Dave, you are a great guy and you've helped me (and many other here at the forum) for which we are thankful, but I have to say I think you are off-base on this. EVERYONE knows Ford did a fantastic job with this car and EVERYONE is amazed at how much car one gets for the money. We all are proud of that - I'd be surprised if that isn't something that you yourself have mentioned to your admiring buddies. We all say, "It's faster/quicker than ____ (fill in the blank) and it costs $____ LESS".barondw said:IMO there is no doubt that FoMoCo knew about the issue and decided to save money by not installing the heat shield. Just like the trans-axle cooler which was not installed as standard equipment. Dave
Do you get a transaxle cooler with most other supercars? I don't think so. If you want a supercar that is perfect and does not need any visits to the mechanic you are out of luck - these cars are pushing the envelope for performance and with that naturally comes some issues.
And heat concerns for the transaxle are only something one would expect from lengthy track use, not normal driving. Ditto the heat shield, which is unnecessary unless you're on the autobahn. Frankly if a heat shield came on my car I would've removed it when changing the too-heavy exhaust anyway (mandated by DOT laws, not FFRP!!!). If a heat shield is really important to you, that is an easy proposition to add yourself.
Sheesh, the car is a fantastic deal - it's undeniably gorgeous, with an incredibly stout engine and drivetrain. So they were pushing the envelope with its design and construction - that is why it has so many cutting-edge materials, but also not everything worked perfectly as designed. That's the car biz! If I have to fix a few things or make changes to suit me I am certainly not going to complain about it or blame the car.
Remember, Nothing is more boring than a car you can't do some work on! Enjoy it!