year when I became an early adopter of the vehicle.  It was said in the owners manual to have the feature then Lincoln would later say that it was a typo and not a feature intended for the vehicle.  Like many have said before, once you've had this feature its hard not to want in on a modern day vehicle...

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I've had digital speedometers in past vehicles. Couldn't care less if I never have it again.

 

When I saw the digital speedo in the loaner MKZ I had, found it useless and turned it off.

 

That's not to detract from other drivers wanting the feature. But, I suspect few will care.

Edited by walkabout

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In dozens of vehicles over past decades, I don't recall ever having a digital speedo. By driving with the flow of traffic, commonly maintaining my speed within acceptable tolerances, occasionally exceeding the posted speed limits with a wary eye on my surroundings, and occasionally glancing at the speedo to keep myself informed, I am satisfied with the MKX's instrumentation as is. The last speeding ticket I received was a 'gotcha' in 1976 doing 77 in a 55 rural zone...my last accident was 54 years ago when hit by a runaway driverless pickup truck on a coastal two lane highway.

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In dozens of vehicles over past decades, I don't recall ever having a digital speedo. By driving with the flow of traffic, commonly maintaining my speed within acceptable tolerances, occasionally exceeding the posted speed limits with a wary eye on my surroundings, and occasionally glancing at the speedo to keep myself informed, I am satisfied with the MKX's instrumentation as is. The last speeding ticket I received was a 'gotcha' in 1976 doing 77 in a 55 rural zone...my last accident was 54 years ago when hit by a runaway driverless pickup truck on a coastal two lane highway.

 

Runaway driverless pickup? Sounds like a heck of a story... Do tell, Cosmos! :-))

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OK Timmer, you asked for it. For other members...sorry. I'll make it brief.

 

Two local yokels in old beater pickup stop on coast highway 101 shoulder to take a leak. Truck has dead battery. Yokels turn ignition on, put truck in gear, pull choke handle all the way out (depresses the accelerator pedal), push truck to start, running alongside while holding clutch pedal to floor, yokel pushing truck on driver's side trips, falls down, releases clutch, runaway truck heads down highway at full speed in first gear.

 

I approach from opposite direction and note truck cresting a rise about a 150 yards ahead driving erratically towards me. At this location, highway is narrow two lane pavement with an ocean cliff to my left and a deep ravine to my right. Runaway truck strikes me at driver's side B-pillar putting me in broadside slide down highway centerline with eventual destination of going over the cliff into Pacific ocean. Truck crashes in ravine & explodes. Just seconds before plunging over cliff, I'm T-boned just behind B-pillar on passenger side by a car approaching from the same direction as the pickup.

 

The two yokels eventually appear on the highway crest looking down on all the carnage. Crawling out of my car, I went over to the car that T-boned me to check on a middle-aged driver/father and his grade school aged son. The father was unhurt but crying, the boy's face was bloody as was the dash, and I noticed several of the boy's front teeth missing. The father said they were returning home from the last visit to a local orthodontist following months of visits by his son.

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OK Timmer, you asked for it. For other members...sorry. I'll make it brief.

 

Two local yokels in old beater pickup stop on coast highway 101 shoulder to take a leak. Truck has dead battery. Yokels turn ignition on, put truck in gear, pull choke handle all the way out (depresses the accelerator pedal), push truck to start, running alongside while holding clutch pedal to floor, yokel pushing truck on driver's side trips, falls down, releases clutch, runaway truck heads down highway at full speed in first gear.

 

I approach from opposite direction and note truck cresting a rise about a 150 yards ahead driving erratically towards me. At this location, highway is narrow two lane pavement with an ocean cliff to my left and a deep ravine to my right. Runaway truck strikes me at driver's side B-pillar putting me in broadside slide down highway centerline with eventual destination of going over the cliff into Pacific ocean. Truck crashes in ravine & explodes. Just seconds before plunging over cliff, I'm T-boned just behind B-pillar on passenger side by a car approaching from the same direction as the pickup.

 

The two yokels eventually appear on the highway crest looking down on all the carnage. Crawling out of my car, I went over to the car that T-boned me to check on a middle-aged driver/father and his grade school aged son. The father was unhurt but crying, the boy's face was bloody as was the dash, and I noticed several of the boy's front teeth missing. The father said they were returning home from the last visit to a local orthodontist following months of visits by his son.

 

Wow! Now that's a story... Just glad no one was seriously hurt.

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the boy's face was bloody as was the dash, and I noticed several of the boy's front teeth missing.

 

Was he not wearing a seatbelt or was that from the airbag?

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54 years ago not too many people wore seatbelt and air bag were not available.

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Oops - I completely forgot that was a 1976 story.

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Actually, it was a 1963 story...54 years ago. The car was a 1962 Pontiac LeMans (Tempest) with myself, wife, & 2 children. Of all the glass in the car, only the rear window survived the accident. We drove it home (90+ miles) in a blinding rain storm...car filled with water. The rear wheels (independent suspension) were so misaligned that they were bald when arriving home. Back in those days, insurance companies didn't total wrecks, they 'repaired' them even if not roadworthy. After 'repairs', the doors would swing open on hard cornering due to misaligned unibody structure...sold the car shorty thereafter to a person aware of the damage.

 

To this day, there are still parts of the car, e.g. glass, chrome trim, etc., visible off road at the crash site.

Edited by Cosmos36

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Holy cow.  I was born in February of 63.  I don't remember much about vehicles that year.  :)

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Reminds me of when I first learned to drive a manual transmission.  I had been driving automatic for my entire life.  But, then the war in the former Yugoslavia happened and the UN sent me into the southern part of the country to help lead the relief effort.  I had my friends teach me to drive a manual before I shipped out, because I knew that my UN vehicle would like have a stick (which it did).

 

I'm in a meeting at a local school, when some kids from the street come in yelling at me in Bosnian.  My grip of the language was still unimpressive at the point, so I just sat there dumbly until one of the kids grabbed my arm and pulled me out in the street.  I got out there to watch my driverless vehicle rolling toward a river bank.  I had somehow left it in neutral with the parking brake off!

 

There wasn't much of a hill, so I actually managed to outrun the car, and with the help of a few of the locals stopped it. 

 

They all had a good laugh at the American's expense that day.

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Were you in the Skopje (Macedonia) locale with the UN by any chance?

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No, I was in Mostar, the center of the Croat- Bosniak war.  Macedonia was relatively stable back then.

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I saw a post on facebook about changes to the 2018 Mustang.  There is a photo of it's gauges, and on the right side, is a regular looking speedometer with a huge section in it's center with a digital readout. .interesting.

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While getting my 20k service, I was wandering the lot and sat in a 2018 MKX, and the center of the instrument cluster had 4 options: Entertainment, Navigation, Phone and SPEEDOMETER, which displays a digital readout right in the center space.

Was I hallucinating? Haven't seen this described elsewhere.

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It was advertised but not implemented on the 2016 and maybe the 2017 models.   A lot of 2016 owners were not happy about that.

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The 2017s have it.

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