2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus: Right Is Left

August 14, 2008

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Ever have that kind of day when it seems like everything is going wrong? Like when you mistakenly get off the wrong floor from the elevator or you dribble coffee on your newly cleaned white shirt? Well, operating our 2008 Ford Focus made me feel like that.

Last night, without fail, every time I got in the car and went to turn on the headlights, I would end up activating the windshield wipers. OK, I'm just an airhead. For some reason I didn't get it that the windshield wiper stalk is located on the left side, not the right...in THIS car.

We get into so many different cars, a different car every night so I know this is not going to be an issue for someone who lives with the Focus on a daily basis. And maybe it's a dumb gripe. But I just wondered why Ford put the windshield wiper on the left instead of on the right. Left is usually lights/high beams/turn signal -- all lights. See how that works? Here, the stalk functions as both windshield wiper AND turn signal. Thus my confusion.

And since I'm on a griping roll, why does the display have to block out the odometer/trip reading with "Emergency Brake On" when I'm parked, the doors are closed...and I want to take a picture of the tripmeter? Frickin frackin! This is in addition to the red brake warning light that already appears on the display.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 11,420 miles

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