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Old 11-25-2001, 22:38   #1 (permalink)
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Quality Control???????????

I am a new owner of Fords. I have bought 3 new AU11 Fords in the last 6 months and what a disaster!!!!. They go great when going but to date:
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* LSD - enough said.....seems to be problems for everyone
* A/C - didn't work when I picked it up

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* Cruise control stopped working
* Paint is peeling off

XR6 Ute VCT
* Gearbox has blown it seals, oil everywhere (this car is 6 weeks old)

I have a series of Jap utes and Euro cars and never have had these types of problems.....in fact no warranty problems ever!!!!
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Old 11-26-2001, 13:53   #2 (permalink)
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My neighbour who up until recently was a service advisor at a Ford dealer used to tell me that diffs and a/c were the major warranty problems with AUs, along with front suspension and the occasional alternator spitting the dummy.
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Old 11-26-2001, 21:42   #3 (permalink)
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We have never had an AU that hasnt been back for warranty work (all minor) Steering Box, oxygen senors, Diffs, Brakes, Manifold hole, gearbox seal, electric windows I can go on. Got a new AU2 Fairmont last week so will see how that goes. No problems with the new SR either and that about 4 weeks old now. Will keep everyone posted.
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Old 11-27-2001, 04:30   #4 (permalink)
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My son's AU2 XR8 ute went in for it's first 15000 k service the other day.

Had a ticking noise,which could not be located. They took the heads off and all,but their parting comment was "looks like a new engine is the go".

This is under warranty so no cost to him. Also the cd player is only good for the tip,but could not be replaced due to "nil stock"

Are these common problems????????

Never had anything as serious as this with my EF XR8 (owned since new.nearly 7 years now)

Fords still rule.
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Old 11-27-2001, 14:38   #5 (permalink)
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Had my engine replaced in my AU2 XR8 ute after 3500Kms because of the mysterious 'ticking noise' (loudest between about 2000 and 3000 rpm). First they tried oversize pushrods and then replaced the engine. But don't get too excited, 'cause the new ones got the same noises too. :dead: :dead:
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Old 11-28-2001, 03:54   #6 (permalink)
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With a bit of luck,Ford may run out of AU2 XR8 engines for the utes and might end up getting the new 250 KW as replacements?

Wishfull thinking??????????????

Would be good P.R. work , i reckon. (LOL)
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Old 11-28-2001, 04:06   #7 (permalink)
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might it have something to do with the 16million dollar loss and the resignation of the CEO last year?

I hope Ford australia will be running properly, i'd hate to see the aussi cars being replaced by the inferior american made varieties.
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