Nick D

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  1. If you're still around, I'd appreciate your input! I phone my local independent garage to get an idea of price and he said "oh, it depends if it's a cable clutch or a hydraulic. And if it's hydraulic, you're looking about £380". All of a sudden the price has jumped by £300 quid (this always seems to happen with cars!). Any idea what this is about?! Cheers!
  2. Cheers for that. That doesn't sound TOO bad, so I guess I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get it sorted. It certainly doesn't seem to be getting better on its own! Although, I find if I double declutch it does seem to change into gear better, but I'm not that good at it, and it's not really a long-term solution!
  3. I have a problem with my 2003 Ka. Basically, when you're changing up the gears, particularly into 3rd, if you try and give it too much 'gas', the revs just run away as if it's not in gear at all, and then you have to come off the pedal a bit and go back on it until it settles down. Does this sound like a knackered clutch? If so, does anybody know what sort of money I'd be looking at to get it replaced (parts + labour)?! Cheers, Nick
  4. No, I don't understand it, either. This is one of the points I will be taking up with Ford. I'm sure I'll just receive a standard reply back from them "this isn't covered under warranty blah blah.." but it's worth a try. I'm sure there's some legislation about selling products with design flaws somewhere. Just gotta find it!
  5. Quite simply, they do it to make a nice income for the servicing departments. Did you see Fifth Gear the other night? I think it was Renault Meganes that you can't actually change the front headlight bulbs yourself because of where they are - it's a dealer job! And they'll charge you an arm and a leg for the pleasure! Nice little earner. ..and they charged me £121 for the pleasure in the end. I shall be taking this up with Ford directly now. I'm not paying that every time this flimsy piece of plastic breaks!
  6. I'm not 100% sure exactly what they've replaced now. But apparently it's finished, so I'll go and pick it up and hopefully things will be clearer. They've probably changed a wing mirror or something! :o
  7. Well, the dealer phoned me back. And apparently they can now do the job for £121?! Very odd. I still think it's extortionate for what is just a 50p piece of plastic, which could break again at any time, so I will be taking it up with Ford directly as it is a design flaw. But at least I can actually afford to have it done in the mean time.
  8. I shall try an independent garage, ta. The weird thing is, this guy: has the same problem but has managed to buy just the door hinge as a part, although he can't seem to fit it. So if you can buy just this part, why do they tell me the whole thing needs replacing?! This is very odd
  9. Hello. I wonder if anybody else has had this problem. You know the little door which covers the petrol cap? Well, the hinge is made of plastic. My wife was closing it on our 57 plated Focus (less than a year old) after filling up, and it broke off. I took it to my local Ford dealer to get it fixed, assuming it was a simple, cheap job and probably covered under waranty. But, surprise surprise, not only is it not covered under waranty, they want £1500 to fix it because they have to replace all the fuel hose and the central locking bits, too! In my view, this is a design fault. It should not be made of plastic. I could shell out 1500 quid to fix it, and then a week later it could happen again! Anybody got any ideas what my options might be? I think I'm going to have to take it up with Ford themselves, as it's a design fault, but it would help if there were other people with the same problem! e.g. if somebody has the phone number of the best person to phone at Ford, that would also be handy! ta cheers