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Horrible Wimpy Switch Design.

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I've seen cheap inexpensive car parts many times in my life, but this one takes the cake for being a piece of garbage! Today I was wiping down the paint around the trim where the sliding door closes, when with very slight force hit the "Side Loading Door Ajar Switch" with a microfiber cloth. Sproing! I see a piece of plastic pop away and hit the ground. WTF! I pick up the small piece and see that the little piece of plastic holding the body of the switch detent and a spring is hollow and less than 1/4" diameter.
Any side load on this part and it is toast!
I ordered a replacement, for $21, but it will probably take 2 hours to remove inner trim panels to gain access to and replace this little piece of garbage!
I super glued the small end piece back on, and there is a slot in the bottom of small piece that is impossible to push back in to the base with the spring in place.

Anyone else break this piece of crap?

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5 Jaguars - various models and years.
Magnetic Transit 350HD XLT

Seems as though you should be used to bad engineering of electrical systems and parts. ;)
LOL... Except, Ford owned and controlled 4 of the 5 Jaguars I have left, and they all have proven to be very very reliable and exceptionally well built compared to our Tin-can Transits. Wiring and harnesses on my Jaguars, are 100% Ford
I am not finding that kitchen/door switch thread but that door switch was a popular subject in the early days, Many people just unplugged it so their cargo lights would stay off.

I see that in 2019, the switch could be purchased for under $10.00. In 3+ years, the price has doubled. I am sure there is no greedflation involved.
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My earlier comment was reactionary and I did not look at actual "MSRP" prices. Via "" today's retail price is $25.20. From the old thread, the retail price was $14.80.
In 3.66 years, Ford has raised the price by 41%. Via the official CPI inflation index calculator, the switch should be priced at $17.45, a 15% increase that tracks the inflation number media keeps talking about.
We all know that in the auto industry, supply problems and shortages have let them increase prices above and beyond the call of duty in order to make record profits;
  • Ford Motor gross profit for the quarter ending March 31, 2023 was $6.805B, a 25.09% increase year-over-year.
  • Ford Motor gross profit for the twelve months ending March 31, 2023 was $25.025B, a 23.89% increase year-over-year.
  • Ford Motor annual gross profit for 2022 was $23.66B, a 9.08% increase from 2021.
  • Ford Motor annual gross profit for 2021 was $21.69B, a 50.71% increase from 2020.
  • Ford Motor annual gross profit for 2020 was $14.392B, a 32.14% decline from 2019.

Dang. I could have saved $0.41 cents if I had spent the time to find and order the switch via Rock Auto! But I searched for ordered P/N5F2Z-14018-F rather than 5F2Z-14018-E,
and Rock Auto didn't have 5F2Z-14018-F listed.
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