2012 Ford Focus Consumer Review: wish they would fix it now!

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SEL Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. FFV 6-speed Automated Manual)

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wish they would fix it now!
By syndy67 on


2012 Ford Focus SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)


Wow, we just did a 420 mile roadtrip last thursday and couldn't get past 28.7 mpg and that was mostly interstate driving. took it in to dealer and they said it's just still trying to figure out your driving habits. WTH! and I don't like the jerky take off's we were told to drive it another1000-1500 miles and if it's still doing it to bring it in. it is alittle cramped inside compared to my 2005 focus. But otherwise I like the car .
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By unfocused1
on 02/29/12 16:19 PM (PST)

The faster one goes means the more fuel must be consumed. I try not to go above 65MPH, unless the speed limit dictates going higher. My first fueling read 27.05MPG (mostly stop'n'go traffic, some freeway - maybe 60/40 ratio of city/freeway.) Engines do need time to break in, but during the winter I've seen typically 24~27 on the 2009 Focus I traded in. The same 2009 model would get nigh on 41MPG during exclusive freeway driving (65~70MPH). How many miles do you have on the car, total? I've read the new transmission "learns" how people drive, but 28MPG for predominantly freeway driving is well below what the Focus should be capable of. You might have a lemon, but if the car is new then the jerky takeoffs (and lower MPG ) would make sense. The transmission system is still "learning" (e.g. compiling a record of pertinent driving conditions from 'stopped' conditions and determining how to best run the system.) Mine's been mostly smooth, but a couple times I did notice hesitation. But I've only driven 150 miles so far... Plus, it looks like DCT is the way the future for all cars: http://www.dctfacts.com/ http://www.dctfacts.com/in-the-market/ford-dct-north-america.aspx

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By brianalex
on 12/07/11 06:53 AM (PST)

How fast were you driving ? I have a Mercury Grand Marquis (V-8) and get 28 Hwy at 75 MPH. If you cruise at 85 or if you don't keep a steady speed this will hurt your fuel economy obviously. You should post the specifics of your driving style and the percentage of city/hwy. Also the terrain covered and any unusual conditions such as freezing conditions, heavy load in car etc. Thanks

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By drvette
on 11/26/11 03:42 AM (PST)

Is the vehicle New ? Many vehicles take some time to "seat" the rings for maximum economy. During break-in, never drive constant speeds or constant RPM's, especially very Low RPM's If the vehicle gives no joy after 10k+ mi, contact the dealer and investigate the state Lemon Law in your area. Here's a link you may find pertinent contacts for your vehicle should it not improve. Service Issues https://secure.corporate.ford.com/footer/contact-ford/contact-us-email?contactMainTopic=VehicleServiceIssues http://corporate.ford.com/owner-services/customer-support/contact-ford Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center P.O. Box 6248 Dearborn, MI 48126 Customer Relationship Center 1-800-392-3673 1-800-232-5952 (TDD] or 1-800-392-3673 Press 0; at prompt press 0; at prompt press 0; at prompt press 1; at prompt press 0. Good Luck DrVette

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By cherryfan
on 03/16/12 21:21 PM (PDT)

Avoid tranny issues, get the manual. More fun, less hassle. And, thanks to the useful upshift suggestions from the onboard computer, you can drive the manual for high mpg. When you're not having too much fun to ignore it, that is.

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