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Faulty Immobilisor Car Won't Start

21 June 2013 - 04:21 PM

I have a Ford Focus 1.8 Titanium tdci on a 56 plate. I went to go shopping and I started the car. It ran for 5 seconds before cutting out and it wouldn't start again. So I called the rac and he couldn't get it started. He connected it up to his diagnostic machine and told me that it could be the fuel pump gone because there was no pressure in the fuel line.

Got it towed to a local garage and it sat there for a week before they looked at it. When they did look at it they told me that it came up on the diagnostic as a faulty immobiliser and that the Ecu needed reprogramming and only a ford garage could it and  it would cost around £95

I then got it towed to my nearest ford garage which is 11 miles away. They told me they would run their own diagnostic. They diagnosed a faulty immobiliser and told me that they needed to send the instrument cluster away to be refurbished to the cost of £450 and it takes a week to come back.

When they got it back they fitted the cluster only to find that the problem was still there. They sent it back to the refurbishers only to be told that they tested it and it was working fine. They then ordered a new cluster which when fitted will cost me around £600 and fitted that only to find that it had already been reprogrammed to a different car with 70,000 miles on the clock.

I didn't want to take it to a ford  garage because I had been ripped off before by ford.

I have been without my beloved Focus for three weeks now and have been relying on workmates for lifts to work.

Does anyone know wether this problem with my car could be something other than the immobiliser? I'm hoping that it would be a cheaper fix than £600.

Thanks in advance :-)


Hello Everybody

20 June 2013 - 08:26 PM

Hello everyone

I own a ford focus 1.8 Titanium tdci on a 56 plate. Just wanted to say hello to everyone and I look forward to using this site.