Gen 4 buyers guide?

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KyngofPop

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Is there anything such as this anywhere around? I’m not new to the S.H.O. whereas I’ve been active on the forums since the late 90’s and have owned 9 various gen 1 and 2’s, but just becoming curious about the Gen 4 as of recent.

What years are the best to buy and thing to lookout for.

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Freddy B aka Kyngofpop


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Personally for me 2016+ is my favorite years, has most current updates on PTU and transmission and water pump. And I believe those are the years Ford Sync is the latest version. I own a SEL, Interceptor, and a SHO. Not many changes but they have also been very good reliable cars. The 2010-2012 have the most bugs. High mileage is biggest concern, 100,000 miles plus, the water pump is the biggest concern, control arms and bearings are near end of life.
 

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I'm a new 2019 SHO PP owner. As far as I know, Ford upgraded the recalled end-links for the 2019 SHO, so end-link replacement isn't necessary on 2019s. Haven't checked known TSBs for 2019 yet. The 2019 also received some other minor improvements. Others more knowledgable here can chime in.

A low-mileage 2019 SHO with the performance pack option and enhanced driver-assist option pack (e.g., adaptive cruise-control, steering-assist, etc.) is ideally what you want. Other options include a sunroof and a 12-speaker Sony sound system. The performance pack adds suspension improvements and a shorter rear-end for quicker take-offs.
 
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Wow! Really? That takes some of the sting out of discovering I don't have it. As a road-trip car, I was really looking forward to the adaptive-CC and the steering-assist (at least I have blind-spot warning). Is this something the dealer can add or Forscanning can accomplish? Adaptive-CC is a dream when commuting in bumper-to-bumper traffic (I have it in my BMW), so at least this isn't a commuter car. Odd, since features in the premium models are typically a super-set of the "limited" and SEL models.
 

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The ACC Radar is physically mounted in the way of the PP Aux Trans Cooler.

Thus why the 2 were never offered on the same vehicle from mother Ford.

The ACC Radar is behind the solid semi triangular panel of the lower front grille.

I have a faint memory of at least one owner having tried relocating the ACC Radar to a different location, but that person never posted up if they were successful in said endeavors.

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I have a driver's assist package. I added the PP Trans cooler. I had to cut a small piece off of the driver side mount but that was it. It would be much easier to take a driver assist car and add PP then the other way around. I have added the trans cooler and the more responsive steering from the PP. I would eventually like to add the other coolers.
 

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Thanks for that write-up, Ta2Resqr! I know you did it the other way around, but does anyone know if installing the radar-unit on a PP if the adaptive-CC just comes to life and work? Or is some Forscanning required to "activate" it? Also, is the active steering-assist also potentially adaptable to PPs?
 

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Does the PP wheel even have the adaptive CC switch? I'm sure anything is "possible" but it seems like a lot of money and time.
 

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NO! Is there a specific adaptive-switch? Also, my steering-assist button in the console is just a blank—so no button there either. Yeah, probably not worth it. Just curious, I guess.
 

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Thanks for that write-up, Ta2Resqr! I know you did it the other way around, but does anyone know if installing the radar-unit on a PP if the adaptive-CC just comes to life and work? Or is some Forscanning required to "activate" it? Also, is the active steering-assist also potentially adaptable to PPs?
The problem is it is not just the radar unit. The radar unit is a completely separate cruise control module from the non-adaptive model. Then, you need to have the steering wheel from a driver assist model because all of the controls are there. Then there is programming. The module needs to communicate with the IPC, PCM, RCM, ABS, SCCM, and BCM. The Radar/module is ~$1400 MSRP.

By steering assist, I assume you are talking the lane keeping support. Much like Adaptive Cruise Control, this is a huge programming deal. This involves the switch, IPM-A, PCM, PSCM, HUD, BCM, IPC, RCM, and SCCM. Not to mention the fact that the switch goes in an already occupied location in the center console.

With the advent of CAN networks, things are no longer ass simple as adding a couple parts. It is much easier to take a hardware based system and add it then it is a computer based system. I do not even know if the wiring needed is on the vehicles already. Things like the different gear ratio and steering ratio can be easily changed in ForScan, adding coolers, changing brake pads/rotors, springs, stabilizer bars, tires, steering wheel, and gears are relatively easy. I think the hardest option to add from the PP would be "Track Mode/true off" for the AdvanceTrac and I think someone already figured out the wiring was there and the ForScan code, it was just a matter of where to put the switch.
 

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Hello. When I decided to buy an SHO PP, I specifically looked for the 2013. I read that Ford made a number of revisions after the feedback from drivers regarding the earlier years. Since I race the car on the track, and do not use the car as a daily driver, going back a few years saved a few dollars on the original purchase (more to spend on big turbo and such!). But, as folks have mentioned, the later years have more features and updates.
 
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