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Old 04-15-2018, 06:17 AM
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New '18 Expy Max Platinum

Just picked up the above truck for my wife. Replacing a 2015 Expy. Light silver. Max Trailer Tow and Entertainment. I had the opportunity to drive it from Dallas to Denver on a very windy day. Really enjoyed the seat and overall driving comfort. I wish Ford would have put the massaging seats on the Platinum. Overall fit and finish I think is good to very good. The ride quality is great. The vehicle was very stable in strong crosswinds. I got the Max Trailer Tow package for the 3.73 rear end and the truck feels very, very strong. It pulled hard in every situation. The motor is very strong and the tranny acted well, better than my 2018 Raptor. The ride quality is more BMW X5 that the old Expy. Not a lot of body roll, tracks straight and true and handles the twisties well.

There is a lot of flat real estate on the exterior of this truck and it really highlights bad seam fit and finish, I think the rear doors need some adjustment. Some interior parts feel cheap. The most disturbing thing I experienced was with flutter in the hood. It was a very windy day (made worse when passing semi trucks) and I pulled over to make sure the hood was properly secured. The hood was fluttering so bad I was worried it was going to fling open even thought it was latched properly. I suspect it is because it was made light to save weight - the hood flexes badly. Well, I think it is a huge fail on Ford's part and I hope they fix it. The hood needs to be reinforced.
 
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:04 AM
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Congrats?

Sounds like the hood was not adjusted properly.
 
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:57 PM
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Congrats?

Sounds like the hood was not adjusted properly.
Maybe, look to me like the the entire hood was flexing horribly.
 
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:25 PM
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Were you able to have your dealer look at that. Mines doesnt do that, sounds like a latch is loose.
 
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by MisterScotty View Post
The ride quality is great. The vehicle was very stable in strong crosswinds. The ride quality is more BMW X5 that the old Expy. Not a lot of body roll, tracks straight and true and handles the twisties well.
As the suspension on the 2018 is nearly identical to the 2017 and before (rear suspension is virtually unchanged since 2006), any change in ride quality is likely the result of improved sound insulation and/or changes in the seats.

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Some interior parts feel cheap.
You join a long list of people with the same observation.
 
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:11 PM
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Just out of curiousity did you run the stops ful up? There is or at least should be rubber bushing stops on the front corner of the hood that you can adjust up or won basically provide a snubber at the front corners to reduce flex. I agree that it should be reinforced but check the stops in the mean time. Maybe as simple as 1/4 or 1/2 turn in either direction.
 
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:31 AM
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You probably figured this out, but platinum expys do have the massage feature in the chairs.
 
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:18 AM
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Damm...I wish you hadn't have told me that....Now I want a Platinum......J/K I had a rental Yukon a couple of years ago with the massaging seat. It wasn't a comfort but a gentle vibration for panic braking or if the sensors thought you were following too closely in addition to the audible alerts. Even went so far as every three-four hours whatever it was it would send a audible chime with a coffee mug.....Reminder to stop and take a break.
 
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