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Great Car to Drive... Back and Forth From the Shop
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By Alex B
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I loved this car for the first couple years. Fun to drive, zippy, good handling, looks good, has great features (even if a bit wonky sometimes), very practical for gas mileage and storage. I have the manual 5 speed, no problems there. BUT - just after the warranty expired I've had problem after problem with the steering and suspension. I've taken it in something like 6 or 7 times in the past 2 years, spent maybe $6000 on non-maintenance related fixes. Tie-rod replacement - both sides busted and repaired separately. Bushings in the suspension replaced. Electronic power steering crapped out and had to replace the whole steering column. Alignment issues leading to tire issues, brakes wear quickly. It's become a money pit even after paying it off. Wish I could recommend it, but it's simply NOT RELIABLE. It's an economy car that is frustratingly expensive to upkeep.


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Most trouble-free car I've owned.
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By NJDriver
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Fun to drive! The manual transmission has been smooth. Have heard horror stories about the automatic from other owners. Sync voice system sometimes requires repeating commands. Gas mileage is very good (33mpg combined), considering that I'm not a mellow driver. If I babied it, could easily get near 40mpg. Body, interior and leather look like new after 60k miles. I have had NO unexpected repairs at all, just the normal tire and oil changes. Would easily buy again.


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Great car with a fatal flaw
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By John Serrao
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback Titanium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)


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Leave it to Ford to get almost everything right about an affordable hatchback and then blow it with this god-awful transmission. The car handles like a dream, outstanding fuel economy (sometimes over 40mpg on the highway), room for days with the hatch and was pretty top-of-the-line tech when I bought it back in '13. Downsides are the car is slow off the line (but has a little go after 3500 rpm), transmission needs a new clutch every 10-15K and the leg room could be better. If you hunt around in the aftermarket, find a cheap 2012-13 because Ford extended the transmission warranty out to 100K on those (but not the 2014 and after).


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Swiss Army Knife Car
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By Tom Krahl
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Balance of fun with practicality. With back seats down I can carry a lot, always fun to drive and inspires confidence. Menu system is a little hard to get used to, but simplifies the dash layout for the things you do most often. In a modern car with many features this will always be the case. The back seat is short on space for an adult, but better than some other cars in this class. At least the windows let the back seat occupants feel comfortable and the 4-doors give them easy in-and-out.


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Best car I've owned so far
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By Keith
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The 2013 Ford Focus hatchback has been the best car I've ever owned. I think it is getting a bad reputation here for the dual-clutch automatic manual transmission, which is easy to misunderstand as a "broken" automatic transmission. I enjoy it a lot and no issues with it after 70,000 miles. Things I like about the car include the stylish exterior and interior, excellent interior build quality, comfortable seats, comfortable climate control, good visibility from the driver's seat, blind-spot side-view mirrors, decent sound system, and good acceleration in passing gear (assuming you can get the transmission to cooperate). Things I don't like about the car are the delays in shifting the automated manual when it doesn't engage the right secondary gear, lack of "sport mode" manual shift, connecting to Bluetooth audio (I must pull the voice command and say "Bluetooth Audio" every time I start the car), small screen, large and messy center console with an alpha-numeric keypad (?) instead of a larger screen, and no backup camera. It is an excellent car for an excellent value, not without fault, but I would recommend highly.


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