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Old 04-01-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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Many thanks to you Fabulous Fanatics !

It turns out I did fry my poor 2001 60k mi Focus engine, according to mechanic #2. Must have been a leaky thermostat housing ... but the coolant reservoir was full, oil too, and I never had a warning light or high temp gauge. Too weird, eh?

But here comes Mike at Hilbish to the rescue! Brand new engine being shipped to mechanic #2. Installed should be under $2500. University Ford quoted me $5500 for a rebuilt engine. Hmmm ... sure could use that $3000 for something else!

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Old 04-01-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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awww this is a great news story!!

without the people and advice here I'd be very poor and remain oblivious and confused about my fofo elliott.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:16 AM   #3
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It turns out I did fry my poor 2001 60k mi Focus engine, according to mechanic #2. Must have been a leaky thermostat housing ... but the coolant reservoir was full, oil too, and I never had a warning light or high temp gauge. Too weird, eh?

But here comes Mike at Hilbish to the rescue! Brand new engine being shipped to mechanic #2. Installed should be under $2500. University Ford quoted me $5500 for a rebuilt engine. Hmmm ... sure could use that $3000 for something else!

God Bless this great website !
Your next step AFTER you get your car back and running is to run down to University Ford, show them what it actually cost to repair the car, and then tell them you're going to report them to the Better Business Bureau. Even if you do or not, scare them a little. There's absolutely NO excuse for what they were getting ready to do to you.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:17 AM   #4
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Thanks David, I appreciate that.
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:13 PM   #5
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nothing like a success story. i like that idea substanger. make those A-holes piss their pants
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:06 PM   #6
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sorry to hear about your motor....i would've thought there would have been some indication that it was hot before you would've fried it though???

anyways, good luck on the repair. hopefully you'll be up and running in no time!
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He should be good. The motor should be there in about 2-3 days. I sent it directly from Ford Racing to his garage. These motors are unbeatable for the $ since they put them on sale. These are brand new engines, not rebuilt and are complete from throttlebody to oil pan.
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Ah sweet! I'm glad I had just talked to Mike and he told me about those engines. Wasn't sure if I actually did anything to help but I feel like I did. lol

Looks like I'll be inspecting my thermostat housing this weekend.
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he should be good. The motor should be there in about 2-3 days. I sent it directly from ford racing to his garage. These motors are unbeatable for the $ since they put them on sale. These are brand new engines, not rebuilt and are complete from throttlebody to oil pan.
sweet deal!!! Makes me want to buy one, wrap up in a bag, and stuff in the corner of my garage.......just in case!
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Let me get this straight.....what actually happened to your engine? You didn't run out of coolant, the w/p belt didn't break, the gauge never went to hot, you never heard any strange noises, and you didn't run out of oil.

An explanation of "your engine is shot" wouldn't do it for me. I'd want a more detailed explanation of the exact problem before I bought a long block (new engine).

How long was your drive-train warranty....that should have covered the engine if it still was in effect.
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