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Ford Mustang Mach-E Owner Adds Physical Liftgate Button

Though modern vehicles have become more difficult to modify thanks to the presence of a wide array of electronics, that hasn’t stopped people from doing precisely that. In fact, we’ve seen quite a few folks mod their Ford Maverick pickups in recent months, adding cruise control to XL models that didn’t come equipped with it from the factory, as well as the digital instrument cluster from the Ford Escape, and a steering wheel from the Fiesta ST. Now, a Ford Mustang Mach-E owner has followed suit by installing a physical liftgate button in their EV crossover, as they documented over in this Reddit thread.

Ford Mustang Mach-E Physcial Liftgate Button Mod - Interior 001

These days, automakers are ditching physical controls for screen-based ones at a rapid pace, which saves quite a bit of money and clutter, but at the same time, a lot of people simply aren’t fans of such a move, citing the fact that it essentially forces one to take their eyes off the road to do something, or at a minimum, adds extra steps and time to that process.

That goes for the owner of this Ford Mustang Mach-E, who admits that they were “irritated with the inability to open or close the liftgate from the driver seat without having to fumble around in the infotainment screen.” Thus, they set out to rectify that problem by swapping out the max defrost button with one for the liftgate, which actually turned out to be pretty easy to do.

Ford Mustang Mach-E Physcial Liftgate Button Mod - Interior 002

The owner simply ordered a headlight switch assembly for an Explorer from Ford – which cost a mere $31 – and then ran a 20 AWG wire from the button to the liftgate module – which is located on the liftgate – via the A-pillar and headliner. Now, this feature works perfectly, as we can see in this video, and it makes the act of opening the liftgate that much easier and quicker.

We’ll have more on the Mach-E soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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    Nice work !
    Glad to see you’re not afraid to play with your car. Very smart. I have modified my vehicles so I can use the fog lights without the headlights in a similar fashion.

  2. Ford Owner

    Adding new features that were not factory installed is common for U.S. brands. I added a remote engine start feature to my Fusion Hybrid for just $80. Now I can remotely start the air conditioner to cool the interior without starting the gas engine since the compressor is electric, not pulley driven.

  3. Dan Copp

    it’s incomprehensible why Ford engineers didn’t include a back hatch release. The cost would have been minimal.

  4. Ray

    A rather uneeded and somewhat dangerous modification. Now there’s no physical button for the defrost. Now if that’s needed quickly, it has to be engaged from the display, provided that the screen is available and it’s displayed.
    The lift gate actually has TWO buttons on it, in addition to the kick sensor. The first is weatherized and on the outside, the second is only available when the lift gate is open, and it’s backlit. Any one of these three will close the lift gate, and two will open it, provided the vehicle is in park and either unlocked, OR the person standing by the lift gate has a fob or phone as a key.
    I agree that it was dumb of Ford to bury the function one layer deep on the display. Yet, I still don’t get this purported need to open the lift gate with your butt planted in the driver’s seat, which you still actually can do without this mod. Yes, someone else without a fob can actually walk up and either push the button or kick to open the lift gate, provided that the vehicle is unlocked, for which there is a physical button by the driver.


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