Fuel Filler Flap Fallen Off - A Cautionary Tale Ford Wont Replace!
Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:07 PM
Most of us know about the Fiesta MK7 sticking fuel filler cap, we have three MK7's in our household two Titanium's and a Style and they have all gone the same way. But here is another tale.
The coloured trim which attaches to the fuel filler flap hinge has parted company with my wife's 13 month old Titanium. Not a problem we thought, just return it under warranty and it would be replaced.
How wrong we was, the local dealership first stated that it was my wife's fault for losing it?? and then accused of abusing it and wanted £82, yes £82 for a small round piece of plastic!!
I contacted the dealership to to ask how was it my wife's fault for losing it as it had fell off the car, and secondly how could she have abused the filler flap, she only opens and closes it to put fuel in?
I was then informed that as it is classed a trim it only has a 12 month warranty on it and that was Ford's policy. I contacted Ford's customer services yesterday (08/06/2012) and was told exactly the same.
I protested stating that I did not expect that a 13 month old car, which was still under warranty and not cheap, should have bits falling off it at such a young age and I was going to have to replace at my expense. I stated it was either a design fault or an inherent problem with the manufacture of the part and when I was sold the car I had the usual guff of 3 years worry free motoring, any problems bring it back. I was not told "oh by the way if bits drop off it after 12 months your screwed.
They were not interested only apologised and followed the company mantra "It is Ford's policy"
Well it is now my policy to to speak to trading standards as I do not think that the part was of satisfactory quality or fit for purpose, as per the sale of goods act.
I will let you how I get on, for those who are interested, as I do not believe that after spending £16000 on a car I should be spending money to put parts back on it after 13 months.
Any thoughts or comments from other members?
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:27 PM
Some dealers are just plain stupid enough to shoot themselves in the foot.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:56 PM
Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:25 PM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:16 PM
I could have been writing your exact post except mine is with door seals, they were replaced within the 12 months and they then fell of again only after 2 weeks of messing around with the dealer and ford CRC did they agree to replace them for free, For me this was the final straw with the company that is Ford, I have owned 4 Fiestas and had nothing but problems, although most things have been minor I have had with my previous Fiesta the seat weld snapped off after 14 months, Ford said this was wear and tear (I'm not that fat!) only after a huge protest did they pay the £120 to have it replaced, I then after 3 or 4 smaller arguments about little things decided I would buy the new Fiesta and after a huge mess up from a main dealer in Bristol I visited another dealer and finally got the car, after 6 months the door seals feel off (common issue) had that replaced, another month later 2 buckled alloys (no chance of Ford offering money with that one!) and then another few months later the same door seal and the other one also fall off, alas another argument awaited me and as I said it only has just been fixed, Ford CRC are going to be ringing me back again tomorrow to confirm all is fixed and best of all they are still hanging a little bit!
I love my car to bits, its a great drive, good on fuel, relatively comfy etc but I cannot stand the arguments you have with the dealers when something goes wrong and with that in mind I not buy another Ford even if they were to offer me a substansle discount, it just is not worth it.
I know it seems crazy moaning about Ford on a Ford fan site but anyone who has seen my posts before will realise I love the cars just hate the cr*p that comes with them.
My advice is don't give up, moan like hell, as you said try trading standards, only after speaking to VOSA about my seat did Ford become more understanding and even when they do offer to replace it free say to them its all good and well but what about when it falls off again or the door seals fall off and you have to start another huge doo dah.
Best of luck.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:20 PM
Ford Dont give a flying pig about it.
customer relationship centre my !Removed!. more like customer abuse centre
Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:27 PM
Not a Functioning Fuel Filler Flap.
Is the Accelerator Pedal Trim Or Functional
I therefore suggest ford get there legal wording right.
Trim that has a functional purpose in the operation of the car. Otherwise why do they fit a filler flap. I assume not enough glue was used at production
Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:13 AM
Many warranty claims are down to whether the dealer can be bothered to process it and/or argue the case with FMC.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:14 PM
I have now contacted trading standards and quite surprised at their reply.
Basically company policy does not over rule the law of this land, company policy is a red herring. They state Under the sale of goods act 1979 that goods should be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose intended and and last a reasonable amount of time.
The analogy they used if you asked "is it reasonable for a £2000 plasma telly to break after a 9 months, they'd probably say no, but it probably is for a 50p torch"
It is not reasonable for a £16000 car to have bits dropping off it after a short period of time, and it would be reasonable for the fuel filler flap lasts the life time of the car under normal operational circumstances, and you have not used it to tow a car with or used it to sit on:)
They also state that the onus is on Ford to prove that it was not down to poor design, faulty manufacture or that there is an inherent fault with the part and not me to prove otherwise.
As it is Fords policy I will be writing to Ford with all of the above and wait there reaction.
I will keep you updated and thanks for your comments.
Its such a friendly place to be, next post I hope will be more positive and I hope I can help other members or just get into the spirit of things instead of moaning. I will post a picture of my sons MK7, which is a standard 1.2 Style, which has had a really nice professional ly fitted body kit and alloy wheels fitted.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:01 PM
Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:32 PM
I too had to battle with Ford dealer but won in the end, are Ford so short sighted that they think they can ride ruff shod over customers and expect brand loyalty next time we change our cars?
I hope Ford see fit to acknowledge these recurring issues with door seals and filler cap doors otherwise people will probably move to other competitors vehicles.
Hope you get sorted.
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