Ford S-MAX engine failure after 44,000 miles

I bought a six month old Ford S-Max from a dealer in 2011. The car had 6000 miles on the clock when I bought it and has been regularly serviced ever since. This week - at 44,000 miles - the car blew a piston, which resulted in catastrophic engine failure. The repairs have been estimated at over £8000. I've complained to Ford, but they are not interest in helping with any of the costs because its just over five years old. What should I do?

Asked on 17 October 2016 by Pippb33

Answered by Honest John
This actually happened when the car was just over five years old and Sale of Goods and case law generally holds that a reasonable life for an expensive consumer durable should be six years, not five years. Whether Ford can be held in any way liable depends on the service history of the car. If services were not carried out by Ford or were not carried out to Ford standards then Ford may not be held liable:
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