Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Buried in a sand trap somewher
Does my car have an electrical problem?
Currently she's done about 26000km so its coming up to 30,000 service so I think I can wait until then however, i'm beginning to think my car has an electrical problem.
In the first 15,000km my car blew both front headlamps (low beam). I have now been driving on 1 low beam light for about 500km.
I've noticed since new that in lower frequency AM radio stations (774 for example) I can hear the engine through the loud speakers.
WIth the higher AM radio stations 1377 I can hear the windscreen wipers going (FM by its nature is protected against such electrical interference - typically).
I'm curious as my partners XR has not had a single failed headlamp, nor does it have the same issue as my radio. Nor does the dealer loan cars (XR6 auto and a XT wagon) that I have had when mine has been in for a service, nor has the rental that I had for a weekend in Sydney (a Futura).
Has anyone heard of these problems before? or might I have a legitimate complaint? (which I will bring to the dealers attention 1 week before dropping it off for service).
While blowing headlamps is more annoying than anything, 3 in under 30,000km is unacceptable, the radio feedback is certainly wrong - and if its "NORMAL" or "THEY ALL DO THAT" which they clearly don't.... it is a truly bad case of poor electrical design and isolation.
Falcon Killer (if you believe what Ford Service Departments have to say about me)
AU II XR6 - October 2001 ~ December 2002 - RIP
BA XR6 - December 2002 ~ Soon to disappear if Ford CRC can't fix it....
45,000km service coming up - and i'll be asking for a sizable list of fixes:
* Gearbox (3rd time)
* Steering click (5th time)
* Brake Shudder (2nd time, and has the applied "Fix")