No bull (bar), right?

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - MAIL -

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.

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