Vehicle2012 Ford Focus SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewJust purchased a 2012 Focus with the Titanium package.
About all I did not get was the sun/moon roof and nav.
I figured I'd buy a Garmin for much less $$ and be just as happy.
It's nice to have a smaller car that fits in the garage with more space, gets better mileage...so far 27.2 with around 450 miles on it, it looks good, and has a great stereo.
Transmission is sometimes sluggish when initially taking off from a stop and yesterday, some gas dripped on the pavement from somewhere under the car when I topped it off.
I'll have to look to see about that.
Best FeaturesLooks, mileage, stereo, hits bumps solidly, has a nice interior. The seats fit very comfortably. AC is good, leather stitching looks nice. So far...so good with everything.
Worst FeaturesQuality control could be better. There are a couple minute flubs in the paint, the left front tire has an excessive amount of weights on it which could have been eliminated by rotating the tire 180 degrees, and eliminate the transmission bog (which I have read is common for the double-clutch type automatics). Offer a couple more options such as HIDs, LED exterior lighting, and a better grip for closing the hatch...as it is you have to grab one of the handles from the inside, then get your hand out of the way and complete the close by touching the paint on the outside. Floor mats are pretty cheap looking.
on 09/04/11 13:52 PM (PDT)
The gas dripped because it has an emergency overflow drain to protect your whole fuel system since everyone loves to pump past the initial full cutoff, and as far as being sluggish in order to eliminate that you would have to get rid of the newer standard style automatic trans, which would also eliminate a good amount of your gas mileage. Apperently your salesman didnt go over this car very well with you, he should've explained all of this to you, Ford has put a lot of time effort and details into the new focus to get the performance and gas milage it has. GREAT CARReport it
on 09/05/11 15:58 PM (PDT)
Thanks wildcatj1. That explains it. By the way, the transmission is doing much better. I have learned that it doesn't have a torque converter...wow! It just takes some getting used to. And, you are correct. The dealership was not very helpful and really did not explain the transmission changes at all. I now do have another little problem. Each time I turn off the ignition and then restart the car, the passenger dual-zone climate control temperature increases by 1 degree. That's pretty weird. I'm assuming it has a programming issue...but I'm waiting to see if anyone else has a similar problem before taking it to the dealer.Report it
on 02/21/12 16:00 PM (PST)
The salesman I had didn't go too much into the new transmission system either. Are there links to tips you could provide? Thanks!Report it
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