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#984 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [creakid1]
Dec 25, 2011 (12:58 pm)
If you'd just adjust your mirrors correctly you would have no blind spots and should be able to see both side lanes and the rear with just slight movement of the head. Just as you lose the vehicle in the rear view they show up in the side mirror. Been doing it for years and never had to ratchet my head around or be a contrortionist to view all around the car. Convex mirrors can add some added view but are really not necessary.
#985 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [creakid1]
Dec 25, 2011 (3:41 pm)
VW.Audi is fast becoming the # 1 car maker in the world. I'll take a six spd over a 5 spd anyday.
Ya, I like the Volvo blind spot blinkers. They seem to get your attention.The best VW for realiability is the 2,5 liter in the Golf.
Lastly I have had alot of nice Integs an especially the RSX Type S six speed all naturally aspirated.Acura should of kept it. The SI Civic can't compare. I have a 2011 BMW 328 i rear wheel in my garage on blocks for winter.
The focus with that dry tranny isn't for me even if it's going to be a winter beater,also a five spd makes you want shift into 6th gear. You have step up to a SEL focus for the lumbar pkg 302and they don't offer a std tranny. $25k for a Focus ? I don't think so.
#986 of 1316 Stop Bashing The DCT
Dec 25, 2011 (7:23 pm)
Some people want to hate this transmission so much, that I think they're exaggerating every little thing they hear and feel as it operates. Yes, there have been some cars that had hard shifts and low speed issues, but those problems were addressed and corrected with the programming update. Just because it doesn't perform exactly like the traditional torque converter, slush box automatic transmissions they are used to, the haters, without ever driving one, or after taking a short test drive, attribute the normal operation of this transmission to something wrong and thus it's a bad design and Ford is evil by forcing it on folks who want the upper trim levels. On a dedicated Focus forum, in the 2012 Gen III thread, no one has mentioned any grinding, despite hundreds of posts regarding the known transmission issues. I suspect the "grinding" noise is the faint sound of the electronics activating the clutches and the clutches as they disengage and engage, but the poster that mentions grinding, exaggerates a normal sound because they need an excuse to dump a car that doesn't suit their needs due to a lack of research or an impulse purchase. I have had my 2012 since May and it has operated perfectly since the day I drove it off the lot. I did notice that it makes some sounds I was not used to hearing, but after a couple of days of flawless operation, I realized this is normal for this transmission. If your transmission is truly grinding, take it to the dealership, if your car is jerky when rolling at a slow speed or hesitates at tip in, take it to the dealership, or if it shifts harsh from 1st to 2nd, take it to the dealership. Just don't come here to complain and do nothing to resolve the problem. If you don't own one, don't comment on something you don't have any experience with. If the transmission is something you just can't live with, don't have faith in, or your dealership refuses to recognize, trade in the car, take a huge loss and buy a Toyota.
#987 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [puffin1]
Dec 25, 2011 (8:13 pm)
$25k for a Focus ? I don't think so.
$25k for any car w/o lumbar AND seat-height adjustment for BOTH front seats? I don't think so, either. Looks like even Japanese cars are too expensive for me!
But the $19,600 made-in-Germany Golf has them all. Plus, you can have heated front seats (& windshield-washer nozzles) w/o leather or moonroof while the back seat got adjustable A/C ducts.
Dec 25, 2011 (8:06 pm)
How does $19400 sound for a SE hatch automatic with Sport and winter package (203A pkg as well)? That's what i'm being offered. Debating if i should go for it or pay a little more for the Impreza and it's AWD. I live and commute through a hilly area (65 miles) so the AWD would be welcome, but the price isn't.
#989 of 1316 Re: 2012 Focus [techdude]
Dec 25, 2011 (8:32 pm)
Lumbar AND seat-height adjustment for BOTH front seats?
My favorite Focus III is still the manual SE sedan w/ sport package, but only if it can be equipped with those "ST hatch's Recaro front seats" displayed in the recent LA Autoshow
#990 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [creakid1]
Dec 26, 2011 (12:13 pm)
#991 of 1316 Focus and VW
Dec 26, 2011 (12:46 pm)
#992 of 1316 Hmmm...
Dec 26, 2011 (12:58 pm)
Two very informative posts in a row; is the web site having an issue or is it the posters?
#993 of 1316 the web site is screwed up
Dec 26, 2011 (2:34 pm)