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Buyer Beware It Seems !

03 September 2012 - 08:26 AM

Recently purchased as 1 year old Fiesta 1.4TDCi Titatnium from the Ford Hypermarket in Northampton.

The spec on the web page said that the car had a DAB digital module fitted. Ineed, most of the Titatnium cars for sale had this on the spec.

I asked the sales guy about the DAB system and he said yes, its Ford's way of future proofing entertainment systems for when and if the analog is switched off. Good selling point me thinks.
Bought the car, but hinsight, I should have asked for a demonstration.

Checked the manuals supplied, but no indication of any DAB system, indeed the guide was not up to date as I had the new Sony head fitted which was not the one shown in the guide supplied.

After scratching my head for nearly a week, I finally gave up and went back to the garage and service centre. The guy in the service centre knew my problem as he had taken delivery of a Fiesta the previous week for his wife and was struggling to find the DAB settings himself.

The service manager checked both my registration and the service centre guys registration to find that it was not fitted and that it was an optional extra that was not fitted on either on the cars, even though the webpage suggested that they were.

It appears the rule is that they can print whatever they like on a webpage to sell the car, but once you sit in the car, its up to the buyer to check its all there. If I had purchased the car over the phone, it would have been different apparently and I could have either taken the car back for a refund or sorted the problem out.

Its a shame as the car is amazing.

So, let that be a lesson to you all when buying a car. CHECK EVERYTHING on the description !


New Owner Of 1.4Tdci Titanium, 1 Year Old.

30 August 2012 - 11:19 AM

Yep, now the happy owner of a 1 year old Fiesta. :rolleyes:
Any clues on where to get a new handbook that includes the SONY DAB 'entertainment' system ?
The car comes with a basic owners manual with several bits in the car not included.
Thnks in advance,

New Owner Of 1.4Tdci Titanium, 1 Year Old.

29 August 2012 - 09:13 AM

What a wonderful car !
10 years ago I said I would never own another Ford, now I cant see myself owning any other !! Nice one Ford.

My Fiesta is fitted with the Sony DAB stereo system. I have been looking for a user manual online - the owners manual does not cover sadly.

Any clues where I can get it ?

Bit puzzled regarding the DAB side. I can tune easily using the FM frequencies, no problems. I am guessing the FM AST band are for local strong frequencies ? Where is the DAB side ? Or am I missing something ? Maybe the manual will help !

Thanks in advance for any assistance.