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#2606 of 3348 2003 Mountaineer Brake pedal falling off
Jun 20, 2005 (5:37 pm)
I am brand new to this forum. Can anyone tell me if you have ever heard of the brake pedal falling off when attempting to step on the brakes? This happened to my sister this past weekend. Thankfully she was not going down a hill or was not in crowded traffic situation when this happened. She was able to get the vehicle to stop only because she was on a flat surface and not travelling very fast when the pedal broke away. She has the adjustable gas and brake pedal option on her vehicle. She has contacted the dealer and was told "this is the 1st time I have ever heard of this". I think this is the standard response from most every service manager. If anyone has heard of this please reply. I hate to think what could have happened in a different driving situation. This really seems like a very serious situation Ford/Mercury needs to look into. If anyone has any suggestions/ideas, please don't hesitate to respond.
Jun 20, 2005 (6:50 pm)
I have a tendency to agree...I was fed up with Detroit iron in the 1970s and 1980s, and I bought 4 Hondas in that time...my last two, in 1988, lasted until 1998 and 2001, 160K and 180K miles...I wanted to give Detroit another chance so in 2004 I bought a Dodge Truck and Crown Vic...very happy with Dodge, Crown Vic very nice but it could be a little more modernized, even tho it is a proven design, need not be so stodgy...imports do seem to be more modern, but for now I am sticking with American...when SUV time comes, I am considering redesigned 2006 Explorer, 4 Runner, Pathfinder, and, if it has been enlarged like we hear about, Hyundai Santa Fe...
#2608 of 3348 Parts sales - wear vs failure, 4Runner
Jun 21, 2005 (6:42 pm)
Of course, I was speaking of failures, not normal wear. If you look at the industry data from parts rebuilder publications and so forth, or just check what parts are sold at dealers and parts stores, you will see plenty of items on Toyotas, Hondas, and so forth which are not replaced due to normal wear.
The reputation seems to be greater than the reality. That is why I think that Ford would really jolt Toyota and Honda by going to a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. That, combined with the new products, would be a powerful one-two punch. The 2006 Explorer & Mountaineer are excellent examples. They will be the second generation independent rear suspension designs, with many improvements, while vehicles such as the 4Runner still have a solid rear axle.
#2609 of 3348 Re: Parts sales - wear vs failure, 4Runner [fsmmcsi]
Jun 21, 2005 (6:50 pm)
The thing is, Ford could offer me an unlimited miles/year warranty for free, and I wouldn't take them up on it. My time is much more important to me (which is the same for some people and not the same for others). With the frequent trips (every other week for months on end) to fix issue after issue, it's not worth it. At first people would be excited about a longer warranty until they realize that the fixes aren't "free" but rather are very time consuming and come with many hassles from Ford's Oasis (?) system. Not to mention Ford would go out of business even sooner with all the repairs they'd be performing...just me 2 cents.
#2610 of 3348 My Guess Is that a 10/100 Warranty
Jun 21, 2005 (8:51 pm)
would be met by GM and DCX and that TOY/HON would have to respond as well. It would be interesting to see if the current price war turned into a warranty war.
#2611 of 3348 moeharri and repairs
Jun 21, 2005 (10:37 pm)
I have never owned a car which fits what you describe (repairs every other week for months on end). My time goes for far more dollars than average, but I would not, and probably will not, hesitate to buy a 2006 Mountaineer now that my foray into Toyota land has been so miserable. I just can not imagine a vehicle as bad as what you describe in this day and age. Anyone with such a car needs to use the lemon law, sue the dealer or manufacturer, or more likely, find a better repair facility. I strongly suspect that such a situation would be the result of a lousy repair department. Even the cheapest cars today are much better than that.
#2612 of 3348 The best warranty..........
Jun 21, 2005 (11:02 pm)
IS THE ONE YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#2613 of 3348 Engines, 4.0L V6 vs 4.6L V8
Jun 22, 2005 (8:15 am)
I am planning to purchase a 2005 Explorer Sport. Occasionaly will tow boat with GVW of 3500 lbs.
Will the 4.0L V6 work ? Some hills, nothing steep.
Any thoughts appreciated. There is more selection with the the 4.0 L
#2614 of 3348 4.0 on hills
Jun 22, 2005 (5:07 pm)
Why bother with the little engine? I doubt the mileage will be any better than the V8 on those hills and with the trailer. The V8 only costs a little more than the 6.
Jun 22, 2005 (6:30 pm)
get the towing package too. gives you some load headroom.