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Old 03-12-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
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My 04 SVT Euro caught FIRE!!! :(

So I was at a buddy's house friday afternoon and I go to start my car. It starts but very roughly and then runs like crap, and as soon as I go to put it under load, it dies. Side note....This happened to me about 2 months ago one night at work and I had the vehicle towed back to the dealership I bought it from because it is still under warranty. It ended up being the coil and they replaced it and I was on my way....back to present day, same symptoms, check engine light was on etc.... so I sit there with the car off for about 5 minutes debating on whether to call the dealership again and hear them say, just bring it up here we'll get to it Monday, or just leave it and wait. So, I wait a few and start it up, no check engine light, no nothing. I think to myself, ok, I gotta get it home to my garage at least so I dont have to leave it in my buddy's street all weekend. Well about a 1/4 mile away it starts to buck and surge and run like crap so I pull over and I notice smoke coming from under my hood. I jump out of the car and lift the hood and the coil is shooting sparks and and is glowing red as well as the cover that protects it. Oh, and the keys are out of the car, but the engine is still surging and dieseling (no keys and car is turned off). It then proceeds to catch everything around it on fire, the battery box, the air box etc... and made it's way to the fuel line where it explodes and flames shoot up above the hood and catch the underhood material on fire!!! My buddy runs inside this salon that we are parked near and grabs a fire extinguisher and comes running out. Well that was about 1/4 full and doesnt last long. During this a cop pulls up and says, having some trouble son??? Takes his sweet time to pull over and then just walks up to the car on fire. I scream at him to get his fire extinguisher and leasurely walks to his trunk and comes back with it and sprays it, but still fire isn't out. By this time the fire truck shows up and they put it completely out. Not before half the engine compartment is melted. So, needless to say, my car is completely covered with that C02 or whatever and is a complete mess inside and out!!! I call insurance and explain everything and they say that is a warranty issue and my dealership needs to take care of it. I call my dealership and they say the opposite. In my opinion it's the dealers issue, y should I have to make a claim and make my rates go up when it was no fault of mine, it was an electrical problem that they supposedly fixed!!! So, I just take my car to the dealership on Friday and by the time I get there they are closed so I leave a note with my keys in the drop box like they said to do, asking them to please call me first thing monday morning. Now, it's Monday morning, I sleep in a little bit and wake up around 930AM this morning, no missed calls. I immediately call the dealership and they say, oh, u'r car is in the body shop....let me transfer u. I talk to the body shop and tell them what happened, and they say, well then y is u'r car here, it should be in the service garage. Hold on let me transfer you. I talk to another goon in the garage who says someone is going to call me back in a few minutes. One hour goes by and some random guy calls me back and says it looks to me like most of the damage is on the passenger side of the vehicle, there is no way that coil could cause this damage, because coils dont get hot enough or emit enough charge to start a fire.. I said are you serious here?? Do you think u are talking to a moron?? Have you ever take one plug wire off of a coil while u'r engine is firing?? Tell me there isn't enough charge to do some damage. I get irate with him and it does no good, he says u'r gonna have to deal with insurance on this one. I say, no my insurance has nothing to do with this. Your faulty ass part caught on fire and almost burned my car completely down and almost blew up in my face!!! I have attached pictures of the engine compartment for you to look at here, u tell me what looks melted more, the passenger side or the drivers side in the engine compartement!! Note: the passenger side by the firewall caught on fire because of the mat that was on the hood on fire laying on it. SO....i ask all of you, NOW WHAT????????






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Old 03-12-2007, 04:59 PM   #2
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P.S. SO....I called 2 different laywers today and i'm waiting to hear back from both of them......I think I'm screwed either way here


Has anyone ever had this happen or heard of it??? The dealership is about to get sued and i'm just out of a car now, they wont even give me a loaner and it's still under warranty!!!
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Old 03-12-2007, 05:01 PM   #3
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holy shit dude. Love the headlight though, but that is g brutal! oh yeah, the passenger side looks realy burnt up compared to the driver's side
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Ouch!! not even a loaner car- whats up with ford
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You're SUPPOSED to call insurance, man! They handle all the crap you're trying to deal with with the dealership and fight for you. Call them immediately. When they get an adjuster out to you, ask if you can speak with one of the company's lawyers. The dealership should fix the car, but not until well after your insurance company has taken note of everything.
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speak with the service manager. though an investigation will prolly insue. a Ford rep will have to come look at it yada yada yada. it is going to be a really long time getting this taken care of. lawyers arent completely outta the question here. if the manager nor the rep do anything sufficient about this. sik the lawyers on them. sorry to hear abou another SVT going down. im glad your ok and i hope this comes out in your favor.
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Old 03-12-2007, 05:15 PM   #7
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what insurance co you have?
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It is still under the 3/36,000. If so then I believe it's a warranty issue. And ford should fix or replace your vehicle.
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thats nasty....but yea u need to call insuarence and tell them who their daddy is
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it's not still under 3/36,000 that ended this past december, altho the vehicle only has 35,900 miles on it. it is however still under the 7/75,000 warranty. state farm is my insurance, but i dont want to involve them, my rates are already high because of my cobra and some tickets I got in that. I talked to them and they said even if it comes out in my favor and I involve them, my rates are gonna go up!! I can barely afford it as is. I was actually thinking of cancelling for a bit, just to catch up!! and then this happens! So, i'm going it alone for the time being...
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