Originally posted by Big Bear:
Magnason-Moss Act and Amsoil
Tim, I have a question, lets say I by a brand new Ford Mustang and buy Amsoil 100% synthetic oil and I do yearly OCI's.
After the 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty is up I go ahead and buy an extended warranty from Ford, I buy there Ford ESP Plan and take the warranty out to 100,000 miles. I may not put 25,000 miles on in a year, maybe I might put on anywhere between 15,000 to 20,000 miles a year.
If I have a problem with something going wrong in my engine, it seems you said in that thread that Amsoil would fight for me in court, is there any money out of my pocket, and if Amsoil does battle it out with Ford in court, how long will this process take. I cannot drive my beloved Mustang becuase of whatever went wrong in my engine from doing extended drain intervals with Amsoil. Will this whole legal process take a couple of years, will this mean I will have to go out and buy another car since my Mustang is just sitting.
It all depends on what went wrong with the engine. If it was a manufacturing defect, Ford pays. If Ford Motor Company writes that AMSOIL oil failed (which they have to prove), then contact AMSOIL technical who will begin their own investigation at no cost to you. Generally, it only takes a few phone calls to determine what the problem is, and an independent oil and parts analysis which might take a few days. If there is doubt, AMSOIL will authorize repairs, and if their analysis shows the oil did not fail, they will seek reimbursement from Ford. It should only take a few days longer than regular repairs. You can rent another Mustang in the meantime which should be covered by either company's warranty.
It all comes down to the end user. The OEM will pass it off to the Oil company, who passes it off to the end user. The end user will have to PROVE they did everything just right. That of course includes documentation. As far as the bigger engines go, if you are doing extended drains, you'd better being doing regular oil analysis over the drain interval.