I DIYed the upgrade, and I am glad I did not pay Ford's ridiculous prices. The functionality sucks. My Ford Mobile was a much better app, and it was far more reliable than FordPass.
Yeah, you are supposed to get the modem for free, and only pay for installation. Yet the dealer is going to screw you over for that installation. You cannot personally get the modem for free. But you can pay $360 (the cheapest I saw), for the privilege of installing a dealer-provided modem yourself.
Find a used 2017 Ford Escape (if I remember correctly) modem from a junkyard or ebay, get a cheapie antenna from amazon, a vlinker interface from amazon, download Forscan, and do it all yourself.
I called that dealership today and they were completely unhelpful, not at all interested in even exploring the possibility that they had an obsolete part languishing on their shelves even while a willing buyer was talking to them on the phone. All they could say was that without a part number there was nothing they could do. [No, I didn't believe them either.]Ouirsman Ford in Alexandria VA might still have one in stock. Not sure if they ever sent it back.
Heima said to look for a modem from a 2017 Ford Escape not an FFE.I'm in the same boat as Dominic and have yet to have seen any posts pointing to an available modem upgrade.
Your post, Heiman, is more interesting than useful to someone like me who does nit have the knowledge, skills, or tools to pull off a DIY upgrade. But I suspect you know that saying "find a used [and scrapped] 2017 FFE" is *much* easier said than done!!
Congratulations on making something work!!
Maybe you would consider repeating the feat for others, for some amount less than any Ford dealer would charge?!?
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