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#91 of 100 Re: Interesting article [scape2]
Mar 23, 2009 (8:16 pm)
Focus still does not crack the top ten of best selling cars.
Also of not Ford is redesigning the Focus for 2010.
#92 of 100 2008 Focus Update
Mar 25, 2009 (4:30 pm)
For anyone who cares, I bought my 08 Focus in May, I currently have 16,000 miles on it and have no problems. It is still quiet with no rattles or squeeks (unlike my cousin's 08 Corolla).
Overall, I am very happy with it and am glad I purchased it over any of the competition. After awhile the styling has grown on me. The engine seems a little quicker now that it's broken in a little (lack of power was my only concern when I purchased it.)
08 Focus SE
with Auto & Sync
#93 of 100 Toyota defection
May 25, 2009 (7:09 am)
A family friend picked the Focus over a Corolla. He has owned Toyota nearly all his life he said. Chose a red SEL version.
#94 of 100 New Focus = Volvo S80?
Jan 10, 2010 (12:51 pm)
Say good bye to the Fiesta-size Focus...
Last month, I was sitting in the future Focus III sedan w/ a '10 Mazda3 sedan around for comparison.
Since the new Focus III will be revealed w/in a week in the U.S. Expo, I will talk about it now. Neither the exterior nor the interior seem related to the new Mazda3. In fact, it looks very much like the Ford Mondeo James Bond drove in "Casino Royale". & that's exactly what it is -- a sedan based on the EUCD platform (from the current Mondeo & Volvo S80), which is really an enlarged version of the Focus II C-1 platform that's also used on the Mazda3 & Volvo S40/V50.
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/246853/next_focus_steals_the_s- - - how.html?CMP=NLC-Newsletters&uid=13175373d3a30b0aa330c8ea6a3df587
(Note: These drawings don't look much like the real thing I saw.)
The enlarged "Focus II platform" can mean longer suspension travel? By adopting an off-the-shelf existing platform, this is a quick-fix & cost-effective way the Focus badly needs in order to compete w/ the comfy long-spring VW's, which recently "stole" the Control Blade suspension from Focus & now w/ low-cost manufacturing techniques to undercut Ford's price while retaining expensive interior feel?
The leg room isn't whole lot roomier than the rather-cramped new Mazda3, so the wheelbase must have been shortened from the S80.
This is like the Jaguar X-Type is the shortened version of the old Mondeo, ditto the relationship b/t the Audi A4 & the VW Passat back in '98.
Of course, it's only a prototype -- the way the body-panel creases somewhat clutterly overlapped in the door area, its lower front grill & the interior all looked unfinished.
The dashboard center stack looks similar to Fiesta's except the vents are shaped like the ones from the new Caddilac CTS/Chevy Cruze.
Since Ford just sold the Volvo division to a Chinese car company Geely, the Focus III will be the only EUCD-platform sedan sold in this country in the near future available from FordMoCo, as the current "James Bond" Mondeo does not meet U.S. safety std.
Unless of course you don't need a sedan, "trucks" such as the Land Rover Freelander LR2 also uses the EUCD platform.
Jan 11, 2010 (1:38 pm)
"But they admitted that an electric version – building on the technology found in the Focus BEV concept, driven in Issue 1,096 – would hit the road as early as 2012."
The hatch is ugly:
"For the first time, the Focus will use torque vectoring, which sees stability and steering response improved through a combination of braking and engine power.
As a result, the car will not only be more comfortable and refined than ever, but it will also set the bar higher for driving involvement. In addition, a new electric power-steering system has been carefully tuned, and for the first time offers dynamic cornering control – a set-up that helps the driver make the most of the car’s handling."
So it might be the best-road-feel electric steering? Therefore, even its electric car will have good steering feel!
#96 of 100 Focus Hot Hatch hell yes
Feb 10, 2010 (6:07 pm)
As long as it can give the VW and Mazda 3 S a run for its money why not?I looked at the SEl sedan and all it lacked to me was ABS and lumbar support.
I do belive you can get 170HP from the VW hatch 6 pd and 31 mpg though. I can't see the Focus doin; that. My RSX Type S could. Acura goofed big time.
MaybeFord could bring theTitinum Focus over? A nice lookin'hatch is the Astra made by Opel ,put a dohc vetec 200hp in that and you'll have some wheels. Roger Penske tried to buy Opel.
Well, we are " Second Hand Rose" when it comes to getting the hot cars from europe made by Ford and General motors.
#98 of 100 Re: 2008 Focus Update [tm4]
Mar 31, 2011 (3:15 am)
got mine yhe same time no big problems at the 38000 mark i have a standard trans and have switched to a more semisolid lower tranny dogbone (found out that its the fist to go on heavy shifting) the door ajar sensor went out on me but thats it no other problems
#99 of 100 Re: 2008 Focus Update [mikey9090us]
Mar 31, 2011 (8:53 pm)
I'm guessing it's the driver's door that's keeping the door ajar light on.
The switch is built into your door latch and should be relaceable.
Oct 23, 2011 (9:08 pm)
The 2008-11 Focus was a good seller and the Euro one was overrated. Not all compact car buyers care about European car culture, and want mpg, reliability and low costs. The RS version is nice, but expensive and who can afford it?
My 2009 is solid and I don't care that it's not the 2nd gen Euro one, which is ugly, and looks like a shrunken 2005 Ford Five Hundred, which was panned by critics.
My mechanic says they don't see any of these in the shop, which is a good thing.
And purists now have the 2012 'Euro Design' to drool over, so all the whining about the late 00's US Focus is moot.