Is it me, or are car manufactures stupid?

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by Legs, Dec 14, 2009.

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  1. I got a slow puncture the other day on the motorway. Car went a little 'wobbly' and I pulled into a service station that was conveniently placed. The tyre was almost flat and steaming hot. As with many new cars, mine (a 2008 Ford Galaxy) does not have a spare wheel, but a compressor and gel stuff (let's not be technical here!) is under the seat. So I let it cool and put some air in (but no gel), Went for a coffee and when I came back it was still fully inflated. I drove home on slower roads making it safely.

    now to the crux of my tale....

    I called into a number of garages, including the Ford dealership. The tyre is goosed with a damaged wall. They all checked their systems. The same tyre that Ford fit as standard cost £160. But it is not available for a few weeks - Goodyear have them on back order.

    I ended up having to go to KwikFit <spit> as they were the only outfit within safe range who had one. £190 fitted. FOR ONE BLOODY TYRE!!!

    Apparently the MkIII Ford Galaxy is the only car in the world that uses this size tyre and so very few are made. Why do they do this? There are so many tyre sizes available why can't they make wheels that fit the available tyres?

    Just wanted to moan about it really!
  2. Go kick yourself for buying a Ford.
    Ford have a very favourable set up with Kwikfit, Kwikfit stock the tyres and Ford gets a slice of the pie
  3. Seconded. You don't even have the excuse of being a woman.
  4. Something to be learned there!!

  5. Many years ago I worked for a company that made rubber hoses for the car industry. One of our customers was Ford, and we made the lower rad hose for both the petrol and diesel versions of the Mondao.

    We made one hose for the petrol version which we (pre) fitted a 42mm clamp, and on the diesel version we fitted a 44mm clamp. Both hoses fitted onto the radiator, which was of the same dimension.

    Why the difference in clamp? Well the diesel engine engineering team didn't like the petrol engine engineering team and wouldn't talk to them.

    Funnily enough on the diesel engine version, the hose kept blowing off, when we suggested using a smaller clamp “as on the petrol version” they got all huffy.
  6. Can you not use a different set of tyres? I get new R65/14s for my mondeo for £40ea. Part worns for £20-25. Are the galaxy's tyres so much bigger/smaller?
  7. The Galaxy is a heavy car (Tyres are listed as Extra Load), and I do 120miles a day on Motorway and fast country road. No way would I risk a part worn, retread or 'budget' tyre...
  8. At least it's not full of gimmicks - I had a Peugeot 206 and one day my oppo at work told me that my brake lights were permanently on. Off I went to the Pewjot dealers and explained the problem and he nodded understandingly, reached under the dash on the passenger side and, lo and behold, the brake lights went out. Apparently, there is a microswitch on the passenger side which, if kicked, turns the brake lights on (madame mnairb does kick out when I've got my hands round her throat!). When I asked why they'd done that, he said he didn't have a clue.
  9. In answer to the original question, NO, they are very clever when it comes to parting a fool and his money.

    Recent decisions by Ford management will, no doubt, see their market share in this country dwindling fast. Unfortunately for the other companies out there, Ford, like liarbour, have a hard core of followers who will never learn so they are unlikely to actually fold completely.
  10. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Did you check with VW and Seat for their equivalents?
  11. Could have been worse, you could have bought a BMW/Merc/Audi, a classic exercise in parting a fool with their money.

    Most popular syaing in these dealerships Oh that'll be extra Sir.

    Anyhow Legs didn't by a ford, the Galaxy is nailed together by VW.
  12. The MkIII Galaxy is totally different from the MkI and MkII which were a Ford/VW/Seat collaboration, and is more similar to the Ford S-MAX.

    To be fair, it's a bloody good car. It's nice to drive, good on fuel (for it's size) and loads of space. Acceleration is good for an oilburner, as it the top speed (130mph on the Autobahn...) Some parts are relatively cheap. For example I had to replace my rear bumper (with parking sensors) after some :censored: hit it in a car park. New bumper and sensors, fitted for £140. That's not bad!
  13. Best Ford I ever had was an Escort Cossie. That said, as much as it made me smile, it spent four months of the year I had it at the dealers. Stuck with German since then and had no problems.

    Best ever tyre con is on our TT, if say the fronts/ rears require replacement and aren't within tolerance, it's four tyres instead of the two you were expecting. Needless to say, my shed is filling up with 18 inch Pirelli P Zero part worns. Handy for track days though. :)