I have been a customer of Waterloo Ford Lincoln for over 5 years. Within those 5 years I have purchased 2 vehicles and taken them there for service time and time again. That was until January 8, 2018.
My reverse lockout on my Focus ST was broken. I knew that for a fact as I was able to lift the broken part up to get the car in reverse. I knew that part that I needed came as one big part (the shifter assembly) came in one piece and I had to replace the lockout and the boot but couldn't just get the small plastic pieces I needed.
One thing that was brought to my attention which I was unaware of was that the shift arm attached to my transmission had been sheered, and had to be replaced. That was not a big deal and I knew it had to be fixed.
What I didn't expect was the $500 quote in labour to fix the reverse lockout as they were going to open up the shift area and replace the whole shifter. This was not what needed to be done as the shifter itself was fine. After sending an email to Grand (Service Manager) I met him the next morning (Jan 9, 2018). I showed him what needed to be done and why the entire shifter did not need to come out. After, we agreed that they would fix the broken shift arm bolt and take out the broken reverse lockout. I would replace the shift boot myself as it was a 5 minute job.
Marni with Service did a great job talking me through everything and granted she wasn't knowledgeable with what was going on I appreciate her patience and numerous phone calls by me.
An initial $1500 quote for - the shifter replacement, new battery (didn't change yet), oil change, diagnosis, and mechanical inspection came out to just over $800.
The only reason this will get 2 stars is because of Grant addressing my issue and Marni being extremely courteous and helpful throughout the whole process, otherwise I would have given no stars at all. Just because something looks like it may need to replaced, it may not need to be replaced in its entirety. I will not be bringing my vehicles to Waterloo Ford any longer.