Originally Posted by Strange Mud
Socal, even the intake? Headers I would understand (don't you need a tune for them?) is it because of Cali? I ended up getting my Stang from a local small town dealer (Hammonasset Ford Madison CT) and I make it a point to get my oil filters from them and always say "hi" to my sales person...I just got a new rear axle under wtty through them after the service advisor said it would be an uphill battle to get it covered. My sales person when I talked to her said "They just have to know how to write it up....I see you here all the time I'll talk to them" sure enough I was covered.
If it is a place with low turnover the sales department can be your friend as they make $ off you when you come back in next time.
edit: I made it a point to ask about intake/exhaust and they said if it ended up being a problem I would have a chance to remove it...but as we know it ain't gonna do anything unless it falls off and the engine eats the attaching screw. I know Ford wouldn't wtty that (nor should they)
Let me back up a little bit.
I cant say for 100% they will give me a problem with the CAI or really anything else for that matter. I was told that modifying the engine or drive train can void the warranty. No one at the dealer will say for 100% that a mod will or wont affect the warranty. Like I said they are the only ford dealer for at least 30 miles maybe more. Ive heard stories from friends and from their friends who went there for service and were given a hassle..
My car has 3000 miles on it, for me some bolt on's, like a CAI aren't worth the risk for me right now. Bottom line, I'm pretty sure I would have to fight them on warranty work if I had mods done. I base this only on a gut feeling from talking to them and a few stories Ive heard...