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(Fox News)   Ford recalls 3.6 million vehicles due to the cruise control's controversial "burst into flames" setting   (foxnews.com) divider line 184
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2007-08-06 10:46:20 AM
I remember when I drove my dad's Ford Thunderbird in high school, and the electrical system sucked. Friend's would say, "oh yeah, Fords have crappy electrical systems." I didn't really listen, and went on to buy an F150. Turns out, that electrical system was crap, too. I can't remember how many times I heard, "oh yeah, Fords have crappy electrical systems."

So, if it's so widely known that Ford makes cars with crappy electrical systems, why the fark don't they hire people to design their cars with decent electrical systems? I truly don't understand the stupidity that comes from these people.
 
2007-08-06 11:22:20 AM
Sounds like most German carmakers. Everything about the car is great, then about the 3rd or 4th year, everything electrical starts to freak out. Which is a bummer, because otherwise they're great cars. Too bad you can't get a new Bimmer with manual windows, seats, etc.

In Europe, you can find them (I believe they're called DTM-editions). Over there, in order to race "stock," you have to actually sell the car to the public in that format--ie, power nothing, no A/C, radio, etc. I digress, and NASCAR sucks.
 
2007-08-06 12:22:08 PM
I didn't realize Ford was buying parts from Lucas.
 
2007-08-06 12:23:10 PM
farking
Old
Rebuilt
Dodge
 
2007-08-06 12:23:15 PM
It's always best to buy foreign cars and keep former American autoworkers unemployed.
 
2007-08-06 12:23:23 PM
Pinto!
 
2007-08-06 12:23:53 PM
I like my Fords like my homosexuals: Flaming.
 
2007-08-06 12:24:16 PM
Found on Road Dead
 
2007-08-06 12:24:40 PM
mikaloyd: It's always best to buy foreign cars and keep former American autoworkers unemployed.

see, the great thing about capitalism is that if they make cars worth buying, we'll buy them.

Also, I don't see what the big deal is: all you have to do is turn the dial over to "not burst into flames."
 
2007-08-06 12:24:44 PM
I drive a ford so I'm really getting a shock outta these replies.

/OK someone had too sooner or later.
 
2007-08-06 12:24:54 PM
Wow... finally dodged a Ford recall.

/3 and counting
 
2007-08-06 12:24:55 PM
ScienceRocks: I can't remember how many times I heard, "oh yeah, Fords have crappy electrical systems

Don't forget that Fords also have crappy front ends. My Explorer is the only Ford with more than 50,000 miles that I have ever driven that didn't feel as though it were going to swerve off the road at any moment. Of course, I had to replace the ball joints at 60,000 miles due to "normal wear and tear".

And yes, I am affected by the current recall, and no I haven't gotten the previous recall performed, either.
 
2007-08-06 12:25:00 PM
My Jaguar has a Ford electrical system. I can't decide which is worse.
 
2007-08-06 12:25:05 PM
And yet again we see how American companies are copying from the innovative germans!

img522.imageshack.us
 
2007-08-06 12:25:09 PM
This seems like a common problem for Ford. Didn't they have Explorer/F150 ignitions that randomly burst into flames a few years ago?
 
2007-08-06 12:25:24 PM
ScienceRocks: So, if it's so widely known that Ford makes cars with crappy electrical systems, why the fark don't they hire people to design their cars with decent electrical systems? I truly don't understand the stupidity that comes from these people.

I really can't see what management at Ford is thinking. Ten hires out of any decent EE program and for the next 50 years the electrical systems will only improve. Instead it's as if they just keep getting rid of anyone who has any practical knowledge.
 
2007-08-06 12:25:34 PM
M.Kishiwada: farking
Old
Rebuilt
Dodge


Found
On
Road
Dead

Farkin
Okies
Really
Diggem

Fix
Or
Repair
Daily

Fourth
On
Race
Day
 
2007-08-06 12:25:59 PM
Flip Over and Read Directions.
 
2007-08-06 12:26:26 PM
That's what you get for buying a Ford
 
2007-08-06 12:26:30 PM
www.channel4.com

I'd drive it.
 
2007-08-06 12:26:44 PM
Poor Ford, having to spend all that money on recalls just because their cars sometimes catch on fire.
 
2007-08-06 12:26:51 PM
demanton: Of course, I had to replace the ball joints at 60,000 miles due to "normal wear and tear".

60k miles on ball joints isn't unheard of; I had to do the same on my 2003 Jeep Liberty and my 2002 Jeep Wrangler, at 50k miles. Turns out the 'jiffy lube' morons weren't pumping grease into them.

/do my own lubing now
 
2007-08-06 12:26:56 PM
Wasn't this posted already a couple days ago?
Nevertheless, +1 to subby for the addition to the address of the article.
 
2007-08-06 12:27:33 PM
I have a 93 Lincoln Mark VIII and I'm getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2007-08-06 12:27:34 PM
Fd
On
Race
Day
 
2007-08-06 12:27:39 PM
www.caradisiac.com

/Ford Focus Fan
//Hatchbacks only
///Mine works just fine
 
2007-08-06 12:27:56 PM
Yeah, that's only really a cool feature on a motorcycle.

img114.imageshack.us
 
2007-08-06 12:28:08 PM
It's Ford's way of saying "put down the cell phone, and pay attention".
 
2007-08-06 12:30:06 PM
I paid extra for that setting!
 
2007-08-06 12:30:06 PM
In all fairness GMC pickup gas tanks burst into flames too.

If you ignite rocket motors in the fuel tanks.
 
2007-08-06 12:30:43 PM
There is no excuse for this.
 
2007-08-06 12:31:17 PM
You people still buy cars?
 
2007-08-06 12:31:21 PM
Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

/obvious
 
2007-08-06 12:31:21 PM
Mad Scientist

Lucas jokes FTW!

# The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."

# Lucas denies having invented darkness. But they still claim "sudden, unexpected darkness"

# Lucas--inventor of the first intermittent wiper.

# Lucas--inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.

# The three-position Lucas switch--DIM, FLICKER and OFF.

# The other three switch settings--SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.

# Lucas dip-switch positions: LOW and BLOW
(Bruce Miller, www.hermit.cc)

# The original anti-theft devices--Lucas Electric products.

# "I've had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob...

# If Lucas made guns, wars would not start either.

# Did you hear about the Lucas powered torpedo? It sank.

# It's not true that Lucas, in 1947, tried to get Parliament to repeal Ohm's Law. They withdrew their efforts when they met too much resistance.

# Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner "How can you tell one switch from another at night, since they all look the same?" "He replied, it doesn't matter which one you use, nothing happens!"

# Back in the '70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which didn't suck.

# Quality Assurance phoned and advised the Lucas engineering guy that they had trouble with his design shorting out. So he made the wires longer.

# Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas made the refrigerators, too.

# Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone, Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb, Joseph Lucas invented the Short Circuit.

# Recommended procedure before taking on a repair of Lucas equipment: check the position of the stars, kill a chicken and walk three times sunwise around your car chanting: "Oh mighty Prince of Darkness protect your unworthy servant."

# Lucas systems actually uses AC current; it just has a random frequency.

# How to make AIDS disappear? Give it a Lucas parts number.

# Recently, Lucas won out over Bosch to supply the electrical for the new Volkswagens. So, now the cars from the Black Forest will come with electrics supplied by the Lord of Darkness -- how appropriate!

# Lucas is an acronym for Loose Unsoldered Connections and Splices.

# The Prince's last words to his son: "don't go riding after dark"

# Lucas jokes: black humor.
 
2007-08-06 12:31:22 PM
www.customnames.com

Oh... he's putting out a fire. All these years I wondered.

/somebody PS the flames?
 
2007-08-06 12:31:23 PM
Wow, these Fords are HOT!

Can I get that in my Subaru?
 
2007-08-06 12:32:09 PM
so that is why i got all those boxes of harnesses that i didn't order !

/i am a ford dealer parts guy ... see the name ?
 
2007-08-06 12:32:13 PM
mikaloyd: It's always best to buy foreign cars and keep former American autoworkers unemployed.

I have no hard facts to back this up, but I'm pretty sure if you buy a Japanese car in the US, chances are it was built here.
 
2007-08-06 12:32:17 PM
So where's all the Toyota fanbois? Oh right.....Toyota has the old camshaft problem. I feel the smugness levels lowering already.
 
2007-08-06 12:32:26 PM
www.dark-logic.com
You know what the problem is? It's a Ford. You know what Ford stands for? Fix It Again Tony.
 
M-G
2007-08-06 12:33:47 PM
Tom_Slick: My Jaguar has a Ford electrical system. I can't decide which is worse.

I dunno. The only electrical components I've had issues with are the ones that say "Denso - Japan" on them.

I've never had an electrical problem on a Ford-badged vehicle.

I'd bet that the switch in question wasn't designed or built by Ford. Most automakers today aren't that vertically integrated anymore.
 
2007-08-06 12:33:56 PM
cerejaninja: Poor Ford, having to spend all that money on recalls just because their cars sometimes catch on fire.

it isn't as much as you would think
 
2007-08-06 12:34:14 PM
reverendfitty: /Ford Focus Fan
//Hatchbacks only
///Mine works just fine


The car is cute, but that color (Ford orange)is hideous. I suppose it falls in line with other classic Ford colors. Ford turquoise (late 80s-90s) and Ford maroon (80s) come to mind...
 
2007-08-06 12:34:18 PM
When was the last time Ford had a recall for something that didn't involve their cars bursting into a supernova?

Why do people continue to buy their flaming shiat?
 
2007-08-06 12:35:04 PM
"Customers remain concerned about the long-term durability of the speed control system and about the safety of their vehicles," said Ford spokesman Dan Jarvis.

Jarvis then stated "but our vehicles aren't built for long term use so what's the problem?"
 
2007-08-06 12:36:31 PM
If A + B < C then DIAF
 
2007-08-06 12:36:59 PM
NikolaiFarkoff: ie, power nothing, no A/C, radio, etc. I digress, and NASCAR sucks.


fantastic rant. ++
 
2007-08-06 12:37:40 PM
Flames:
Official
Recall
Decider
 
2007-08-06 12:40:00 PM
Found
On
Reservation
Dump
 
2007-08-06 12:40:02 PM
Confusobot: mikaloyd: It's always best to buy foreign cars and keep former American autoworkers unemployed.

I have no hard facts to back this up, but I'm pretty sure if you buy a Japanese car in the US, chances are it was built here.


Facts are of no use whatsoever against FARK.
 
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