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Old 05-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #1078
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Originally Posted by siufocus View Post
My wife and I purchased a Ford Focus SE 5 door on 4/27. The only knock I have is the gravel/grind/whatever-you-want-to-call-it sound in the shifting between 1st and 2nd, and sometimes to a lesser extent in other lower gear shifts. The noise does NOT seem to affect performance at all. My wife jokes that it can not even be detected when the radio is on even at low volumes. However, because it is a "shifting noise", I worry a bit about future problems.

In any event, I checked our VIN number on the etisFord site and we have a Field Service Action (12b37) as ours was built March 3, 2012 (or as it states 12.3.2012). I'm hoping whatever is updated makes the shifting sound go away. If it does, I honestly give the car an A+ and tell the nit-pickers to focus (ha, cute pun, huh?) on things other than the Focus.

Since our car is so new to us, only 208 miles as of this message, should be wait for the 1000 mile mark to take it in for the FSA or should we take it in ASAP?

Thanks and enjoy your Foci.
Originally Posted by VOLDAR View Post
I'd say, go and get it ASAP. I know I'll do the same for mine.
I've 1124 miles. I have noted some improvement, the grindy noise not happening as often, but it still happens and might do so again.

I'd still say "do it the sooner the better", regardless. If a company puts out a recall, it's usually for good reason, even if you've not experienced it personally (as you otherwise might).

If this were like a TSB and you don't have the problem reflected, then I'd wait it out, but a FSA - to me - would be sufficient a difference to go and get it done.

It's cool Ford keeps up with issues like this, and nitpicks or not the DCT is a neat technology. I recommended the 2012 Focus yesterday... Peoples' nitpicks are being addressed and so many things about this car are just so nicely done to begin with, it even has Subaru fanatics marveling over it. How can I not recommend it, especially as Ford keeps up with TSBs and FSAs?

As for puns, nothing beats my pseudonym, what with my being diagnosed with ADHD and all... win. (ironic win, I wouldn't recommend ADHD on anybody... we don't make good chess players for one thing... well, we do if you've placed a bet on the game and happen to be my opponent... "win", indeed... )
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