|2014 Raptor out of the shop today.|
Planned failure has become a part of many modern automobile manufacturers design parameters. It makes money primarily for dealerships because they make most of their money in service and parts.
I paid cash for the Raptor. I was serious about keeping it…forever or until I died, whichever came first, maintaining it as I do by replacing every part that even looked as if it might be worn.
Part # AL8Z19E616F Motor Asy & Part # DL3Z19A618A Duct Air
Before I move forward with the rant, I need to point out that I bought an extended factory warranty on the vehicle, so this is not about the repair costing me anything beyond the original outlay for ‘insurance’ at point of sale. The dealership’s rental department called me every day that my rig was in the shop, asking me if I wanted to rent a vehicle from them…not a loaner. I explained that I have several vehicles, over and over, and no, I did not need a rental.
The service associate was as cynical as I was. I asked, “If this is such a common problem, why didn’t Ford fix it?”
He replied, “If Ford was interested in fixing things, why hasn’t it fixed the transmissions in the Ford Focus that implode at 75,000 miles?”
(see above) I pointed out that Honda and Toyota never to seem to have these problems, and used my Honda Accord as an example. He said, “See that guy over there? That’s the service manager. He drives an Accord. What does that tell you?”
The Raptor is living on my driveway on borrowed time. Eventually, and I am not sure when, I’ll sell it to a private party and then I’ll replace it with a Toyota Tundra pick up with a large V-8 engine and steel I-beam construction. The Trump Administration is trying to roll-back mileage mandatory on vehicles made and sold in the US and to allow smaller diesels into the market. (Imagine a Toyota HiLux making its way into the American market – almost a guaranteed 500K miles) That may bring about positive changes in manufacture, but I don’t trust Ford, Chevrolet or Chrysler not to screw me. This planned failure event underscored my concerns.
Some say that it’s not ‘fair’ for me to buy a Japanese truck. I say that it’s not fair to plan failures that cost thousands in labor in my American truck.