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Old 02-21-2005, 11:22 PM   #1
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TSB Q's: warranty expired, how to check if work done

Hey all,

Noob Doug here. I couldn't figure out the best place to post this, please pardon if this is not appropriate here. I did search and did not find the info I needed.

I'm scoping out an '02 ZX3 (of course) with sunroof and audiophile. It's clocked 39k.

Question 1: since the warranty has expired, am I to assume even items mentioned in a TSB are no longer covered? Stupid Q, I know the answer to this. Recalled items are still covered, TSB'd items are not. But I want confirmation from the gurus. Even though I have a Ford, I've never dealt with warranty work.

Question 2: is there a way to determine if and which TSB work has been done on this vehicle by using the VIN? By calling SVT or going to a dealer and having them run the VIN?

The current owner is a non-SVT aware woman who got this in a divorce. There are no records of TSB that I can find in the car and she knows of none, but that means nothing.

I have more questions depending on answers. The car I'm looking at is not my first choice and is just out of warranty, so I'm perfectly willing to walk away from it and will bid accordingly.

Thanks, Doug


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Old 02-22-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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1) Your assumption is correct.
When warranty is up, Recalls will be done free, but you'll have to pay for a TSB.

2) Yep. Have the Dealer run the VIN to see it's warranty repair history.
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That is untrue. You do NOT have to pay for a TSB outside of warranty if you experience the symptoms of the failure.
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TSB-Coverage Explained

Well, I didn't want to post bad information, so I PM'd a respected member of FF who happens to work at a Ford Dealer.
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TSBs (technical service bulletins) describe common problems and repairs for those problems,
such as the clutch/flywheel problem on the svt focuses.
The TSB will describe the terms under which the repair can be covered under warranty,
but once the car is outside those terms, the customer has to pay for it.
The TSBs do usually list the amount of labor that the repair requires,
so having a copy of the TSB will help you to make sure the dealer doesn't overcharge you.
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