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    #41
    Quote Originally Posted by butterpear View Post
    **UPDATE DEC. 8**

    -After my lack of success getting FGP to reply to my emails since October, my wife was finally able to contact them by phone about a week ago. She met with FGP at the casa on Wednesday (I was unfortunately at work)

    -FGP said they are willing to share in the costs of replacing the transmission. As I stated in the original post, our feedback from Casa (who had called FGP in October to ask for the price of the transmission for this) was about P370k.

    -FGP sent a proposal later in the week stating that the "official" cost of the transmission is P667,000. But they will give us a "special discount" and charge us only P363,000 for the part.

    From our perspective, it looks like what they've done is to almost double the already crazy expensive price for the transmission from P370k to P667,000; then created an artificial discount by cutting it back to P363,000. I'm sure though that they have some internal document to support that price, ridiculous as it is.

    Dealing with FGP has been extremely disappointing, frustrating, and expensive. I pulled the car out of the casa and have been looking for a transmission elsewhere as the prices from Ford are crazy and unaffordable. The only thing we've gained by dealing with Ford is a general diagnosis that the transmission is faulty and needs replacing. Just what exactly is wrong with it is a mystery. It cost us close to P22,000 and leaving the car 3 months with Ford to just find this out.

    Unfortunately, Ford Focus parts aren't easy to find. The diesel DCT/powershift transmission seems particularly difficult (as there haven't been too many of these on the road), and I haven't been able to source one. Outside mechanics I've spoken to have no experience with the internals of the transmission, and are not confident they can do anything about this short of changing the entire assembly.

    For those thinking of buying a Ford powershift/dual clutch transmission, you might want to consider that:

    1. My transmission malfunctions do not seem to be isolated. Try googling to see all the complaints in other markets (like many Ford cars, the local Focus is a global model)
    2. If something in your ford powershift transmission does go bad, it's a sealed unit and chances are that you will have to replace the whole thing and the Ford people themselves may not be able to tell you exactly what's wrong with it.
    3. If you have to replace the whole thing, you can either: go to casa (bring P667,000, but maybe they'll give you a discount so you'll pay less than P400k); or source the transmission and have it fixed elsewhere
    4. There aren't too many Ford powershift cars around. The powershift transmission itself is a relatively new technology. This means that not only is the transmission itself difficult to source, but mechanics don't have much experience in fixing it.
    Do you have the previous repair quote in writing?

    Time to take it to the DTI. That they quoted two vastly differing prices is already a red flag and should help your case.

    600k pesos for a new transmission is bull. That's nearly equivalent to the brand-new price of a Powershift-equipped vehicle.

    Who at FGP sent you that letter? Are you sure it was FGP and not the dealership per se?

    Ang pagbalik ng comeback...

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    #42
    Hi Niky,

    Unfortunately I don't have the first figure of P370k in writing. This figure came out when I met with the service technician and mechanic at the casa in October. The mechanic said it looked like the transmission needed to be replaced, and so he had called up FGP to ask for the price- and they gave P370k. There was no reason for the mechanic to make up a price at that point- if anything, the motivation would have been to give a higher than actual cost para may patong sila.

    The proposal stating P667k for a new transmission came from FGP (ford customer service division) in an email just a few days ago, so I do have that in writing.

    Sadly, I think that FGP is squeezing the casa for FGP's own shortcomings and I don't want the casa to get into trouble as I think they've tried to be helpful but their hands are tied. The source for the original P370k price came from whoever in FGP the Casa mechanic called for the price in our October meeting. I got a call a few days ago from the Casa, saying that the P370k given during our October meeting was just an "estimate"- my sense is FGP wasn't happy with them about this.

    In post #22, I mentioned that FGP claims that the transmission fluid should have been changed at the earlier of 2 years or 60,000km. My wife told me that when she was at Casa, the FGP rep scolded the casa for telling us that the interval was higher, and produced a paper showing that it should indeed be changed every 2 years (at P2,800/liter, and the car needs 6 litres. By the way, there are supposedly no acceptable substitutes for this very special fluid). As I've now pulled out the car I was able to check the owner's manual about the interval for transmission fluid change: it's every 125,000km (not 60,000km) - with no time-based interval (instead of the 2 years claimed by FGP- out to at least 8 years which is the last period shown in the maintenance schedule). So I don't know where FGP gets these maintenance intervals, or why they are different from the documentation they give car owners.

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    #43
    Quote Originally Posted by ghosthunter View Post
    I think you shouldn't settle for the quoted P363K tranny replacement price. As I mentioned before, it can be claimed as a product defect resulting in the early failure of the tranny. Although your car might be out of warranty, parts like the tranny should last the life of the car. Your car with only 25,000km on the odometer should not experience such a failure. FORD should honor the "goodwill warranty" claim on the Focus and replace the tranny with either no charge or minimal charge to the owner of the car. Minimal would be around P100K (more or less).

    P373K is still way too much to pay for fixing something that can be seen as a factory defect resulting in early tranny failure.
    Hi Ghosthunter-

    Yes I agree, I will definitely not agree to the P363k replacement price. The price alone is ridiculous, plus with the history of the changing quotations for this and a supposed discount just leaves a bad taste. I haven't yet decided how much to pursue this with FGP. I feel that they haven't been ethical, responsive, or transparent and the aggravation of having to deal with them on top of my car troubles may not be worth it. On the other hand the way they treat their customers is so appalling that I also feel that I shouldn't just let it go.

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    #44
    Quote Originally Posted by butterpear View Post
    Hi Ghosthunter-

    Yes I agree, I will definitely not agree to the P363k replacement price. The price alone is ridiculous, plus with the history of the changing quotations for this and a supposed discount just leaves a bad taste. I haven't yet decided how much to pursue this with FGP. I feel that they haven't been ethical, responsive, or transparent and the aggravation of having to deal with them on top of my car troubles may not be worth it. On the other hand the way they treat their customers is so appalling that I also feel that I shouldn't just let it go.

    I would think in whatever future communication you will have with them, I think it would be best to mention dates/times/names of your past communications with them, may it be through letters or phone calls, etc. Let them know that you are dead serious in getting this issue done the way it should be done and not just be handled like sweeping it under the proverbial rug.

    Although I personally hate threats, it might come down to that... threats to have the story of the Focus dual-clutch tranny issue and the way FGP handled it forwarded to the main-stream media/press and potential publication for print and online distribution. I think light hints like "advise from your lawyer" and such might be enough to get their attention but it should only be used as part of last resort measures.

    From how I read your update, I think you haven't gone into legal advise. I do strongly advise you to get legal help on this, especially if you have a friend in one of the bigger law houses. Have their law firm's name on top of your letters to FGP may more than just liven up the responses so far given by FGP to you...., especially since we are talking about hundreds of thousands of pesos involved.

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    #45
    ulanin kaya ng email yan? anyone here willing to help butterpear? TS, post mo email address ng FGP at i-email campaign na yan.

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    #46
    Quote Originally Posted by butterpear View Post
    Hi Niky,

    Unfortunately I don't have the first figure of P370k in writing. This figure came out when I met with the service technician and mechanic at the casa in October. The mechanic said it looked like the transmission needed to be replaced, and so he had called up FGP to ask for the price- and they gave P370k. There was no reason for the mechanic to make up a price at that point- if anything, the motivation would have been to give a higher than actual cost para may patong sila.

    The proposal stating P667k for a new transmission came from FGP (ford customer service division) in an email just a few days ago, so I do have that in writing.

    Sadly, I think that FGP is squeezing the casa for FGP's own shortcomings and I don't want the casa to get into trouble as I think they've tried to be helpful but their hands are tied. The source for the original P370k price came from whoever in FGP the Casa mechanic called for the price in our October meeting. I got a call a few days ago from the Casa, saying that the P370k given during our October meeting was just an "estimate"- my sense is FGP wasn't happy with them about this.

    In post #22, I mentioned that FGP claims that the transmission fluid should have been changed at the earlier of 2 years or 60,000km. My wife told me that when she was at Casa, the FGP rep scolded the casa for telling us that the interval was higher, and produced a paper showing that it should indeed be changed every 2 years (at P2,800/liter, and the car needs 6 litres. By the way, there are supposedly no acceptable substitutes for this very special fluid). As I've now pulled out the car I was able to check the owner's manual about the interval for transmission fluid change: it's every 125,000km (not 60,000km) - with no time-based interval (instead of the 2 years claimed by FGP- out to at least 8 years which is the last period shown in the maintenance schedule). So I don't know where FGP gets these maintenance intervals, or why they are different from the documentation they give car owners.

    At this time, I suggest to have everything in writing and documented and signed by someone from Ford.... name (department), date and time. This will help stop the merry-go-round finger pointing.

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    #47
    Why not just sell the car and buy a different one?

    Or trade it in perhaps?

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    #48
    Quote Originally Posted by yebo View Post
    ulanin kaya ng email yan? anyone here willing to help butterpear? TS, post mo email address ng FGP at i-email campaign na yan.


    Mail-bombing will not help this issue. Its matter of executive decisions where this will lead. They have to be convinced that doing the replacement (at an acceptable cost to the owner) is less costly than the alternative,...

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    #49
    Quote Originally Posted by renzo_d10 View Post
    Why not just sell the car and buy a different one?

    Or trade it in perhaps?

    Selling the car now will only get a small value because of the problem with the tranny. Getting it fixed then selling it would be the better choice.

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    Pang mayaman pala ang TDCi merry christmas......

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