Employee Highlights: Marri Stokes

We just wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to the wonderful Marri Stokes, our internet director here at Leif Johnson Ford. She has just reached seventeen years of working with us, and we couldn’t be more thankful for her hard work, wonderful attitude and incredible leadership skills. She works remotely, so though we don’t see her often, we don’t know what we would do without her! Like the Charlie of Charlie’s Angels, she is rarely seen but a vital part of our team just the same.


When asked what her favorite thing about working at Leif was, she told us this:

Our company truly values people on a personal level, both employee and customer. Just like a family we have celebrated life’s great joys together and we have held each other up through life’s great pains.  Leif Johnson Ford is a place full of people who care deeply about the friends they work with, the people they serve and the work they do. It’s a joy and honor to get to work for such a place.”

We are so very honored to have had her as part of this family for seventeen years!

Road Trip Tips from Leif Johnson Ford

It’s almost summer, and that means it’s the absolute perfect time to make memories by hitting the road.


Before you and yours head out on that summertime road-trip, Leif Johnson Ford has a few tips to keep you safe and make your trip as fun and simple as possible.

1.  Download handy car apps like Breakdown Lane App and Waze.


Waze alerts you of traffic and allows you to interact with others on the road, while Breakdown Lane App will show you an instant map of the closest mechanics and their customer rankings, complete with reviews and ratings from Car Talk website visitors.

2. Don’t over drive, and make frequent stops.

Stop for a short break every few hours to walk around to help stay alert. Also remember that professional truckers aren’t supposed to drive more than 11 hours in a 14-hour workday, and it’s been proven that driving tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk. A tip from your friends at Leif Johnson Ford: Don’t do it!

3. Don’t forget the Basic Repair Kit

Have a repair kit on hand for those DIY fixes. The most important things bring along are a few different sizes of regular and Phillips-head screwdrivers, vice grips, bailing wire to secure an errant muffler and a roll of duct tape.

4. Check the Air Pressure, and don’t forget the spare!


Check tire pressures, spare included,  Before you leave for your trip, check its pressure, and make sure you have everything to install the latter if need be.

5. Remember to frequently check gauges.


Sure, they look nice with all of their pretty colors, but they’re not just there for show. At some point something will go wrong, and there’s a good chance these gauges will let you know before your car is sent into breakdown mode.

6. If you’re going up a steep hill or a mountain, DON’T speed up.

Say what? But really. Your engine is working a lot harder to get your car up a hill, and slowing down just a tad will help you by saving wear and tear, lessening the damage done by overheating, and improving your gas mileage. And don’t forget those steep places without guardrails. Slowing down can be not only beneficial, but even lifesaving, y’all.

7. Don’t be too speedy for too long.

It’s easy to get into a bit of a daze and end up so driving along at a pretty fast pace. Here’s the thing: This is a lot of demand on your car’s engine, and causes your vehicle to work much harder than it would at 55 mph. If you go with the flow (aka speed limit) you’ll end up keeping your engine’s lubricant alive longer and, ergo, your engine’s component alive as well.

And last but not least,


8. Get Your Car Checked Out

Don’t wait until you’re on the road to check that your vehicle is ready for a long trip. Take your vehicle to Leif Johnson Ford to be thoroughly serviced before you go. You can rest assured in knowing that we will make sure your vehicle is summer road-trip ready. Call us at (512) 454-3711 and set up an appointment today. We look forward to your visit!

Wesley’s Top Five: 2015 F-150

Salesman Wesley first started as part of our Leif Johnson Ford team back in 1995. We love having his fun, knowledgeable and Ford-loving personality as part of our team. He was recently recognized by Ford as a Level 4 Achiever for Employee Excellence, and we couldn’t be more proud of him for this achievement.


When asked what his favorite vehicle is, he said it was definitely the 2015 Ford F-150. We’d love to share with you Wesley’s F-150 Top 5. (Complete with commentary!)

1. Twin panel moonroof.

It’s huge—like a swimming pool!

2.  Adaptive cruise control.

Takes stress out of driving and paces your driving. Let’s you just chill out while you drive!

3. Power deployable running boards.

They come down really low, making it very easy to get in! Great for grandma, but it goes right back into the truck, making for better fuel efficiency.

4. Multi-contour seats.

Massaging, air conditioned AND adjustable. Promotes circulation and when you get to wherever you’re going you feel refreshed.

5. The power!

Great mileage and even greater performance!

To contact Wesley for your own F-150 (or other great Ford) test drive today, email him at wstaton@johnsonford.com or call at 512-706-6222!

Sync Tips from Leif Johnson Ford

Hello, Austin (and beyond )! With Sync 3 about to make a debut, today our friendly Leif Johnson Ford sync tech Peter wanted to share some quick tips just with you. These seven pointers will help your sync system work as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If you have absolutely any more sync-related questions or thoughts, just contact the email at the bottom of this post, and one of our techs will be with you asap!


  1. Because of Austin’s hands free law, make sure blue tooth is always on so that calls goes directly to car.
  2. Make sure when phone is connected, that you are only answering it and receiving calls from the car, not the phone.
  3. If you need to have a private phone call, find a place to pull over engage privacy mode. Privacy mode is a way for the car to send calls to the phone so that you can talk without the phone disrupting the car’s control.
  4. When using privacy mode, make sure you hang up from car not the phone.
  5. When using voice commands to call somebody, make sure you are speaking forward with eyes on the road and driving normally. The microphone is designed to pick up your voice as though you are speaking into windshield as you keep your eyes on the road.
  6. If SYNC has trouble understanding your voice command there are three things you can do. 1. Go into phone menu and phone book to entry you are having trouble with. From there check to see how computer pronounces name. Say it the way your SYNC would say it. For example, Manchaca, which Austinites pronounce as “Man-shack,” must be pronounced “Man-chah-kah.” 2. Make sure you are saying name exactly as is in phone book. If Joe is in your phone book as “Joe annoying neighbor” yo must say “Call Joe annoying neighbor” 3. Sync does best with both first and last names. She may confuse other entries without first and last name. If you have Joe in your phone book as just Joe and also  have a Boe Baggins, she’ll ask you if you mean Joe or Boe. This is because she can’t compare Joe’s nonexistent -last name to Baggins.
  7. Most importantly— When in hands free mode and hanging up, hold button down until you know for sure you have hung up. This can take as long to three seconds.

If you have questions- mytouch@leifjohnsonford.com

Need For Speed– Customer Highlight

Taylor Anderson has a self professed “need for speed.”


Back in 2012, he bought his 2013 Mustang from Leif Johnson Ford, and today he was back for a routine oil change and tire rotation. When asked how he likes his Mustang, he enthusiastically tells us, “It’s been so great.”

Taylor is a twenty year old studying law enforcement at Texas State, but he has a pretty impressive hobby on the side. At the age of only 17, Taylor became a pilot. His dad is also a pilot, so you could probably say that flying runs in this family. A Mustang is most definitely the perfect vehicle for an adventurous and adrenaline-craving spirit such as Taylor.

As he waited for his current Mustang to get serviced up, Taylor couldn’t help admiring our more current model. In fact, before leaving, he made sure to test drive the 2015 Mustang Convertible.

We couldn’t be more proud to help fuel Mr. Anderson’s need for speed!

Happy Earth Day! #BuiltFordGreen

Happy Earth Day!


Fun Facts:

In recent years, Ford has made it a priority to reduce worldwide greenhouse emissions.

25 bottles of water are used in the carpeting of each 2015 Ford Escape.

H.I. Heinz and Ford are in the process of attempting to turn tomato skins into floor mats.

Ford uses old nylon carpeting to make resin for engine cooling fans and engine covers.

Ford Escape and Focus are more than 80 percent recyclable.


Paint fumes are turned into fuel at Michigan Truck Plant.

Ford Dearborn’s Truck Plant has the World’s Largest Living Roof, coming in at 10.4 acres of a drought resistant perennial groundcover called sedum. Sedum helps absorb up to 4 million gallons of water annually and is part of a storm water management system installed at Rouge. This roof also produces oxygen and provides natural overhead insulation for the final assembly building, which reduces energy costs.

Ford is the first two time winner of EPA’S Energy Star Award.

Since 2013, the Ford Motor Company has reduced greenhouse emissions by 9%

Between 2011 and 2016, Ford is estimated to reduce waste per vehicle by 40%.

These are just some of the ways that Ford is proud to be a partner in sustainability. Making driving greener one vehicle at a time!

Customer Highlights: Ken and Mark

Ken and Mark O’Dea are brothers, and they’ve both inherited some rather adventurous spirits. So far, they’ve made their way from New Jersey all the way to Austin, Texas and Leif Johnson Ford, though the latter wasn’t exactly intentional. After riding their motorcycles all throughout trails in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, they came to Austin to ride on the famous three sister trails of the Texas Hill Country. Unfortunately, their truck started having some maintenance issues once they got here, so they flat-bedded their way out to us.


But why choose Leif Johnson Ford, when they had never even heard of our dealership living way up north? That answer is pretty simple: The customer service. Ken says he had called another dealership in the area and didn’t receive much of a welcoming vibe. That’s when he called us, and talked to our service advisor Darla. “Darla was awesome.” he told us. He let us know that, not only was she knowledgeable and friendly, but that she also sounded excited to help out. She told Ken and Mark about Greg, Leif’s very own “diesel specialist” , and the rest is history.

I- the social media representative for Leif- had the pleasure of meeting Ken and Mark as they sat by their motorcycles, waiting for their truck to be ready for the road. I loved that these two were not going to let anything stop them from their adventures- and that Leif Johnson Ford had the chance to be a helping hand in this exhilarating chapter of their lives. We couldn’t be more elated to help them get back to their journey!