I have a 2000 Focus SE 4dr w/ a 5 speed manual transmission. I recently
took it to my so called "Blue Oval Certified Dealer" and had it tested for
an idle problem. Here's the issue:
I will be driving down the road and push the clutch in and the engine will
continue to idle at 3000rpm, if I press the gas to check for a stuck
throttle....it idles higher. (ie. 4000rpm). If I am stopped, then engine
often surges to from slightly about 1000rpm's to about 3000rpms.
I took it to the dealer and they tested it and kept it overnight. They had
to call the Ford Hotline and speak to some of the engineers at ford. Well,
the engineers at ford said that there is NOTHING wrong with the car and it
is supposed to do that. There exact words were "This is a characteristic of
the car!!" The car was not reading any type of trouble codes etc....
Everything seems fine. The dealer was able to duplicate my problem, but
could not find a resolve for it.......then ford said it was supposed to do
I know for a fact that it didn't do it for that last 64,000 miles and it
shouldn't be doing it now either! The dealer did eat the charges for
diagnostic testing....so I didn't get billed.
I called ford's customer relations line....well that was a waste of time.
They documented and affirmed that whatever the engineers said...is what they
are sticking to. They will do nothing.
So, ford basically told me it's normal and I should live with it.... If
that's ford's attitude on cars, then I'm done buying fords. This is my 5th
ford I've owned...and the worst so far. :-( Very discouraging.
Can anyone shed some light on this????