2005 Ford Focus 4DR SEDAN from North America
Excellent, very efficient means of transport
In the summer when it's over 80* if I let the gas tank get below half the car will stall, and act like it's not getting any gas. Evidently the fuel pump needs to be kept cooled by the amount of gas in the tank, and if there isn't at least half a tank the fuel pump will not work. It's frustrating, as I spent over $200 replacing a fuel pump because I thought it was defective, but come to find out this is just a funky way this car is. I also have had to replace a number of fuses lately.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2010
7th Jul 2010, 14:48
"Evidently the fuel pump needs to be kept cooled by the amount of gas in the tank, and if there isn't at least half a tank the fuel pump will not work."
Who told you that? I used to own a Ford Focus (a 2004) and it didn't matter what temperature it was or how much gas it had, the fuel pump never had an issue. Something else is wrong with your car. If it was a repair shop that told you that one, I recommend you find a new one.
7th Jul 2010, 20:48
I have recently experienced the same problem with my 2005 Ford Focus. And yes, the fuel pump is the culprit. If the gas tank is kept above half, the car functions normally. When it gets to below half, and especially when it gets down to a quarter of a tank, it acts like there is water in the fuel line, and it will lose power and the engine will shut down completely, until the fuel pump cools off. So, either trade the car in on one that doesn't have this problem, or keep the gas tank above the half mark.