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Ford Focus, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
Apr 05, 2007 (12:53 pm)
nice. i guess 'gearhead' is outdated now then.
"performance enthusiasts" just doesn't ring though.
May 02, 2007 (3:50 am)
I bought a new 2.0 ses wagon in Aug.05 (in Florida) It is the first new car I have ever owned. As of May '07 It has clocked up 38,000 miles. I am plagued by bad starting (since around 30,000) and it has always returned poor m.p.g. (around 23) I have no engine light on! When I took it into a ford dealership in Monterey ca they did'nt want to know! I have changed the gas filter, plugs. and it is no better.
Of course! now it is out of warranty. My wife is urging me to trade it in for a Toyota. This car has left a sour taste in my mouth and I will never buy another Ford again. I wake up each morning wondering if it is going to start. I have sent off for a obd2 scanner 'just to see if I have any codes that will help me address the problem, and will write back with the results in three weeks time as of May 1st 07 Martinturner
#109 of 136 Re: Dissapointed owner [martinturner]
May 02, 2007 (8:24 am)
This may be a dumb question but have you checked your tire pressure. Recommended pressure is 35 PSI. My fuel economy dropped about 10% when my pressure dropped to 25. I thought that was okay until the maintenance group told me that recommended was 35.
I've had a problem with my 05's starter, but only once and never really resurfaced. The Focus has a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty so I'd recommend that you take it back to the dealer and demand it get fixed. Sounds like you have a pretty lousy dealer.
#110 of 136 Re: Dissapointed owner [martinturner]
May 02, 2007 (6:06 pm)
i am guessing you have an automatic transmission. what are the epa estimates? what is your typical type of driving? do you run the ac/defroster often?
#111 of 136 No stopping this little puppy
Nov 28, 2007 (1:35 pm)
I have a 2006 Ford Focus SES, when the roads are wet with snow and ice my brakes do not work,I slide right through the stop sign or I should say drive through the stop sign as my wheels are definetly turning,also the brake petal goes hard.What is this all about? EKN
#112 of 136 focus replacements
Nov 29, 2007 (8:43 am)
I have owened focus wagons since they were escorts. 3 in all plus 5 other fords since the early 80's including the 20th edition mustang which I still own. I have just bought my first non ford in over 20 years becaus ford does not have a focus wagon or anything to replace it. when my escort wagon deid and I could not replace with another focus wagon like I did in 03 my problems started.
I saw why it was the best wagon for countless years. everything in that class is to expensive or underpowered since I pull a 1000 pound pop up camper with it. I hate SUVs and mini vans.
Totally by mistake I found a wagon they classified as a suv and because of its maker it is easy to see the mistake. When a wagon owner looks at it it is a great wagon but a ok suv. I got a 07 Jeep compass with a 170hp 2.4, 17' tires and double the focus towing at 2000 pounds. Just like the focus you need a 5 speed and stay away from AWD.
I have shown to other upset focus owners and reviews are great in the focus replacement catagory. Priced at about 16,000 it is in the price range.( cheaper than what ford would sell me a 4 door focus for. )
Judge for yourself
#113 of 136 Re: UPDATE on 04 focus ZTS [markus5]
Dec 15, 2007 (6:34 pm)
This is an update of this post from Oct. 06
I have put on 25K miles since needing to replace original Front rotors / pads and Pirelli P6 all seasons. I was not completely happy with FORD on this account. The replacement equipment (not Ford parts) seem to be performing and wearing alot better than original equipment.
With nearly 50k on the odometer today I am fortunate that I migrated to the dedicated winter tire and wheel set-up. This really enhances the Focus fun-to-drive character to even a higher level, especially when the High performance summer wheels and tires are in place.
The PZEV 2.3 is a very responsive power source for this car and clean as anything except maybe a Hybrid.
In my opinion Ford is making a mistake in the marketing strategy for this car. should it not be emphasized that this is a car for the environmentalist that also enjoys the drive ?
Ford is not going in this direction though. First the SVT, than the ST is gone, performance does not seem to be in the equation.
Looking at the 08 model, this is more than apparent.
#115 of 136 Re: Dissapointed owner [martinturner]
Dec 31, 2007 (3:44 am)
First let me say I've owned both a Toyota Tacoma and a Corolla and frankly you couldnt give me another one! If you get one you'd better hope it's one of the "good" ones because getting anything but the most prefunctory service is a joke. Having been an insurance adjuster I know a bit about cars and kept telling them what the problem was, but they kept throwing "stuff" at the vehicles trying to put a bandaid on the problem instead of doing a suitable fix. Finally, after no less than 7 trips for the same problem, Toyota told me it was just something that was normal to the vehicle and to quit worrying about it because they werent going to spend any more money on it--not mechanical so my attorney told me would be hard to go under the lemon law. On both of mine and a friend's as well, rattles, weird noises, and really cheap paint jobs were the norm. The real problem with Toyota though is that there are so few dealerships to get work done and, as is the case where I live, one is so bad, you only have one other within 30 miles. One Toyota mechanic told me it is hard to really fix problems because they are only given the "book" time and if they cant fix it in that time, they should just put they cant duplicate the problem and move on. As for your poor mileage, try getting the full fuel system cleaning--including injectors, throttle body etc. Runs anywhere from $140-$160 and is good no matter what car you own. A poor injector spray pattern or heavy carboning of the throttle body will seriously affect mileage. I routinely make this "fix" a part of my 15k service and have never had problems. Also try larger diameter plug wires and the better K and N air filter. And have you had the fuel filter replaced at l5K intervals as well? These often will make a noticeable difference in your gas mileage as well as not doing jack rabbit starts. BTW, I love my 06 wagon. Good luck!
#116 of 136 BETTER INTERIOR LIGHTING !
Dec 31, 2007 (3:50 am)
With so much available as extras, it surprises me that there is only the one interior light up forward and not one back in the cargo area of my 06 Focus wagon. But I guess if they wont do rear head restraints why would they do a rear light?