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#535 of 1316 Re: Any Actual Owners Out There? [tim156]
May 22, 2011 (2:07 pm)
I read this review on another website and thought it might be of interest to those considering this as their next vehicle.
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9.0 Overall rating
"Focus SEL a Home Run"
2012 Ford Focus SEL
By: Professional from Texas
Owned: Less than 1 year
Review ID: #552296
9.9 Overall rating
The styling is outstanding. The curves are sleek, and the 3-part front grill looks sporty, with a clean continuation of the hood line down the front of the car. A lot of double-takes as people try to figure out what kind of Ford this is. The SEL trim with leather interior is well worth-it, in my view, offering a pampered feeling inside the car. The driver's controls and instrument panel are very well-designed. I've owned several cars -- all more expensive than this one -- and by far this one gives me the most enjoyment to look at and to drive. Taking into account the visual appeal of the car, the interior amenities, and the gas mileage, you get a whole lot of value for the price.
Dislike very few things about this car. Accelerates decently and is spry on the highway, but not a monster engine, as one would expect given the high gas mileage of the vehicle (the version I have is rated 37/27, which is accurate). Haven't played with the ability to manually shift gears yet, which may provide a more sporty acceleration feel.
If it's been a while since you've bought or driven a Ford, I believe you'll be amazed. They've taken huge steps forward -- this is a world-class vehicle in this price range. Bought it as a commuter car, but enjoy driving it every day. I've owned several cars from different manufacturers over the years, and this one has proven my favorite. No regrets at all for choosing the 2012 Focus.
#536 of 1316 Re: Comparing base on price? [m6user]
May 22, 2011 (8:53 pm)
Just because one jazzed up version(SVT) of a car is available and that is one that probably only about 1-2% of the Focus buyers will drive, doesn't mean the Focus is a sports car. Just because the Civic comes in SI form I don't think anybody considers the Civic a sports car. What if Hyundai puts their turbo 2.0 in the Elantra and beefs up the suspension. Will that then be a sports car because it has 270hp and handles really tight?
Have you seen any sedan from Korea w/ steering feel good enough to be truly sporty? LOL Did you notice the Forte tried to be sporty & stiff, but the steering is still woodenly numb?
Even the long-term car maker Honda produces the Civic Si w/ steering feel even worse than some video games, per Car & Driver.
As far as luxury goes, it takes a lot more than just having the leather and other bells and whistles. The quality sound, feel and texture have to be there to. Believe me, the Focus is not nearly as rich feeling as cars in the luxury or even near luxury. You can have several cars with leather and a different grade of leather in each one. So to say a Focus is like an Audi or BMW or Porsche is just pie in the sky fantasy. Fancy looks are only skin deep.
I understand about Ford's less-than-perfect interior finish. You can tell Lincoln owners that their interiors are not refined enough for a true luxury car.
To me, this problem is too superficial compare to the numb steering found in sporty sedans like the (Honda) TSX & the (Toyota) IS.
& as far as "the quality sound, feel and texture" goes? The Mk3 Focus is a shortened version of the Mondeo (& Volvo S80) German-engineered European car available all over the world. Even the previous Mondeo (a.k.a. Metrostar Mondeo) had a TV commercial showing a blind man was so sure it is a Mercedes-Benz when hearing how the door thunks.
May 23, 2011 (3:16 am)
is your 2012 Ford Focus a hatchback with an automatic transmission or the 5-speed manual? Because if I understand this right the only 2012 Ford Focus with the 5-speed stick you can buy is the SE model Focus.
2012 Ford Focus SE hatchback
#538 of 1316 Re: Any Actual Owners Out There? [tim156]
May 24, 2011 (8:37 am)
Tim, you've had the car for several weeks now. How do you like the the Mytouch system? Is it responsive? Easy to use while driving?
#539 of 1316 Re: Any Actual Owners Out There? [tim156]
May 24, 2011 (11:21 am)
Tim, thanks for sharing some information on a little bit of your buying experience. I have a $750 Private Cash Discount Certificate, which expires at the end of this month. I brought it to my dealership this weekend, but we could not make a deal on a car because the car had to be taken out of stock. The dealer found one at another dealer about 150 miles away but then it became complicated. I cannot remember how I was able to get this dicount cerificate. Where did you get yours ?
#540 of 1316 Re: Any Actual Owners Out There? [markus5]
May 24, 2011 (4:30 pm)
You can go to the Ford website and request a brochure for the model you are interested in.
I did that a few months ago, but only got a brochure, no coupon.
About 2 years ago, I did use one on another vehicle, so maybe that plays into it, too.
#541 of 1316 Discount certificates
May 24, 2011 (5:46 pm)
I am curious about these. Is the discount certificate good for any new Ford purchase? I am curious because perhaps if a car is selling well they don't throw them in with the brochure, but if a car is not moving as well as Ford wants you may be more likely to get one. So I could request a brochure for, say, a Ford Taurus (or maybe Lincoln MKS if the certificate is good for any Ford product) and score my certificate and drop it on a Focus. Is that doable?
#542 of 1316 Re: Any Actual Owners Out There? [tim156]
May 24, 2011 (5:49 pm)
My wife and I placed our order for a 2012 Sterling Grey Focus SEL 5 door with the 303A package 2 weeks ago with a delivery date of 6-8 weeks from time of order. We agreed to a purchase price of just over $23,000 including TT&L so this looks to be comparable to post #533 in pricing. It will replace a 1992 Honda Accord EX that gets around 19 mpg.
We made our decision after driving the 2011 Elantra and the 2012 Civic. Of the three the Focus was by far our favorite on the basis of drive feel, suspension, seat comfort, flexibility and looks. We also looked at a Prius but the Focus was about $3000 less expensive and cost to own projections are comparable from what we have found in our research. We'll use our Focus as a commuter and errand car primarily as we have 4 young children and already have a 2003 Pilot as our family vehicle.
Once we have the vehicle I will update on our experience.
#543 of 1316 Re: Discount certificates [smegley]
May 24, 2011 (8:03 pm)
The $750 coupon I received was part of the Focus brochure. It was a cutout of one of the inner pages. I filled out several forms expressing my interest in the Focus early this year, both online and at auto shows, so I'm not sure exactly which one lead to my receiving the brochure.
May 24, 2011 (8:08 pm)
Something just occurred to me: I don't believe I've seen a single ad for the new Focus on tv. Not that I watch that much tv, but has anyone seen ads?