I believe my 2012 Focus SFE is E85 capable. It came with a yellow bezel around the fuel nozzle which is marked E85. The car had no other markings. One day I filled it up with E85, drove 180 miles and took it to the dealership the next day.
Immediately after I picked up the car I went to fill her up with gas. To my surprise the bezel was missing. In its place is the standard black NO-E85 bezel with a red circle and a cross going over the E85. I called the dealership and spoke with the manager. I asked Him where the fuel yellow bezel went? He told me he will call me back.
One day I have E85 capability and the next I do not? I start to wonder is the car actually E85 capable or could the fuel cap have been an error that was corrected by the mechanic? Why would the mechanic just take it off and not inform me?
I look at the "vehicle description and fuel economy information boxes" on the sticker and it only says gasoline engine. I look at the back of the car and there is no FFV "Flex-fuel capable" emblem. The E85 ethanol label is not displayed on the fuel filler door (I do not remember if it was there in the first place). The only reference I can find is at the Ford site. There is a statement that some later 2012 models of the Focus SFE are FFV "Flex-fuel capable" compatible.
The dealership manager calls me back and says that he does not believe that His people removed the bezel but He will replace it free.
I wait a few days, get a postage card in the mail that my part arrived. So on Saturday I return to the dealership. They show me the part. It is the same as the one that was placed on my car as a substitute.
I tell the parts manager that the part is incorrect and he started to have trouble fining it on the computer. So I draw a picture. He still has trouble. We walk out to the car and I show him the issue. He says, now I know what you want and goes back to the computer and locates what he thinks is the part.
I ask him is my car really E85 capable. He looked it up on the Ford site. It is confirmed by Ford as a FFV "Flex-fuel capable" Focus.
Apparently this dealership is open 24 hours a day. Anyone could have simply walked in and swapped the bezel. Possibly to use it to get a better price for their car. Somewhere there could be a Focus that claims to be E85 capable, that is not. If the unsuspecting buyer fills up the car, the engine will be toast.
Satisfied, along with a complementary small touch-up paint bottle, I await my replacement bezel. I plan to glue this one in place!