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Old 11-20-2003, 05:18 PM   #1
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Ford Focus Hit by New Quality Glitch
Thu Nov 20,10:31 AM ET

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F - news) said on Thursday that it was urging owners of about 671,000 Focus compact sedans to bring the cars into local dealerships for replacement of a component linked to chronic engine stalling problems.

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The cars affected, from the 2000 and 2001 model years and sold in Canada and Mexico as well as the United States, have already been subject to an embarrassing total of 10 recalls by U.S. safety regulators.

But Ford spokesman Glenn Ray said the sputtering engines, which the company is blaming on the corrosive effect of dirt or sludge buildup in a fuel delivery module designed in Europe, was not something the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (news - web sites) would officially record as a quality problem or recall.

"It's a product improvement program. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the quality of the fuel delivery module. It doesn't fail instantaneously or suddenly," Ray said.

"The root cause of the problem we've discovered in North America progressively over time is the variability and unpredictability of the gasoline-petrol standards in North America."

Ray said customers affected by the engine problem would get an extended 10-year vehicle warranty on the fuel replacement part and he stressed that no similar problems had been reported with 2002 and 2003 models of the Focus.

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Old 11-21-2003, 09:17 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info. I guess its good news for some poeple, at least Ford is doing something about this problem.
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Old 11-21-2003, 11:07 AM   #3
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this is better than a lot of companies would do, alot of them would say, oops we fixed it in the new model, sucks to be you. At least Ford is willing to admit a mistake when they see it, better than Shitsubishi who just announced recently that they haven't issued recalls for things that deserved recalls.
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I had a stalling problem, but it went away when I replaced my cams and installed adjustable gears. I still have a "dead spot" at about 3000rpms that I'd like to get rid of. It's a noticable (to me) spot of power loss. I do fear that fuel problem though, since the stalling has almost caused me to be in some serious accidents on numerous occasions. Since I have 50,000 miles now, Ford won't give me the time of day.....kinda makes you wanna suicide bomb the place to end the aggrivation!
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I hear you...recalls should be fixed at any mileage!
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Originally posted by avengerc4
I hear you...recalls should be fixed at any mileage!
Uh... they are.

And it doesn't matter if you have any warrenty left either.
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GonFishin: Your problem probably isn't your fuel pump. Yours is probably from improper fuel/air mix at that RPM. Considering your cam switch, I'd call and talk to a company that reprograms or makes new chips for your car. Or call the company that made your cams. They may have experienced problems similiar to yours while developing the cams.

Or, your injectors could be getting clogged up, considering that your car is almost four years old.

I could be wrong, but if I were you, I'd check it out. If I invest time and money into an engine, I'd wanna be sure that it was at peak form.

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