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#1040 of 1324 2012 Focus SEL transmission and other problems
Jan 07, 2012 (5:21 pm)
I have a 2012 Focus SEL and have been really disappointed on a number of fronts with it. One thing I would say right off the bat is donít buy a 1st year new model. Too many kinks they donít work them out before they get it on the market.
I have ongoing problems with my sync system, which in 6 months that I own the car, has been at the dealer for an upgrade twice already. You have to take it to the dealer to upgrade too, an inconvenience to say the least. Voice recognition is sketchy and it decides on its own not to connect to my phone or ipod for days and then all the sudden connects.
Gas mileage was a key buying point for me and Iím not seeing the range Ford posts of 28-38mpg . I do a combination of suburban and highway driving and Iím seeing after 6000+ miles driven only 28mpg and no more. Prior to this car I drove a 6-cylinder 12-year old Mercury Cougar and got 23 mpg on a bigger engine and larger, heavier car. In 12 years, only 5mpg better????? I canít even image the possibility of someone getting 38mpg even with solid highway driving!!! If someone is getting that Id really like to know that itís possible and also know how you are driving the car to get that kind of gas mileage!! Iíve been driving at their ďEco ModeĒ and its not budging over 28mpg.
The power shift transmission is sticky and jumpy. The only time I get smooth shifting is if I drive it in the S mode and shift myself. The car slips to 4th gear by 25 miles per hour and then labors to try and find a gear to accelerate???? I guess itís meant to shift at very low rpms for fuel economy (which is a joke). This also doesnít allow for quick acceleration if you ever need it - extremely dangerous.
The car was also in to the dealer a few times already for a vibration from the engine when in neutral, parked or stopped with foot on the brake. When the car is idling, it shakes. I went thru the dealer and Ford customer service and they came up with and downloaded a so called ďsoftware updateĒ to ease the vibration but it didnít quiet it at all. Their response was ďsorry, thatís the way the car runs. They all run like that.Ē So they are done with me.
I have owned Ford vehicles all of my 30 driving years, drove them until they were done, and have been happy with the cars Iíve owned up to now. I am so sorry I bought this car and will not be a Ford owner with my next vehicle purchase, which will likely be sooner that I want. Buyer be ware!!!!!!
#1041 of 1324 Re: 2012 Focus SEL transmission and other problems [valbasile]
Jan 07, 2012 (5:27 pm)
There is another software update for the transmission and Motor Trend reports great improvement. There is also a new software update or My Ford Touch that will be mailed to your home and self-installed later this month.
#1042 of 1324 Re: Poor fuel economy [backy]
Jan 07, 2012 (10:05 pm)
Well, it's definitely in 6th gear.
And today, I went on the same drive to check (the traffic was nearly non-existent).
I set my cruise control for 65mph... and got 40.2 mpg.
Yet, when I returned home, the fuel economy for the exact same conditions was 32 mpg.
Here's the route I drove:
Starting elevation: 336 ft above sea level
Ending elevation: 147 ft above sea level
So, for the 12 miles of highway driving, I drop roughly 190~ feet to work... and climb the same on home.
#1043 of 1324 Re: Poor fuel economy [gogogodzilla]
Jan 08, 2012 (6:24 am)
Fuel economy better going downhill vs. uphill... whodathunk?
#1044 of 1324 ST's development
Jan 08, 2012 (10:42 pm)
ďYou see how you can play with the back end going on or off the throttle?Ē asks Jost Capito, who is clearly having fun. Inside Fordís European proving ground near Lommel, Belgium, the director of Global Performance Vehicles is drifting through the corners of the handling track in his latest ≠project, the Focus ST, adjusting the carís angle of attack with the right pedal. We notice that when Capito gets back on the gas, the rear of the car comes back into line. In most front-wheel-drive cars, this move would provoke understeer. But the Focus ST is unlike most front-wheel-drive cars. Itís what allows ≠Capito to bring the ST in and out of a drift through corners and lets Ford get away with such a tail-happy chassis setup...
Whereas the ST exhibits some playful back-end slip, the rear of the GTI stays planted, which is a less entertaining way to get around a corner...
And yet Capitoís team isnít finished. He admits that thereís room for more steering feedback...
But then, GTI's steering isn't perfect, either:
The steering is too light at low speeds for our tastes and too dead at or around the centered position, but the overall accuracy makes up for this to a certain extent.
I wonder if Golf/GTI's steering can be reprogrammed to match Golf R's more aggressvie setting?
#1045 of 1324 Re: ST's development [creakid1]
Jan 09, 2012 (7:54 am)
I'm sure this is interesting to read...it's just hard to read an entire paragraph that it italicized and underlined for a link.
It might be easier to read regular text and then have the link at the bottom like:
text...text...very interesting here.
Who can stop reading?
See: C&D 2013 Focus ST
#1046 of 1324 Re: ST's development [ivan_99]
Jan 09, 2012 (7:55 am)
I've stopped reading most of creakid1's posts for that very reason.
#1047 of 1324 Re: ST's development [shipo]
Jan 09, 2012 (8:51 am)
#1048 of 1324 Re: ST's development [shipo]
Jan 09, 2012 (8:54 am)
Sorry, the quotes will be presented in a more legible way in the future.
#1049 of 1324 Re: ST's development [creakid1]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jan 09, 2012 (9:24 am)
Thanks for being a good sport and taking the criticism well.
I do think your posts will be appreciated more if less of the text is italicized and highlighted as a hyperlink.