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I love Ford's automobiles. I went from a Subaru to a 2009 Focus. Because I bought in haste in 2009 (no ABS/traction control), I went and bought a 2012 Focus with ABS/traction control. The braking is much improved (regular braking, not ABS) but the 09 model had a very solid engine and transmission (both US-made). It never rattled... That's not good, if the engine completely stalls... I have felt some hesitating on very rapid accelerations, but I've only driven the car for 150 miles so far. I've read enough reviews to know that there *could* be transmission issues in the future. (Even if major issues prior to 8/2011 had been fixed, still worry - did you get your Focus before 8/2011? Check for a TSB or recall...) If there are problems, the warranty should cover and replace anything needed, but it's unfortunate these issues have happened...Report it
My Focus seems to be very picky about gasoline. I live in So Cal where the gas is blended to reduce smog, and has 10% ethanol plus oxygenates. Using 87 octane it stumbled, rough idle, inconsistent acceleration. I found my car runs better with premium, and the gas mileage improvement makes up for the 20 cents price difference. Also I use a top tier gas - http://www.toptiergas.com/retailers.htmlReport it
As previous posted hinted, ask the dealer to update the programming on the tranny. There have been two updates since Aug. 2011, and I'll bet there are more to come. Programming can make a big difference. Hang in there!Report it
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