For years Lloyd and I have owned, and loved, Japanese cars. It all started with a Honda Civic which we drove for years, finally giving it to our oldest son who celebrated over 400,000 km in it. We've had Toyotas, a Honda Accord and currently have a 2003 Acura and a 2012 Mazda. These cars have been gems. With regular oil changes and maintenance checks they have served us for many years with a minimum - a very minimum - of service needed.
Then, somehow in the past few years, we've had the pleasure (?) of owning and/or using some POC Ford products. We bought a used Windstar van to take to Arizona for our use down there. It seems that every time we go down there, we've been putting between $500 - $1000 in work on it...everything from tires (expected) to replacing engine parts that melt in the hot Arizona sun!...and everything else in between.
We decided to replace it with a 2006 POC Ford Expedition, top of the line, Eddie Bower edition, with fairly low mileage. I blogged extensively about this
You may recall that I took it in to be serviced before making the trip and was told that it was in good shape and shouldn't have any trouble. Five hours into the trip, in the wilds of southern Montana, it died a horrible death. After being rescued by Lloyd and the Mazda, we continued on the trip in the Mazda while a new motor was ordered and installed in the POC Ford. Two weeks and $5000 later, we got it back. It's had more work done on it since then but eventually we'll try again to get it to Arizona and swap it out for the POC Ford Windstar. Incidentally, a friend of ours in Arizona has the same vehicle, a year newer, and it had the same problem. Apparently the engines are programmed to die at 150,000 miles! Nice.
For his job, which involves a lot of travel, Lloyd uses the company's brand new 2012 POC Ford F150 Pickup - fully loaded. A beautiful vehicle whose only misfortune is being a POC Ford. It has 24,000km on it and has already had major engine repairs done and now, as soon as the ordered parts come in, it needs major transmission work. Luckily it's under warranty still, but what a nuisance. You certainly don't expect that from a brand new truck, unless, of course, it's a POC Ford.
I realize that there are lemons in every kind of vehicle. It's just been our misfortune that any we've encountered have been POC Fords.
So I think I'm justified in saying that NEVER again will we get a POC Ford, new, used or otherwise. It's just not worth the hassel. Henry Ford should be rolling over in his grave.
By the way, in case you're wondering, the POC designation is just the way Lloyd and I refer to any Ford products now - Piece Of Crap.
That's my say for today. I'm going to get in my Acura now and go out driving in the lovely(!) snow that's falling today.