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Old 07-21-2013, 02:50 PM   #113
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Stick to your story though(it ain't that bad)
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:56 PM   #114
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We still have a 2003 ZX-3 Focus with the 2.3 liter motor and a 5 speed standard. Great for gas mileage (low 40's), and has never had any major stuff go wrong with it in 130,000 miles. It's like a mountain goat on snowy roads and just a gas to drive.

That's anecdotal too, but true.

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Re Reliability

Had a quick review of the latest Consumer Report Car issue.

"Generally speaking" the Ford line up is average. The imports (Japan based) are better. The Chrysler Mini Vans are much worse than average.

Note: individual experiences may differ.
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Had a quick review of the latest Consumer Report Car issue.

"Generally speaking" the Ford line up is average. The imports (Japan based) are better. The Chrysler Mini Vans are much worse than average.

Note: individual experiences may differ.
Right now Ford is getting hammered for the quirky "My Ford Touch" touch screen controls.

The way the consumer surveys work, you can get just as dinged for confusing controls as for early failure on a critical component.
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Had a quick review of the latest Consumer Report Car issue.
Haven't you heard? Consumer Reports has been rated "much worse than average" for "magazine credibility". Everybody knows that Wikipedia is the only true source of credibility...Bonjour!
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Thank you floyd for my smile of the day.
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Haven't you heard? Consumer Reports has been rated "much worse than average" for "magazine credibility".
LOL, LOL, LOL, ROTF, that is just sooooo funny.
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Haven't you heard? Consumer Reports has been rated "much worse than average" for "magazine credibility". Bonjour!
This may be funny, but I think it's true!

Wikipedia? Hmmm...

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@thomas g. It's not just Ford getting hammered on that. I think a lot of brands are getting poor marks because people simply don't understand or won't learn how all the new entertainment systems work.

We got the whole JDPowers talk on showing people the Bluetooth and navigation system. Lot of issues were listed as DTU - difficult to understand.

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If the users were between the ages of 5 and 13 they would not have a problem. I'm generally overwhelmed by the ability of the young to intuitively understand electronic apps.
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@thomas g. It's not just Ford getting hammered on that. I think a lot of brands are getting poor marks because people simply don't understand or won't learn how all the new entertainment systems work.

We got the whole JDPowers talk on showing people the Bluetooth and navigation system. Lot of issues were listed as DTU - difficult to understand.

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You are right, but if you read the Consumer Reports' comments, especially over time, Ford has managed to create a disproportionately unhappy customer base. Too bad, because it overshadowed their other major improvements in customer satisfaction.

http://news.consumerreports.org/cars...em-stinks.html
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Excellent point. At the tender age of 60, I still play with cars and trucks more than most. I bought a new air filter for the GMC the other day, then had to figure out how to change it. I had to remove two snaps, unplug one electrical connector, get a screwdriver to loosen a clamp, and then wrestle the cover off. When I was done with the air filter swap, it was a pain just getting everything where it needed to be. Wrestling is a good way to put it!

On my hot rod, I have a wing nut on top of the air cleaner. I spin it off easily, lift the cover easily, swap filters, and reverse. I don't understand why modern cars have to be so difficult! Let's talk about headlight replacement. Hmm, maybe not!

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You know I find a Federation Shuttle Craft with full impulse power will pretty much tow anything anywhere. And with a standard on board replicator parts really aren't a problem. Hard to find used though....
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You know I find a Federation Shuttle Craft with full impulse power will pretty much tow anything anywhere. And with a standard on board replicator parts really aren't a problem. Hard to find used though....
You've never heard of my (pre)Millenium Falcon? She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself....She made the Kessel run in less than 12 Parsecs! That Federation junk better take some notes!
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