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#60 of 136 2001 focus transmission
Aug 02, 2005 (1:41 pm)
Hi, My name is George and i have worked at a ford store for the last 17 years and i bought my wife a 01 focus. If you think you have it bad Ford replaced my tranny at 35k and the new one has gone already at 70k and with no help from ford or the dealer i work for. Try to sell these cars that make you a living and having one in your yard that you still owe 3700 on that won't move! .Iv'e been selling fords for 21 years and i have to tell you stay away from the focus! that why i think they put on a 5 year 100,000 warranty,because you will use it.
#61 of 136 Re: What I want from Ford [maureen9]
Aug 11, 2005 (3:17 pm)
Parts delivery is important... in fact I have a solution that would cause a lot more parts to be available because of chassis and component sharing... from Ford! If the Euro-Spec model that came out with the Mazda 3 and the Volvo v40 & v50 were here you cold have your Focus serviced all over the place. With VW poised to launch a new GTI and Ford bleeding red ink all over the place, the best they have done is introduce the Ford 500?! Come on, and now the Fusion! Lame names for generic cars. The Euro-Spec Focus is so hot! It could be launched with little re-tooling... just shift from Right Hand to Left Hand Drive. We know it meets US Safety Standards because it is the same machine underneath by at least 80% as the Mazda 3 and the V40! I am telling you I have had a lot of foreign cars, but the patriot in me would love to say that I owned an American car, trouble is they are still playing catch up! UUGGHHH! I just want the REAL Ford Focus in the States! Go to the Ford UK website and check it out... soon you too will be trying to import the Euro-Spec Focus! Let's cry loud and often until we get the Focus we deserve, and at the same time we eat VW's wiring plagued, cool as ice GTI for lunch!
#62 of 136 I just rode in a Focus II taxi in Taiwan last month
Aug 13, 2005 (4:22 am)
on my way to the airport.
The car is smooth riding & refined. & the cab driver loved its handling.
But you know what? This thing is wide -- more so than the Lexus LS430! Not a little car anymore.
Here's how the sedan looks like:
#63 of 136 I'd like to see better shade visors
Apr 16, 2006 (9:14 pm)
My needs are simple. I'm pretty happy w/my ZX3 overall, but would appreciate sun visors that are long enough to cover the glaring sun coming in the windshield/side windows. (my commute is east/west)
#64 of 136 '05 dashboard stinks, literally!
Apr 21, 2006 (2:12 am)
Starting '05, Ford replaced the Euro-designed dash w/ a new one & different building material. At warmer temperature especially w/ the heater on, the air coming out of my charcoal-color dash smells like MELTING RUBBER. That makes all passengers nauseating & quite sick. So the windows have to be opened almost all the time! Ford better find a better plastic for the air ducts or something, & replace my defective material soon.
I spoke to other Focus drivers, & they felt the same way!
Otherwise, my '05 ST is a wonderful car, & only a BMW E36 can match it's driving experience. By the way, bring the heavier Euro-spec power steering here, at least for the sporty ST model.
#65 of 136 Stand by their products
Apr 26, 2006 (1:56 pm)
I bought a new 2002 Focus ZTW for my wife with projector beam lights, the dealer installed wiring is no good ( found out when the dealer replaced a bulb) and Ford won't do anything to offset the repair cost of their defective wiring. Their customer service is brutal, and the attitude of their staff is enough to ensure I will never buy another Ford. I made a point of being low key and polite to no avail. These people don't get it, service keeps customers, and they just lost one who gets a new vehicle every couple of years. It saddens me to buy an import, but I can't see sticking with Ford when they reacted to my concern with disdain.
#66 of 136 Re: Stand by their products [f0rdsux]
May 19, 2006 (9:55 pm)
Suggest U channel your energy to writing Ford in an unemotional manner and relate your experiences with the dealer. Make your case and let them know the DEALER is who is driving you away from Ford. If Ford doesn't care about customers who have legitimate concerns with the people selling their cars, they look to lose millions of dollars and layoff lots of people and close lots of factories.
Oh wait, they are doing that...
#67 of 136 6 years after, still no backseat headrests. Shame!
May 23, 2006 (5:27 pm)
What's up with backseat headrests? None on hatchback, none on wagon. Do they have them on sedan? Six years passed since Focus introduction. I wonder how came that Ford has not been sued yet for intentional endangering the lives of back seat occupants.
Make backseat headrests standard equipment and issue a recall to install headrests on all manufactured and sold Focuses.
Also, the split seatback with non-split cushion? Truly idiotic design. Apparently, engineers who worked on Focus body and suspension and those who worked on seats and safety were two different kinds of engineers. This is sad because Focus is generally a very well designed car with perfect handling, good looks and useable and airy cabin.
#68 of 136 Re: 6 years after, still no backseat headrests. Shame! [mikus]
May 23, 2006 (7:24 pm)
i agree about the one piece lower rearseat cushion, although the seatbacks are split.
#69 of 136 Re: 6 years after, still no backseat headrests. Shame! [mikus]
May 25, 2006 (7:49 pm)
"What's up with backseat headrests? ... I wonder how came that Ford has not been sued yet for intentional endangering the lives of back seat occupants. "
Uh, getting a little carried away are we? Granted, they are a great feature, but an "intentional" act? Cripe, it's your choice, buy a wagon that's got them.
Oh, and if you are truly a safety nazi, you'd refer to them as head restraints, which is what they are, not headrests...