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The 16 Reasons to Hate Ford Cars

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Long before computer geniuses made the world smaller with dial-up modems and handheld smartphones, Henry Ford opened up huge possibilities for 1900’s families and homesteads. According to the company’s own media center, the Model T’s introduction in 1908 created the American auto industry itself and transformed lives with a relatively low-cost and powerful way to move around the country.

No matter how you feel about Ford Motor Company, it’s impossible to deny that its founder revolutionized transportation.

However, if industry and consumer reaction is any indication, the modern-day descendants of those very first automobiles aren’t doing justice to the family name. From inconvenient technology glitches to faulty parts that endanger lives, there are more than sixteen reasons to stay away. But these are the most crucial, especially if you’re reconsidering your brand loyalty.

16. Hoods rust prematurely

If you purchased a Ford between 2000 and 2007, you might have noticed unusual wear and tear on the hood. Well, it’s not human error or improper maintenance that turned your car into the rustiest on the block. Most automakers insulate their aluminum-made car hoods and other parts, but Ford opted to skip this for eight straight years, severely decreasing the residual value of each vehicle without informing the new owners.

What’s most damning is that they did inform the dealers; the manufacturers sent out an internal technical service bulletin in 2004, in which they presented their own research laboratory’s findings about the cause and prevention of aluminum corrosion.

The iron particles that caused the aluminum corrosion would’ve had to get into the car’s body before it was painted, proving that Ford messed up. Apparently, manufacturers noticed this trend and determined that it was caused by metal dust and other debris, which seeped into the aluminum between the initial manufacturing process and when the paint was applied.

If Ford had followed industry standards, there would have been an extra step in between, giving the car’s exterior a layer of protection against unavoidable elements like rain, snow, humidity, and even sunshine. And if they had informed consumers as soon as they realized their mistake — rather than allowing it to continue — millions of vehicles could have been received the preventative care necessary to prevent the accelerated rusting.

The affected models might be older, but Ford hasn’t put this behind them just yet. In March 2013, the New York Times reported that a federal judge allowed a new class-action lawsuit to move forward in New Jersey’s District Court. The claim? That Ford’s negligence corroded aluminum panels and lowered the value of millions of vehicles in the process. Tellingly, it was Ford’s failure to immediately report their mistake that gives this suit some legitimacy.

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  • Briane Howland

    Wow, I’ve never seen a more biased article that isn’t political. Not to mention the majority of the so called reasons to “hate” Ford cars, were completely false. Especially the F150 that has been the best selling vehicle for 32 years running, not just the best selling truck, but out selling all cars, trucks, SUV’s, anything. Ford is giving it’s customers what they want, and certainly aren’t being shunned, what they’re doing is obviously working or they wouldn’t have made over 8 billion dollars in profit last year, after not taking the Government buyout. And going global will allow Ford’s to offer it’s amazing technologically advanced vehicles to the entire world. All you have to do is go to a dealership and see that they don’t have a lack of SUV’s?! The new Mustang is so far from being common, and has so much more new technology than previous years it’s ridiculous. Where are they getting this info from? And Ford’s Ecoboost technology, that every other car manufacture is copying using the same technology to produce smaller engines with turbos, variable valve timing, and direct injection that makes as much or more hp and always more tq than the larger engines they are replacing, and they’re getting 20% better fuel economy. Not to mention Ford has won the second consecutive international engine of the year award. If Ford had an uncertain future, they wouldn’t be winning these awards and setting records like the Daytona Speedway Lap record with a Daytona Prototype race car using an Ecoboost V6 with 70% production parts. Nothing in this article makes any sense what so ever. Good way to loose a lot of you subscribers to your website.

  • Cher Fontenot

    Ford was & is the best vehicle on the market! I owned 6 mustangs in my lifetime & only maintenance was required! The first F series came out in 1948 & then the F-150 series came out in 1975 & were awesome trucks! Now you can see the new Ford Harley Davidson has been on the market for years. I do NOT know where you got your information but in my book FORD HAS ALWAYS MADE GOOD CARS & TRUCKS

  • James Van Over

    …And the one overriding reason to buy a Ford product—NO GOVERNMENT BAIL OUT!! Ford has decided to make their money the old fashioned way – EARN IT.

  • J Majlath

    MUST OWN GM STOCK…LOL

  • Dave Livingston

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) still hurting over Ford’s refusal to participate in the bailout.

  • Dave Livingston

    Another quote about a “2000” investigation. Wow, nothing could have change in 14 years.

  • ann odom

    Ford has issued a letter offering a ten year warranty for Fusions, Escapes, Marinars & Milans built from 2009 to 2013 saying those particular cars may have a malfunction occur in the throttle body system and suddenly your speed would be reduced. They don’t tell you reduced to what! I asked an engineer at world headquarters “If I was going 55 mph on a crowded freeway and the warning light suddenly came on, what would my speed be reduced to and how long would it take? His reply was, “you would go from 55 mph to “5mph” in less than one minute.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that this could endanger not only the driver’s life but all drivers close to the malfunctioning car.
    Ford is obviously trying to avoid an expensive recall with a ridiculous Band-Aid extended warranty issued five years after the fact. Doesn’t help if you are “DEAD.”
    This is customer notification 13NO3. I hope all the owners of above mentioned vehicles contact their congressman and Attorney General’s office and file a complaint.