||| 2003 Focus wagon 2.0L Automatic (US) - 65000 miles. Upon returning
||| to the airport after a weeks trip, temp, spedo, and fuel gauges
||| started to jump. Very quickly the temp and spedo pegged to zero and
||| the fuel gauge
||| pegged to full. On the 40 mile trip home, ocassionally all three
||| gauges [at the same time] would jump to the correct value but then
||| would peg back to the zero/full position. After I got home, I let
||| the car sit for an hour and then took it out for a short drive. All
||| dials now pegged to zero/empty with no movement whatsoever. Other
||| than the dials, the car ran fine. All other electrical equipment
||| [lights, radio, wipers, heater fan, windows, other instrument idiot
||| lights] were fine. I've read the posts about the VSS. Could that
||| also affect the temp & fuel dials?
|| This is a fairly common problem with Focus. I had mine replace by
|| Ford under warranty, some chip behind the dash required replacing.
|| Do a search of this group in google and you will see a few others
|| have had this problem.
Had it not been under warranty, I wonder out of curiosity how much Ford
would have charged you for the replacement of a complete dash panel, for the
sake of an IC which probably cost nowhere near a fiver to produce?