I'm 6' 1'', but to detail the roof of my 150s, I must use a ladder...it doesn't embarrass me to do so. I can't imagine you find the necessity to access your engine compartment any more often than I wash my vehicles. At the other end of the spectrum, it doesn't embarrass me to use a creeper to access my sump for DIY oil changes. You're turning a trivial matter into an issue.
Perhaps you should confront Ford and demand a feature that permits you to wiggle your foot under the front bumper (as with the rear hatch access of some models) that opens-closes the hood.
Last edited by Curmudgeon; 07-05-2014 at 10:29 PM.