Well, This Is Familiar - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Well, This Is Familiar

November 16, 2012


I am sympathetic to technology. I understand that it's 2012 and that everything uses software. But with my iPhone, Google Nexus 7 and all of my PCs, I have some control over when I install pending software updates.

In our 2013 Ford Focus ST, which has the Sync-infused MyFord Touch navigation/audio system, it's not nearly so elegant. Earlier this week I started the car after a fuel stop and was just about to enter an address in the nav system. Then, a brief "navigation system unavailable" message flashed. Then, the screen went black and the radio turned off. And then, I saw this.

In all, the unplanned maintenance/OS update delayed my departure by 3 minutes, maybe a bit longer. Not a big deal. But why did the update have to happen then, right then? Why not tell me an update is available and give me a 24-hour window to initiate the install myself? If I don't take care of the update in that span of time, only then would it be necessary to run an auto-update.

(Then again, I'm forgetting that unlike my phone or computer, the MFT nav system doesn't have an internet connection with which to download updates, which is why you have to visit a dealer or get an updated SD card to do any kind of major update on this system... which is an obvious limiting factor on factory-installed nav systems. Undoubtedly, then, barich1 is correct in diagnosing "scheduled system maintenance" as an unavoidable reboot.)

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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