I thought I'd give you an update on what the deal is.
We have a family friend that works at a Ford dealership nearby that does work on our vehicles on the side (the dealership allows him to do these kind of cash jobs after-hours. They're nice!), so I called him and asked if he'd mind checking out my issue. I brought it by 3 weeks ago and left it with him. At the end of the day he called me and said: "Well, I checked it out with a stethoscope and I think it's something to do with the transmission. So, you can come get it, and make an appointment to have one of the tranny guys looks at it." I called to make an appointment the following morning and they told me to bring it in the following week. So I took it in last Wednesday and left it. At the end of the day, the service advisor called and said: "Yeah, definitely seems like something is up with it. You'll have to bring it back next week so I can work on it." (!)
SO....I dropped it off this past Tuesday morning, first thing. I did not hear a peep until FINALLY he called me yesterday (Friday) at noon.
"Sorry, we were waiting on Ford to get back to us for approval because, well....this vehicle here, we need to take out the entire engine AND transmission. (!) So, you won't be getting it back until the end of next week at the earliest."
Son of a....
Now, I initially thought he meant I'll be getting a *new* engine and transmission, but now I'm guessing he means they just have to come out in order to be worked on. In either case, I am considering myself lucky that this happened when it did, considering that my warranty expires on JULY 27TH!
Anyway, there you go!