Redesign "Easy Fuel No Cap" to accept any portable fuel tank nozzle and not require your special funnel. Also redesign low fuel dash warnings
I own a 2009 Ford Flex. I recently ran out of gas. I have concerns about your "easy fuel no cap" fuel system. Who would ever think that a special funnel is needed to add fuel from a portable tank? I tried everything I could think of to pry open or force open the little fuel door. Nothing worked. Finally, I was able with some help to push the vehicle to a gas station and was able to fill the tank there. I later read about needing the special funnel in my owner’s manual. This is a very poor design in my opinion. Why can’t the fuel door be made so that any portable gas can will work without the need for the special funnel? People who are out of gas are frustrated enough already. This is also a safety concern; what if someone runs out of gas on a busy expressway? This would not be the time to fumble around with this trying to make it work in the middle of busy traffic. Not being able to figure it out, as was the case with me, could cause someone in this situation to try and push the vehicle in dangerous conditions and could cause someone to loose their life. Yes, I know we should all read our owner’s manuals – but having to use a special funnel is just not something most people would even think about. Please consider changing this design so that the fuel door will work with the nozzle on any portable gas can, NOT requiring your special funnel to be used.
Also, when the vehicle is very low on gas, say a ten mile range or less, could you consider having a yellow or red light go on (on the dash) to warn people (preferably flashing)? I realize it says “Fuel level low” on the dash but I never look at that display and it is not obvious because it is in the same green lettering that it uses to display other info – it is just not noticeable. You could at least make this warning flash when the range is very low, or add an additional red or yellow warning light as I am suggesting that flashes. Thanks for listening.
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