Re: Escape Hybrid audio system

snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

The 2005 Escape Hybrid mach 300 6-cd in dash doesn't play MP3s. The Owners Guide doesn't contain the word MP3. I see mention of a single-CD player with MP3 in other Escapes on line,, but that might have been before 2005, and doesn't seem to be available in the Escape Hybrid.
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snipped-for-privacy@xrexxescap.usenet.us.com wrote:

Looking through the Owners' Guides for the 2005 Escape, and the Escape Hybrid, I see that the standard Escape has two single-CD/MP3/Sirius-Ready radios, but those aren't available on the Escape Hybrid. There is an "Aux" which it says is for DVD, but I suppose that could be an aftermarket changer or some MP3 player.
https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_manuals/default.asp
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Thank you very much for the informative posts.
So, it sounds like that if I want to have a smooth sat radio installation, I would need to get the Mach system, and that if I got the Nav unit I could only go PNP. Does that sound right?
Jon
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I think that's correct. There's no "sat" button on the Nav system. But there is an external changer, so there are probably PIE or Blitzsafe units that will make a good audio connection. You would need an XM or Sirius head unit for control, though. It wouldn't be integrated.
I ordered the nav system, but someone ahead of me on the list dropped out, so I got a Mach 300 and no nav. For the money that I inadvertently saved, I could have a new portable GPS and a Sirius unit ;-)
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snipped-for-privacy@XReXXEscap.usenet.us.com wrote:

That sounds like the route I'm going to take, especially given the price difference between the two sound systems.
One semi-unrelated question for you: One of the pieces of eye-candy in the nav system is the real-time fuel efficiency graphic/diagram. I just got my hands on the Escape's manual and noticed that the fuel efficiency can be displayed in the cluster's message center by the odometer via an Info button. Is that true?
Jon
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There is an instantaneous efficiency bar graph with no numbers, just L and H. There is also a resettable average number display that appears in the instrument panel. Not as flashy as the video, but you can still use it.
I think the video display that they seem the proudest of is a strange representation of whether power is going to or from the battery and engine... The mileage graphs are actually quite nice. I drove one with the Nav unit. My wife got 68mpg on her portion of the ride, I only got 38. I think I was going up hill, and neither of us got the hang of the electric takeoff.
Lacking the Nav display, the little meter of charge/assist seems awkward. Full throttle shows "assist", as expected, but only for a few seconds, and then swings toward charge, as if the electric motor is dragging down the power of the gas engine... something wrong there. My Honda Civic has a graph that shows charge/assist exactly what I expect it to show.
I wonder sometimes if the electric motor _must_ turn at the same RPM as the gas engine, or if it ever does turn at the same RPM. There's only one tach, which drops below zero when you are running electric only, but there's no indication of what speed the electric motor is turning.
I mention that because the electric motor has a pretty low cutoff for maximum power, but if it were geared separately from the gas engine, it could be more flexible in the assist that it offered. My Honda is tied right to the same crankshaft, so it has to spin the same speed.
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