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danyall2010 02-03-2013 07:13 PM

Reliability of Face-Lifted Fords
Many of us know that first year Fords are not always the best in reliability. My 2012 FoFo is a testament to that. How are the face-lifted Fords in that department? By face lifted cars, I mean the likes of the 2005 Focus, or the 2010 Fusion, or the 2013 Taurus, or the 2003 Lincoln Town Car, etc.

1slofofo 02-03-2013 07:16 PM

My dad's 2008 facelifted Escape had the transmission go out, under warranty. Otherwise it's been perfect.

matmatician 02-03-2013 07:36 PM

Just about all of the foci after the SPI engine was phased out are rock solid. The foci that came with the DCT were kind of a first though, and those had some issues too, but I believe that they have been sorted out for the most part now!

billand 02-04-2013 04:29 AM

I have a 2012 TI and dont have anyissues with it the air bag light came on once and it was a loose wire. it is a late year production built in July of 12.

Mr_Ruxbin 02-04-2013 06:43 AM

My 2006 ZX4 SES has been extremely reliable. The only problem I've had was the left front exterior door handle snapping. $35 in parts and about an hour and a half of my time. I've got almost 100,000 miles on it, had it for a year and a half with no big problems at all.

As matmatician said the Focus has been a pretty solid car since the end of the SPI engine. The launch of the DCT transmission in the Focus was as much an engineering flop as it was a lack of knowledge about the transmission and its operation. Not many people understood that it was two 3-speed manual transmissions put together and shifted automatically. Therefore, people were not ready for the vehicle to transmit power the way it was. That being said, there have been many updates for smoother operation of the transmission as well as improvement of the My Ford Touch system, across all vehicle lines.

flyboyike 02-04-2013 08:27 AM

My 2012 SE, 1/12 build date, hasn't had a hiccup yet.

autolite 02-04-2013 11:09 AM

I got 129,500 miles on my 06 sway bar end links is all I replaced great car only reason Id get rid of it would be an ST.Daughter has a 08 Milan Replaced battery last year 85,000 miles no issues.

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