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Hello,

Well some very BAD news for me and 227 today. It’s a very long story, but first the short version. 227 has two blown head gaskets and Ford wants to replace the motor. The car has about 4700 miles on it. So be sure to keep a close watch on your Bullitts. This is the second one that I know of that Ford has wanted to replace the Engine on.

The long version:

I went looking for a Cobra and fell in love with the Bullitt. The local dealership had two on the log. Green and Black. I went for the black for two reasons. 1. The green one had two dents in it. One in the door and one in the left rear quarter panel. 2. The black one matched my 1968 coop back at home in the Garage;-)… I take 227 home late in the evening and could not see the finish as well as I wanted to. The next day, I wash the car and take a close look at the finish. A dent on the left front fender and the paint was rubbed through. Turned out to be a fix at the factory or on the way to Hansel Ford in Santa Rosa. A close look at the rest of the car shows that there are deep scratches in the hood and some chips in the scoops and sail panels. The right front fender also has some paint problems. The dealership does not have a body shop, but recommends one in the area. The car goes in for repairs and is gone for a week. 7 Days that is. I ended up sending the car back for a total of 4 trips to the body shop and a total of 5.5 weeks of down time. Everything from the wrong color of Black, to runs in the paint, to scratches that were not there before, and even paint pealing off the hood. They ended up repainting the entire front end of 227. Unfortunately on the last round of repairs they also scratched the hood scoop and put it on wrong. Take a look at this link to see before and after scoop photos.

http://www.sonic.net/budacad/bullitt/scoop/scoop.htm

That same body shop was to finish the car and fix the scoop after 30 days. Just rub the paint and fix the scoop. After 3 weeks of the shop not returning my calls or the dealers calls, the dealer found a new shop to take the car. They will fix the scoop and rub the car but now will have to wait until after the new motor is put in;-(… What is killing me here is the car has now been down for a total of 6 weeks. No rental car and I’m told that if I want a different car I have to file a complaint with the “Dispute Settlement Board” this takes 40 days by it’s self. So no matter what way I turn, I am going to be with out a car that I already paid for;-(…

My concerns are that who is to say this will not happen again and what does it do to the value of my car? What will Ford do if the second Motor blows the head gasket. I would also add that the dealership has worked at trying to resolve this, but the bottom line is this. I am paying for a car that is not drivable and has been repainted 4 times. It also still has sections of paint that is not the right color.

Just wanted to tell my sad story and see what others thought about this dilemma that I face. Also does anyone have the email addresses of the two Team Mustang guys that worked on the Bullitt project? I had there email addresses from before, but a computer crash made that all go away;-(…

Just wanted to share my sad story with others that like these cars as much as I do. And to see what others thought about this;-(.

Thanks

Bud Schroeder
Windsor, California.
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Man…your situation really sucks! Hope you get things worked out. Ford should at least be giving you a car to drive while all this is being sorted out. How did the head gaskets get blown? Did the dealer or Ford give you any idea what is causing this? Thanks for posting the warning.
 

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I saw this in the news paper once.A guy had alot of problems and wrote (I bought this lemon at @#$%#$ Ford) and parked on the street in front of the dealership.Dont know if he got his prob straight but it cought alot of attention.Good Luck
 

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BudACad, I know what you are going through. I bought a brand new 1999 Black SVT Lightning and from the moment I drove off the lot the old Fix or Replace Daily Syndrome started. When I brought my new toy home I discovered that the plastic SVT badge on the rear of the truck had broken off. The dealer had to order a new one. After 2 weeks the battery went dead and I had to push the damn truck out of the garage by myself(it was a bitch)I took the truck back to the dealer to see what was the problem.They couldn't find the problem.They said to let them know if it happened again.Well it did 2 more times.They refused to replace the battery. Next problem please. The radio would not work.Back to the dealer again. T his time they said yep the radio was not working.We will have to take it out and have it fixed. I said that I didn't want it fixed I wanted a new one. No can do said the dealer.This truck only had 250 miles on it and it was already starting to fall apart. The battery kept going dead and the radio would not work. I was paranoid about driving it.I didn't want to get stuck on the road. I was disgusted,depressed and mad as hell! I stormed into the dealer yelling and screeming (in the showroom to get maximum shock effect) they told me that if I didn't want to keep the truck that they would gladly give me $23,000 for a $31,000 truck. I guess you can figure out what I told them(F$#^3kO%$FF). I said that's it and I sold the car privately to a car broker.Now here's where the story gets really wierd. About 6 months after I sold the truck I get a phone call from a guy ,who now owns the" Lightning from Hell".He starts telling me about all the problems that he is having(supercharging,water leaking into the block etc).To end this tale I will only say that some time you bite the lemon and sometimes the lemon bites your head off. Good Luck! It sounds like your going to need it. BlackBullitt #1768
 

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Did you ask to see the "area rep" from ford? He might be able to move things along. I did a "buy back" instead of lemon lawing a 96 escort. I traded the lemon in and Ford gave me an "incentive" to purchase a new Ford vehicle. (read 2800$) I ended up comming out 400$ over what I had paid for the vehicle. I would call the Better Business Bureau and write the dispute board. I would also argue a little more with the dealership I bought it from. Any dealer around here would have already givin me a rental car. I am surprised they didn't offer you one. I am very sorry to hear that you are being treated this way. Did you go to their websight and see if they had info or email addresses to resolve problems like this?
 

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dude if i were u i would call lemon law and get your money back. thats what i did with my svt contour and then i bought a bullitt. call lemon law and hopefully there will still be bullitts left when u get your money back.
 

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So sad to hear of your Bullitt mess; as the owner of #226, I guess you might say our cars are "siblings" inasmuch as they must have followed one another down the assembly line. So far, I've been lucky; no mechanical or paint problems; I have to wonder what the hell is going on with that dealership; surely the car didn't leave the factory with all of the paint problems so evident; since you say the DHG one on the lot had all sorts of dents on it, you gotta wonder if they're got some out of control car porter working overtime messing up cars on the dealer's lot! I would DEFINITELY track down the Zone manager that covers Windsor, CA and let this situation be known!
 

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I think it's complete bullsh*t that you didn't at least get a rental car...dang, where I'm from, it's unheard of to NOT get a rental car when work is being done! You need to talk to some people and show them who's payin the money.
 

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Scary to say the least, but hang in there[easy to say, i know], things will eventually get fixed and you will once again be proud of your bullitt, Good Luck!!!
 

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I hear ya.

I have some eMAIL addresses together, and will make sure that the right people know that when it is all said and done, my car will have been in the shop for 2 months;-(.

226, thanks for the support as well. Hopefully these are isolated problems and none of us will hit this again in the future.

Thanks again for all the support everyone.

Bud
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In my experience, courtesy of my wife redesigning the fenders on several of our cars, repainting only a portion of a car always ends up with different colors later. I would push for a total car repaint, at least, in your situation.
 

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Thanks for the tip. I actually painted custom cars for years. Even worked on a 32 Ford that one Grand Nationals;-)... New paint should never not match. Actually after the 4th trip to the shop, it was perfict. They were using dirty paint guns and even had some metalic in the mix. Also back in the old days we used what was called a factory pack to get around color problems on new cars. As long as the paint was we always were able to match the paint;-)...

Thanks again for the info.

Bud
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You got it Bud. There's no reason to paint the entire car in a case like yours. No need to put anymore product on your car than you have to. Matching color on a brand new car shouldn't be a problem. If the color doesn't match, than that is the repair shops fault, specifically the painter. Looks like you have the paint issue under control, hopefully the engine issue will be taken care of as well. As usual, good luck.

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Just to let you know your not alone with the paint problems. I have to bring my Bullitt in tomorrow to get the roof repainted. Came from the factory with some runs in the paint. I even thought of not having it painted because although the marks are noticeable there not that bad and I'd hate to see the car come out worse but knowing the marks are there I have to get it fixed. Good luck with your Bullitt hope everything works out for you.

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