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Poll: Buckled Alloy Wheels. (47 member(s) have cast votes)

What alloys have you had buckle? And how many?

  1. Zetec S 16 Inch (11 votes [12.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.79%

  2. Titanium 16 Inch (14 votes [16.28%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.28%

  3. Street Pack 17 Inch (16 votes [18.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.60%

  4. 1 Alloy Wheel (15 votes [17.44%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 17.44%

  5. 2 Alloy Wheel's (12 votes [13.95%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.95%

  6. 3 Alloy Wheel's (11 votes [12.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.79%

  7. 4 Alloy Wheel's (6 votes [6.98%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.98%

  8. More than 4 Alloy Wheel's (1 votes [1.16%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.16%

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#46 Hjalle

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 01:23 PM

Yes  you are right antman99,

 

In Australia they are fitted to the mk 7 Zetec and I bought them second hand and put them on my mk6.5. They were taken off the original car after roughly 8 months of ownership as the girl I bought them off had bought aftermarket ones and was totally unaware of the buckling.

 

I was just surprised at how a Ford product can be so bad. I was expecting a factory fitted alloys to be better quality than aftermarket ones. I am heading down the same path of not buying another Ford product again and to have a customer aged 18 saying this is not a good business model for Ford.



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#47 b1g_dav3

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:15 PM

Some of mine lasted 2 months, 2 wheels actually; so that was enough for me personally, after having replaced a load. When Ford took the car from me, after having replaced the front wheels at no cost to myself, it had a full set gone again... 



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:29 PM

i don't understand this thread it isn't fords fault britains roads have got worse and worse. and the thing with speed bumps if people slowed down enough for them they wouldn't damage your wheels anyway.

 

plus can you prove  your tyre pressures kept at the right level as this will increase the chances of buckling wheels.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:48 PM

It is actually Ford's fault, the metal they've used is way too soft for purpose. I don't go anywhere with speed bumps as all, and if I do I crawl under them as I had a lowered car from standard, so I'd foul against them if I went too quick.

 

I've given my new alloys a hammering, and there hasn't been a single buckle in them on the Mk7.5 so it's obvious Ford knew there was a problem, plus every tyre garage I've been to has said the same, the alloys buckle for fun. When gathering my evidence, my dad through his work looked at 4 other Fiesta's of the same age, and all had at least 1 if not 2 buckles, or more.

 

And I check my tyre pressures, oil levels and fluid levels almost every evening after use  :P always have and I recommend everyone to do the same >_> takes basically 2 minutes to do. With my garaged ST, I always check before and after it's run too.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:59 PM

Ive also given my mk 7.5 17" alloys a bit of a hammering especially round the new forest its littered with potholes and hugs cracks in tarmac and mine are fine so far. Had ford check them when my car had its 1500 mile check and they are fine

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:52 AM

Here is the latest update to my little alloy story

 

I phoned the Ford Australia call centre where they sympathised with me and told me to take my car down to my local dealer and get them to have a look at it - So I took my car down today and had it looked at (with a stupid charge! I was told to take it to them and the car has been serviced there since new and they couldn't give me 10 minutes of them time! Ridiculous.) and they lifted the car up and spun the wheels by hand. The guy came out and got me took me out to my car and spun all 4 alloys for me and said 'to our eyes they look fine' where the apprentice piped in and said 'no I think this front one is a little off'.

 

So I asked them to write down on my invoice, front left alloy buckled' and what I got was. 'Car lifted, all 4 alloys ok. Slight buckle in L/F barely noticeable. I took my fistful of invoices/ quotes down to the local council ready to make my claim and finally get this stupid problem sorted where the lady behind the desk drops the lovely bombshell of 'the personal excess for claims is $1295AUD/ 760 pounds'. A new alloy costs $1000AUD/ 590pounds or a reroll costs me $150/ 90pounds neither of which I want to pay.

 

Cheers for your rubbish quality and rubbish service Ford. Im going to need to strongly consider buying another Ford product in the future, if this is the best you can do.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:45 AM

Hi, saying you won't buy another ford is tad OTT. I've had Fords since 1993 and not one of the has ever buckled a wheel despite the many potholes.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:56 AM

Hi, saying you won't buy another ford is tad OTT. I've had Fords since 1993 and not one of the has ever buckled a wheel despite the many potholes.

This is true cuke, I was being a bit harsh. I had just gotten home from the council and wasn't happy. Just goes to show you shouldn't type when you are in the heat of the moment!



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 09:33 AM

Hi guys

 

So... I've had a slightly bigger problem than just a buckle...

 

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I drive a Fiesta Titanium 1.6l (3 door).

 

The insurance refuses to pay out (although I have started the dispute process) and Ford (after being car-less for three months) just decided its not their problem - my current bill to fix the damage is sitting close to R40,000 (I'm from South Africa).

 

Ford Germany (after analyzing the wheel) came back with the standard response they're giving everyone: there must've been an impact. The problem is there wasn't - I was turning into a road at maximum 40km/h.

 

I'm open to different opinions on this, but for a rim to shatter like this means that either there's a manufacturing fault; or I had to be going at least 100km/h plus and hit something... Which would mean that I would be dead now - and I'm not.

 

I'm here to get some more opinions on this... My concern is: how many Fiesta-related accidents have happened where the owner/driver didn't walk away from to complain about it?



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 09:53 PM

Well that seems more of a catastrophic failure, no way should all spokes have gone like that unless you went sideways into something that grabbed the wheels outer edge all the way round, in which case there'd be damage to the car too.

 

Feel free to reference this, but it does seem a different thing to me. I don't doubt the soft metal plays it's role here, but that's a whole lot more serious than a buckle >.<



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:44 PM

Looking back on this topic it's really clear there's a problem, with so many votes for buckled wheels it really does show there's an issue.

 

I recommend people show this thread when trying to argue about buckled wheels to Ford, as it's obvious it's not an 'isolated case'.



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 12:32 PM

Managed to have two weeks off work and bought this months "What Car" (February?, the publishing industry seem to operate in an alternative time continuum) to pass the time. There is an article on MOT fails. It lists the top 50 fails on the 1st MOT at 3 years.

 

The Fester comes out mid table, however the really interesting thing is that its lists the type of fail and the Fester is 13.8% for wheels. 

 

The vast majority of others are less than 1%, for example the equivalent Vauxhall (Corsa) is 0.50%, 27 times less. Having a quick scan through I can only see a few other cars with more than 1-2% fail for wheels and all those well under 10%, Mini 5.5%, Clio, 4.9%, C1 5.41% for examples.

 

So pretty conclusive proof there is a big problem with Fester wheels.

 

The other striking thing is that almost without fail (pun intended), 30-40% of the failures are for tyres. Even though they are easy to check (you look at them every time you get in your car) and there are high police penalties if caught with bald tyres, more than a 1/3 of the cars on the road are dangerous.....  



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 08:40 PM

Well I've not gone through a single wheel yet with my 7.5 replacement, and I've hit a couple of decent holes in this bad weather and they're fine. So seems the Mk7.5 wheels have been tweaked, which can be quite seen looking at the 2 wheels carefully, the 7.5 wheels are slightly heavier and thicker with the tyre off, and the colour of the alloys is different despite the same colour being used.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:42 PM

I've done one alloy and tyre on mk7.5 (17" upgrade)

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 01:48 PM

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Mk7.5 17" so there not immune to buckling :(

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