DO NOT BUY. The transmission is absolutely horrible and ford will do NOTHING to fix it. I have broken down 2 times, my car will not accelerate and the
RPMS just go crazy. I have had it in the shop 3 times within the past 2 months and they refuse to do anything for it.
Not like any Focus I've ever been in before.
Outstanding quality of materials throughout.
Looks and feels equivalent to a Mercedes -- no joke.
Feels "big", solid, and quiet while you drive, but has speedy performance when you want it.
I've been driving the Focus long enough now where I can give an objective review.
Overall, the car has a premium feel to it.
I have the base model hatchback and it's still got a really upscale feel to it.
This is not anything like the super cheap Focus Ford was making not so many years ago.
Two big cons that I see:
The automatic transmission needs help.
Personally, I don't shift my car into the next gear when it's below 2000 rpm, but my Focus thinks that's a good idea.
You know that sound a car makes when you shift up too soon?
My car makes that sound everytime I accelerate gently.
I'm hoping Ford fixes this for 2013.
The inside door handles are super cheap feeling.
2 Clutch Packs, 1 TCU, 1 power window motor, 1 sunroof motor, 1 Sync head unit, 1 transmission, 1 brake booster 52,000 miles in 1 year... so all within 8000 miles . I have had to seek a attorney to try and resolve the matter
I went to the local Ford Dealer in Dallas, GA last weekend to look at cars. I found a 2012 SE Hatchback that seemed nice enough, Ford Certified used car, great condition, 40,000miles with 100,000 powertrain and extended 36,000 mile bumper to bumper
It seemed a bit funny on the test drive, all flat terrain but was assured that was normal. Then I took it to work the first time.. on my way home it was mostly uphill
and it slipped at every time I tried to start up from a stop, rolled back at every stop and at speed would lose power and slip out like into neutral
The second day it was even worse so I called the dealer who referred me to service who said it was a easy fix and they had to reprogram the transmission with the new software released this week
dropped the car off this morning and a hour later was told it would require a whole new transmission and they have to order parts which are in short availability and could take weeks before I have my 3 day old car back..
at least they loaned me a fusion..
DO NOT BUY THIS!!!