How do I know if my Ford Focus RS is affected?

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The parties have authorized for the Settlement's Arbitration Program to begin on November 26, 2018. You may now seek a buyback or breach of warranty arbitration by filing a claim at www.consumerarbitrationprogram.com The same requirements for the Settlement's Arbitration Program applies to Voluntary Arbitration. Note that because the appeal has not yet been resolved, you will be asked to sign a release of your claims before you can proceed to Voluntary Arbitration. If you do decide to participate in Voluntary Arbitration, you will be bound to the arbitration decision—favorable or unfavorable to you—even if the Class Action Settlement in this case does not ultimately receive final approval after all appeals are decided.

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Two things result from the burning of this fluid: rapid coolant consumption and, more noticeably, white smoke from the exhaust during cold running. But as the engine heats up, the head and block can seal again temporarily.

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...about someone who's only put 400 miles on their car in a year.

400 miles a year? Speculator? I just don’t understand someone who buys a car and hardly drives it.

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Work on the claim was sparked after a Facebook group attracted more than 1,500 members complaining about the reliability of their Ford models.

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As a footnote that is the biggest header tank I've ever seen in my entire life, it must hold a gallon

The group was set up by recruitment consultant Louise O’Riordan, whose 32,000-mile Fiesta EcoBoost suffered an engine seizure while in the outside lane of a motorway.

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Ford is recalling 1.4 million cars because the steering wheels might fall off

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"This is what many experts now believe has happened to cause issues for some RS owners" and yet not one 'NAMED' expert will come out and say this is what has happened which indicates they're just guessing. Just take the gasket from a 'broken' car and lay it over the top of it's replacement to see which holes were blocked off. Com'on do a follow up story and get real evidence

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**Please be advised that, while you may submit claims after the Approval Date, they cannot be processed until the Effective Date, the date on which the Settlement becomes legally effective. This page provides a summary of the process by which claims will be processed after the Approval Date and will be revised as needed. See the Settlement website for more information. Both this website and the Settlement website will be updated regularly as new information is available.

Many owners, commenting on specialist online forums, claim they have yet to receive a letter offering this service. Hilary Cotton is one such owner and he also has a rather different concern: his low-mileage Focus RS has shown no issues whatsoever.

Ford Focus loss of engine power problem (1998-2004 1.6 car)
The 1.6 petrol version of the Focus, built between January 1999 and January 2000, could have problems with its engine cutting out. This was caused by a malfunction in the powertrain control module software.

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I know modern cars are complex, but 10.3 hours for a trained technician to swap a cylinder head? Seems a lot to me. 

So what exactly is going on with the Focus RS? With no official explanation of the issue from Ford, owners and independent specialists have had to come up with their own diagnosis. It seems to relate to the unique 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder engine used in the RS. Although the unit is built alongside the Mustang’s four-pot motor at Ford’s Valencia engine plant in Spain, the 345bhp RS powerplant uses an aluminium head and block and features bespoke coolant passages.

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Ford Focus wiper motor problem (2004-2011 cars)
On early second-generation cars built between April 2003 and March 2005, there were issues reported with the wiper motor. Water could enter the motor through the arm spindle, and if it contained salt, could short-circuit it and cause the motor to overheat. This could lead to trim melting around the motor.

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Ford Focus roll-over protection problems (2004-2011 CC cars)
On some Ford Focus CC models it was found that there were issues with the roll-over protection system. Securing bolts holding the system in place were either loose or not fully tight. Therefore the protection would not be fully effective. Ford should have fixed this for free, so make sure the work has been carried out.

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A plume of white smoke on start-up is the telltale sign that something is amiss under the Focus RS’s bonnet, as are reports that low-mileage cars have needed new engines and that a parts supply issue is keeping some cars off the road for weeks. Online owners’ forums are rife with suggestions that about 15,000 cars around the world could be affected, yet no official recall has been issued by Ford.

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“The dealers are not holding stock of the gasket kit, meaning that some cars that fail the pressure test have been sent away and owners are told to come back when stock arrives,” said Briggs. “I absolutely adore the Focus RS and I don’t hate Ford for the problem, but that just shows it hasn’t handled the issue at all well.”

She said: “My experience dealing with Ford was an absolute nightmare. I don’t want anybody to ever have to go through the stress that I did to recover what was owed to me. I set up the Facebook group out of frustration. I didn’t expect to get such a response.

You may appeal the Arbitrator’s decision regarding a claim for repurchase2, but you are responsible for the additional fees incurred. Ford will reimburse you if you win the appeal.