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Old 06-25-2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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Focus Armrest does not move forward

Hi, I'm new here. Just test drove a 2012 Focus, and liked it very much. Want to buy it but I'm a 5'3' tall woman, and I would love the armrest to be a few inches longer. I hate the thought of driving with my right arm hanging in space on long drives. I currently drive a Mazda 5 and the armrest moves with the seat, so I don't have this problem. This seems to be the only sticking point, and I'd really like to find a solution. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much for any help.....


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Old 06-26-2011, 06:55 AM   #2
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This bothered me at first too because my truck's armrest is forward enough for me to hold the wheel while my elbow is supported. In short time I adjusted to the Focus' layout, and now generally hold the wheel with my left hand and keep my right hand on/near the stick.

So it's turned into a non-issue for me, but I think it's something that wasn't thought out completely.

I know the Fiesta has an easy-to-install aftermarket armrest available from Boomerang, so maybe they'll make one for the new Focus too eventually.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:19 AM   #3
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If it was any further forward the cup holders wouldn't work. At least that's the case in my Ti.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys. I guess you're right. I just have to bite the bullet and change my habits a bit if I want to buy this car, which I do. Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:12 PM   #5
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You're supposed to drive with both hands anyway. Didn't you ever learn that?







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Both hands are on the wheel..... just the elbow is supported..... or not. <sigh>
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Both hands are on the wheel..... just the elbow is supported..... or not. <sigh>
I hope you sensed the sarcasm in my post haha.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:03 PM   #8
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Yeah, sure. Just feel kinda silly, like I'm making too much out of this. I just have to change my driving position and get on with my life. Specifically, wading through all the options and actually ordering.
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I just asked my wife... She is 5'4" and she told me when she drives mine she just rests it on her leg. said it works just fine!
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You let your wife drive your new Focus? lol. I still have a horrible memory of my new car many years ago being lent to my wife at the time who promptly backed it into a concrete pole.
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