Ford to Finish Extra Inspections of 2003 Expedition, Navigator - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 07-09-02, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
Mr. Embargo
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Embargoland
Posts: 3,745
Ford to Finish Extra Inspections of 2003 Expedition, Navigator

By Bill Koenig

Dearborn, Michigan, July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. said it will finish extra inspections of the first 2003 Expedition and Navigator sport-utilities this week as the automaker tries to avoid quality problems that have hurt some of its vehicles.

The world's second-largest automaker began building the two redesigned models in April and for the first month held the vehicles for the extra inspections before sending them to dealers, spokeswoman Della DiPietro said. She declined to say what specific problems were found or how many vehicles were involved. Ford began selling the 2003 models in May.

BlueOvalNews, a Web site that tracks problems and other issues at Ford, said supplier Dana Corp. is repairing ``thousands of units'' because of welding defects in Expedition and Navigator frames. Dana isn't aware of any problems with the frames, said Gary Corrigan, a spokesman for the Toledo, Ohio-based supplier.

Ford struggled with early recalls of the redesigned 2002 Explorer sport-utility and of the new Escape sport-utility in 2000, and with delays last year on the new Thunderbird car. The automaker blamed quality problems in part for declining sales and a $5.45 billion loss last year. Ford this year improved in a J.D. Power & Associates survey of buyer complaints in the first 90 days of ownership to fifth, from seventh in 2001.

The additional inspections of the Expeditions and Navigators ``fixed any problems'' and prevented any vehicles with defects from getting to the Dearborn, Michigan-based company's dealers or customers, DiPietro said.

Ford shares fell 53 cents to $15.16 in midday trading. Dana declined 45 cents to $18.05.


RPO83 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Fordforums Community > Latest Ford News and Racing News > Ford Worldwide News
Gear in this thread - Powered by O'Reilly Auto Parts

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ford family celebrates 100 years of cars Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 06-10-03 06:46 AM
FORD TOUGH: The pressure's on for Bill Ford Jr. to finish first Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 06-10-03 05:52 AM
'Henry had the dream' Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 03-28-03 06:58 AM
A CENTURY OF VISION: Fords built city, changed the world Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 03-12-03 08:17 AM
Ford Product-Led Transformation: 2003 RPO83 Trans | Driveline 0 07-22-02 07:48 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome