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Old 08-20-2007, 06:29 PM   #43
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No word from FORD yet...

Our mechanic disconnected the cruise control wires as indicated by you guys. It had been in his garage for a day and it was HOT!! Thanks guys!!

The Ford dealer is still clueless he says he can't do anything until he gets written orders from the mother company...outrageous!

It's a shame that such a big company falls for such a trivial little switch/wire.
This is our third recall with this truck in 4 years! Never buying a Ford again!

Our 98 Honda Civic, has 140,000 and besides a little wear and tear maintenance still works like a jewel. Never a problem! As does our friend's Camry... Now, we need a new baby friendly station wagon/compact car and are very uncertain on what to get.

Consumer report's does not reccomend any domestic cars in it's top star rating for baby safety (side impact included). That makes you wonder...Volvo, Audi, Saab, BMW, Subaru are all up there but our Ford is nowhere to be seen on the list.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:40 PM   #44
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A word about Consumer Reports. I “quit” this organization about 10 years ago, specifically because of the automobile rating system. At the time, the way they rated cars was by a voluntary reporting system from their members (and only their members). Basically, they would send questionnaires to the members and ask them “what went wrong with your new car in the first year ownership”. Completely non-scientific. It was basically a system of “check this box” and it only applied to the first year of ownership. And it only applied to those folks that bothered to answer. We never received any of these questionnaires in all the years we were members. Makes you wonder what their error rates and controls are. Bias can be inserted in oh-so-many ways when there is no control over the “control” group. It may be different these days, but they’ve seen the last of my hard earned dollars.

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Old 08-20-2007, 07:51 PM   #45
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I know this is a old thread but there is a fix for that at the Ford dealer. I hear.
When I found out that all it takes is to unplug the wires from the switch thats what I did a year ago, rather than take a chance on losing my 94 F150.I have never gotten an appointment to have it repaired.
The cruise just don't work big deal.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:46 PM   #46
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[quote=KIMILI]

It's a shame that such a big company falls for such a trivial little switch/wire.
This is our third recall with this truck in 4 years! Never buying a Ford again!

Our 98 Honda Civic, has 140,000 and besides a little wear and tear maintenance still works like a jewel. Never a problem!

I've heard this for over forty years now, "Never buying a Ford again," and I hope you don't. Please take your 2000 Ford Excursion 7.3 Ltr diesel straight to the scrap yard and have it crushed; And please send pictures of your fantastic Honda Civic towing you Airstream trailer.



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Old 08-21-2007, 08:27 AM   #47
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You know, I've had two Honda's in my family. I had one and my wife had one. Put over a 100K's on mine before I sold it to buy my F-150. Had very few problems with it and at the time would have bought another except I needed a truck. Bought my wife a new Honda in 1988 when we got married. Kept it for 11 years until she totaled it in a slight accident (no one hurt, thank God). Put over 120K's on hers. She loved the car. But we had numerous problems with hers. She still loved the car and we planned to keep it another year before buying her an Expedition. After a week in her new Expedition after the accident, she said she would never go back to a small sedan again because she loved being able to see over other cars.

Point is, even Hondas can have problems and as much as we love them at the time we can find new loves that make us move on and leave them behind.

I now drive an F-250 as my daily driver and tow vehicle. My wife is on her second Expedition and it was her choice. We had discussed a Lexus RX-400H and I really thought that was what she was going to buy, but she decided after the test drive she didn't like it. She looked at the Volvo SUV and decided she didn't like it either.

While her Expedition Limited has more equipment and cost more than either of the two import mid-sized SUV brands she looked at, we think the extra cost and size make it well worth having another Expedition. What will she, or I, get next? Who knows? I'm thinking either a Volvo S-80 or Lexus LS-460 and keep the F-250 for towing. Or I may just upgrade to one of the new generation F-250 6.4L diesels. But I'm willing to buy another Ford product, or any other for that matter.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:56 PM   #48
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I dropped my 2001 Ford Ranger off at the dealer last Weds to have the rear brakes replaced in preparation for an upcoming road trip and when I got home in my mailbox was my Recall Notice from Ford about the cruise control wiring/fire issue.

To be honest, I had never heard of this issue before. Maybe I am living a sheltered life or something, but the info that my truck could have spontaneously combusted while parked in my garage (which is attached to my house) was a total surprise. Anyway, I called up the Ford dealer since the truck was still there and he agreed mine was under the recall and they installed the "pigtail" fuse link which supposedly takes care of it.

But maybe I will park out in the driveway for awhile anyway.

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Thats the biggest load of crap I have hear yet. That dealer has been notified at least a year ago of the recall. I got a letter from Ford at least that long ago. A friend took his '96 in they just unhooked the plug as I told U before.
When u made the appointment at the Ford dealer and took it in that was supposed to put u on a notify list so u could take it back when the circuit mods came from Ford. I choose to unplug mine because I never use the cruise anyway.
Dont let these people put u off. Call or e-mail Ford
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:34 PM   #50
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I guess I live a shelter life also I didnt know the recall extended to Rangers also.I thought it was just for F150's. I trust no vehicle parked in an attached garage.
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...too much anger from some...

Called both Ford and two other dealers again today. Our vin is not on the list...yet

Seems that Ford is rolling this recall in various phases not to overwhelm the dealers. Our dealer has an average of 20 recall vehicles a day he's been taking more calls in than ever. He suggested I call back in September and don't worry about itOur cruise control is disconnected at this point so we'll wait. Every state may be different. It's a lot of vehicles being recalled.

Good luck to all you other Ford owners
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:38 PM   #52
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This latest huge recall (according to Washington Post) is supposed to affect:

98-02 Ford Ranger
99-01 Ford Explorer
03-04 Ford F-150 Lightning
95-02 Ford F53 Motorhomes
99-01 Mercury Mountaineer
01-02 Ford Explorer Sport and Sport Trac
92-93 E150-E350 Vans
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93 F-Series Pickups
93 Ford Bronco
92-97 Lincoln Town Car
92-97 Crown Victoria
92-97 Mercury Grand Marquis
93-98 Lincoln Mark VIII
93-95 Taurus SHO
94 Mercury Capri

so that's a lot of vehicles so I can see why dealers might be overwhelmed.

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Old 08-23-2007, 02:29 PM   #53
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I guess I'm just lucky.

My Ranger was a great truck and never a problem. So when it was time I got an F150. Lots of miles and never a problem or repair required. So when it was time I got an F250 PSD. So far no problems or repirs required. All the while the Crown Vic and Mercury Maruader just continued to run and run with no problems recalls or repairs.

Oddly I was always a Chevy guy until I bought that Ranger.
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