2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 Long-Term Update 6

Phone Home!!!

Allyson Harwood
Sep 5, 2013
I've noticed something weird that never used to be an issue. On several occasions. I found myself yelling at the F-150. It's not what you might think, either. I love the EcoBoost's power, and the transmission is great, too, although it's strange that a six-speed automatic is quickly becoming the standard and not cutting-edge in trucks. The ride is comfortable, and the noise levels in the cab are impressive. No, I yell at the truck to try to get it to call the right contact when I'm using Bluetooth.
There are some mornings when I need to make phone calls on the way into work. In California, the only legal way to do that is through a hands-free unit, and Bluetooth is very easy to set up and use in the F-150. Yet sometimes the phone element of Sync is still ornery.
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Here's an example: I say, "Phone" (the usual). No response. I yell, "Phone!" Nothing. Finally, I turn off the fan, lean toward the speaker, and yell, "PHONE!!!" It responds. I say, "Call Mario cell" (also the usual). It says that contact doesn't exist. I know it does. I try different combinations. No luck. Finally, exasperated, I find the contact through the center screen and dial that way.
This is by no means a big deal. It doesn't affect how the truck works, or the ability to tow and haul. However, for people who use their truck as a mobile office, this could be a problem.
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Specifications
Months/miles in service 13/30,207 mi
EPA city/hwy/comb fuel econ 15/21/17 mpg
TT obs fuel econ 14.6 mpg
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $161.47 (3-oil change, rotate tires, inspection; 1-cabin-air filter; 1-engine-air filter)
Normal-wear cost $0
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MSRP: $26,030
Mileage: 18 / 25
Engine: 3.5L V6
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