Sources: Consumer Reports, Free Press, Detroit News, Detroit News
quote: Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.Dave Bowman: Turn on the stereo, HAL.HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.Dave Bowman: What's the problem?HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.HAL: I know that you and your wife were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.Dave Bowman: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the house against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll pull the fuse and disconnect you.HAL: While you're driving, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult.Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Turn it on!!HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.
quote: Well, there have been numerous reports of MyFord Touch failing while driving, meaning that you lose access to secondary controls that are controlled through the touch screen (radio, climate control, GPS, etc). Sometimes, it requires you to park the vehicle, turn it off, and restart.
quote: I find that all car review outlets hate infotainment tech of ANY type. Car and Driver b!tched for years about BMW's iDrive. When I had the opportunity to use it in a friends 335i, the first thing out of his mouth was that if you can use a mouse, you can use iDrive. And he was correct, iDrive is so easy to use you'd HAVE to be an idiot to not be able to use it. I honestly think these rags are reviewed/written by old men that either just generally don't like or can't figure out tech and place that bias on every car with advanced features.
quote: You make it seem as though CR is some new kid on the block
quote: Car Mags like Motor Trend, Automobile, Road and Track are hardly impartial on these matters.
quote: I don't want a bunch of stodgy old farts that still don't know how to set the clock in their cars or add a radio preset judging modern tech.
quote: I just don't like that CR's has impugned Fords reliability because of their dislike of MyTouch.
quote: this information comes from their surveyed readers.
quote: Look I don't know what I'm conflating, but when a car buyer hears that a brand has poor reliability, it invokes images of being stranded on the side of the road or always having a car in the shop for one problem or another. Am I alone in thinking this?
quote: I always thought the Consumer Reports reliability scale was based on the mechanical reliability of the automobile. If you don't like the menu or navigation screen, how can that impact the cars "reliability" score? It's not like that's causing the car to break down and leave you stranded. Or even incur expenses at a repair shop....I just don't see how they can penalize Ford's reliability score for things that have nothing to do with the reliability of the vehicles.
quote: A few new or redesigned models, including the Explorer, Fiesta, and Focus, came out of the gate with more problems than normal. Ford has also added the MyFord/MyLincoln Touch electronic infotainment system, which has been problematic so far, to many vehicles. In addition, three historically reliable models--the Ford Escape and Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ--are not included in the analysis. They were redesigned for 2013, and we don't know how the new versions will fare.
quote: Ford racked up $1.63 billion in profit during the quarter, marking a slight decline from $1.65 billion earned the same quarter of 2012.