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None 34 32.69%
Less than 5 41 39.42%
Less than 10 9 8.65%
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post #1 of 79 (permalink) Old 09-24-03, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Is the BA well assembled?

For BA owners/drivers comment, I need to know if only a handful of BAs have been assembled by the local incompetent, or do they all have issues with consistency?

If my BA is a typical example, then the (excellent) engineering for vehicle dynamics and basic ergonomics have been shot in the foot by all of the bits that either fall off or dont fit.

If you design it so that idiots can put it together properly, will you then employ a new breed of idiot to challenge your abilities?

How many minor faults does/has your car have?

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Re: Is the BA well assembled?

Only fault so far is brake shudder!
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Re: Is the BA well assembled?

my only fault was, a blemish the size of a 20 cent piece in the windscreen top right hand side.... windscreen makers fault had it changed striaght away ok now






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Re: Is the BA well assembled?

I've found only 2 faults so far (picked up the car only about 6 days ago). A minor paint blemish on the driver door, above the window. Real minor and only noticable when looking very closely (and it has some texture too it). The other is my Petrol lid. One edge of it isn't painted properly, but I'll get it sorted under warrenty. Everything else is damn good though. Very impressed so far and no other problems to speak of (touch wood).

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Re: Is the BA well assembled?

Only driven a BA once (work car) and the only gripe I could point out was some fairly average interior trim alignment.

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I had a think about this to try and remember what Ive complained about.

Brakes were biggest issue machined once then fixed after I put on DBA front slotted rotors.
Handbrake was also dragging on rear brake rotor.
Horn didnt work needed new horn pad for wheel.
BEM module needed replacing crazy alarm / power window faults.
XR scuff insert on drivers door was incorrectly installed (dealers fault).
Greasy fingerprint marks on A pillar.
Clips missing from drivers floor mat (a supplier mistake).

Currently;
Steering rack clicking.
Handbrake dragging again, rear rotors possibly warped.
Slight whine from auto in 3rd gear when in performance mode (not sure if this was always there or not).
Plastic piece on base of front passenger headrest broken (I have no idea how long this has been busted for only spotted 2 weeks ago).


This may seem a lot, but its not that these little faults are there that I find frustrating, its that you have to go back to the dealer on average at least twice with each of them.

My car was an early build example and I am VERY impressed with the overall quality and feel of the car. I cant really look down my nose at the build quality as Ive never owned a high performance exotic or luxury Euro, just Korean 4 cylinder POS cars, so I think its great on the whole.

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Re: Is the BA well assembled?

only probs i have had is brake shudder, no paint under doors and an o-ring worn causing a small coolant leak. Overall I am really happy with the car. I expected small issues and really the ones i have encountered you couldn't say are really serious....

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hey JR, take your car to your Ford dealer and tell them about the clicking, mine did that, the steering rack was just hitting a piece of the aluminium heat sheild. They fixed it in 5 minutes.

My only other problem is a spot on the screen of my premium sound display, but a new one is on the way from Ford under warranty.

But hey, these are just teething problems for a new model, a fantastic new model, i might ad.

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Re: Is the BA well assembled?

As Mr Dundee might have said;

That's not a lot, this is a lot!

I can't be bothered preparing a full list, it goes well beyond 10 items and does include a number of minor issues. As I have told the dealer, I'll stop being pedantic about things they and Ford stuff up when they stop stuffing them up.

Frustrating I agree, I wish I could say the average was only going back twice. Generally the only things that were fixed the first time have been those I hadn't even noticed (like the weeping axle oil seal).

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This may seem a lot, but its not that these little faults are there that I find frustrating, its that you have to go back to the dealer on average at least twice with each of them.
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Well we've had to have the left engine mount replaced twice since April, it's been about 6 weeks since the last time, fingers crossed it doesn't happen again, if so I'm gonna get them to see if something else is causing the problem.

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