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  • OK, we have narrowed it down to the Edge and Honda Pilot,

    My wife likes the drive and options with the Edge but the space of the Pilot (we are coming from the Odyssey)

    Do the back row of seats move forward and backward or do they stay in place (I know the back rests tilt)?

    Can we take the headrests off the back row of seats? My wife finds it hard to see out of the back with them.

    Do you think two full size suit cases fit in the back of the edge?

    Thanks in advance,
    Steven
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    I don't think the 2nd row seats move. Yes you can remove the headrests.

    I don't understand the last question. You can put way more than 2 full sized suitcases in the back of the Edge.

    Have you considered the Explorer? It's got the bells and whistles of the Edge but has a 3rd row and more room.
  • Have you actually taken the head rests off the second row? As I said, I had two dealers try to remove them but they were only able to slide them up and down
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    On second thought - I think I remembered a post that you need to release the headrests from inside the seat.

    See if there is a small hole in the plastic piece where the post enters the seat that will accept a metal paper clip. If so you need to press something in that hole to release it. If not then it might be necessary to remove the back off the seat to access the post from the inside. Either way it is possible.
  • I do not own the car unfortunately so I can't check that.
  • coasterguycoasterguy Posts: 25
    Anyone have the power lift gate open while driving? Either mine was not closed or it opened by itself. I tried to make it happen again and it would not. The key fab does not let you open it when in drive and I also tried starting the car while it was closing and it just resumed once the car started. Not sure what happened but it did. I appreciate any feedback. I also posted in a Edge forum to see what I can find out if anything. Probably something I did I suppose.
    Thanks
  • lateralglateralg Posts: 929
    I was able to remove mine.

    There are two releases. the second is 180 degrees from the release used to raise & lower the headrest, isn't as obvious, and requires more force.

    The two have to be depressed simultaneously while also raising the headrest. You have two choices: 1- use a tool like channel locks to depress the two releases with one hand. This risks damaging the plastic release. 2- Get help.
  • moccarimoccari Posts: 1
    Thanks for the information. My wife and I have looked at lots of different two-row and three-row crossovers, and are leaning toward the Edge. We really like the spacious second row and cargo area, all the tech and safety features.

    A couple questions for folks here?

    Anyone have experience with putting car seats in the Edge?

    Also, we've read some conflicting things about MFT. Is it that difficult to use on a daily basis, or does it just have a learning curve like any piece of new technology?

    Thanks everyone.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    It appears to be just a learning curve. I don't remember any ergonomic complaints - they're mostly not knowing where to find an option. You also have options with the steering wheel buttons and displays on either side of the speedo and voice commands. Some people find the current software slow but Ford is working on a totally new software re-write that should be out later this year or early next year that should fix the performance issues.

    But you will need to read through the manual and play with it a lot more than past vehicles.
  • lateralglateralg Posts: 929
    I hope Allen is correct about the rewrite.

    The present interface, particularly on the nav. system, is OK for a desktop computer, but misses the mark by a wide margin as a vehicle interface.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    I have that on good authority from a certain individual that we both know. He said the coding was outsourced to BSQUARE initially - a small company made up of former Microsoft employees - and they botched it totally but Ford didn't have time to fix it. So they chose to release it as is and do their best to fix it in the meantime. Meanwhile they brought development back in house and enlisted the real Microsoft to help them rewrite it, presumably without Flash which is apparently responsible for a lot of the performance problems.

    The good news is it will be backwards compatible with the existing hardware.
    The bad news is it will be at least several months.
  • Can anybody confirm if all the new edges are being held at the factory from shipping for quality control issues??

    I ordered my edge at end of April, I was first told it will arrive by end of May or early June. Couple of weeks earlier, dealer called me and said all the vehicles are being held at the factory for quality control and no word of how long it's going to take, or ETA.

    I just want to know if there's anybody out there in the same situation, or being told the same thing. I'm curious to know what's the reason for the hold up. Any major issues going on with the new edge? or anything happening at the oakville plant in Canada that's causing the delay??
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    Just noticed a similar complaint from a wannabe Explorer owner:

    gribes13, "Shipping Delays for the Ford Explorer?" #1, 17 Jun 2011 6:46 am
  • This happened to me today as well as I just started to drive. It was frustrating because it happened in a garage and broke my rear window as it lifted. I went into the message center and disabled the Rear Lift Gate option and it still opens when I press the button on the IP inside the car.

    Taking it to dealer to see if there is a bug in the Smart Junction Box software or something else.

    Frustrating...
  • gman6555gman6555 Posts: 3
    I just had this happen to me on a my new 2011 Edge Limited AWD, Just got the car 2 weeks ago and was driving down the road about 1 week ago when I noticed that the rear gate was up. I had just left work from a parking garage so I did not leave the gate up inadvertently. Well yesterday I was leaving work when all of the sudden I thought I got his from the side, well to my surprise the liftgate was up and hit the overhead concrete support causing over $1500.00 in damage. I need to get this repaired and would like to know what you found out regarding your incidence. Any more people with this problem? Thanks
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    There have been a few reports. Was the liftgate open at some point before you started the car to leave? Or was it closed the entire time?
  • gman6555gman6555 Posts: 3
    Liftgate was closed, never opened the liftgate for any reason either time.
  • gman6555gman6555 Posts: 3
    Just heard from the auto repair shop that the whole rear door needs to be replaced. Cost has increased to around $3500.00 at this time, may be more. If you know where I can find these "reports" it may be helpful in helping me recoup the cost of this repair. Thanks
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Google "Ford Edge Power Liftgate". It's only a few random occurrences and nobody has been able to pinpoint the cause so I don't think it will help your case.
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