2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test


2013 Ford Focus ST: I Wish This Didn't Bug Me

February 14, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Recently, I happened to notice the gap between the tweeter on the passenger side of our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST and the door trim below it.

Then, I glanced over at the driver-side tweeter. It fits tight to the door trim.

2013 Ford Focus ST

Here's another view of the passenger-side tweeter. Now that I've noticed the gap difference, my eyes lock onto it every time I get into the Focus ST.

2013 Ford Focus ST

Hours later, I was getting some stuff out of the cargo area, and I noticed the botched installation of the rubber seal around the hatch. Apparently, it has been this way since the beginning and I never noticed. It didn't occur to me to attempt a quick fix on the seal, but this looks like the makings of a warranty repair anyway. We'll put it on the list for our next service visit.

2013 Ford Focus ST

2013 Ford Focus ST

2013 Ford Focus ST

As for the tweeter, my guess is that its fit is within the tolerance that Ford specified for that component during the assembly process, and at least it doesn't rattle or anything. But that doesn't mean I like it. And because I'm one of those annoying people who fixate on small things, this is exactly the sort of flaw that might keep me from buying my own Focus ST.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,504 miles

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