No bull (bar), right?
I read with interest the article on the Ford Everest project vehicle, as published in the September issue. I have a friend who also has a new Everest 3.2TDCi 4×4 XLT. It’s a lovely SUV in all respects, it seems. Comfortable, luxurious, refined and definitely much better looking than the previous generation vehicle.
I have a question: my friend wanted to add a few accessories to his Everest, but the Ford dealership advised that he can only fit the ARB bull bar, otherwise the warranty of the vehicle would be voided. Is this correct?
Dirk le Grange, Pretoria
The information from the dealer is not 100% accurate, no. Ford has approved the ARB bull bar (the only factory-approved bull bar), but only for the Ranger bakkie. The official approval for the Everest is in the works, the Everest and Ranger share the same front design and layout, after all.
It is correct that the warranty may be voided if a non-factory-approved product is fitted, yes. We’ve heard of a few cases where customers’ warranty claims were rejected after they had fitted aftermarket, non-approved kit that may or may not have had an influence on mechanical components.
We always advise readers to be aware of and to double check possible warranty implications if they do fit aftermarket accessories. – Ed.