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Old 09-07-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
DarderSauce
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Question Are there any questions?

Hey guys,

So after having my car for a while I have very few complaints and overall I am happy with Das Auto. But I do have a few questions/comments and I want to know what you think. Here is my list:

1. I have heard (not researched) that newer cars are actually more efficient with their AC on vs. their windows down because of the extra drag. Anyone know which is better on the second generation focus? I believe it would be better with windows down simply because the engine is powering 1 less thing and our cars are not that aerodynamic in the first place.

2. What is up with my gas tank? When I fill up I like to FILL UP, usually only stopping when gas is at the tip top of my tank. But in the Focus, the pumps always stop ~1-1.5 gallons short of a completely full tank. I am thinking this is an environmental feature so people don't have that little squirt of gas that spills onto the ground. I didn't actually think this until recently when I went to a station that had a sticker saying, Please do not top off your tank, we want to keep fuel in your car not on the ground. Some of my other vehicles I could just let the pump do the work and once it clicked off I wouldn't even be able to squeeze an extra dollar in..... Thoughts?

3. How many people actually use the shift light in MTX's? I tried (for the first time) yesterday to follow it and the RPM's seemed WAAAAY too low for the speed I was going. Is this more for optimal fuel efficiency?

4. One of my dash lights came on:


Door Ajar by DarderSauce, on Flickr

BUT the interior lights do not come on nor does the Door Ajar warning come up on the dash display. Even after re-shutting all the doors and making sure nothing is getting slammed in them the light stays on, what gives? This one just recently happened and I haven't had much time to investigate the cause. What do you think?

To be continued?..... That is all for the moment but I would like to know what some of your questions are as well as answers/comments to the questions I posted on the list above.

Thanks for taking the time to read the post


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