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#2736 of 2924 Clogged water drain
Jan 25, 2008 (1:54 pm)
I am wondering if anyone else has this problem. Yesterday after starting my 2006 Ford Mustang convertible and turning on the heating system to defog the front windshield, I heard a swishing sound (like sand getting blasted at plastic). It seemed to happen as I turned my steering wheel in either direction or the car bumped around. I soon discovered water on the floorboard of the front passenger side of the car and could feel water dripping from underneath the far right side of the instrument panel. After my Ford dealer looked at it, they told me that the water drain for the windshield cavity was full of pine needles and it would cost $450.00 to clean it out. I said what? I have never heard of such a thing. I have had a few cars where I live in the mountains of California but never encountered this problem. Ford told me this was not a warranty repair and I would have to pay. The actual bill came to $345.29 - $29.04 for a filter and $316.25 for labor. Man, this sure seems like a design flaw because it seems to me cars should be able to handle any type of tree leaves and neadles without cloggin up. Has this happened to anyone else on a Mustang. My dealer tells me that this has happened to one other 2006 or newer Mustang that they have worked on.
#2737 of 2924 Re: Mustang Bullitt 2008 [luna1017]
Jan 27, 2008 (5:41 am)
Agree with akirby - DON'T pay that "market adjustment". Shop around - there will be dealers all over the country ready to sell one at MSRP. Sometimes dealers in the small towns live from internet sales.....start shopping online.
#2738 of 2924 Re: Clogged water drain [pathrider]
Jan 27, 2008 (5:50 am)
Well....yes and no. I agree with you, that Ford should have paid. Design flaw though - probably not. An exceptional load for a drain to handle probably. As they said, only one other case. If 50% of them did this, then yes, design flaw. Like weep holes in doors and mufflers, they normally drain. Keeping leaves clear of windshield grates is usually a user maintenance item, like washing. But once anyway, I think Ford should have stepped up.
See, this is where most Manufacturers blow it. The car is still under warranty - and by not paying for this repair - they have pissed you off, probably irreparably. $400 to you now, with a disclaimer that they won't clean it free again, and you should keep the pine needles out of it, to some degree, or you pay next time, would have gone a long way toward keeping your satisfaction attitude on the positive side, and may have sold you another Ford, and kept you from badmouthing Ford to 1200 of your closest friends......
#2739 of 2924 Re: Clogged water drain [pathrider]
Jan 27, 2008 (9:58 am)
You got ripped. Go back and scream. There's a TSB on the water leak issue - #07-14-6. The problem is almost always on the passenger side. This applies to 2005 through 2008 Mustangs and the online publication date of the TSB was 7/3/07.
The thing that is sad is that Ford gives four four possible causes in the TSB:
1) Loose grommets and/or sealer skips around the cowl area;
2) loose A-pillar window weather stripping retainer;
3) misaligned body harness grommet through the firewall; and/or
4) misaligned body harness grommet from the front passenger door.
Funny thing, mine nevers see rain or a car wash so I'll never know if it has this problem!
#2740 of 2924 My '08 Stang destroyed at dealership!
Jan 27, 2008 (7:01 pm)
I've been having a real string of bad luck lately, first my '05 Chyrysler 300' motor seizes up, and now my Stang gets smashed up at the dealership.
I went in for my first service with only 2200kms I've had my Mustang for 4 months. While the car was parked at the drive in doors waiting for someone to pull it in me and a few other guys were admiring the car when the garage door opens and one of their own service techs with an F-150 backs rite over the hood of my Stang. We all watched in shock as this happened........so now me the lucky guy that I am get to drive around in a Focus while the dealership i bought my brand new GT from fixes it after they crash into it. How nice eh!!
#2741 of 2924 Re: My '08 Stang destroyed at dealership! [stang81]
Jan 28, 2008 (2:48 pm)
A FOCUS???? I don't think so! I would DEMAND at least a "girlie Stang" (V-6) while they fix it......
#2743 of 2924 The Do's and Dont's of Buying a Mustang?
Apr 29, 2008 (4:02 am)
I want a used '05 Mustang with a manual transmission. I've never owned a Mustang before. Any tips on buying such a vehicle?
It will be primarily a year-round work car to get to work and back. I don't know how many miles per day though because I'm in the middle of changing jobs and could end up working anywhere between 1 miles to 20 miles from home. I'm a registered nurse by education; about to graduate in a week or so.
#2744 of 2924 06 GT Gas Mileage
May 02, 2008 (2:20 am)
I have an 06 GT with Manual Transmission and I am getting an average of 25 mpg,
driving 50% highway and 50% urban and rural. It can be done if you drive the torque and upshift quickly, I'm in fifth by 35 mph and I use cruise alot. A 50 -55 mph cruise can deliver over 30 mpg!
#2745 of 2924 Re: 06 GT Gas Mileage [macatowa]
May 02, 2008 (4:50 am)
" It can be done if you drive the torque and upshift quickly, I'm in fifth by 35 mph and I use cruise alot. A 50 -55 mph cruise can deliver over 30 mpg! "
Ummm, No Thanks and No.