Connected or Not? - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Connected or Not?

October 04, 2011

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One of these days I'll have so few problems with MyFord Touch that I'll actually get to talk about the way our 2012 Ford Explorer drives. Not today, though. Today, much to some of your chagrin, we'll be talking about iPhones.

Why was I using an iPhone to play music? Because I can. Because it's convenient. Because the battery was dead and because it had the newest music on it. So no "USB stick w/MP3!" comments. A workaround doesn't mean there's not a problem.

The problem then: half the time I try to plug in my iPhone to our Explorer, I get this. The car thinks nothing's connected, the iPhone is too busy being connected to the car to do anything else. Good times.  It doesn't seem to matter if I plug it in with the car off or on or what the phone is doing when it boots up; there's no discernable rhyme or reason to when or why it's going to connect.

I had no problems with an iPod Nano plugged in all of Sunday so either the Forced Update fixed it, or MyFord Touch just likes the Nano better.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, @ 2,085 miles

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