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Old 09-30-2003, 09:43 PM   #1
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Question SVT Problems?

I've owned Toyotas and Mitsubishis in the past and I'm not used to having any problems with a new car, or really any problems with it after many miles either. (170k on a 4Runner and never a single repair!, and 240k on a Montero) I bought an SVT Focus and it seems to be in the shop all the time. In another thread about rental cars a few posters made replies about the various times their SVT was in the shop and their rental car experience, and now I'm wondering just how much crap everyone has had to put up with after buying an SVT Focus. I drive 120 miles a day round trip to work, but in one year I've been in the shop 4 times, three for the same problem. I'd be curious to hear what everyone else has experienced.

I've had revving on its own during cold idle, very high cold idle, surging during constant speed driving, fuel gauge not reading correctly, hard to start when cold, and now a severe gasoline odor coming from the car and I can smell it inside while driving. Anyone have any advice?


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Old 09-30-2003, 09:54 PM   #2
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To address your first concern consider that SVT vehicles are low-volume, "specialty" vehicles. This differs from the norm of cookie cutter assembly. They are built on the same line, but you are asking the assembler to catch the odd job, and them perform his task correctly. This opens the door to problems that may not be detected due to such a small sample group. True, this shouldn't happen, but it does. Also, don't forget that the cars are assembled in Mexico.
If you search, you will see that the drivability problems have been addressed in other threads, and a new reflash seems to be the fix. I, myself am having some of the same problems.
As far as the gas gauge not reading correctly, are you shutting the car off during refueling?
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Old 09-30-2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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Yeah I think the cold start problems are a common issue. The gasoline smell that's normal. Is it real bad to the point you got to open the window or is it very light. The fuel gauge not reading right, does it stay go all the way to E?

I thought Mistu's were the most un-reliable cars you could buy.
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Shutting the car off while refueling? Of course.
The gasoline smell is Normal? Are you an idiot? The gas smell was because the dealer installed the sender wrong and damaged the gas line. The first replacement didn't fix the gauge because they damaged it when they installed it wrong. It's fine now. Little glitches sure I can understand in a limited production run, but folks on this forum and others have transmission failures and engine problems, there is no excuse for that. And they've now built these for 2 production years, and Just Now they finally get the engine computer programming right? Don't know where you got your opinion on Mitsu's, their rep has been second only to Toyota for decades. BTW, the new Flash seems to be the fix - so far so good.
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I was kidding about the smell being normal. Everybody is gonna post there problems, and nobody is gonna post that it's runing fine. Would you post here everyday saying the car is running good... no you wouldn't. People post here to get answers about problems, not answers about why they don't have problems.
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SMelling gasoline inside the vehicle cabin is not normal, in fact that sounds like a safety issue. Those fumes could lead to some serious issues. Sorry to hear you're having problems with your svts, if anything it'll get lemon'd out soon and you'll get a new svt =) it's a great car, wish i could afford to drive one.
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The gasoline smell is Normal? Are you an idiot?
Are you? It was obviously a joke. If you are such a fan of Toyota and Mitsubishi, why did you buy a Ford? And what did you expect from a cheap car? Mercedes-Benz quality levels? Hell, even Mercedes has had a rise in the number of complaints about quality issues.

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but folks on this forum and others have transmission failures and engine problems, there is no excuse for that
There's no excuse? This happens all the time, with all car manufacturers and from what I've heard, Mitsubishi is pretty guilty in this area.
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As far as Mistu's being second to Toyota... you're kidding right. They make the best big screen TV's but there car sucks. I see them everywhere on the road burning oil, hardly running.
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Yeah, Mitsu's suck. They are singly responsible for 90% of the air pollution in any urban area. They are also responsible for chryslers bad reputation. I can't believe that after this many years of nearly new caravans and voyagers smokin down the road, Chrysler still buys engines from them. I chuckle and think of renting one and taking it figure 8 racing "Jackass" style.
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Buds - Both Ford and Mitsubishi have issues. I owned two (a '91 and "92) Galant VR-4's - turbo 2 liter, 200 HP, all wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, etc. The second one had NO oil in it when I got home from the dealer after purchase. The worked on it several times but it always consumed oil at an unacceptable rate. I sold it.
After I got my '02 SVTf, I wondered if I was in the same predicament, i.e. - the ridiculous engine surging and crazy idle issues that the dealer did not seem to be able to fix. RLA6 helped the idle and a second dealer replaced the 8 clamps on the intake manifold and the surging was much less. Now it seems that the new ECU program may fix the surging for good. I told the second dealer that if any one of the other Ford vehicles on his lot had an engine that behaved as mine did, it would not have been tolerated.
I love the car and hold out hopes that the new reflash will make it gripe free at last. I also think it is unimaginable that the SVT guys would have deemed a car ready for production with an engine that ran like mine does.
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