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Old 08-20-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Gas Gauge showing empty after filling tank

Purchased fuel yesterday at Costco near my house, which last month was having issues with their premium fuel underground storage tank, and sent a letter to everyone that had purchased fuel that they would cover fuel system issues. I called for clarification and then said it only affected Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Mini Cooper. The result was that the vehicles were completely inoperable, and had to be towed.

Now my check engine light came on early this week and was on for two days before it went off. But yesterday I purchased fuel at the same Costco that was having issues with their premium underground storage tank because I assumed the situation had been resolved because I was able to purchase fuel.

Not after even five minutes of filling my tank completed my fuel gauge showed empty, and my low fuel light came on. After going home and turning off the car, and then turning it to accessory, it showed correctly that the tank was full, and the low fuel light turned off, as I had only driven 3 miles on a full tank of gas.

Now this morning during my commute my gas gauge again showed empty, with the low fuel light coming on, as well as my CEL came back on. Over the course of my 20 minutes commute, the fuel gauge read correctly and edged all the way to the right back to full, and the low fuel light went off. This was in the middle of my driving on the highway.

7/21/2012 Purchased Premium Fuel at Costco
8/07/2012 Received letter from Costco about their premium gasoline UST being missed up
8/13/2012 CEL comes on
8/16/2012 CEL goes off
8/19/2012 Purchased Premium Fuel at Costco. Low fuel light comes on and gas gauge shows empty
8/20/2012 CEL comes on and Low fuel light comes on and gas gauge shows empty
8/22/2012 CEL goes off (upon start-up)
8/23/2012 CEL comes on
8/28/2012 CEL goes off
9/02/2012 Purchased Premium Fuel at Costco

Can this in anyway, shape or form be attributed to bad gas from Costco? I would love to have them pay for any repair that is rightly justified for my car. I am at 103,822 miles.

2002 CD-Silver Focus SVT

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