firewired wrote:For me I am growing more concerned that this is a widespread potential safety issue that isn't being apparently aggressively pursued.
My opinion: I think your fears are a bit excessive: (I'll add this too: don't be offended at my opinion, it is just that an opinion)
- The FFE has the best crash test results of ANY Focus--better than the normal ICE Focus, and the ST. Thus if you are rear-ended the likelihood of you and your passengers walking away is pretty high. (You do have a big battery between your passengers and the colliding car to the rear to take the brunt of the collision!)
- Your logic is somewhat based on a real production car (like the ICE Focus--Ford built over 1 Million of them last year worldwide!). The FFE is technically NOT a production car considering there is only ~1000 out in the wild right now (they slow the line down and engineers walk each car through the process; they only build 4 or 5 per SHIFT--that does NOT sound like a production car to me).
- The FFE is something completely new to Ford and they are still learning the ropes (granted they have hybrids and have gained experience building them but electric only is a new animal to them).
- Its possible that the problems you (and other FFE's) have had that generated no codes have no codes to assign to them (e.g. no codes exist for that problem!). Lets think about this for a minute: A car has a list of codes of things that can go wrong. This means someone had to come up with the list of things that can go wrong--in many cases before any of those things have gone wrong (failure analysis). It is possible that there are specific cases that weren't thought of and thus no codes available...
In addition I don't think the FFE is a compliance car--like above: Its their first and they are taking the time to get the bugs out. Considering that the manufacturers have to get the mpg up to that magic 54 mpg in a few years everyone will be building lots of BEV's!
again, just my $0.02
P.S. I'm finding that 4 of 5 cars per shift maddening! I'm still waiting for my FFE to be built--this is week 10 with no new info available!