Agreed on checking for lemon laws. Also, although I'm sure there are some Ford corporate people lurking in this forum already, it might be a good idea to e-mail a link of a few of the threads you've started on this problem to Ford. I have no idea how many hits this forum gets every day but it has to be quite a few, and all the bad press this is causing has to be hurting them more than the cost of a new engine or possibly even just replacing the car. I would also speak with someone at the dealership or at Ford Mo. Co. about the fact that you're making payments on a car that is doing nothing but sitting in one of their service bays. If, in the end, you end up keeping this car and it gets repaired, I would pretty much demand an extended warranty. In your shoes, I'd be yelling and pulling out my hair at this point. Good luck!