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97up-list Digest Thu, 08 Feb 2001 Volume: 2001  Issue: 017

In This Issue:
ADMIN: Survey conclusions
Re: Broken Torsion Bar
Re: Broken Torsion Bar
Re: Broken Torsion Bar
ADMIN: Picture Gallery Update

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Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 22:17:48 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: Survey conclusions


I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the Ford Truck
Enthusiasts mailing list user survey.  We had roughly 250
surveys completed.

Part of the reason why I conducted the survey is because the
lists eat up a significant amount of bandwidth yet bring in
zero in revenue (or so it appeared).  That's not to say that
the lists are all about money, they aren't..... but....
our bandwidth fees are paid for in 50 gigabyte chunks and we
just bumped up to yet another level on bandwidth.

The conclusions of the survey:

a) A significant percentage of users (of those who responded)
  visit the site often.
b) Nearly 20% of the list users don't know what Club FTE is.
  I'm planning on explaining this in detail in a few days.
c) Most users maintain a great deal of loyalty, staying
  subscribed for long periods.
d) Most users don't buy from FTE.  If that's simply a matter
  of preference, that's fine.  We're not twisting anyone's
  arms nor expecting users to buy from us.  If it is a matter
  of lack of selection, we'll address that.  Expect another
  survey in the next few days to address this.  We want to
  serve our users in the best way we can.
e) The majority of the users find the lists to be helpful.  You
  can thank each other for that.  You're a great bunch willing
  to share knowledge and help each other!
f) The majority of the users have saved money as a result of
  using the lists.  Again, thank each other!
g) A significant minority (21%) of the users have purchased
  from each other.  Everyone benefits from this, I know I've
  found items through users that I would have otherwise had
  a difficult time locating.
h) A majority of the users have used the advice of others for
  making purchases.  Knowledge is power.
i) The majority of the users find the lists to be an asset.
j) Most users don't want advertising but find it acceptable so
  long as it supports the lists.  I'll make sure that if the
  issue of on-going advertising occurs that I will address
  concerns.

Overall, I was surprised by the responses.  Not only are the
lists an asset to the users, but they are more of an asset to
FTE than I imagined.  FTE will do what it can to improve the
lists, including setting up a part-exchange list of some sort
in the near future.  I will also be setting up a suggestion box
soon for feedback.

Thanks!
Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 19:35:37 -0800 (PST)
From: Greg reifsnyder <yjtrendsetter yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Broken Torsion Bar


Well, I work at a ford dealer in MI.  I see those come
in all the time.  Funny, but ford hasn't really come
up with a "fix" or new and improved version.
Coincidentally about 90% of the time I've only seen
the drivers side fail.  I'm not very sure the
"casting" or design diferences, all i know is they
fail.  If you really feel that unsure of your
condition, contact your dealer and have them give you
the number of the most local representative.  They may
be able to help you, or not.  Worth a shot.  However,
this being a problem tha ford does recognize, even
after your vehicle goes out of warranty, if the other
side should break somehow, i'm sure the avenue for
warranting the faulty tortion would be an easy
route...

By the way... what motor do you have and what kind of
luck are you having with it?

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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 20:06:46 -0800 (PST)
From: joe bialy <joedella yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Broken Torsion Bar


Hi guys-

I'm brand new to this list, so excuse me in advance for not knowing if
I am doing all of this politically correct.

Anyhow, our '98 Eddie Bauer broke its driver side torsion bar too. I
was told that there was a run of faulty bars that had microscopic
cracks in them. This happened at 39,000 miles, they replaced it free of
charge.
I had them recheck it at 52,000 miles because it leaned toward the
right. They found BOTH sides of the front sway bar mounts broken and
they tried to tell me this is what caused the lean. After one brief
argument with the manager, they replaced all of the links and
re-adjusted the ride height on that side for 60% below normal cost.

So far so good.

Joe

--- Greg reifsnyder <yjtrendsetter yahoo.com> wrote:
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> Well, I work at a ford dealer in MI.  I see those come
> in all the time.  Funny, but ford hasn't really come
> up with a "fix" or new and improved version.
> Coincidentally about 90% of the time I've only seen
> the drivers side fail.  I'm not very sure the
> "casting" or design diferences, all i know is they
> fail.  If you really feel that unsure of your
> condition, contact your dealer and have them give you
> the number of the most local representative.  They may
> be able to help you, or not.  Worth a shot.  However,
> this being a problem tha ford does recognize, even
> after your vehicle goes out of warranty, if the other
> side should break somehow, i'm sure the avenue for
> warranting the faulty tortion would be an easy
> route...
>
> By the way... what motor do you have and what kind of
> luck are you having with it?
>
> Email if you can:
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Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 08:31:01 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier <jmc.chartier sympatico.ca>
Subject: Re: Broken Torsion Bar




"Ron,Marge,Ted" wrote:

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>     I have a 98 F150 4x4 SC with 25K on it. This morning, pulled out of my parking spot and moved maybe 3 feet when all of a sudden, my drivers side front torsion bar just snapped! Made a sound like a gun going off. Really took me by surprise as I was only going maybe 2 MPH on smooth road when it let loose. My concern is that if this broke practically sitting there, then how reliable is the one on the passenger side? I hate to think what could have happened if it broke while going 60 MPH down the road. I would like new torsion bars on both sides but my dealer says Ford will only replace the defective one under warranty. Anyone have any experience with their torsion bars? Thanks for any input.
>
>                                                                                                 Ron
>

Ron,

   I have had 2 F-150 4x4s, a 97 and now a 00.  So far no problems with the bars.  I even crank them up an inch or so to even up the truck.  I  go off road and stress them to their limit.  I have heard of others having a bar snap but it always seems to be an isolated incident.  I understand your fear of having the other one go but I think the dealer's hands are tied by Ford.  Maybe you could talk to the Zone rep about your concern?

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier


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Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 10:20:28 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: Picture Gallery Update


The Ford Truck Enthusiasts web site has had many Picture Gallery
pictures added since Feb 4th, with another 19 added today.  This
brings the total number of trucks in the Gallery to over 725.

Please do not ask about your truck, I am catching up on submissions
and now have submissions up through Sept 1st completed.  I hope to
have all submissions caught up by the end of February.

All additions are linked directly off the main page of the site:
http://www.ford-trucks.com

Following is a list of trucks added since February 4th:
2001 F-150 SuperCrew
2001 F-150 SuperCrew Lariat 4x4
2000 F-150 Supercab 4x4
2000 F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4
2000 F-150 XLT 4x4 Sport Supercab
1998 F-150 Anniversary Edition
1997 F-350 XLT
1996 F-150
1990 F-150 XLT Lariat
1988 F-150 Lariat
1988 Bronco
1985 F-150
1985 F-150 XLT Lariat
1984 Bronco 2
1982 F-150 4x4
1981 F-150
1979 Bronco
1979 F-150 Ranger 4x4
1979 F-150
1978 F-250
1978 F-150 4x4
1972 F-100
1969 F-250 Crew Cab
1969 F-250
1965 F-100
1965 F-100
1963 F-100
1962 F-250 Camper Special
1962 F-100
1962 F-100
1959 F-250
1958 F-100
1956 Mercury M-100
1956 F-100
1956 F-100
1939 Ford Pickup
1938 Ford pickup


Ken Payne
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http://www.ford-trucks.com


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