NHTSA Defect Cleansing

When we were researching the Toyota Sienna and its safety concerns and issues for the 2006-2007 Lemon-Aid Used Car we discovered that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ceased listing complaints about vehicles manufactured in recent years, as they did previously. Lucky for our readers, our guides, which we have been publishing annually, have a decade full of complaints and issues stored physically.

These complaints, which are logged online, help car owners prove a safety failure, which is widespread and is the manufacturer’s sole responsibility. Providing enough proof allows users to get free of cost repair from the manufacturer.

Diesel Future Sputtering

Diesel cars are the least recommended vehicles by Lemon-Aid. The reason for buying a vehicle with an engine that uses diesel is a risky buy. That can be seen by the fact that diesel fuel, itself, will be redeveloped to create a better burning alternative that is also clean. Following suit, Volkswagen and Mercedes are expected to re-engineer their engines on the 2007 variants of their respective vehicles to run the new diesel fuel.

A new fuel type and engines accompanying it cause a lot of trouble. They are less reliable and are more difficult to service, due to the technology being new.

It is advised to wait for the 2008 variants of these vehicles to ensure most issues have been ironed out. That is if you still want to own a diesel-powered car.

People are banking towards ethanol and gasoline, both, with Brazil being one of the first countries to accept ethanol engines widely. It is predicted that they will be available in North America within the next ten years.

Ford Engine Intake Manifold Refunds

Ford Canada had the courtesy to allow free of cost repairs and extended warranty for the engine intake manifold to owners who protested last December with the aid of Car Help Canada and Lemon-Aid.

Ford also agreed to pay $1000 to those people who had paid to fix this issue. Along with that, a 7-year retroactive warranty was also provided, which was not bound by mileage.

The CEO and president of Ford Canada, William Osborne, is worthy of praise as he ensured all Ford owners in Canada are treated as fairly as possible. For over ten years, Lemon-Aid went after Ford for this same reason, ignoring these complaints from various car owners and hiding their secret warranty fund.

Well, now they must reimburse all those people who complained during the last seven years but were turned down. They have to do this before December 31, 2006 and pay for added damage due to this failure.

Due to this major failure, some engines can get fried. This costs thousands of dollars, and Ford has to pay for it.

The engine intake manifold is responsible for channeling air and fuel to the engine’s cylinders. The vehicles eligible for this settlement are the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car from the 1996-2001 model years, the 1997 Mercury Cougar, Ford Thunderbird, some Mustangs from 1998-2001, and some Ford Explorers from 2002. Those who did pay for the repair before the settlement are allowed to receive $1000 from Ford themselves.

Hybrid Hype

We, at Lemon-Aid, don’t usually recommend hybrid and electric engines. The reason for that is, the fuel consumption of the engine can be up to 40% worse than what is promised and advertised by the manufacturer. Due to the technology being relatively new and untested, its reliability is unknown in the long term. If a battery fails on you, a replacement can cost as high as $8000.

Another proven fact is that costly motors that run on electricity are more prone to failure due to rust compared to ones used in diesel or fuel-based engines. They are much more expensive and yet, have roughly the same resale value as conventional engines.

Example

To prove this point, let’s check out an example. The Toyota Prius, which was released in 2001, was sold for $29900. Currently, its market value is $12000. And it is only two years away from the battery warranty expiry, which, as was mentioned before, costs $8000. So, what is better than that? After those two years, the car’s price will depreciate even further. If the battery fails on you after the warranty, you will essentially be paying for the car’s whole cost.

This is one of the major reasons why Lemon-Aid always advises buyers to buy vehicles equipped with conventional engines. The closest option, price-wise, to the Prius was the maxed-out Camry CE V6 released in 2001. It has a conventional engine and has no battery problems seen in hybrid and electric alternatives. And it has a price tag of $1000 higher than the Prius. By now, it must be clear to you why hybrid and electric vehicles have still not been widely adopted by the masses. The batteries’ cost is high, and after using them, their resale value deteriorates very quickly.