Where'd You Go? - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus: Where'd You Go?

March 19, 2008

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

Sometimes we get so many cars in our editorial test fleet that we run out of places to park them in our reserved section of the garage (not pictured above). And it's times like that when it's great to have a car that flashes its lights and/or beeps when you press the unlock button on the key fob because you never know where the previous driver of the car parked it.

However, last night when I went down searching for our 2008 Ford Focus it wasn't located in our usual spots so I pressed the unlock button on the key fob as I usually do. Um, no response...

I pointed it east, west, north, south and still no response. I started to wonder if the previous driver had ended up parking it on a different level or a different section altogether. Then I tried pressing the lock button and sure enough I spotted some lights flashing a little ways down.

When I got closer to the car and pressed the unlock button again just out of curiousity, I saw that it actually just turned on the dome light inside the car which isn't especially bright. There's no way I could have seen that from where I was originally standing.

A few weeks ago when I was looking for our Tundra in the garage, its high-pitched "beep, beep" led me to it parked around the corner and out of sight from the original parking spots. See? THAT was handy.

I'm sure owners of the Focus would just adapt accordingly (read: press the lock button instead of unlock to locate their car) but I just wondered why the signals were set up like that.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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