Last post on Jul 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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Ford Focus, Sedan
#1948 of 2014 Re: Stupid 4 speed Auto. [mschmal]
Dec 01, 2007 (11:49 am)
"A first for Ford is the firm’s new PowerShift gearbox, which is similar to VW’s DSG semi-automatic transmission. Using twin clutches, it pre-selects the next gear, allowing faster changes. The six-speed ‘box can be used as a full automatic, or with steering wheel-mounted paddles. It goes on sale in spring, costing around £950."
Ford thinks that Focus buyers in America are bunch of cheapskates that don't deserve the best transmission. So only people overseas get it.
But heck, I don't care 'cause I drive stick.
"Following in the footsteps of the hatchback range, this is the first picture of the new Focus saloon (below left). Getting the same Mondeo-style looks as the three and five-door cars, the booted car features a revised tail with a fresh bumper and LED lights. Unlike the hatches, it will only be available with 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre diesel engines, as well as 1.6 and 2.0 petrols."
Click the lower right picture to see the sedan.
I still think my 2.3 "classic" Focus ST rules, in terms of looks, normally aspirated power & handling fun!
Having the old Mondeo nose
http://www.wheels24.co.za/Wheels24/Galleries/w24_GalleriesModelPicDisplay/0,,675- - - - -13649,00.html
looks more cool than having the new Mondeo nose, IMO.
#1949 of 2014 2002 Ford Focus Rear Suspension
Dec 01, 2007 (5:06 pm)
The Firestone mechanic who tried to correct premature rear tire wear said that he can not adjust the rear camber because Ford didn't create a way. I like this car otherwise, but the ride is killing me. Are there any reasonable solutions?
#1950 of 2014 Are you rotating your tires every 5k?
Dec 03, 2007 (4:46 am)
It continues to surprise me how many people never learned to rotate their tires.
I suspect though that you might have something else going on. Usually its the front tires that take the beating, especially on a front drive car.
Incidently, the Focus and the Civic have a 4 wheel independant suspension.
the Corolla and the Sentra/Versa do not have independant rear suspension.
You want a better ride, you need to get a car with a longer wheel base.
#1951 of 2014 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Rear Suspension [jacksoncat]
Dec 03, 2007 (5:25 am)
Has you car been lowered? There is no reason you should be having either a poor ride or rear camber wear, unless the car has been improperly lowered or the struts are shot. The solution is putting the correct springs in or replacing the worn struts.
Proper tire rotation is essential as well, but that will not effect the ride.
Also, you can buy a camber kit so as to be able to adjust the rear camber, but that will not effect ride either.
One of the reason I love the Focus is the supple ride combined with great handling.
#1952 of 2014 2007 Focus
Dec 08, 2007 (6:00 pm)
Just bought a 2007 SE. Great deal with all the rebates. So far about 400 miles on the car. It is not quite what I am used to, but a fun car to drive. I hope it lasts like my last Ford.
2007 Focus Sedan
cruise tilt etc...
Already at 34 MPG.....only first tank of gas....
#1953 of 2014 Re: Are you rotating your tires every 5k? [mschmal]
Dec 21, 2007 (7:22 pm)
Granted, usually it is the front tires that get ate up on FWD cars, but my Focus ZTW wagon (and I suspect other Foci) have such light rear ends that they cup tires in short order. This causes the whump, whump, whump, so many folks complain about and there just aint a damn thing you can do about it, other than carry sand bags in the trunk. I rotate my tires every 5k and after about 10-12k (for the whichever two are in the back) they are shot. Minor issue for me, the car handles like a bat out of hell, so no worries.
Dec 22, 2007 (1:19 am)
There is something wrong with your alignment if you are cupping tires. Having a light rear end has nothing to do with it. I've got 15,000 miles on my tires and neglected the rotation until 14,000. The backs looked like new, no cupping at all.
Keep in mind that factory alignments are pretty rough, and even the "factory specs" are fairly loose. I always find a good shop who is willing to get them tightly in the middle.
#1955 of 2014 Re: Are you rotating your tires every 5k? [rapidrick]
Dec 25, 2007 (5:05 am)
You might have more luck with tires more suited to your style of driving. My Focus came with Hankook tires that seem to have a lot of room for improvement. I will certainly look for a better tire when I replace these.
#1956 of 2014 Re: Are you rotating your tires every 5k? [rapidrick]
Dec 27, 2007 (2:02 pm)
On the Focus ZX3 Forum some months back "Tire Recommendations", I related that some of the issues with replacement tires for my car. Original equipment Pirellis all-season were just marginal and were off the car at probably less than 20k ( all-season tires are not very good winter tires at that point). Ordering 4 Dunlop Graspic winter tires with the 195-60/15 wheels from Tire-Rack, has been the best accessory I ever purchased. On the other hand, The Koumo "Exta" summer high performance Tires was not a very good choice. Fortunately only 2 of those were purchased, and placed on the rear. After one season they were cupped pretty badly. Moving them to the front for the next season they were extremely noisy. They were replaced last April by 4 BFG "G-Sport" . they are a superior Summer tire and seem to be wearing well.
Perhaps the reason that so many Focus drivers claim their cars "handle well" is directly attributable to the rear suspension architecture, which the engineers claim is "passive 4-wheel steering", using the tires more effectively to maintain driver control.
Fun for the driver. But if you want to play, you will have to pay (a little for it in this case). Having a fun car to drive is important.
#1957 of 2014 Re: Are you rotating your tires every 5k? [markus5]
Dec 28, 2007 (3:03 am)
"Perhaps the reason that so many Focus drivers claim their cars "handle well" is directly attributable to the rear suspension architecture, which the engineers claim is "passive 4-wheel steering", using the tires more effectively to maintain driver control.
Fun for the driver. But if you want to play, you will have to pay (a little for it in this case). Having a fun car to drive is important."
Agreed. And, even though another reader disagrees, putting some more weight in the rear. Passed a Focus sedan on the way to Orlando on Christmas Eve with the LR tire just bouncing along happy as can be. That's what causes cupping. I had the same issues with an old GTI back in the 80s. Cars with light rear ends suffer the malady. However, most of those cars handle like bats out of hell, and tires cupping is a small price to pay for a great handling car, at least from my perspective...