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Old 04-21-2014, 01:22 PM   #91
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What?! My 2014 has barely 500 miles on it and there is SO much pedal travel, it drives me nuts. Is this adjustable in any way? I'm so used to driving cars with little pedal travel and this car engages when your foot is almost completely lifted
Dont feel bad mine is the same way, I dont mind it tho as I only have to push the clutch in about an inch to change gears and its nice when I am just cruising.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:37 PM   #92
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Dont feel bad mine is the same way, I dont mind it tho as I only have to push the clutch in about an inch to change gears and its nice when I am just cruising.
The only reason I mind so much is that I'm 5'9" and especially being a girl who wears heels, it gets VERY difficult and uncomfortable at times.

Even with the seat somewhat back it's hard to comfortable get my knees in the right spot without banging the steering wheel or dash.
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:08 PM   #93
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The only reason I mind so much is that I'm 5'9" and especially being a girl who wears heels, it gets VERY difficult and uncomfortable at times. ...
My wife used to solve that problem by keeping a pair of "driving shoes" (actually an old pair of house slippers) in the car. She wears comfortable shoes now more often than heels so it's not as big a problem anymore.

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I don't know whether the clutch engagement point is adjustable, but the only other manual trans Focus I've driven was also a 2014 SE sedan (without the Sport Pkg) and it was just like mine. There is a lot of travel, it's just that the clutch begins engaging quickly and is done halfway up. The last half of the pedal travel is kinda' wasted motion.
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:18 PM   #94
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My wife used to solve that problem by keeping a pair of "driving shoes" (actually an old pair of house slippers) in the car. She wears comfortable shoes now more often than heels so it's not as big a problem anymore.

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I don't know whether the clutch engagement point is adjustable, but the only other manual trans Focus I've driven was also a 2014 SE sedan (without the Sport Pkg) and it was just like mine. There is a lot of travel, it's just that the clutch begins engaging quickly and is done halfway up. The last half of the pedal travel is kinda' wasted motion.
Ah, I hear ya. I have no problem driving in heels, there's something empowering about it haha. However with being taller it does cause some challenges. Thanks for addressing this though, glad to hear I'm not alone in this.
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Mine engages pretty much right off the floor which I like. I don't know how there could be that much difference in the same cars.
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Mine engages about mid way.. ha so much variation
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:26 AM   #97
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Seriously? Every car ive driven with a clutch is jerky - if you dont outright stall - if you don't slip the clutch. 95 BMW 540i, 01 Audi A4, 99 Ferrari F355, 04 Evo, 01 WRX (with the vague shifting), 07 MAZDA3, 01 M5, and 12 Ford Focus. That list includes V8's, turbo 4s and NA Fords. Maybe ive been doing it wrong all these years...?

We're used to different vehicles. The trucks and Jeeps I am used to have granny gears. So 1st gear is really only used if you have a heavy load and need to get moving while pointed up a hill.

I equate 1st gear in the Focus to 2nd gear in the vehicles I am used to driving.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:33 PM   #98
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I am not a huge fan of the MTX-75. Hate it, actually. When I get rid of my Focus, if Ford is still using the MTX-75 ... I will not consider a Focus as a replacement.

1st gear is too tall - I should NOT have to slip the clutch to take off. I guess I am used to trucks with granny gears. 1st gear is just for getting the vehicle rolling. I have driven a bunch of vehicles that are (Spark, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Wrangler, Mirage, Versa) and I could just let the clutch out and start rolling.

5th gear is too short. My focus gets excellent mileage on the highway (low 40s is easy), but I would like it to be around 2000RPM at 65MPH or so.

Heel/toe is pretty easy on these! The pedals are super small and really close together.






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We're used to different vehicles. The trucks and Jeeps I am used to have granny gears. So 1st gear is really only used if you have a heavy load and need to get moving while pointed up a hill.

I equate 1st gear in the Focus to 2nd gear in the vehicles I am used to driving.
Well you said you hate the transmission and I wanted to be clear that for the reasons you stated, you will ALWAYS be unhappy. If you meant you are hating the adjustment to the different type of tranny, that's one thing. But I have a hard time believing that you can consistently drive the cars you mentioned smoothly without slipping the clutch. That would be magical :thumbup:
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:29 PM   #99
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I find that my 12 SE will need roughly 1200-1500 to be smooth at take off. On flat surfaces, I can get away with 1k. I can take off with no gas pedal involvement, but that is too slow. With the A/C on, you need to be careful, and I turn it off for hill starts, haha.

I have made a custom clutch stop on mine, roughly an inch tall and that helped the clutch engagement point, making it closer to the "bottom" of the travel.

This car seems a little under powered if you ask me. It is fun to drive though, I wish 2nd was a little shorter though.
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^^^^ Can't agree more. I wish it had 15 more hp to the wheels. Currently I am saving for an ST or an affordable turbo that is reliable but most likely it will be the ST.

Thank you also for pointing out that with the AC on it dramatically changes the way I engage the clutch. I need to rev way higher or else my car will almost bog down and shut off but then it magically comes back. Still its something I rather not happen at all. It has been 100 degrees here is San Diego so AC has been a must.
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