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Old 05-02-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Looking for Kansas City Area Ford Dealer Recommentation for Service

I have a 2003 SVT and need the timing belt work done. Can anyone provide experience with any of the local Ford dealers?

Is there one you have worked with that is willing to let you bring your own parts in and pay for labor only?

Is there one you have found to be more affordable for labor rate?

Is there one you have found to know there stuff better than the others?

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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Why limit yourself to Ford dealers? They, and almost all other new car dealers, will charge more than good independents and do inferior work.
That said, very few shops of any kind will install parts they don't supply and guarantee the resulting work - less profit and no certainty of part quality.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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I would ONLY EVER go to a dealership service center for warranty work.

Your SVT is no longer in warranty and you're likely to get better service at a non-affiliated shop.

That said, post in the regional section and see if there's anyone local who has done SVT belts before. They might be willing to help you out.
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No fully equipped shop in its' right mind lets you bring your own parts, that alone gets you zero warranty.........you're looking for the impossible, the cheapest AND the best, AND they're gonna be dense enough to let half their profit slide. An oxymoron if ever I saw one.

Cheap timing pulleys often have no grease in them, think they're gonna warranty one that fails in one week as they sometimes do? Especially when it bends all the valves in that motor? Dude, you want the best, not cheap. You bought wrong engine for cheap there.
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The only time a Ford dealership will let me bring them a part is if is a Ford OEM part anyway.
Which sometimes I do at a dealership 50-60 miles away from Houston [ labor cheaper there] than a city dealership. The distant one has to go to Houston to fetch parts at the warehouse.
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Dude, you want the best, not cheap. You bought wrong engine for cheap there.
No kidding. Still, I want it done right, regardless what I decide to pay for it.

I've done a lot on this car myself already, more than I would have tackled normally. Will probably address more items myself down the road as well. I'm having the timing belt and associated parts and water pump replaced tomorrow. All with the dealership providing the parts. At least that concern will be addressed.

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