Last post on Feb 25, 2013 at 4:53 AM
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Ford Focus, Ford, Car Buying, Future Vehicle, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#1277 of 1316 Re: 8500 mile update [kam327]
Jan 10, 2013 (8:04 am)
I think in the olden days it was referred to as the "Italian tune-up"
Yes officer...I needed to clear the carbs...
#1278 of 1316 Re: 8500 mile update [ivan_99]
Jan 10, 2013 (1:19 pm)
An unnamed family member claims that the local police and highway patrol used to do that with an older lady who had an older jaguar that was always breaking down in the street because she only drove it to the store and back at low speed. They offered to take it out on the interstate and "blow it out" for her every once in awhile. It's good to be da king.......
#1279 of 1316 Re: 8500 mile update [kam327]
Jan 10, 2013 (5:31 pm)
Kam327: Maybe that is what I am missing. I always wonder if I ever really broke in the clutches on this thing by driving it easy. The only time I do what you said (blow the carbon out) is when an unsuspecting BMW or Lexus pulls next to me at a red light and thinks they are going to blow by me to get on the highway. I have not got beat yet but we are talking 300 yards before the on ramp and I know when they see the Focus with the old man (49) sitting next to them they probably figure they can send out one more text message before taking off but I don't care.
#1280 of 1316 Re: 8500 mile update [hackattack5]
Jan 22, 2013 (8:32 pm)
I have noticed that too old timer. Im a old timer. drove and drive similiar fashion.Thrash that tranny. Nail the go pedal and burnish in them clutches............It acts right after that!!!!
it worked for many others as well
Jan 22, 2013 (8:43 pm)
Drove one today at my new job and did not like it at all! I knew going in that the auto tranny was gonna be a bit weird, and the other guy warned me about it also so i was prepared. The car had only 1426 on it and it was very herky jerky and when I had to pass on the expressway, it was not awe inspiring. The seat fabric is also terrible...just felt and looked so cheap. The new Altima I drove later on in the day had much better seats with grippy fabric and very supportive chairs, something the Focus lacked. I so wanted to like the Focus.
I will say the hatch is definitely a looker and I did like the SEL trim, except for the seat fabric. And if they address the seats and the tranny, I would definitely buy one for my next ride though I would really want one with power seats if they made such an animal. I'm really not a Ford guy...the one we had was pure garbage and the Lincoln's were nothing to write home about. But, if they made the above changes to the Focus, I would buy one in a heartbeat!
Also drove a Ford Edge...very unimpressive but more on that later. Hopefully will try the Fuzion next time. I am looking forward to that!
#1282 of 1316 Re: 2013 SEL Hatch [sandman_6472]
Jan 23, 2013 (7:30 am)
That's funny, most report that the Focus seats are among the best in the segment. Certainly the leather seats are and I didn't think the cloth seats in the SEL has any less bolstering than the leather. The seats in the base SE can be expected to be much less comfortable however.
Maybe the car you tested did not have the latest tranny software. It's possible.
#1283 of 1316 Re: 2013 SEL Hatch [kam327]
Jan 23, 2013 (7:56 am)
I prefer a cloth more like what the Altima had but that's just personal preference. And since I have spinal issues, I'm very particular about the driver seat. But I really liked the hatch, my daughter has a Versa SL hatch, and think it looks way better than the sedan on this car. As my past posts have shown, I'm definitely not a Ford lover, though I do own some shares of the company. But this car is one on my short list now...seriously!
Am hoping to drive the new Escape at my job soon, as it is spectacular looking really...prefer it now to the Mazda equivalent...job well done Ford!
#1284 of 1316 Re: 2013 SEL Hatch [sandman_6472]
Jan 23, 2013 (8:23 am)
Indeed at first there were a ton of complaints on the early build dates of the ford powershift............................WERE. I think the bulk of complaints was due to no body knew what the bejesus it was......................Are you for certain it had the 137b updated flash?. Just asking.
Cause its cool as all now. Either you love a dual clutch or you hate the dual clutch. there is no middle ground, Sorry about the back injury .That aint no joke.best wishes. I dont know what you can do..........whatever makes your back feel good is all that matters. right? Regardles which year make or model.
#1285 of 1316 Re: 2013 SEL Hatch [maniac4]
Jan 23, 2013 (8:36 am)
Indeed at first there were a ton of complaints on the early build dates of the ford powershift............................WERE. I think the bulk of complaints was due to no body knew what the bejesus it was......................
To be fair there are still complaints of grinding and shuddering, even with the '13s. My Dec '11 built car (i.e. NOT an "early build") has had shuddering and a clutch failure, but now at 12,000 miles is operating acceptably.
But the complaints do seem to be getting to a smaller and smaller percentage of cars sold. Some owners approaching 50,000 miles on the car have reported perfect operation. And one guy with over 100k on a '12 already reports while the DCT has been a little funky, there have been no mechanical failures.
#1286 of 1316 Re: 2013 SEL Hatch [kam327]
Jan 23, 2013 (8:49 am)
100 thousand miles..................dang! lots of miles.