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Old 08-29-2015, 07:39 PM   #1
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Any tips, tricks or suggestions for a new 2015 Focus owner?

Hi Everyone,

it's been a while since I've posted anything. Overall my 2002 Focus in manual has been very good to me. If something went wrong, it was minor and easy to diagnose.

I'll be picking a brand new 2015 SE in Ruby Red, leather, moonroof, black pack, MFT, SE plus pack, 2L 5 speed.

I wanted a 2016 because of Sync 3 but unfortunately, I need a new car now! I also wanted the performance blue color and didn't really care for the black pack or moonroof.

In terms of the paint, how good is it?! I know, 2015 is pretty new and most of the components are carry-over. Anything to really watch out for?!

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Old 08-30-2015, 08:50 PM   #2
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If you are buying a new one - make sure you get the color you like. Otherwise you will regret it every time you see a focus in that very color drive by...

I was between white and red, ended up with a red one and was going crazy with second thoughts. Then one day I happened to park right next to oxford white with the same options on a mall parking and got a very delightful and relieving feeling - I liked my color more. Only then my doubts went away and now every time I see a white one I just smile knowing I got the one that I like more in the end.
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:11 PM   #3
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My wife hit a deer.3000 dollars to fix.1200 dollars just for paint for hood and grill and one fender.Body shop said special 3 stage paint.2012 she hatchback. Transmission has been out 3 times.I think it's finally right.The color is a dark maroon.
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:31 PM   #4
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I have Ruby Red '13 with 39k miles and the paint has held up well. I will say that finding touch up paint that works well has been difficult -- everything I've used seems to be a shade darker. :/
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:27 AM   #5
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The Ruby Red should, in theory, be easier to touch up than the color it replaced - 2012's Red Candy Metallic Tricoat. I highly recommend Dr. ColorChip for chips and nicks.

My old 2012 got a lot of chips early on, but the paint hardened well within time. This was an aberration, I'm sure, because others reported better initial paint quality than I was experiencing.

You shouldn't have any problems with the 2015 (mine is Magnetic). The paint is much better than my 2012 - 4000 miles now without any visible chips.

As far as tricks, it's hard to say. You need to experiment with different brands of gas, as well as grade. No matter what you do, someone will have a different opinion.

I run Shell 93, while others think BP is better. Some choose Costco, or QT, or Philipps 66, or any of the other countless brands that are out there. Some say anything other than 87 is a waste of money, while others talk about detergents in the higher grades - which leads to discussions about marketing.

A few easy mods people do here are the snorkel delete and a drop-in filter, such as K&N. Both serve to get a little more air to the engine.

The first thing I did was change the puddle lamp and hatch light interior bulbs to LED from superbrightleds.com...the difference is incredible.
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The Ruby Red should, in theory, be easier to touch up than the color it replaced - 2012's Red Candy Metallic Tricoat. I highly recommend Dr. ColorChip for chips and nicks.

My old 2012 got a lot of chips early on, but the paint hardened well within time. This was an aberration, I'm sure, because others reported better initial paint quality than I was experiencing.

You shouldn't have any problems with the 2015 (mine is Magnetic). The paint is much better than my 2012 - 4000 miles now without any visible chips.

As far as tricks, it's hard to say. You need to experiment with different brands of gas, as well as grade. No matter what you do, someone will have a different opinion.

I run Shell 93, while others think BP is better. Some choose Costco, or QT, or Philipps 66, or any of the other countless brands that are out there. Some say anything other than 87 is a waste of money, while others talk about detergents in the higher grades - which leads to discussions about marketing.

A few easy mods people do here are the snorkel delete and a drop-in filter, such as K&N. Both serve to get a little more air to the engine.

The first thing I did was change the puddle lamp and hatch light interior bulbs to LED from superbrightleds.com...the difference is incredible.

Thanks for the your input.

I plan on only filling up at Shell V Power like I do now. I like the 0% ethanol content.

I'm getting the windows tinted and I'll probably put a 3M film on the front of the hood by the same guy.

I usually use Nufinish yearly and I'll be getting the car rustproofed at Krown.

I also got weathertech floor liners.
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If you're planning to put clear bra, I suggest Xpel or Suntek.
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The Ruby Red should, in theory, be easier to touch up than the color it replaced - 2012's Red Candy Metallic Tricoat. I highly recommend Dr. ColorChip for chips and nicks.

My old 2012 got a lot of chips early on, but the paint hardened well within time. This was an aberration, I'm sure, because others reported better initial paint quality than I was experiencing.

You shouldn't have any problems with the 2015 (mine is Magnetic). The paint is much better than my 2012 - 4000 miles now without any visible chips.

As far as tricks, it's hard to say. You need to experiment with different brands of gas, as well as grade. No matter what you do, someone will have a different opinion.

I run Shell 93, while others think BP is better. Some choose Costco, or QT, or Philipps 66, or any of the other countless brands that are out there. Some say anything other than 87 is a waste of money, while others talk about detergents in the higher grades - which leads to discussions about marketing.

A few easy mods people do here are the snorkel delete and a drop-in filter, such as K&N. Both serve to get a little more air to the engine.

The first thing I did was change the puddle lamp and hatch light interior bulbs to LED from superbrightleds.com...the difference is incredible.
Puddles are the foot lights right? And what size bulbs did you use?
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