Auto Defects

Ford urged to pay cost of fixing paint faults

Thursday, September 28, 2006
Christopher Jensen
Plain Dealer Auto Editor

A consumer advocacy group says Ford should reimburse the owners of 2000 to 2005 model Fords, Lincolns and Mercurys that have had a problem with the paint on aluminum body panels.

In a technical service bulletin sent to dealers, Ford admits that the blistering or bubbling of paint on the aluminum body panels, such as hoods, is the automaker's fault "due to iron contamination of the aluminum panel."

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Ford Service Bulletin Shows Paint Defect on Many 2000-05 Models

Ford Service Bulletin Shows Paint Defect on Many 2000-05 Models Ford has issued a Technical Service Bulletin that shows a major paint defect in many large 2000-05 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs that used aluminum body parts (hoods and fenders) to reduce vehicle weight. Affected models are the 2000-04 Crown Victoria, Taurus, Expedition, F-150, Ranger; Mercury Grand Marquis, Sable; Lincoln LS, Town Car Navigator and the 2000-05 Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer.

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Hyundai Transmission Fluid Leaks

Hyundai dealers warned of possible fluid leak

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Christopher Jensen

Plain Dealer Columnist

Hyundai has informed its dealers of a possible fluid leak from the automatic transmission on its four- and six-cylinder vehicles from the 1999 to 2006 model years.

The information was contained in a technical service bulletin sent recently to dealers. Such bulletins are not recalls but simply tell dealers how to detect and fix a problem.

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Volvo to Extend Warranty on Stalling Cars


November 15, 2005

New York Times

Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo subsidiary has quietly reached a deal with California regulators to extend the warranty of defective throttles in about 356,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada that are prone to stalling, the company said Tuesday. The car maker will extend the warranty of the ETM throttle, which can become corroded and force the car to stall or slowdown, according to internal memos obtained by The Associated Press and later confirmed by the company.



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Toyota Sienna Run-Flat Tire Class Action


Mark F. Anderson (SBN 44787)
Kan Tung Donohoe (SBN 197785)

445 Bush Street, Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone: (415) 861-2265
Fax: (415) 861-3151

Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R Ciabattari and all others

similarly situated




Mark R Ciabattari, and all other persons similarly situated,



Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., a California corporation;

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