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Fuel Door: Which side is it on?

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Fuel Door: Which side is it on?

Post by vmanivan » Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:37 pm

I noticed a discrepancy in the photos of the car. On some images, the fuel door is on the right, while on others, it is on the left. This is not simply a case of a flipped image, because the steering wheel and logos are still on the correct sides/read correctly.

Fuel door on left side:

Fuel door on right side (i.e. not on left side):

Notice that the Five Hundred logo and steering wheel are still on the correct sides, so the image has not been flipped.

So my question is, does anyone know which side the fuel door is on?


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Post by tecman » Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:51 pm

thats wierd!

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Post by Webmaster » Wed Jun 16, 2004 11:09 pm

Wow, good eye! I'd be willing to bet it's on the passenger side....

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Post by vmanivan » Thu Jun 17, 2004 6:48 am

Thanks. I suspected it would be on the passenger side, since that's the traditional location for Ford vehicles. However, in my experience, it is much more convenient to have the fuel door on the driver's side. It makes it much easier to pull up to the fuel pump, and you have to walk a shorter distance as well. :)

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Post by Fordfun » Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:19 am

:lol:
Just and idea of mine but wouldn't it be cool if someone made a car with the fuel door on both sides

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Post by tecman » Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:43 am

remember cars that had the fuel door behind the licence plate?
My Dad had a car like that

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Post by Webmaster » Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:39 am

You know, there's probably quite a few people that would appreciate that. I drive both an F-150 and a Taurus and I have to stop for a second to remember which side the fuel door is on when I'm in the Taurus. The truck is on the left and the car is on the right.... I'm getting used to it now :)
Fordfun wrote::lol:
Just and idea of mine but wouldn't it be cool if someone made a car with the fuel door on both sides

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Post by revlis » Wed Oct 06, 2004 1:44 pm

Does anyone know the answer to this yet? :)

I test drove an SEL & Limited last night and I forgot to check.
It was also dark outside.

I know my Mustang is on the passenger side, but my Explorer is on the driver side.

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Post by middy » Wed Oct 06, 2004 5:15 pm

The Fuel Door is on the RIGHT SIDE or Passenger side of the car.

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Post by Jamers » Wed Oct 06, 2004 5:56 pm

Can somebody please tell me why there is no consistency when it comes to the placement of the fuel door? If I'd had to guess, I'd say that 80% of the cars have it on the driver's side (which happens to be my preference). Having it on the passenger side is like be a lefty in a right handed world. Ever try to get gas at a busy gas station with a left handed fuel door? When you try to pull up to a busy pump from the opposite dirrection the car in front of you is pissed because they have to back out. And then cars line up behind him thinking they're next in line because they are just going in the same direction. I felt like the idiot driving the wrong way down a one way street. Now I suppose I could pull in the normal way and pull the hose over the car but that is a hassle and sometimes the hose won't stretch far enough. For God's sake why can't it be on the drivers side? You would think they could have just as easily put it on the other side. My 2001 Explorer had it on the drivers side and then my 2003 had it on the passenger side. Uhg.

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Post by johnclineii » Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:37 pm

They do it just to annoy you?

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Post by 3.0cammer » Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:21 am

i think it is an opption...lol... you order it from the facory to you desire...

ok maybe not but still that is pretty funny...

btw has any one been to the ford site... check out the specs on the 05 taurus...

Power front disc/dear drum (Sedan); 4-wheel disc (Wagon); optional anti-lock (ABS)
2000 Taurus SEL 3.0 Duratec

CHECK IT OUT

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Post by johnclineii » Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:19 pm

LOL!

Extra care in engineering (and proofreading)...

Oh, wait! That was someone else. And a long time ago!

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Post by Mark » Mon Oct 18, 2004 12:36 pm

Fuel doors are migrating to the right (passenger) side due to European Union regulations.

In Europe, there is a regulation to have the fuel doors on the right on all new cars for the past few years.

In the USA, our cars are trending the same way because many of our platforms are "world cars" that are the same as or similar to vehicles sold in Europe.

Some vehicles that don't share platforms with European cars (like the Ford Freestar, for example) still have the fuel door on the driver's side, but will probably change eventually.

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Post by tecman » Mon Oct 18, 2004 1:01 pm

Why does Europe require that?
Mark wrote:Fuel doors are migrating to the right (passenger) side due to European Union regulations.

In Europe, there is a regulation to have the fuel doors on the right on all new cars for the past few years.

In the USA, our cars are trending the same way because many of our platforms are "world cars" that are the same as or similar to vehicles sold in Europe.

Some vehicles that don't share platforms with European cars (like the Ford Freestar, for example) still have the fuel door on the driver's side, but will probably change eventually.

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Post by johnclineii » Mon Oct 18, 2004 7:59 pm

Hmmmm.

In the United Kingdom, they drive on the left side of the road.

Just adding more fuel to the fire, so to speak...

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Post by concreteguy » Fri Dec 03, 2004 8:27 pm

My new car has the gas on the right side...I just got it today... :D

It would seem that the fear of a gas fire maybe one reason to put the full opening on the right side...Giving you a chance to get in the car on the driver side and move it away from the gas pumps ??????? if !!
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Post by johnclineii » Fri Dec 03, 2004 10:22 pm

With all due respect, if there is a gas fire, the LAST thing I would even THINK of doing is getting in a car. Run like )#@$(% is more like it.

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Post by concreteguy » Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:59 pm

Oh we agree on that one...we would walk away...But sometimes you will see a hero that has to save the day... :shock:

So what is the reason that they wanted the gas filled on the right side ???Any ideas...?
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Post by OldGuy » Sat Dec 04, 2004 6:58 am

I guess they could go back to putting it behind the licence plate or above the bumper like the old Mustang...but I don't think it would pass the crash test any longer.
I own a 1998 Mustang Cobra...this just in...a Ford Five Hundred too!

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