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post #11 of 13 Old 04-08-2018, 04:02 PM
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There is a FordPass OBDII dongle for the older trucks and cars to give one the same or similar functions as FordPass with Sync 3. There is a monthly/yearly fee for the dongle.

But for the Sync 3 equiped vehicles, it is suppose to remote start, maybe windows and some other items via your smartphone without a fee. I think the earlier Sync 3 didn't have this function.

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I looked up the tech features for a new/2018 Explorer, and what I read leads me to believe the Sync Connect is a separate module from the Sync 3 radio/APIM. It is an integrated feature vs a dongle, but I don’t think it resides in the APIM.

The description states it’s a complimentary service for the first 5 years, and then becomes a pay service.

I don’t think you should be concerned about not getting it as update if you upgrade from Sync 2 to Sync 3, as a Sync 2 vehicle won’t have the Sync Connect hardware installed. I have Sync 3 with one of the latest OS version 3.0 and still can’t use Connect because i don’t have the hardware for it in my 2015 truck. If you are doing the upgrade and would like the Sync Connect features, you would need to buy and set up the dongle, which could be done with a Sync 2 or 3 radio/APIM.
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I don't need the dongle even if i upgrade. I had the phone app for remote start and found it not worth the cost. I will stick with the bi-directional remote start which i consider better than the standard remote start you can get when i ordered the truck.

The dongle, per the press release a few weeks ago, is for the 2011-2016 trucks and similar Sync 2 vehicles and possibly older vehicles also.
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