Because life would be too boring without “nice” little surprises, almost exactly one day after the purchase, my new Ford Fiesta seems to have an indigestion. Already. This afternoon onboard computer chimed and briefly showed “Engine oil pressure low” message, along with recommendation to stop safely. Before I managed to react, message cleared out, and everything is was back to normal, as if nothing happened.
“That was weird,” — I thought, and headed back to the dealership. I was planning to go there today anyways, to drop off the second set of keys from my old car. Everything was okay for a while longer, average miles per gallon started to go above 26, but then, almost near the dealership the message appeared again, this time staying for about a minute. Then cleared. Few minutes later I pulled into the dealer’s lot, but the service department was already closed (duh, evening and all).
There were no odd noises, and car sounded normal (well, for its size). I was at a loss. I just bought it yesterday. Less than 50 miles.
Steve, one of the sales people, checked the oil dipstick and said everything seems to be fine, but upon the start low oil pressure message didn’t go away, just stayed on the screen. We both agreed that driving anywhere with such “condition” would be quite a bad idea. He noted, that it’s probably something small and insignificant, scheduled the service for tomorrow and gave me a loaner car — 2010 Ford Mustang.
The drive is drastically different. While Fiesta drives like a crazy thin horse, this one more of a luxury boat. I swear, it has about 2-3 times more buttons in all places than Fiesta. Glowing LEDs everywhere, several dot-matrix screens (hello, ASCII art or showing volume and other things) and a low grumble added to a feel of a space ship. Given that I’m still not used to new layout, I accidentally triggered wipers, switched something else, and flipped through the radio channels, before realizing that headlights are turned on the same way as on Fiesta (oddly shaped round switch, kinda like on gas stoves from the 60s). I carefully ignored all the other buttons, so I’m probably old…
But I digress.
I certainly appreciate the help from the sales guy, he went above and beyond to help me.
But I am also still a bit shocked. What could go wrong? Pre-sales team didn’t add enough oil? Some sensor needs re-setting? Something isn’t aligned or sealed or something like that?
I understand completely how new models could bring potential problems, but I’d usually associate that with gadgets, not cars. And while sporadic reboots of HTC EVO could be annoying, issues with cars are way more disruptive.
I hope the story will have a happy ending, and new car will be all fixed tomorrow morning, before it even looses that ultra-chemical new scent.