Ford Motor Company / 2004 ford explorer defective rear end
I have a 2004 Ford Explorer with right at 43, 000 miles... it is a 4x4 Eddie Bauer edition, at 40, 000 miles almost to a T the transmission started shifting really hard between 2nd and 3rd gear and the rear end started to make a howling/whorling noise around 50+ mph, I took into Ford dealership for service and inspection and found that I would need to spend almost $800 for the transmission shifting solenoid to be replaced and $1250 more to have the rear gear and bearings replaced in the rear end. I went ahead and bit the bullet and had the transmission fixed... almost $900 later that has been fixed but the rear end is still loud. I asked service manager of garage if any assistance could be provided from Ford since the vehicle is just outside of the warranty period, we are talking 4, 000 miles when the noise started and now about 7, 000 miles over. Anyway he gave me a phone number for Ford's customer service I called [protected] and gave them my complaint and they said to call my local dealership in a few days and I did and the dealership told me that Ford stated warranty was out and I would have to pay out of pocket for the entire rear end repair.
Again the vehicle just had $900 spent on the transmission shifting issue and now needs another $1250 spent on the rear end and we are talking about a vehicle that only has 43, 000 miles!!!
Ford's customer service is horrible, they vehicles are made to break just outside of the warranty period and it clearly shows... The real icing on the cake the local Ford garage tells me last year when they were working on lots of 2004 Ford Explorers under warranty they were repairing 5 to 6 of these a DAY! CLEARLY! Ford knows these rear ends are defective if a small town garage like mine was repairing 5 to 6 of these a day!
Don't buy Ford, I sure know I won't... I even had a new 09 F150 on order and I was going to trade in my 04 F150 that I bought new as well... Ford has lost this long time customer!
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