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Old 10-08-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Now it's been a few months. Observations:

Now that I've had a few months with my Focus, I'm generally very pleased. But I have found a couple of small things to not like so much, one of which I think is pretty dangerous:

1) I wish there were a visual sign at the hazard switch that the hazards were on.

2) I don't particularly care for that delayed final swish of the wipers when you hit the washer switch. On my car it tends to streak more than it helps clear any washer fluid that happens to be left over.

3) I don't like at all that you can't hit the central locking switch immediately upon entering the car and then hope for a quick getaway from the axe wielding murder chasing you across the parking lot. Because you can't start the car with the doors locked!

I think that's all I had to moan about. I really do like that the controls layout is very similar to that of my old Contour. And I like having more power than it had, but with the slightly better fuel economy. So it's mostly good news.


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Ah, I remembered the other thing.....I don't care for the "pull back to activate" high-beam switch. But that's only a matter of familiarity, since every other car I've ever owned has been "push forward to activate".

It's another of those positive reinforcement mechanisms, just like the visual indication I'd like for the hazards. If the stalk is pushed forward, even if the lights are off, I know that the high beams are set. There is no way to know this in the Focus.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:49 AM   #3
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Don't you know your hazards are on because both blinkers are flashing?? Also I am able to start my car with the doors locked, so that seems pretty weird, must be an early model Focus thing.

Little things can be annoying for sure, but its good to hear that overall you are pleased!
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I have a 2000 and mine is different as well.
1. My turn signal indicators flash as well as the little triangle in the button when the hazard flashers are on.
2. Mine's the same. I don't know how to change it.
3. Mine will start with the doors locked, but I've disabled the auto-lock feature. That may have something to do with it.
All other Fords, that I know, of have the "push for high beams" style switch. I wish Ford had used that type on the Focus as well.
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Don't you know your hazards are on because both blinkers are flashing?? Also I am able to start my car with the doors locked, so that seems pretty weird, must be an early model Focus thing.

Little things can be annoying for sure, but its good to hear that overall you are pleased!
Yeah that is weird because I have a 2002 ZTS and I can start it with the doors lockes, and the little triangle in the middle glows when I push it, along with the blinkers.
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I don't see how any of these things can be that annoying. I mean really, If my blinkers are both flashing I know my hazards are on. And pulling back for high beams as opposed to pushing, what the crap is the difference?
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My last vehicle was a Toyota Pickup and the brights activated the same way. I actually like the wipers compared to the slow/fast options that I used to have. And I believe all hazard switches are about the same. No indicator other than your turn signals both flashing.
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I don't see how any of these things can be that annoying. I mean really, If my blinkers are both flashing I know my hazards are on. And pulling back for high beams as opposed to pushing, what the crap is the difference?
Not annoying. Just different, and not necessarily for the greater good. But that said, I guess I'm focusing (no pun intended) on the little things.

Hazards - OK, so my turn signals are already on for a lane change or a turn. All of a sudden there is an emergency situation and I hit the hazards. I'd like to immediately know they are on and getting the attention of other drivers, instead of having to take valuable seconds to double check against the instrument panel. That's all. A few seconds of "did the switch work or did I not engage it properly?" could end up being very detrimental. No?

High-beams - Traditionally you could get in a car and know if some dufus (in my case the wife) had activated the high-beam switch accidentally by checking the stalk position. If the stalk was pushed forward the high-beams would be on, and you could return it to dip without even turning the lights on. In the Focus, you have turn your lights on and then notice (or be notified by other drivers) that your high beams are on. It just seems like a step backwards to me.
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Do you not have the blue circle on the Gauge face that glows blue when the brights are on?
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Do you not have the blue circle on the Gauge face that glows blue when the brights are on?
Sure. But haven't you ever driven for a while and then noticed the high-beam indicator lamp was on? Or been flashed by another driver and wondered to yourself "What on earth is he flashing at?".
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