Well its starting to reach that stage.
I picked up my typhoon, number 44, on the 6 Dec 04 and was instantly in love. Life could not be better and at work I was telling all me mates (both of them) about how great she was...... even me mate Greg who owned a 03 Clubbie R8 had to admit he was feeling a bit Green.... as I said all was right with the world.
Then word started to get out about some clutch problems..... surely not!!!. You all know how the sad story developed. Despite being offerred the opportunity to park her up and (maybe) get a GT, whilst things were being sorted out, I stayed with my girl... she's lovely and has not let me down yet. I had to put up with some good natured ribbing from me mates about Ford quality control,,, nice car..pity you cant change gears etc... all that crap....but I hung in there..... my faith in FPV engineers holding fast.
Twice now in the last two months I have been contacted by FPV.... not actually saying that the problem has been fixed but they are getting close, it was implied that the "permanent" fix could only be 2 weeks away. So I kept the faith. I put up with the knowing smirks from the HSV drivers.... hell even from the Volvo drivers but last night was the final straw!
Driving home from work on the Mitchell Freeway, I had my window down enjoying the balmy April evening air, as we crawled along in the usual peak hour "rush". Well not once but TWICE! and in both cases it was from fellow Ford drivers ... (although for some strange reason they were both driving EB's). I was yelled at as they slowly passed me on the right hand lane (I only travel in the left lane when exiting ..... OF Course !)
The first comment was along the lines of "Why dont you get a decent clutch you wanker"....... but the second was even more hurtfull... "Hey mate.... is that the new Ford P76!"...... and for those of us who were old enough to be driving when that Leyland disaster was around you KNOW how bad that is.
Now if it had been a one off occurrence I would have put it down to something like a disgruntled holden driver being pissed off cause he had to drive around in a Ford because his own car was in being repaired (yet again) but twice in the one evening is too much.
My fear is that this is starting to drag on the F6 will really start to earn the rep as the P76 (mmmm similar names... OMG not just a model variant
). And of course there goes any resale value when its time to trade in.
Please Mr. Flint this has gone too long....... cant you just make an executive decision and either replace the manuals with the new ZF 6 gear auto, give us our money back. I did not spend nearly $60K of my hard earned just to buy the 2004 model variant of the P76