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Ford sues Navistar on truck engines
Breach of supply contract alleged

By James P. Miller
Tribune staff reporter

January 12, 2007
A contract dispute between Ford Motor Co. and Navistar International Corp. became public Thursday when the automaker sued Navistar in state court in Michigan for allegedly refusing to live up to terms of a long-standing supply accord.
For a decade, Warrenville-based Navistar has been the sole supplier of the diesel engines that Ford puts into its heavy-duty pickup trucks.
Now, however, the automaker and its key supplier have locked horns over the price Navistar is charging Ford, and also over the extent of Navistar's financial obligations in warranty claims involving its engine.
Ford's claims are "totally without merit," a Navistar spokesman said, adding that the maker of trucks and diesel engines intends to "vigorously respond in court."
Navistar has been providing Ford with a 6-liter diesel engine for several years, Ford's lawsuit notes, and in late 2006 it also began supplying the automaker with a new 6.4-liter engine.
"The parties have previously been able to negotiate and reach agreement on the prices of the engines Navistar produced for Ford," the complaint says, but with regard to the 6.4-liter engine Navistar has altered its bargaining stance and "failed to act in good faith."
In fact, Ford's lawsuit says, Navistar has threatened that unless Ford pays the price Navistar is demanding, Navistar would refuse to ship the new engine to Ford. That move would breach the supply agreement, it contends.
In addition, Ford says, Navistar is not complying with its warranty-sharing obligations. Under the agreement, Navistar is supposed to pay a portion of the costs Ford encounters for engine-related warranty repairs. But Navistar has refused to pay the amounts Ford says it is owed, according to the lawsuit.
In response, Ford took the unusual step of "debiting" Navistar for a portion of those costs. In other words, Ford is withholding money it owes Navistar for engines, in order to recover the money Ford says Navistar owes it under the warranty agreement.
Ford is asking the court to rule that the "debit" is proper under the circumstances, and it also asks the judge to order Navistar to reimburse Ford for future warranty costs.
The automaker also asks the court to issue a declaratory judgment on what Navistar can charge for the 6.4-liter engine.
The debit "is simply a business transaction intended to resolve a dispute we have with [Navistar]," Ford said in a statement. "Regrettably," it said, because Navistar has not cooperated, "we have no other choice but to take the debit and file the lawsuit."
Ford and Navistar also have a joint venture that manufactures medium-duty Ford trucks for sale in North America.

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Yeah, I think Ford is REAL tired of paying out the A$$ for 6.0L warranty repairs. And now the 6.4, that looks like fun.
 

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Too much for a piece of crap, I know I shouldn't say that, it seems to be the luck of the draw. I know some people that haven't had a problem one out of the 6.0, and others that have nothing but problems. I just hope the 6.4 doesn't follow this trend.
 

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The 6.4 should do better. A good percentage of 6.0 problems are fuel system related, the 6.4 uses a common rail injection setup like the the other 2 light diesels and most efi cars.
 
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