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post #1 of 7 Old 06-26-2010, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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I have just joined and I would describe this car as the worst I have ever owned, and I have owned cars since 1963. It has done just over 105,000 miles and already has needed new alternator, starter motor, exhaust gas recirculation valve, anti rollbar joints, front discs, flywheel, clutch, clutch slave cylinder & release bearing (idiotically combined into one unit), gearbox bearings, and the bonnet release mechanism has failed but I have simply removed it and made a tool to open it with. When loading in the back with the seats folded up the seat locking mechanisms project as points into the load space, causing serious damage to things. The entire design concept seems to have been to install as many seriously over-complicated and unnecessary devices as possible in the certain knowledge that most of them will fail and generate many times the original purchase price in revenue for Ford's spare parts division. Why should a Focus alternator cost 5 times as much as a Transit one? The components seem to have been deliberately designed to be difficult to remove/install, unserviceable, and impossible to understand because Ford actively withhold information about their design and construction. I had to pay 70 to take the car to a main dealer for them to attach it to a computer to 'reprogram' the clock so that it could be set manually - its automatic setting routine having failed permanently.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-26-2010, 06:24 PM
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It was a new design when it came out and a test bed for alot of things. Alot of the little problems have been fixed in later models.
That's why I always say to get as new a one as possible.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-26-2010, 11:04 PM
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As for poor design with regard to work on it, alot of this "poor design" comes so the vehicles comply with strict crash regulations, not as a money making scheme ( well, maybe a little! )

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-27-2010, 11:50 AM
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Moved to the good and bad section
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-28-2010, 10:17 PM
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Sounds like you brought a right lemon

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 01:20 AM
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I think car makers these days share platforms & they are designed for ease of manufacture & to be serviced by dealers only.
Cost of parts is one thing they think they can get away with price fixing as some times you have no choice but to got to a dealer.
I make a point now of doing my best to secure parts (new) from an independant auto shop by me.I have had a battery,altenator,oils,bulbs from him at less than half price of fraud dealers.My a/c condenser was from an a/c specialist and cost half that of a dealer.
Al my servicing is done by a local garage who are probably the best I have ever used in 30 years (& thats going some).

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 01:38 AM
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It's more to do with higher material costs - naturally you will cram stuff together more to cut down on weight and increase specs.

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