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Pet peeves?

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Dan GSR, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Dan GSR

    Dan GSR FEOA Member

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    What are your pet peeves?
    Mine is that the wiper speed direction is the opposite of every other car.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Gas gauge bouncing around when car isn't on level ground
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    Pet peeves?

    My cat is too old to "go" outside now, so I have to have a smelly litter box in the house.

    The dog being old and deaf, and underfoot and tripping me up.
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    1: No intermittent setting for the rear wiper on wagons...

    2: Integrated Control Panel.

    3: That they don't make them new any longer.
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  5. Dan GSR

    Dan GSR FEOA Member

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    You would buy one new? I can't see paying $15k ish for one of these
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    If I could buy my exact car brand new, Absolutely.
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  7. Dan GSR

    Dan GSR FEOA Member

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    brand new, I'll take a fiesta st
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    I test drove one, and didn't fit. I had the front seat all the way back that it literally touched the back seat.

    Super nice drivetrain though!
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    Rear springs always breaking. Under powered. Noisy.
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    "Rear springs always breaking. Under powered. Noisy."

    I broke one rear spring on my wagon in 25 years.
    My five speed has enough power for me (but I do have no power accessories and under-driven alternator), I never thought about noise.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I had to replace a rear spring in my 99 wagon soon after I bought it. I think I overloaded it a bit, which didn't help the situation.

    as for my dislikes: the football stereo.
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    I also am not a fan of the later stereo consoles, and am also guilty of carrying heavy loads of firewood in the wagon. I did put down a plywood floor in the back to support the wood however.

    I just came in from poking about on the car and re-discovered another peeve: the clips that hold the airbox together hit other items in the engine bay, and at least one has to be held in the right position before closing up the two halves or it can't move through its arc. Also, my airbox has always cut through the air filter rubber seal. I don't know if this is universal or I just have some parts damaged, resulting in excessive force squeezing the edges of the filter.
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    I always thought they were fairly quiet until I got something newer, TBH. They're loud by comparison.
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    My OEM anti-theft alarm starting going off when it was still pretty new and Ford wouldn't recognize that there was an issue. So, I've never been able to use mine or it goes off and it's embarrassing. I know this is a known issue, but Ford always denied it. The anti-theft alarm.
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    I guess mypet peeve would be the automatic sliding mechanism for the shoulder safety belt. .....that they quit working, and no one makes replacement parts.
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    that the clutch master cylinder has a nut behind the clutch pedal instead of two inside the engine bay
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    Usually this is caused by the hood switch. Unplug it and it'll never go off again.
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    You have got to be kidding!! I've had this car since new! 22 years!! I researched this for years early on, as well as contacted Ford and never found a fix for it. Ha! I'll give that a go the next next I get under the hood. Might you give me a hint as to where that plug is? I'm a girlie girl. LOL Thanks so much!
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    driver side, along the frame rail, just in front of the fuse box. It pushes on the hood when it is shut.
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    The headlights adjustment\mounting set up. Having to take off the front bumper is ridiculous.
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