Both my 03 Focuses have an odd temp gauge behaviour
I have an 03 with a Zetec, and I have 03 SPI.
If you start either one of these cars and let them idle (heck even for 20 mins) they will not reach dead center of the temp gauge, but about the quarter mark.
If I start the car and drive at a consistent speed, then it reaches the middle mark no problem. But if I'm coming home from work and I hit stop n go traffic right away moments after starting the car, the temp gauge won't hit the middle mark until I hit a stretch of consistent speed.
The heaters in both get nice and hot when I reach normal operating temps and this is not a case of the fans stuck on causing the motor to be cooled. The coolant levels are good.
Any ideas? I find it odd and I can't remember this behavior in my previous Focuses. Maybe age is catching up to me lol (I've owned about 6 or 7 now over the years)