This is Michael Fanning, who lives in France but is returning to the U.S.A. in May, at which point I will pick up my 2016 6GT with tech and most other goodies. I really, really liked your review and photos.
I read the review today by Jim Healey of USA Today who had very few gripes about the car. He complained about what he termed "cheap exterior door handles," for example. Do you notice this issue? Also he said the navigation was still dodgy but apparently Mazda sent him a video explaining how to better use it. Any problems from your end?
All in all, these are very minor issues and his overall review echoes a number of other reviewers who love this car. I can't wait to get behind the wheel.
I am not competent to do the Escort wiring tricks you did but I will be all ears for other reviews by you on this car.