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Old 10-17-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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2005 ZX3 Manual - Car Starting Problems???

Hello,

I recently purchased a 2005 ZX3 SES Manual transmission with 42k original miles on it from a local Ford dealership in Tampa.

For the last two weeks, it has required about 2 - 3 cranks to get the car started. Especially when the engine is cold, but it really happens randomly (not every time). When it doesn't occur, the car starts without any problems.

Today, it required 7 cranks before it would turn over. It then drove normally, and when i needed to start it again experienced no problems. I am very concerned there is a problem with the car, especially since my 1 month warranty ran out about a week ago. The started seems to be strong, so i'm concerned it's a problem with the clutch or something else.

Any ideas about what this could be? I'm happy to provide more information if needed. I love my car, but if i purchased a lemon from the dealership i need to know.

Thank you for your help Focus fans, IT IS APPRECIATED!
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Have you done and maintenance on the car yourself?

Fuel filter, spark plugs, etc?
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:28 AM   #3
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No i haven't, it was purchased from a dealership 5 weeks ago. They informed me that only the oil was changed when they had it on their lot. Other than that, i haven't done any work to the car at all.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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Mine used to do that also. When you turn your ignition on wait for the 5 beeps and then turn it over. I know this may sound odd but it does work. It allows time to prime the fuel line. I hope this helps.
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Mine used to do that also. When you turn your ignition on wait for the 5 beeps and then turn it over. I know this may sound odd but it does work. It allows time to prime the fuel line. I hope this helps.
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This, and to add whenever you buy a vehicle regardless of where, always check plugs wires fluid levels and brakes, just in case.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:43 AM   #6
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Sounds like fuel filter to me.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:19 AM   #7
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Thanks for all of your help, i will try your suggestions and hope for the best. Love the car otherwise, just hate to think i bought a lemon. THANKS!!!
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Look at Stickied Threads-

The problem you are experiencing (I have the same issue) can be fixed by a software update (the problem and strategy update number is listed in the stickied thread). Take it back to your dealer (with that number) and they should update your computer (I would insist on no charge).

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i say have your fuel filter checked. IIRC, the recommended interval for fuel filter service is every 30k and the previous owner may have not changed it 30k. just an idea....
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I have the same problem. If you turn the key on and wait for the 5 dings then start it it'll start right up
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