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Luke Miller - Cam Failures #938 & #939

Date 6/27/08


-----Original Message-----
From: Luke Miller <spridget@verizon.net>
To: Larry@v8sho.com
Sent: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 4:45 pm
Subject: Cam failed SHOs

I own 2 V8 SHOs. The first is a '98 I bought for $500. Rear head cam failed. The second I purchased while I was repairing the '98... a '96, also cam failed... this time the front head. Paid $750. Good shape overall, with some dings. Very clean interior.

The '98 has been fixed and running for the last 6 months. It required much more than I anticipated, but it paid off in the end. I really enjoy driving the car.

The '96 is next in line... parts are ordered.

1998 SHO
1FAFP54NXWA208405
not sure of exact date of failure, purchased non-running as a project car... tags expired in 2006.
the story I was told, the car was sitting at a stop sign when it began malfunctioning.
99,899 miles
0-10 mph, accelerating away from a four way stop sign in the afternoon.
I took ownership Aug. 6, 2007, non-running
99,899 miles
Luke Miller, (redacted)
unknown
n/a
n/a
n/a
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no, the previous owner knew the cause and had began disassembly when I purchased the car
n/a
Acknowledge the truth, poor engineering or manufacture caused the cams to fail. Continue to provide parts for these cars. They are good cars when they work and Ford should be proud of it's product. The V8 SHO was a special car. Ford should take ownership of the issues and the resolution.


1996 SHO
1FALP54N4TA288606
Oct. 15, 2007
I was told malfunction occurred while on the highway in the evening.
193,832 miles
60mph
constant speed
purchased non-running, Nov. 20, 2007
193, 844 miles
Luke Miller, (redacted)9
unknown
n/a
n/a
n/a
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no, the previous owner had the car taken to his non-dealer mechanic. The mechanic determined the problem and attempted repairs which were unsuccessful.
n/a
Acknowledge the truth, poor engineering or manufacture caused the cams to fail. Continue to provide parts for these cars. They are good cars when they work and Ford should be proud of it's product. The V8 SHO was a special car. Ford should take ownership of the issues and the resolution.

For those that had engine failure: Answer all the questions the best you can.
1. VIN#s
2. Date of malfunction
3. Where did the malfunction take place (highway, city streets, driveway, parking lot, etc.)
4. Odometer reading at time of malfunction
5. How fast were you traveling?
6. Were you accelerating or staying at a constant speed?
7. Estimated date of purchase, new or used?
8. Estimated Odometer reading at time of purchase
9. Full Name, address, and a good phone# to reach you at during the day and night.
10. Brief description of the time of events leading towards the malfunction. (what did you hear and see before, during, and after the malfunction)
11. Customer service phone # you called and the name of the person you talked to. (if you can remember)
12. Did you feel satisfied with the answers customer service provided? Explain.
13. Which dealership did you take your vehicle in for service? (name, address, phone#)
14. What was the cause of failure determined by the dealer?
15. What was the cause of failure determined by you?
16. How much was your statement? (I hope you kept your receipt)
17. What can FOMOCO do to make you a satisfied Ford owner?

 


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