On 24 Jul 2004 11:40:12 -0700, BigChiefBanos wrote:
IMHO the failire of the unit is not to blaim the burnt CD´s. Maybe the unit
would not read burnt CD´s but it should not break because of them.
Then again the legal notices might be interprided as the devil reads the
Starting with at least the 2003 model year, the single-disc MP3 unit has
been standard equipment on most US Focus models other than the base
I've got a US 2003 ZX3 with the 6006 CD changer unit. There is no
special mention of audio or entertainment systems in the warranty
booklet. The Owner's Guide contains the following:
"CD units are designed to play commercially pressed 12 cm (4.75 in)
audio compact discs only. Due to technical incompatibility, certain
recordable and re-recordable compact discs may not function correctly
when used in Ford CD players. Irregular shaped CDs, CDs with a scratch
protection film attached, and CDs with homemade paper (adhesive) labels
should not be inserted into the CD player. The label may peel and cause
the CD to become jammed. It is recommended that homemade CDs be
identified with permanent felt tip marker rather than adhesive labels.
Ball point pens may damage CDs. Please contact your dealer for further
That sentence beginning with "It is recommended" clearly negates any
implication that using a "homemade" CD will void the warranty. Unless an
adhesive label came off or one of the CDs was physically defective --
cracked, badly warped, etc -- I think Ford is on the hook for repair or
replacement. They'd have a hard time claiming "normal wear and tear" for
an audio system that's less than three years old.
CD-R's and more so CD-RW's have a lower reflectivity, so some CD players
will not 'see' the cd when inserted, there just isn't enough light that
reflects back, try putting an 'RW into an older CD driver (a non
multi-read) in your computer it won't see it, and if you have a real old
say 1 or 2x CD it may no even se a CD-R, certain types and colors may be
seen and others won't.
Irregular shaped CDs, CDs with a scratch
The same changer unit is also in the Peugeot 206. My fiancee had CDs get
stuck in hers. She was not using any burnt CDs (unlike the ones in my
Focus). In the Peugeot, the changer is in the boot, facing upwards. In my
opinion, asking for even more trouble, from debris falling into it when
loading, unloading discs!!
Peugeot, for all of their other faults, simply fixed it, and didn't lecture
on usage etc.
I had mine replaced (discs and pads) by Ford due to another fault at 1/3
cost to me and touch wood the front wheels stay clean way longer than they
Before they would be black inside a few days normal driving, now they stay
silver for a couple of weeks.
I can only guess that the pads they've used are a different compound to the
ones that were on there before.
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