I agree with the rest, its the head gasket. I would check the serial number on the motor. I'll bet the motor you have now is the same motor the vehicle had from the manufacturer, meaning you got burned bad. Its easy to check, and it also provides proof for a law suit if need be. I've seen it before, lots. The mechanic says the motor is shot, puts in a new gasket, or some pour in sealer in the rad, and sends it out as a new engine, raping the victim of many dollars. I agree with you, take it to a reputable company and have them check the numbers, and fix the problem. Then sue for the engine and the repairs to fix it plus any down time you had. You should have success, but it takes some leg work to find a good mechanic. Post your area, and I'm sure the forum will give you some reputable places in your area. If not, bite the bullet and take it to the stealer ship, lets face it your going to have to sue to get the money back any way, so why not go to Ford to be sure. In fact they are the best ones to tell you if the motor was really replaced or not. Limit driving though, because the more mileage you put on it the less chance of proving fault, and more chance of more damage. Sue for the rental too, and your time. It seems like alot of work, but in the end you'll get it all back, and have piece of mind that Ford fixed it to there warranteed standards. Hope I could help.
Friday, January 5th, 2007 AT 9:11 PM