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Fg Xr6T Ute Is A Lemon


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#1 OFFLINE   jtlemon

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 06:02 AM

Was the proud owner of a 2009 FG XR6t ute. Until the vibrations started. At idle (500rpm) the whole exhaust vibrates through the car. Its horrendous. Its embarresing, and I have to sit with my foot on the gas so that it idles higher or turn up my radio. To give you the extent of the rattle my girlfriend said it gave her a headache the other day.

Ford Australia got back to me and said it ‘was a characteristic of the car’ and that no fix for it had been found. That was 12 months ago, the other day I called the useless people at Sunshine Ford on the Gold Coast and they said the same thing (after ‘Stacey’ only asking another staff member and not calling ford australia like I requested from him. They also said if I get it chipped to idle 250rpm higher it could void the warranty. But this Ford warranty does squat for me anyways? so whats the point? I have been hesitant over buying an Aussie built ford or holden and as my first experience with one I can say NEVER AGAIN. As an aussie I am embarresed to say that we can’t make cars for sh#t, or honour our warranties. A severe lack of responsibility and integrity from FORD. And SUNSHINE FORD on the GOLD COAST, and STACEY that works there, are equally useless.

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 06:56 AM

That sucks. I can honestly say that I have only had minor problems with my car and they have all been fixed. I bought the car in emerald and they did a lot of dodgy repairs that were picked up and fixed properly by ford in mackay. Have you contacted the office of fair trading? Surely it can't be too hard to find the problem for something so minor (faulty ecu or sensor?). I know it would annoy the sh*t out of me to be embarrassed driving such a nice car. Hope you get it sorted mate

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 06:57 AM

If your not happy with the dealer go direct to ford customer service. There should be a contact number in one of the vehicles handbooks.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 02:16 AM

mine has a very slight, and I mean very VERY slight vibration at idle.
hardly enough to bother even going to the dealer about.
might ask autotech about it at my next service, though I suspect when I get it tuned it will probably go away anyway.

this vibration at idle is nowhere near as annoying as the stupid glovebox rattle :icon_ford:

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 07:04 AM

Thanks for your feedback guys. I sent ford australia a nasty email so I will see if they care to get back to me. It started as a slight vibration and now like I said its very embarrasing. I'm not expecting too much back from them unless I can really hold one person accountable, they all like to hide behind the big blue badge where its easy to not take responsibility for any one thing. I guess the funny part is that my real last name is LEMON, not even kidding. I can see the print media articles already......haha

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:10 AM

Might just be a loose join in the exhaust somewhere? Can't say I've ever heard of it before on an XRT.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:24 AM

An exhaust vibration doesn't make a car a lemon.
A lemon car is one that continually has many problems. It just never ends.
You have one problem.

I can't imagine the exhaust rattling would be too hard to fix. Sounds like a fitment issue, but surely the dealer would've checked for that?

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:39 AM

mate. take it to metro ford in Brisbane mate. I bought a BF F6 from sunshine ford 2years ago. had thing but trouble with them.. GO TO METRO FORD MATE. :icon_ford:

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:37 AM

Just one fault doesn't make it a lemon.

My ute used to do the exact same thing. Ford said there was nothing wrong with it so I got underneath and had a look around and managed to fix it myself in 3 minutes. There's a thread here somewhere about the dreaded rattle and I think I had put pics up of my fix. The rattle/vibration is permanently gone now.
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:48 AM

Also check the idler pulley and tensioner. Sounds stupid but my vibration has been fixed by replacing those items.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 09:36 PM

Check your park brake cables to make sure they're not fouling your exhaust. Sounds to me like you're not whinging to the right people.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 11:14 AM

wow I have the same problem and the service advisor said the exact samething to me "characteristics of the car"

if you replace the exhaust, does it fix the problem?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 06:38 PM

Hey,

I have the same problem with my May 2009 FG XR6 Ute with 75,000km on the clock. It sounds strong when idleing in 'D' and not in park although the revs are similar.

I had it at Ford last week for the 75k service and they said they couldn't find it, however they "tightened the exhaust". Since then it has been louder. The service manager said if it continues, don't hesitate to bring in back in, which I am doing tomorrow.

From my lack of car knowledge and listening to where it is comming from, it could be a broken baffel which only vibrate at the correct RPM.

I will let you know how I go.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 11:53 AM

Mine used to do it really bad. Ford said they couldn't see anything wrong with it so I got the sh*ts and had a look myself one weekend. Fixed it in 10 seconds with a shifter by taking a bit of slack out of the handbrake cable.

My fix is HERE with a pic.

One year on now and the noise is still permanantly gone!!
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:13 PM

I have a late 09 ute and no problems whatsoever - the idler pulley I got replaced under warranty cos it was a little noisy but since then it runs fine!

I too have heard of the handbrake cable issue.
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:07 AM

Joined this forum specifically for this problem. 2008 FG XR6T Ute with 30,000km is chattering my teeth at idle. Same problem as others - severe vibration at low revs, goes away once revs reaches a certain point. CityFord in Sydney advise Ford is aware of the problem and are awaiting a 'fix'.
That has been 12 months. No fix.

Have read the handbrake cables issue here and think I will persue that.

Jtlemon have you had any luck in resolving?

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:47 PM

Well guys your not alone I have a 2008 ute (brought 09 with 11k on it) and when living in Adelaide has ford investegate they replaced exhaust but guess what still there.Move to Townsville 2010 went to local dealer here told them could not hear no noise I have traced it back to support bar in the rear mud guard area when I hold it it stops so now I dont worry about it more worried about the thing surging and a noisy diff I think its something to do with the LSD cones but still love it...

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:03 AM

08 fg manual ute, also had that vibration noise, as soon as I started modding it went away! Haven't had a problem Since

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 12:19 PM

Well there you go, that's as good as excuse as any Posted Image
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 12:53 PM

after market exhaust... the fix to all vibration issues.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:04 PM

I have an aftermarket exhaust on mine and it has none of these problems, however on cold starts it will vibrate quite hard for about 10-30 seconds, but that really bother me.
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:23 PM

I have an aftermarket exhaust on mine and it has none of these problems, however on cold starts it will vibrate quite hard for about 10-30 seconds, but that really bother me.



what sort of aftermarket exhaust did you put on yours chevZ and how much it cost?????

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 06:04 PM

what sort of aftermarket exhaust did you put on yours chevZ and how much it cost?????


I meant that doesnt really bother me, english fail! lol

um I bought ute with it on there but it looks twin 2.5" to me and previous owner said it was 1200
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 09:59 PM

This problem is so widespread with all FG Turbo ute's im surprised it hasn't been fixed.

I had this rectified at Strapp Ford in Burwood Vic. They insulated part of the handbrake cables and the noise was gone for a good 12 months. Its back now however.

The resonance from the exhaust manages to viabrate the hand brake cables and make that noise. If you pull the handbrake up when its happening you'll hear to disappear immediately.

There are not enough brackets holding this exhaust up and it moves too much. This is also why people who put custom exhausts on find the noise goes as well. Different mounting points and different characteristics of the exhaust noise.

You're ute's not a lemon, its just that Ford are skint and can't be arsed fixing the problem.

I recently had Q Ford in Brisbane try and convince me the noise was from worn handbrake shoes, and that adjusting them makes it go away. In reality, it makes the noise 50% less but now the handbrake doesn't hold as it should.

Wankers charged me $130 for it too, even though its still under warranty.

Ring Strapp Ford in Vic and ask how its fixed,

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 10:39 AM

Good Morning,

I have had Ford look at the noise and they replaced a muffler under the glove box. This got rid of the noise, however the cause of the noise is still there, the car vibrates at approx. 500 or 550rpm. This has highlighted other smaller noises. I have also had people comment on this when in the car.

I will clean the car out soon (so Ford cant blame the pen in the glove box etc) and take it back.

Long and short, they fixed the noise but not the cause. Could this be a tunning issue.

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:59 PM

I think the problem is it's only doing 500-550rpm, bit low isn't it.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 04:18 PM

I think the problem is it's only doing 500-550rpm, bit low isn't it.


Good question. I will check the RPM's on my car, the XR6's at work and my fathers G6E Turbo and see where they idle.

I'd like to think the mechanics at Ford would have looked at that.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:34 PM

anyone had any luck solving this?

Mine is starting to sh*t me now. I tried tightening the hand brake cable as suggested but hasn't made a difference. ...
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:03 PM

Well my fg turbo ute has done just under 1500km and the diff is kactus,drops heaps of oil and its currently in getting the complete diff replaced by macinerney ford here in perth.
They have been awesome about it and gave us a free hire car, turns out the diff housing is porous so it wont hold oil.
A bit spewin because I havent even given it a hard time yet,havent even been near the redline.
Wouldnt call it a lemon although it does seem we get all the crap luck with cars(geez ive never heard of that happenng before) is what we usually get.
Hope there is no more issues
So if your in perth go to macinerneys in belmont because they are great to deal with,dont go to range ford because they are retarded.
Mind you we got treated like crap from range ford so we got a free dash mat,floor mats and a tonneau cover because they suck so bad :sungum:

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:08 PM

Lol! Awesome score..was that through range or the other dealer giving you those for range piss poor service?

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:53 AM

Yeah we got the ute new through range ford and it had a scratch on the bodywork,gouge on the console(replaced under warranty),was filthy dirty,had oil and crap on the rocker cover and just looked like poo for a brand spankers car.So me and the missus raped them for free stuff,we also got front mud spats ,and water proof seat covers.
When we went to pick the ute up after complaining we told them not to fit any of the free stuff and they had fitted it all(stupid) once the free tonneau arrived,I got home to fit it and it was the wrong one! They got the correct tonneau in and when I went to fit it the damn thing was already ripped,omfg.So yeah we got lots of free stuff,mud spats,seat covers,floor mats,dash mat,tonneau, pretty much every accessory.
All the free stuff was from range ford.
I think the ute looks better without the sports bar and a free tonneau cover.
Picked the ute up yesterday from macinerneys and its all good,they even called the missus to see if everythings ok today.
Now that's what I call service.
Big thumbs up to macinerney ford in belmont.
Just teething problems and I shall move on.
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