J.D. Power conducted its 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study to determine which 3-year-old vehicles gave owners the least amount of problems. The Ford Mustang and F-150 both earned awards for their performances in the study.
The Mustang won in the midsize sporty car segment, while the F-150 won in the large light-duty pickup segment. The high ranking of each model enabled Ford to place third among all the automakers in the study.
“For us, high quality means more than a great experience in the first few months of ownership; it includes a great experience throughout a customer’s ownership journey, and these results affirm our commitment to building high-quality vehicles,” said Linda Cash, Ford vice president of Quality and New Model Launch Program.
Ford managed to jump six spots in the study, thanks in large part to its SYNC® 3 system. The voice-activated communications and entertainment system features an easy-to-use touch screen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. As such, you can make calls to your loved ones, send messages and listen to your playlists while on the go.
The protective and connective technologies in Ford vehicles are just some of the aspects that make Ford vehicles reliable options. If you’re interested in driving a Ford vehicle around Pittsburgh, PA, learn more about the vehicles available at Shults Ford Harmarville by viewing our inventory online.
With the spring season in full swing in Harmarville, there will be blooming flowers and warmer days, but there will also be an uptick in downpours. Rain can be hazardous while on the road, which is why it’s a good idea to keep in mind these tips for driving safely in the rain.
Inspect your vehicle
Before embarking on your commute, it’s important to make sure all the lights on your vehicle are working so that other drivers can spot your vehicle on the road. You should also check that the tires are properly inflated and have enough tread depth for maintaining traction on slick streets. Windshield wipers are a must when it’s raining, so consider replacing them if they are not functioning well.
Take it slow
Speeding on a wet road could lead to hydroplaning, so you should consider driving at a slower pace. You also want to be sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you since hard braking can be dangerous.
Know how to handle a skid
If your vehicle does start to hydroplane, you should avoid the urge to hit the brakes since doing so could make it more difficult to gain control of the vehicle. Instead, you should gently remove your foot from the gas pedal and keep steering in the direction that you want the vehicle to go in, without jerking the wheel.
We at Shults Ford Harmarville offer several vehicles, including the Ford Escape, Explorer, and EcoSport, which are available with all-wheel drive to help you handle slick roads. Visit our showroom in Pittsburgh to check out these vehicles and receive any needed parts replacements.
Finding the right destination for your next vacation isn’t always easy – especially if you don’t want to drive too far. To make your decision a bit easier next time, we’ve put together a short list of some of the top vacation spots within a short drive from Pittsburgh.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio, which is only a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, giving you prime access to history of the game and its legendary players. Whether you’re a hometown fan or root for another team, you’re sure to enjoy yourself if you happen to love football.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Family fun and adventure is only an hour drive away from Pittsburgh at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to go ziplining on the mile-long Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience or merely want to kayak around the resort’s lake and enjoy the great outdoors, this destination has you covered.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
Architecture buffs will want to take the family out to this destination – Fallingwater, a mountain home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. It’s an escape in the middle of the mountains, built over a waterfall that gives you a sense of being one with nature. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
When you purchase the new 2019 Ford Ranger, Ford wants to make sure you’re getting a pickup truck that’s rough and ready for your next big adventure – no matter where it takes you. That’s why the American truck maker is putting the Ranger through its paces in some of the most grueling testing ever.
2019 Ford Ranger testing has ranged from demanding lab tests to robotic testing – it’s even seen the Ranger being pushed to its limits in the rugged Australian Outback and the heat of the Arizona desert, all in an effort to make sure this all-new truck is Built Ford Tough.
“We torture every component – from its high-strength steel frame to its EcoBoost® engine to its cloth and leather-trimmed seats – to ensure the Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer.
Testing first started in the lab, moving to Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds once the Ranger prototype showed it was ready for the next challenge. At the proving grounds, robotic drivers are used behind the wheels to endure impacts that are so severe, human drivers could be injured.
Once it’s cleared there, its towing capability is tested in the inferno-like heat at the Davis Dam in Arizona and the dusty, harsh off-road terrain of the Australian Outback. After going through this type of endurance testing, you can only assume that the 2019 Ford Ranger will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for your big camping trip to celebrate. If you’re stuck on how to prepare your Ford F-150 for this weekend of fun, then make sure you follow our tips for Memorial Day camping.
Reserve your campsite. Whether you’re heading to a campground or will be hauling your trusty travel trailer to an RV site, make sure you reserve your spot well in advance. Also, print out your reservation information so you have it on hand in a hard copy, just in case.
Get your F-150 ready. Make sure your pickup truck is ready for the trip by putting it through its routine maintenance. Check its fluid levels, lights, tire pressure, and battery to make sure all of it is ready to head out on the open road.
Plan your menu. One of the best parts of camping is cooking over an open fire – or in your travel trailer’s tidy little kitchen. Make sure you think about what you want to eat each day and pack accordingly. Consider supplies like s’mores, hot dogs, burgers, and breakfast burritos.
Pack your supplies. It’s time to use your F-150’s truck bed for what it’s made to do. Get your supplies ready and packed so you can head out on the open road with ease. Make sure everything’s secure in the bed of your truck and weather proof it, if you think the weather might take a turn for the worse.
If you need a vehicle for your big Memorial Day trip, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville and check out our lineup of Ford F-150 models.
When Ford announced the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, the entire industry couldn’t wait to see what this pony car would offer in terms of performance – or how much it would cost. Now, we know what the Mustang Bullitt’s price tag will be when it hits showrooms this summer – and it’s surprisingly reasonable.
To get your hands on this future classic, you will have to shell out $47,495, which includes the $900 destination and delivery charge.
“The new Bullitt will be every bit as cool and charismatic as the original ’68 Mustang,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “Since its introduction earlier this year, Ford dealers have been fielding calls from customers wanting to know when they can order this unique piece of automotive history.”
Along with the Mustang Bullitt’s price tag, Ford has also announced its final performance numbers. It looks like this iconic pony car will be pumping out 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane fuel. This power will allow the Bullitt to hit a top speed of 163 miles per hour. That’s 8 mph faster than the 2018 Mustang GT.
There’s no word yet on how many of these limited-edition Mustangs will hit the showroom, but due to the triple-digit VIN of the first production model that was recently sold at auction, it’s likely that there won’t be many. Don’t miss out on this chance to own a piece of automotive history. Stop by Shults Ford Harmarville for more information about the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt.
It’s that time again—spring cleaning is here. There are a number of things you can do to help increase the resale value of your car, but spring cleaning is one of the best, so a list of tips and tricks to get your car spotless for the warmer weather, helping you to preserve your vehicle’s interior and exterior.
First on our list of spring cleaning tips, clean your car vents. According to Tip Hero, cleaning car vents will help eliminate mold and dust that accumulate in hard to reach places, and it will also prevent the interior from getting a stagnant smell. The best way to clean vents it by dusting with a foam brush while you vacuum at the same time.
Next, shine your hubcaps. After washing and waxing the exterior, you should combine cleaning powder and water to make a paste. Some use baking soda, but there are also special soaps that you can use as well. This will really make your wheels stand out.
You can also wash your floor mats. Naturally, you should vacuum the interior thoroughly. However, you can get an added clean by spraying off mats, washing with a stiff brush, and then tossing them in the washer and dryer.
Eliminate pet hair with a squeegee and a spray bottle with water. Simply wet the cloth on the interior, squeegee to collect fur and dirt, and vacuum to remove. End by spraying with Febreze or another fragrance to eliminate wet pet smell if necessary.
Of course, if that scent in your car that you are craving happens to be that new car smell, Shults Ford Harmarville would be more than happy to help you find that.
Ford is a world leader in the auto industry, but the brand also has a few other roles in other markets. In particular, Ford recently started performing drone research.
If you’ve watched any type of aerial video or seen photography taken from the air in the recent past, it was likely taken by a drone. Drones are also being used in agriculture to help map plots, in infrastructure to help with planning, and now in the automotive world.
Ford drone research is groundbreaking, and there are a few reasons an auto company is investing in this type of research. According to Ford, the brand has tried experimenting with anti-collision lights that several drones create to increase visibility at night. There are currently about 1.9 million drones floating around, and that number is increasing every day.
“To integrate new technology into vehicles, we need to develop a good understanding of how it works, how it can be used and what its limitations are,” said John Luo, Research Manager for Ford Research. “We frequently conduct experiments on individual vehicle components to understand as much as we can about them, so we bring only the best into our vehicles. Now we’re doing that with drones.”
At Shults Ford Harmarville, we’re proud to be associated with an innovative brand like Ford.
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday where we all get to be a little bit Irish, even if we’re not. St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh is a big deal. Not only do we have a parade, but there are other fun events taking place throughout the month of March.
This year’s parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Saturday, March 17th at 10am. The parade route starts at Grant St. and 11th, turns right on Boulevard of the Allies, and ends at Commonwealth Place. If you want to get a good viewing spot along the route, be sure to head out early. Drive your Ford Explorer or Expedition so you can fit the whole crew. With the addition of Ford’s Safe & Smart Package, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and Sync® 3 technology, you’ll have zero stress about getting there safely and finding a parking spot. Pick up a new one at Shults Ford of Harmarville before the 17th to get one in time!
For even more fun, try the St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner held at Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant on March 3rd and 17th. Tickets cost $37.50 and include a dinner buffet, dessert, and the fun of a murder mystery.
If you’re looking for some Irish-themed fun after St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Celtic Dinner Theater from 6-8pm on Sunday, March 18th. Tickets are $49.99 each and include a traditional Irish meal and entertainment from Eric Michael and Julie Powell as well as others.
Be sure to enjoy your Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day!
For 41 years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup truck in America and the best-selling vehicle overall for 36 years. Which makes it no surprise that the military’s favorite vehicle is also the Ford F-150.
According to an analysis of veterans and active-duty military personnel who use the United Services Automobile Association’s (USAA) car buying service, the Ford F-150 is the No. 1 vehicle purchased across all branches of the military last year.
“We are proud and humbled that those who protect and defend our country choose Ford F-Series,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body is designed to serve customers who are used to performing in the harshest of environments and who rely on the capability, durability, and functionality delivered consistently by Built Ford Tough.”
The 2018 Ford F-150, which is available now at Shults Ford of Harmarville, is the most impressive and most capable F-150 ever. This year, it adds a new lineup of engines, including the first-ever diesel option along with updated exterior styling. Furthermore, every engine will come standard with stop-start technology. Buyers can also opt for an improved forward collision mitigation system for even better protection.
For the best-selling vehicle in the nation, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville to check out the Ford F-150 and ask about the Military and First Responder Bonus Cash incentive!