I just had my 2003 SEL (31,000 miles) in for warranty service today on the
heater/AC blower motor. It just stopped working without any warning.
Dealer agrees with me that the water leak problem on this model probably
contributed to the motor breakdown. Be sure that your car does not leak
rainwater into the front passenger footwell. This leak comes in at the cowl
vent, drips into the blower motor housing which is behind the glovebox, then
winds up dripping onto the carpet. That water can wipe out the blower
There is a service bulletin for this leak, and the fix will be free. What
they do is install a redesigned passenger side cowl outside screen/vent
panel, and a shield on the air opening into the cowl. It is TSB 03-15-06
Also be sure to change the trans fluid at 30,000 miles if you have the
transmission that requires this. Mine did, I have the Duratec engine.
The car has been recalled for a possible air filter fire and for a brake
light switch upgrade. I am not getting a warm feeling about the long haul
with this one, which is disturbing because I had a similar 1997 that went
past 90,000 with no problems, just tires and brakes.
Do not try to use the e-mail, it is bogus
Hope this helps
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