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HairyArse
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Does it really cost 625 for a Ford Focus fuel pump?

:(
#1 at 12:20:46 - 04/10/2007
peej
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Er no, no it doesn't - you are being robbed blind

http://www.car-stuff.com/mmparts/ford-focus/fuel_pump.html

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#2 at 12:37:11 - 04/10/2007
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I very much doubt it! Tried a small independent garage?
#3 at 12:37:11 - 04/10/2007
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This is from a small independant garage. Apparently Focus fuel pumps are all electronic and need to be coded into your car.
#4 at 12:40:45 - 04/10/2007
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???

Why would a fuel pump need to be controlled? They allow for backwash so they can run all the time.
#5 at 13:19:12 - 04/10/2007
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I have no idea, I was just told that whichever part of the fuel pump/injection bit needs replacing has to be electronically coded to my car hence the reason it's so expensive. I hope he's wrong but I'm concerned, it's only fucking 8 weeks old.
#6 at 13:21:32 - 04/10/2007
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HairyArse said:I have no idea, I was just told that whichever part of the fuel pump/injection bit needs replacing has to be electronically coded to my car hence the reason it's so expensive. I hope he's wrong but I'm concerned, it's only fucking 8 weeks old.

8 weeks? Shouldn;t it still be under warranty?
#7 at 13:26:59 - 04/10/2007
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1 month or 1000 mile warranty. Both of which are exceeded. :(
#8 at 13:32:58 - 04/10/2007
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Quote from insurer's recommended garage to repair my sister's car after she was hit from behind by an uninsured driver (they're still giving us the run-around on fixing it for free, which their policy and TV ads state they do): 1600-odd, so she'd be paying her 500 excess.

Quote from local independent? 300+VAT. No, that's not missing a '1' before the '3'.
#9 at 14:12:34 - 04/10/2007
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The only thing I could think they mean is that somehow the fuel pump is linked to your alarm system, and that's how they immobilise it. Sounds like bollocks though.
#10 at 14:16:20 - 04/10/2007
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I think you should ask them to put that figure back up their arse as that's clearly where they've pulled it from. Even if the EMS needs to know the pump is there and working, the electronics involved really can't be that special.
#11 at 14:19:07 - 04/10/2007
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I'd most certainly be trying a different garage and also checking out a Focus forum to see if anyone has any more specialist advice.

#12 at 14:22:28 - 04/10/2007
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The only problem with getting another quote is that car can't be driven and at the moment it's parked in said garage's car park. :(
#13 at 14:45:35 - 04/10/2007
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HairyArse said:1 month or 1000 mile warranty. Both of which are exceeded. :(

Seriously? Is this a new car or second hand? If it's new, that's a shit warranty! My missus jsut got a new Ford Ka and I think it came with a 1 or 3 year manufacturers/ parts guarantee
#14 at 14:45:47 - 04/10/2007
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Sorry, it's very much 2nd hand. I only paid 2700 for it, but still....
#15 at 14:48:32 - 04/10/2007
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Unless it hasn't reached the manufacturers quoted minimum lifespan, you'd probably find that a fuel pump wouldn't be covered under warranty anyway. It'd probably be considered 'acceptable wear and tear' as it's an ancillary moving component of the car, like a wheel bearing/alternator/water pump. Most warranties are an absolute rip-off and cover you for bugger all. A guy at work just got a brand new VXR Astra and the engine blew up in 123 miles. The manager at the Vauxhall garage tried to insist it wasn't covered under warranty because it was a moving part that had failed. I think it's being resolved favourably now, but that gives you an idea of what the wording of these warranties allows them to try and get away with.
#16 at 14:53:22 - 04/10/2007
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Yeah my girlfriend got stung by wanky warrantys. Apparently radiators and head gaskets aren't major parts.

I've got to go back to the garage this afternoon where hopefully it will have been looked at by a diesel expert and I'll have more of a definitive answer than the suspicion (fuel pump) I was told yesterday.
#17 at 14:56:56 - 04/10/2007
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Oh and while we're talking about cars, don't even get me started on car insurers. Do not trust Budget Insurance. They've just cancelled two policies of mine and fucked me about big time.

The basic gist being they asked me if I had no claims bonuses, I said no because my last car was written off in a flood. Then later they asked me if I had any driving experience in cars not insured by me, I said yes, a company car for 3 years without any claims. They quoted me, I paid, I had the insurance for a month then they decided they wanted me to provide proof of my 3 years no claims. I got a letter from the company's insurers saying no claims had been made against the Land Rover for 8 years. My insurers said that because the Lanny wasn't solely insured in my name, those no claims are invalid and thus doubled my premium.

But I never tried to state I had 3 years no claims, they specifically worded the question "Do you have any experience driving a vehicled insured by someone other than you?".

CUNTS!
#18 at 15:00:00 - 04/10/2007
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+1 on Budget who tried to get bailiffs to visit us to claim for unpaid bills by the person who previously owned our house.

I rather enjoyed tearing strips off 'em on the phone for ignoring my letters and constantly sending us threatening letters and bills.

Cuntbags.

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#19 at 15:21:57 - 04/10/2007
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FUCKING HELL.

939 to fix the cunt!
#20 at 16:47:28 - 12/10/2007
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Fucking Nora. Did you ever get an independant assessment from someone else Hairy ?
#21 at 17:08:49 - 12/10/2007
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I'm with those muppets at Budget. They asked for the model of alarm I had (no idea) and then demanded I take it to an approved fitter (Mon-Fri, natch) who I would have to pay 35 to tell me. I put it off for a few weeks & got another letter saying they were taking 19 out of my bank account as without an identified alarm the premium had gone up. Twats! 19 was better than 35 and a morning off work though.
#22 at 17:14:24 - 12/10/2007
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JimJam said:Fucking Nora. Did you ever get an independant assessment from someone else Hairy ?


Yeah two compeletely independant small garages pretty much priced the job up the same.

I had to pay for a fuel pump which was 650 ex vat, the car had to be taken to Ford to have everything electronically coded (apparently) and my timing belt has been replaced. The garage that fixed it is where I bought the car from and they said as a gesture of good will they'd not charge me for the labour but it's still come to 929.
#23 at 17:17:35 - 12/10/2007
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Hey, shouldn't the category for this be NSFW? Also: this thread is useless without pi-

Um.

Oh, look at that! A distraction!

/Runs

FUCK YOU UBISOFT
#24 at 17:19:05 - 12/10/2007
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/prays the fuel pump on my wife's Focus never goes wrong
#25 at 17:35:03 - 12/10/2007
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And people tell me that my car is expensive...

80 quid!

Also, i realise that this is american, but...

you was done.
#26 at 17:44:30 - 12/10/2007
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Isn't your Focus a Diesel though Hairy ? I can't find anything for less than 495 on the web...
#27 at 18:18:44 - 12/10/2007
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The margin garages make on cars is generally so shit, they make all their money on repairs etc.

Two bits of wanky shite that have happened to me:

remote key fob packed up. Told a replacement would only be 30. Not too bad I thought. And another 100 to programme to my car.

drivers side electric window motor packed up. Was quoted 315 to replace it. Now open the door when I get a ticket from a carpark machine. Thank fuck it packed up wound fully up.
#28 at 18:38:04 - 12/10/2007
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Right it's going back to the garage tomorrow.

I've had smoke coming out from under my bonnet for 2 days since the repair. It seems to be chugging whenever I drive anywhere. It wouldn't start up this morning. And I seem to have used a quarter of a tank of petrol driving 20 miles.

:(
#29 at 22:23:58 - 14/10/2007
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HairyArse said:Right it's going back to the garage tomorrow.

I've had smoke coming out from under my bonnet for 2 days since the repair. It seems to be chugging whenever I drive anywhere. It wouldn't start up this morning. And I seem to have used a quarter of a tank of petrol driving 20 miles.

:(


Eep! Not good! Agreed on the "cars are shit and mechanics are rip-off merchants" bit though. When I needed a new car last year I was told to go for a Ford because they're reliable and cheap to fix. After I've had a mis-firing issue fixed twice (which has just gone again) and having had to pay out for a new clutch after the thing's only done 60K miles, my savings account would very much like to dispute that point. >:-(
#30 at 22:38:49 - 14/10/2007

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