March 16 is deadline to file for $$$ for split/leaky FoMoCo manifold!

March 16 is deadline to file for $$$ for leaky FoMoCo manifold!
You have just til Mar. 16, 2006 to apply to get back the big bux you spent to have your coolant-spewing 1996-2002 plastic Ford V8
intake manifold replaced. Go to your Ford dealer, or see the official site or my unofficial site, for details.
You have a better chance of getting paid back if you have your repair receipt, but you do not always have to have one.
If you have the repair receipt, or can obtain a copy from the files of the place that repaired it, the coverage is for manifolds that failed within 7 years of purchase, regardless of mileage. Thus, even a car as old as 1996 will be included - if the manifold failed within 7 years of the original purchase.
If you don't have the repair receipt, the coverage is for vehicles that are "now" less than 7 years old. Thus, most 1996-1998 vehicles will be excluded - if their owners do not have a repair receipt. It is unclear whether the 7 years is to be measured from the date that you apply for reimbursement, or from the Dec. 16, 2005 date that the class action was settled.
Please do not be misled by some incorrect info (posted on the official site until Jan. 20) saying that a vehicles has to be less than 7 years old as of now for it to be eligible. That restriction applies only to owners without a repair receipt. For owners with a repair receipt, the settlement covers vehicles all the way back to the 1996 model year - 10 years old.
No matter what, if you do not apply by the close of business on March 16, you will be out of luck.
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