Quality of Ford Service

Discussion in 'Maintenance - Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing' started by blackc2004, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. blackc2004

    blackc2004 Well-Known Member

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    Hi All, I'm coming from Infiniti, for the past 15 years I've been driving Infiniti vehicles and this is my First Ford... Today is my first experience with Ford service. With my old dealer, I could always get service appts within a few days and the basic oil change with a free car wash was always 45-60 minutes waiting time.

    I took my Ranger into the Ford Dealer that I bought it from and they told me it would be a THREE HOUR wait for a basic oil change. I don't have time to wait 3 hours so I left.

    I called the next Ford Dealer and they told me the next open appointment is AUGUST 28th!!

    I'm just wondering if this is the level of service to expect from Ford? I knew it would be different compared to a "luxury" brand, I wouldn't get things like free loaner cars for basic service and stuff like that. But seriously, having to wait THREE WEEKS for an appointment?
     
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    It all depends on your dealer and how much staff/how busy they are. The dealer I bought my Ranger from has express service lanes and can do an oil change or tire rotation in around 40 minutes.
     
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    I usually have to wait about an hour and a half for "the works". I've decided that doing it myself is a better use of my time (and cheaper too when using synthetic).
     
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    Hi Folks

    My dealer has the Quick Lane Oil Change...nothing quick about it. Drop it off at 7am and they will call about 1pm. Only good things is we stop at this little sports bar a block away and have a beer and burger for lunch.;)
     
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    Taking my wife's mini van for an oil change is quick and easy. The Chrysler dealer has a nice new lounge, TV and WiFi. 45 minutes tops when just dropping in for the express lane. No Express lane at my Ford dealer, have to make an appointment but they are fairly quick. Their lounge area is bad but the all the people are great. The building they are in is 40+ years old and they need to update badly yet that may be on the way as they have bought all the adjacent property, sadly they closed down a package liquor joint in the process.
     
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    There are other Ford Dealers with "Quick Lanes" If you don't have a Ford dealer close, how about a Lincoln dealer? Same as going to a Ford Dealer as far as service performed.
    I've NEVER waited longer than 1 hour at a Quick Lane, if you drop off your vehicle at a Quick Lane, they WILL do vehicles for waiting Customers first and get to yours as they when things slow down...
     
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    I have never had anyone change my oil, but I now have oil changes for life with this new truck. It will be a scary adventure to go to the dealer and let them work on my truck. I am torn between wanting it done quick or done right. I like your idea Phil from GV. Maybe a couple of beers will soften the anxiety. :like:
     
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    Mine oil change today was 25 minutes. But I did book it online last week.
    I'm not dumb. I know they're busy so I plan ahead
    It's not like my miles zoom by at any stretch.

    The dealers have done this to themselves. Anytime you seek warranty, they try and decline if you dont have good service records. So many people, including myself, would rather avoid that hassle and just get them to do all the maintenance even though I'm more than qualified to do it myself. Side effect is a shop that's backlogged all the time.
     
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    Thanks for the replies! Interesting to see how things change between dealers/regions. I called three other dealers all had appt wait times for 1+ week... I finally found a dealer that was 20 miles away with an express lane. Went over there and one hour later it was done.

    Just amazes me that the first dealer I had an appointment for 9am, but it was going to take 45 minutes just to get it into the shop. What's the point of an appointment at that point??
     
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    There's no such thing as manufacturer service, only dealer service
     
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    One of the Ford stores that I run has a pretty good Quicklane. We have 9 techs, run two shifts, open til midnight. Depending on the day, we can get to the point where its a hour and a half for a works, but honestly, when you figure 8 minuets for the write-up, car gets staged, tech pulls in and racks car, does a real inspection, drains oil, rotates tires, completes paperwork, drops down vehicle, throws a torque wrench on lug nuts, checks all tires pressures, adds oil, tops all fluid, parks truck, advisor books paperwork. Even if it takes an hour or so, is it really worth $50.00? or even $75.00 for full synthetic?
     
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    Hi Rich, The cost of the oil change is okay and if it took only 1 hour then there would be no complaints. And if I make an appt. for 9am then the vehicle service should be started very soon after, not an hour later when the 10 am appt. comes in. :crazy::crazy:
     
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    Take your Ranger to your Infiniti dealer. I suspect they will service other brands, most do. I doubt they charge 39.95 like my Ford dealer though. I just drop mine off when I don't need it and they take me home and come pick me up when done. Easy enough for me.
     
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    I live in montclair, ca
    At the mercedes dealer in ontario next to my house its usually a week wait for an appointment and they usually take 1 -2 hrs for them to finish it
     
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    My dealer charges 14.95 for the works, I was a Ford Mechanic for 31 years now I let them do it, cheaper and dont have to get rid of the used oil. Takes a day or 2 for an appointment. Have had really good service from Ford Dealers here in the Tampa area. Wouldnt buy another brand!
     
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