Wind Noise Problems At Ford?
Following last week’s news about Ford’s likely drop in the 2011 JD Power Initial Quality study (which is due out this Thursday), there’s more news about some of the quality problems Ford CEO Alan Mulally was concerned about. In the same press conference that Mulally warned about declining quality, he talked about some new robotic systems for makeing sure that doors were installed properly on all new vehicles. Was this bit of news shared to show that Ford is addressing a common concern with their products – specifically, wind noise?
According to a couple of threads on Ford truck owner forums (here and here), there may be some problems with wind noise on brand new Super Duty trucks. Cars.com has reported wind noise on newer Ford Escapes, ConsumerGuideAuto.com reported wind noise in there review of a new F150, and other new Ford owners have reported wind noise problems here and here.
Indeed, wind noise complaints on the new 2011 Ford Super Duty seem so common that one popular Ford truck owner forum has a section dedicated to a video that shows how to get rid of wind noise on a brand new Super Duty.
While none of these links should be construed as anything more than anecdotes – a bunch of links is proof of nothing, really – Ford’s decision to invest $100 million in special robotic systems with precise laser measuring systems is proof that Ford has found an opportunity to improve quality using their own internal guidelines. When you add up the $100 million investment and the anecdotes, it certainly seems plausible that new Fords (especially trucks and the Escape) have a problem with wind noise.
What do you think – is there a wind noise problem here, or is this just Ford trying to improve quality?
Ford owners are encouraged to respond!
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