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#5 of 100 2008 Focus and SYNC
Sep 20, 2007 (11:18 am)
As a Ford representative I'd like to clarify the text message function of SYNC. Through voice commands you can have SYNC read your incoming text messages aloud. After reading or hearing it, the text message can be forwarded to another phone or a reply, using any of the 15 preset text messages, can be sent. However, the text message reply and forwarding mechanisms are speed dependent for safety. If the vehicle is moving more than a couple of miles per hour, then you can't forward or use the preset standard reply text messages in SYNC. For further information about SYNC, please go to syncmyride.com.
As far as the hatchback, you are correct that for the 2008 model year, the Focus will only be available as either a 2 door coupe or a 4 door sedan. There are many reasons behind the model decisions including customer feedback. If you would like to give us your feedback on any Ford product, please type "feedback" at customersaskford.com. Your comment will be forwarded to the proper department for review. Thanks.
#6 of 100 The only catch with Synch.
Sep 21, 2007 (3:31 am)
Synch supports all possible bluetooth phone features and through software upgrades can support future ones. BUT not all phones support all features.
Most phones will not support the text messaging. Ford has tested the most proflic phone models nd carriers at www.syncmyride.com.
Also, the same model can support different features depending on what carrier you got it from.
#7 of 100 No hatchback for '08
Oct 09, 2007 (3:32 am)
After seeing the new Ford Verve show car presaging the next small Ford, I think the production Verve (Fiesta? Who knows what it will actually be called?) will serve those who want a hatchback.
The Verve is pretty striking. The decision on the '08 Focus face lift makes more sense after seeing the rest of the product pipeline.
I just hope the UAW gives Ford time to deliver new products to market. And Ford has to do a better job selling the value proposition evidenced by recent quality and customer satisfaction surveys. Consumer perceptions are lagging behind Ford's efforts.
#8 of 100 What Ford needs to do.
Oct 13, 2007 (8:01 am)
They need to have the balls to bite the bullet on a product that isn't a home run.
The new Taurus and Sable do not go nearly far enough to shine in the current market.
IMHO its better for Ford NOT to be in a segment than to have a less than stellar entry.
Fords that are compelling:
New Expedition EL,
New Super Duty,
New Escape (more so when 3.5L and 6spd arrive.)
Products that need to improve to stand out:
F-150, (still competitive but waning
Explorer, (needs more pizazz, Escape uses the same language but is much more compelling)
#9 of 100 '08 Focus sighting
Nov 06, 2007 (9:50 pm)
Parked my car at Costco today and noticed a brand-new '08 Focus Sedan parked next to me. Took a minute to look at it to see what was new. The exterior styling is at best a refresh. But the interior is drastically improved and looks considerably more upscale than before. The photos I had seen prior to seeing it in person didn't do it justice.
#10 of 100 New interior
Nov 07, 2007 (4:40 am)
Makes the old one feel like a 81 Chevette.
The seats are a big comfort improvment and the steering wheel despite not being leather in the SE has a nice squeezeability to it that the Fusion could use. Not so sure about the door panels though. Ford seems to have abandoned cloth inserts on door panels.
Nov 16, 2007 (12:13 pm)
A reporter is interested in talking with owners of the Ford Focus who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to jfallonedmunds.com no later than Thursday, November 27, 2007 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.
Nov 21, 2007 (11:11 am)
I had a chance to compare the '07 and '08 Focus sedans. I had to picture myself five years from now: which car would I rather be driving? Honestly I liked the more conservative styling of the '07 better than the wannabe-Scion styling of the '08. What sealed the deal was the large discount on the '07 because it is the outgoing model. So now I am the happy owner of an '07 Focus SES sedan, and have not regretted the decision one bit.
#13 of 100 Re: 2008 Ford Focus [wenhead]
Nov 21, 2007 (11:17 am)
Just because the platform is (almost) ten years old doesn't mean it is a bad platform. The Mustang ran on the same Fox chassis for 15 years, then on a modified version of that for another 11. So is nine years for an economy car really that bad?
#14 of 100 Re: 2008 Ford Focus
Nov 24, 2007 (8:34 pm)
I looked at the 08 Focus today. I might have considered buying one except I noticed Ford, for whatever reason, took away the telescoping wheel feature. It only tilted. I like to move the seat way back and had to extend my arms too far to grab the wheel. Not very comfortable. What was Ford thinking?