No more fords!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by supercuts, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    here is why i will not buy another Ford

    after having over 12 ford trucks, and currently 3 superduty diesels, i cannot catch a break. my 08 was in the shop over 30-40 times, ive been refused serviceved, laughed at, lied to, you name it. after winning my first lemon lawn case i would have lost $13,500 for mileage. i appealed it to lose my 2nd lemon law case to hear my truck doesnt qualify.

    my 00 f550 in may of 07 with 57K miles had its fuel tank delaminated causing $3500 in damage to the diesel injection system. now, 14K miles and 2 1/2 years later, it happened again after Ford of Branford (CT) said i would never have to worry about my tank again.

    my 00 f350 knock on wood has been the lucky of the 3. but every 2 years im replacign relays and still doing 4-5K in repairs a year too it, only more rutine including ball joints and front wheel bearings every 2 years as well.

    bottom line, im done with Ford. they have left me hanging. before my lemon law they told me they were not fixing the brakes on my 08 that were locked up because "they were giving me a brand new truck". 56 days later i finally got tired of my rotors glowing red and pused to find out what was going on. thier responce, we changed our mind.

    not like people are trouble free with other brands, hopefully they arent treated this way. all three have their flaws, so which is least of the 3 evils??? what consumer protection told me is that ford is having alot of issues helping customers and perhaps they should have taken some bail-out money.

    just venting....tired of it all, especially losing my leaf vac dump truck the most busy week of fall cleanups!

    one stressed out guy
     
  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    You and I both have the same luck with Fords. I just bought a new 2011 Chevy 3500 crew cab short bed Duramax for a grass truck. This thing is awsome ! Only time will tell as to how it holds up. I too got the word on the second tank in one of our trucks going bad now. Did your second tank delaminate or rust ?
     
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    It sounds like you have a bad dealership that doesn't do a good job. I'am not sure if the OTHER brands are any better. I know one company that has 20 bush trucks all Fords never go to the dealer so they never have problems the have a company mechanic.

    Dealer never works on my truck only when it is something that needs the computer, any other repairs I do myself, I'am not paying 120 per hour shop rate at Ford. If I had brake issues like you have had I would have repaired it myself.

    Replace any heavier trucks like the F-550 size with a Freightliner or anything you need a truck to tow with and buy a small pick up for running around in.
     
  4. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 705

    i have 4 fords 1999 250 sd 2008 250 sd not problem. 2010 f450 i have 4 months. 2010 f350 i have had 1 weeks.
     
  5. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    2nd tank is all rusted/rotted on the inside
     
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,784

    ive been too numerous dealers. brakes are under warranty, im not turning a wrench when its covered. unlike you, i have to pay the $120/hr not only because i dont have the time to fix it, because we are booked with work, i dont know enough fix things beyond the obvious or simple like breaks. replacing my trucks with freightliners may be a good idea but it costs money. i thought by having my truck fixed rigth the first time was going to be the last for a fuel tank. 2 1/2 years for it to rot out is crap. i should not have to deal with that.

    look at ford making people pay for radiators on the 08's+ just out of warranty eventhough they know they were all made bad anyhow. my buddy is on his 2nd. look up ford-trucks.com, people have had 4+ radiators. Ford sucks
     
  7. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    count your blessings and play the lotto!
     
  8. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 705

    1999 no problem and 2008 no problem. hoping no problem now with 2 2010. plowing season is coming. be seating on pins needle now.
     
  9. rstan2010

    rstan2010 LawnSite Member
    from Troy MI
    Posts: 116

    Or the 2010's or 2008 diesels?
     
  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    The fuel problems are on trucks with the 40 gallon tank behind the rear axle. Its still the same tank in the 2011 450 and 550 trucks. The tank can be had for $750 , most all larger dealerships will have them in stock. Also look at the drain plug on the fuel filter on the 6.0-6.4 motors they become eaten away,Ford claims its the fuel , same as they blame the tanks on. The funny thing is Dodge and Chevy arent having fuel related problems. We have an 02 550 that has never been right from the factory,it had what Ford called a rough idle. Truck was always low on power,right before it went out of warranty they had the truck for 68 days trying to fix it picked it up and the power was better after all new injectors a new fuel tank , fuel pump and a few k in other crap, but still had the same rough idle.The motor made it another 10k miles before the engine went out.Even though the mechanic told the engineers at ford it was a bad moter before it was out of warranty,they put a band aid on it to get it out of thier hands. Might dump my 07 6.0 lariet for another new Duramax.
     

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