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  • Topic: In response to Group Bulletin: Your Right To Repair Your Own Vehicle
  • Started by Shotrod64 Dec 3, 2008 at 12:26 pm
  • Last post by bencar Dec 14, 2008 at 8:00 am
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Topic: In response to Group Bulletin: Your Right To Repair Your Own Vehicle

Forums > Trucks > In response to Group Bulletin: Your Right To Repair Your Own Vehicle

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  1. #1 Dec 3, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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    Wasn't sure if I should post this here or just respond and decided on posting. Maybe others have had the same problem.

    I'm with you on that one! Not to mention the service bulletins we don't hear or see til we do some searching to find out for ourselves possible future recalls.
    I don't know much about the other makes but I can tell ya I'm not pleased with ford and thier blown spark plug problem that has been around since I believe 1979 or something crazy like that. It wasn't til so many put in complaints at different sites and got to the point that if you typed in "F150" and the first 10 search results were blown spark plugs that ford re-modded the heads in the 2004 model to fix the problem that they still deny exists. Heck they denied for so many years that a recall now for this problem would put them out of business for sure. Even the fires from the poorly designed cruise control took them years.

    We have an '01 F150 so I'm not just going by what others say. Ours blew the first plug at 44k miles and then blew another twice, the last one taking a piece of the head with it probably when it popped back into the hole. I have also met a couple others with the same problem and even one had the same mileage. I love the trucks but hate the heads. Like 3 threads to hold a spark plug in an aluminum head is just not a good idea. Now they have like 5 or 6 from what I've heard. I have not seen one personally.

    All makes and models have thier little problems, especially these newer vehicles, just some worse than others. Not to mention the ones that they have service bulletins for but don't have a large enough number (whatever that magic number is) to make it a recall. Or maybe it's not enough or no deaths causes or potential for death so why fess up to a problem?

    I prefer my '64 for Galaxie, I can work on that and don't have to tear the whole engine down just to fix something. Although the 390 you do have to remove the rocker arm assembly just to swap intakes but I'll take that any day over removing a gazzillion hoses and wires to do the same thing on a modern vehicle.

    Sorry bout the rant but things like this just irks me to no end!
     

     

    We don't look the same anymore so why do our cars have to be perfect?
  2. #2 Dec 5, 2008 at 8:06 am

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    Wow, sounds frustrating! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully as the Motortopia community grows there will be more people in the loop on service bulletins and potential recalls. This way they can post blogs about them as they hear them, so we don't have to rely on the usual channels, which have obviously failed.
     

     

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  3. #3 Dec 5, 2008 at 9:26 am

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    It is and we can hope we hear from others and not have to dig through sites with this info on it to find if our potential new or used vehicle has problems. But who knows. Heck before the internet it was word of mouth so there's always hope. smile image
     

     

    We don't look the same anymore so why do our cars have to be perfect?
  4. #4 Dec 7, 2008 at 4:35 am

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    Deb, I'm with you on this one. That's why I simply will not drive a new car. I'll stick with my 79 Thunderbirds. At least with them, I know everyone of the design shortcomings. I can live with and adapt to every one of them, not that there are that many to begin with. I can take having to rebuild a steering box every 15 years or 300,000 km. It's not really that big a deal. I have too many friends who run into massive repair bills trying to keep newer cars on the road.

    Michael.
     

     

  5. #5 Dec 14, 2008 at 8:00 am

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    The important thing here for all to remember, is to push for that 'Right To Repair' Legislation, which will force the new vehicle manufacturers to not so much admit to their errors, but to simply make technical data available that your local Garage, or you, need in order to properly perform routine repairs on any newer vehicle on the road today.
     

     

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