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2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Fan

August 20, 2012

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The Explorer's fan knob bugs me. Not because it's a knob--I like that. What irritates me is that neither the knob nor the display screen tell you the current fan speed. Or what you're changing it to. If you want to see that then you have to go into the Climate-specific screen.

And that's silly. It's at least one too many steps.

There should either be some delineation on the knob, or anytime you change the fan speed it should show up somewhere. Even just for a few seconds. Could be on the central screen or the instrument panel, whatever.

Why? Because that's the way it should be. And because if I'm already at the lowest fan speed, I'd like to know I'm at the lowest fan speed.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 19,737 miles.

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