More Bad News for the Ford Owners


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Have a friend that has a ford for his company vehicle. Being in the computer service industry he spends VAST amounts of time on the road. He found a great head unit with some insane features. Had a stereo shop install it, and went about the day. He noticed the airbag light on. After hours of phone calls to stereo maker, stereo shop, adapter harness maker, and finally ford he found out that they have made it impossible to use anything other than ford radio. They put the airbag brain in the radios. You can have safety or tunes according to the people from ford. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/013.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt013' /> <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/018.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt018' /> <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/020.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt020' />


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lol, that's pretty funny but they will find a way around it. The 96-00 Honda Civic has the security system and keyless entry thru the oem radio. You have to actually leave the radio plugged in and mount it up under the dash! The same type of thing will probably have to be done with the fords.


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someone wil come out with an adapter for it. Thats how it was when I had my Trailblazer. You had to moun the oe radio somewhere else or you'd lose your on star door chimes and abunch of other stuff. It took two years but someone came out with an adapter that fixed all that. But that was nothing compared to people who didnt have the oe security system. Turns out if you wanted keyless entry you had to wire up a different relay for each door. I was quoted 600 for a basic alarm. I said screw it. Ended up getting rid of it anyways. And dont get me started about the daytime running lights. There was no permanent kill switch. You had to push a button 4 times everytime you started your truck or the drls would come on. The problem was chevy decided to uses the headlamps as the drls. it would put out 60% power to them. Problem was guys were burning out their silverstar bulbs super quick. Some engineer on a chevy board custom made a cicuit that bypassed the whole thing. It was a very cheap but effective mod. Damn, i talk too much!


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Its all a part of the manufacturers plan to squeeze owners and aftermarket companies out when it comes to products, parts, and services for their vehicles. Manufacturers want you buying parts and services from them exclusively cause, thats where they put the screws to ya!


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Actually, it all goes back to Henry Ford...

In those early years of the assembly line there were tales of his specifying that certain components be shipped in wooden crates of a certain size. Turns out that those crates were the perfect fit for the floor boards in the Model A (or T, my memory isn't that good). He eliminated a waste stream, got a product for nothing and eliminated a separate supply source.

Its probably pretty cost efficient to use the radio as part of the security system. The radios most likely have some extra space on their circuit boards to accomodate the alarm and it eliminates the need for a separate system.

We need to remember that making accomodations for exchange of an OEM component for an aftermarket component isn't real high on the OEM designers priority list.

At least this is IMHO!