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Old 09-13-2004, 03:53   #1 (permalink)
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mad BA Clutch and Flywheel problems

Where do I start?????
I bought my BA XR8 ute from a ford dealership earlier this year. Over the past 6 weeks I have had nothing but problems!

First I returned to the dealer with complaints and was told on a number of occassions that everything was ok. A week later they finally replaced the radiator/coolant system and i thought i was happy.

Exactly 1 week later while driving home from work the clutch went straight to the floor - and not wanting to damage it any further i pulled over. I got the car towed straight back to the dealership that night. Two days later they decided to try and find the problem. I was informed that i needed a full clutch replacement and this was not covered under a new car warranty!!!

The extent of the damage was unbelievable - the pressure plate has completley shattered into 4 pieces & the flywheel has 3 cracks around the bolt housing - parts costing around $4000!!! (Not including labor)

The ford dealership & HO have brushed me off & tried to tell me this is normal wear and tear!!!! The car only has 36000km on the clock!!!! I am soo ticked off!! I love my car and teat it well, after wanting one for a long time - my dreams are now shattered!

I am pursuing this with the Dept. of Fair Traiding & the NRMA. I just wanted to post this message to see if anyone else has had similar problems - and what they have done about it,

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Old 09-13-2004, 22:44   #2 (permalink)
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Re: BA Clutch and Flywheel problems

Noted and added to the list......Looks like there trying to bluff you, but dont fall for it, make them fix it and dont give up. Hope you get it sorted out, then you can enjoy the car mate......
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Re: BA Clutch and Flywheel problems

Thanks for the reply mate.

You're so ture they are trying to bluff but it's not going to work on me. the car has been there since last thursday and the only thing they did is pull the clutch out. I had a look at it and told them to stop all work until they fix it. I'll post back here with the finshing story
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Re: BA Clutch and Flywheel problems

typical dealerships, thats' all i have to say
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typical dealerships, thats' all i have to say
It's Ford that provide the warranty not the dealers. Why should the dealer pay for the repair? They don't manufacture the car.
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I understand that.

I have been in contact with ford Head Office and they are brushing me off as well. Because its a clutch/flywheel problem they do not want to know me. The part is obviousely faulty due to the amount of damage caused.
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Re: BA Clutch and Flywheel problems

Stick to your guns Black_Betty but don't loose your cool, it ends up not being any help as frustrating as your situation is.

I have also found it helpful to mention that you are a member of the Ford enthusiast community, the Ticky Club, Ford Forums etc and that you have been discussing your problems accordingly. Indicates to them that you are not an isolated buyer but someone who can influence purchasing decisions amongst a larger group.

If you haven't already done so speak to the dealer principle.
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Re: BA Clutch and Flywheel problems

I had a problem on My BA XR8 Sedan with a stuffed pressure plate, had major vibrations when taking off. Dealer replaced clutch and even did it with a smile. A smashed clutch is NOT fair wear and tear and what does the warranty cover?? 3yrs and 100k should cover all but brake pads and tyers, and the usual crap in a service, not a machanical failure!!!

Hang in there mate, I am sure you will be cruising with a smile again soon,
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Thank you Blurter and Boss8 i'll take this infomation you both has past on to good use.
I know alot of good people in the mechanical area that has also help me out a great deal.

A freind of mine is sending the clutch off to daikin to check it out.

Thank You All.

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Exactly 1 week later while driving home from work the clutch went straight to the floor - and not wanting to damage it any further i pulled over. I got the car towed straight back to the dealership that night. Two days later they decided to try and find the problem. I was informed that i needed a full clutch replacement and this was not covered under a new car warranty!!!

The extent of the damage was unbelievable - the pressure plate has completley shattered into 4 pieces & the flywheel has 3 cracks around the bolt housing - parts costing around $4000!!! (Not including labor)

The ford dealership & HO have brushed me off & tried to tell me this is normal wear and tear!!!! The car only has 36000km on the clock!!!! I am soo ticked off!! I love my car and teat it well, after wanting one for a long time - my dreams are now shattered!

I am pursuing this with the Dept. of Fair Traiding & the NRMA. I just wanted to post this message to see if anyone else has had similar problems - and what they have done about it,
I had a pressure plate collapse at around 30,000km in my EF. The dealer warranty-repaired it without a second thought. This was in 1995 mind you.

It doesnt surprise me one little bit that Ford are trying to give you the shaft... the FordMoCo of 2004 seem to be right bunch of pricks when it comes to fulfilling their warranty obligations.
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