MyFord Touch Opinions

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by JBD319, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. JBD319

    JBD319 New Member

    Hello all,

    I'm looking at a couple of sporty compact car options right now, mostly a Dodge Dart GT. It's not as sporty as an ST, but one of the things I love is Chrysler's Uconnect system and touch screen. It's awesome, and the integrated garmin navigation is awesome too.

    Can anyone give me a rundown of their experience with the MyFord Touch with Nav? Ups and Downs?

    Thanks for any help!
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  3. onederer

    onederer Member

    I like it. I have had it now for 7 months with no issues. Do I wish that it operated more like my smartphone. Hell yes. (swiping to change screens, customize the way that the on screen items are configured, easier access to settings menus)
    No being able to do much App wise in this day and age is just goofy. It could also be a tad bit more responsive.

    But, the voice functions (once past the learning stage), nav, Bluetooth connectivity and ipod functions with my 2nd gen ipod have been really good.
    Thumbs up from me.
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  4. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    It's good, sometimes pretty good, and occasionally very frustrating. It's designed to use a lot of voice commands, which work well unless the windows are down or other people in the car want to carry on a conversation. A little bit of customization would go a long way.
  5. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    I absolutely love the Fiesta ST, but frankly, the MyFord Touch system sucks. In my opinion, a touch screen in an automobile is an extremely bad idea and the verbal commands don't make up for it. Using a touch screen while underway is literally the same as texting-while-driving. Focusing on the screen is a good way to run off the road, or something else just as bad. The system sounds pretty good, it's just a PIA to use.

    Having said all that, I'd still buy the ST all over again. The joy of driving it, even just commuting, is unparalleled. Ain't no Dodge Dart GT going to come close. If you haven't done it yet, take an ST for a drive. You'll be converted.
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  6. Gpfarrell

    Gpfarrell Member

    Apple makes great little touch screen things. Ford makes great little sports cars. I wanted a sports car, so I bought the Ford. It does come with some little TV thing on the dash, but I'd rather play with the 6-speed and amazing handling.
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  7. Neely2005

    Neely2005 Member

    Chrysler's Uconnect is probably the best system on the market. Ford's My Touch is probably the worst. Having said that Ford will probably be switching to BlackBerry (QNX) which is the best on the market and is used to power Chrysler's Uconnect. Also there are rumors that once Ford makes the switch it will be backwards compatible with a software update.
  8. johnnyquest

    johnnyquest Member

    I got my FiST in November and promptly put nearly 20k miles on it before March. IMO, the MyFord touch with Nav is pretty darn good. I think one of the problems with people's perceptions of touch screen systems is that they expect them to be as responsive and easy to use as an iPhone. Once you accept the fact that the touch screen takes deliberate presses in order to execute commands, then you're halfway there. I've used the Sync voice commands with the sunroof open at 50 mph, again it's not perfect but it's pretty good at what it does. When you use it, don't look at the mic and don't shout. Speak in a clear tone of voice and normal volume and it will work most every time. It does take some investment on your part to learn the voice commands. One nice touch, when the system asks what you want it to do, it gives you a list of possible answers on the screen. Lastly, I'm really impressed with the Nav system. The screen is easy to read with good graphics, you can operate it with your voice like everything else, and when the Nav gives you directions to follow it mutes the stereo slightly so you can hear the instructions through the stereo speakers.

    I had a non-touch screen in my Volvo S60 that used a thumb-wheel interface on the steering wheel, and I've used stand-alone Garmin GPS receivers in my other cars before. To me, the MyFord Touch system with Nav is the best of both worlds.

  9. wash

    wash Active Member

    I haven't really read the manual but the navigation is frustrating.

    For example, yesterday I did a POI search (in a city) for Fry's Electronics in Palo Alto CA and the first result on the list was Fry's in Campbell. I was just leaving that Fry's because they didn't have the item I wanted but the PA store did.

    The Fry's in PA was on the list but I asked for something specific and it got the order of the list totally wrong.

    Also canceling navigation is often a pain in the butt. In my opinion cancel navigation and resume navigation should be commands you can say at any point without being asked if I am sure and it should be immediate.

    Any way, its not perfect but it can be better than nothing.

    It would be fine if I could sit down and enter my destination before I leave but if you need directions while in route which is 95% of my use, it kind of sucks.

    With that said, I think a Dart weighs about as much as a Focus and doesn't have the power of the ST so you are trading away most of the performance for an infotainment system.

    If you are tech savvy and like performance you could buy an ST and an Android tablet or iPad and get a better UI with more features and upgradable.

    As I've said before, the manufacturers should just have a simple system with a Bluetooth or WiFi interface and then build apps for the customer's tablet or phone. The geeks will iron things out and we won't be stuck with obsolete hardware in a brand new car...
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  10. Ronbo

    Ronbo Member

    I expected to hate MFT based on what I've read, but I found that I can do pretty much everything I want via voice commands. It's working well for me.
  11. JBD319

    JBD319 New Member

    Thanks for all of the opinions guys!! Giving me the good negatives while being constructive and the positives. I am a car enthusiast and that's why i'm giving the FiST a look. The FoST is a bit above my price range optioned the way I want, and I honestly don't mind the small size of the FiST. I think the styling on the Dart GT is awesome, but I find myself worried that without a ton of aftermarket help, which there isn't much for it yet, i'll be bummed with the performance. I have a friend at our local Ford dealer that is going to set me up with a test drive, and i'm looking forward to it. As much as technology shouldn't be the main focus in a car, if it has it, I want it to work well or it's just annoying. Thanks again for the opinions!
  12. ST-in-Mich

    ST-in-Mich Member

    If you are really interested in a Dart i would recommend looking at one with the turbo'd engine. I have a buddy who owns one and has done very little work to it (Heavier waste gate spring and a tune) and its a bit quicker then my FiST.
  13. JBD319

    JBD319 New Member

    The bummer there is for 2014 they only put the 1.4t in the Aero model which is fairly stripped down. You can't get it in the higher models anymore like you could last year, and i'm looking for new not used.
  14. JBD319

    JBD319 New Member

    And I did test drive one, to get a feel for the manual transmission in the Dart. I wasn't really a fan of the power delivery, obviously that would be better with tuning, but again I don't like being forced to buy a lower model to get that engine.
  15. FordIVTteam

    FordIVTteam Official Ford Representative

    Hey JBD319,

    If you've never used a MyFord Touch system before, this app will give you an understanding of how it works. It's worth taking a look at: I also recommend bringing your phone on a test drive and hooking it up to see exactly how your device will work with MyFord Touch. :)

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  16. Ronbo

    Ronbo Member

    I had a 2014 Chrysler 300 rental car for about a week and became somewhat familial with the Uconnect system. Other than it's larger screen size I thought it was about on par with MFT. It did the same things a little bit differently, but the two systems are more similar than different.
  17. JBD319

    JBD319 New Member

    I downloaded the app, pretty awesome!! Really nice tool thanks for letting me know. I'll be honest, I think I still prefer the Uconnect but I like the MFT as well. Uconnect works so much more like a tablet it's awesome. I don't see peoples complaints about MFT though, I guess the caveat is that i'm using it on my ultra sensitive smart phone so I guess a test drive will be more informative.
  18. Neely2005

    Neely2005 Member

    Where can I find the BlackBerry 10 App?
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014
  19. FordIVTteam

    FordIVTteam Official Ford Representative

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