My local dealer definitely lost some points in my book. I called on Wednesday, and mentioned the revised TSB. The service guy had the attitude of, "um yeah, thanks, but we know what we're doing." I was told that I would get a call back a few hours later, after he spoke with a supervisor. Fast forward to today (Friday), and I never did get that call.
I called again this morning, and spoke with the supervisor, and he was pretty much of the same mindset. He wouldn't even let me give him the number of the TSB ("we have to look it up on our own system", almost like he would die if he actually heard the number from anyone else), and they're insisting on replacing everything (halfshaft, bushing, oil seal), so I guess it's not a total loss for me.
I then asked him if he would comp me a bottle of tranny fluid, since my level is getting somewhat low. He sounded like I had asked him to donate a kidney. He comes back with "Well, if it's an issue of financial hardship, you'll have to take it up with Ford customer service. This isn't my personal warranty, you know." That pi$$ed me off, and I shot back with something like, "I know how a dealership works - I know that you're not personally guaranteeing my car against defects. For god's sake, it's just a $5 bottle of fluid - I thought maybe you could just do it as a way to show some empathy." He's not Ford customer service, but as a licensed Ford dealer, I don't think I'm wrong to assume that he should still provide customer service.
Anyways, apparently, the backorder is now in effect until May, which is 8 months after I originally noticed the problem. For such a stupid little issue, Ford is quickly losing the respect of one of their loyal customers.