• Mar 6, 2007
As if Ford didn't have enough problems, they also have to contend with the gift that keeps on giving: their cruise control switches. The company previously recalled 5.8 million vehicles because a manufacturing problem with the switch could cause a short, resulting in a "thermal event" (more commonly referred to as a fire). Now Ford has to add another 155,000 assorted F-Series trucks and SUVs to the tally. The affected vehicles are all from 2003 and they include the seldom-seen Lincoln Blackwood pickup (above). Of the millions of affected vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration got 1,472 customer complaints and 65 reported fires.

[Source: USA Today]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Jeff R,

      Did you have a Ford truck that caught fire? Do you know anyone who has? Your sacred Toyota isn't so great that this couldn't happen to them from a poorly manufactured part from a supplier. Stop writing your hate here, no one cares. Plenty of people have had quality Ford vehicles that have lasted and provided a quality ownership experience.

      As for Toyoturd4life,

      Get through high school and then maybe you can post (or at least pay attention in English class). Nearly every post I read from you is filled with typos, blatant mispellings, run on sentences and incomplete thoughts. You can't sound intelligent if you don't correctly spell at least 9 out of 10 words you write and lose people in 35 word sentences.

      As for your name calling to David for being older than you, maybe if you were intelligent you would realize that you don't know it all and you can learn from those with more experience than you. Your lack of experience both in the world of automotive and the world in general is an easy explanation for your continued bash of everything American. Perhaps you'd rather go live in Japan.

      You're obviously young, (very) dumb, and have never owned the products that you come on here to bash so keep your inexperienced, unintelligent, blathering to yourself. Do yourself a favor, spend your time doing your homework instead of bashing on people's livlihood huh? Maybe someday you can get a good job and afford your next Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes fire good - sludge bad
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota 4 life, which in recent cases their cars aren't (lol), you really have TOO much time on your hands. I could bring up toyotas disasterous intro of the current Avalon, the prius catching on fire and its long list of recalls, Toyota hiding steering defects, Toyota blaming their customers for sludge issues, the new Tacoma coming out and in its first month having a recall, we could go on and on. My 04 F150 (non-heritage) does not have that particular component, so it will be just fine. My grandfathers 02 and my aunts 01 are doing just great. They have both taken care of theirs properly. You know, you just make yourself look silly on here. You can attack me all you want, but I am not blind. I know Toyota is nothing but hype. Maybe you grew up in an era were Ford had bad vehicles, but I didn't. And the way it is looking, Toyota's quality is starting to stink. The fact is, the fire can be prevented. Toyotas poorly designed engines cannot be prevented from sludging up. Id rather have something I can fix before it causes a problem, instead of waiting to just be left on the side of the road with a destroyed engine and NO roadside assistance or anything. So when we pass you with your broken down Toyota, we will just smile and wave. Or if you want, we could offer you a ride to go buy a new Ford! Your choice! ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      HEY BRYAN,i would rather stay on the roadside than ride in that ford,do you have a fire truck following you all day long?you will need it ,the idea of getting roast is nerve recking,so goodluck with your ford ,if you smell something its not sludge its your ass burning,and if your kids are in it you gotta teach them STOP,DROP AND ROLL
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh yeah Ford should. And at the same time let 327,000 employees go. Yeah, they should quit alright.
      • 7 Years Ago
      not to rub it in toyboy, go to www.insideline.com and look at the service problems complaints and tsb's with your 4runner. pay special attention to the one about rust through on the frames. better check yours. then read all the complaints if you can stay up til 3 am. and the one about toyota forgetting to put reflectors? boy, if you do end up on the side of the road all sludged up with broken ball joints and a rusted out broken frame and it's nightime and no reflectors better stand far away from your heap.
      oh yeah, the rusted out frame; now we know how your imagination transfered to a ford.
      and you fanboys have the nerve to comlain about domestics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      TIM,what a dumb ass ,i would take sludge and balljoint any day over getting roast ,you better drive in your fire suit
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I'd rather deal with a fires than sludgy engines". Detroit Fanboy
      • 7 Years Ago

      Sludge or Fire? Thats why I drive GM and Chrysler.

      All companys have their problems. Some people tend to have better luck with certain makes than others.
      You can`t tie a name on luck it varies to idividual experience.

      I hope Ford can put their electrical problems to rest. This is really hurting them bad. Their poor dealers don`t help either.

      Chrysler has been best for me in my area.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bryan-

      Gee, I guess I'm pathetic because I don't want to be burned to death by my own vehicle. Or maybe I'm pathetic because I think vehicles that catch on fire frequently like Fords do are very unsafe. You're just another delusional Ford owner who is just not only incredibly mindless but also insane. There are many Fords out there simply because Ford is a very large company...but also because you've let yourself be brainwashed by organizations like Consumer Reports, for example.

      Other than the exotic and ultra-luxury cars (Bentley, Ferrari, etc.), GM and Toyota build the best...that's why those companies will always be the biggest in the auto world and Ford will continue to languish. For every one loyal customer Ford has like you hundreds are abandoning the brand. And anti-sentiment toward the Ford brand is rapidly increasing and the company is having serious financial issues. A person with their head screwed on right would figure out that Ford really isn't a good manufacturer to buy a vehicle from. But you're not one of those people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If North American vehicles don't start improving, Toyota won't work as hard to be better. Ford doesn't need this. Their trucks are their bread & butter. The F150 is one of the best selling vehicles in Canada. Now that Ford closed a factory down in that country, Canadians will be looking closer at Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yea i would not gloat much about gm and chrysler,along with all the recalls from gm the grand prixs are now catching fire shortly after parking it ,advice ,park around the block ,not in your garage,and chrysler had the worste recall rate in 2006 ,dodge ram had 6 to 7 recalls in one year
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