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I can only speak with experience on Fords from around 1994 - 2003, but some are as follows;
  1. Ka - Central locking module, Throttle position sensor, overtightening of spark plugs, corrosion just behind side doors (near bottom).
  2. Fiesta - Water leaks into car, paint issues on rear spoiler, premature camshaft wear, noisy gearboxes, CTX autos, oil usage on zetecs.
  3. Escort - CTX auto.
  4. Focus - Rust on rear tailgate, misting of headlamps, rear wheel bearings.
  5. Puma - Oil usage, poor headlights.
  6. Probe - Immobiliser & distributor faults.
  7. Mondeo (series II) - Water ingress through rear lights, CV wear, heater blower resistor, autobox issues, cat failure on V6's, handbrake issues, chrome alloys show signs of peeling.
  8. Mondeo (series III) - paint match issues, air con faults, handbrake failure.
  9. Cougar - heater blower resistor, tyres which are unique to the model (hard to find & limited choice).
  10. Galaxy - water ingress into ECU, air con failure, auto issues (mean car has to go to VW specialists for repair/reprogramming), interior trim can get shabby.
  11. Explorer - carpet mats can interfere with pedals, firestone tyre issue, cam chain failure, remote locking cannot be used near supermarkets/mobile phone masts.
  12. Scorpio - Rust through rear arches, cam chain failure, cat failure, autobox failure.
Just a few horrors.

P.S. if a car ever caught fire, we had to refer to it as a 'thermal event', a bit of an understatement if you ask me.


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