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Old 11-02-2014, 01:03 AM   #1
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Consumer Reports named Focus as most unreliable..

Consumer Reports named Focus as a most unreliable.. Specifically mentioned is the "transmission" problems.(Fiesta also named unreliable)

So I guess the DCT is dragging it down in the rating. Hope mine is one of the "good" ones. :)

Here is the link to the story but you need to be a member I think.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2...cars/index.htm


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Consumer reports is unreliable. Wouldn't trust anything they publish.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:21 AM   #3
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Consumer reports is unreliable. Wouldn't trust anything they publish.
Agree. Consumer Reports has always favored Japanese imports.
Consumer Reports favors bland boring cars for soccer moms, and guys who drive only to get from point A to point B with the least bother possible..
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:38 AM   #4
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Consumer Reports named Focus as a most unreliable.. Specifically mentioned is the "transmission" problems.(Fiesta also named unreliable)

So I guess the DCT is dragging it down in the rating. Hope mine is one of the "good" ones. :)

Here is the link to the story but you need to be a member I think.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2...cars/index.htm
As with everyone else on this list, CR's reputation has gone down considerably from where it used to be. I remember growing up, my parents subscribed to it but as time wore on it became apparent that their "top picks" were helped along with a little $$.

CR aside, it's a skewed metric to begin with. Yes, the DCT has a number of problems, but by offering an extended warranty and not a recall, the Focus/Fiesta will always be at the bottom of the reliability list because each DCT repair will further drag down the apparent reliability.

Take the DCT out of it and you've got one of the most reliable vehicles on the road right now.
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:55 AM   #5
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So the focus is the most reliable then???????
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:13 AM   #6
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So the focus is the most reliable then???????
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Lol that's not exactly how it works. But being the most successful selling 'world' car around there seems to be a vastly larger amount of satisfied drivers than not.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:49 AM   #7
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All the cars I have owned where imports... Only this Ford has brought me to the dealership for issues..

I always thought the Corola or Civic where the best selling cars? In North America at least
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:09 AM   #8
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Take the DCT out of it and you've got one of the most reliable vehicles on the road right now.
^ Take the DCT and MFT out and the metrics would be completely different.

Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics are reliable but they are like hair dryers. You take them out of the box and use them for 10 years and then throw them away.

Can't get excited about a hair dryer.

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Can't take those out. I'm sure dct and automatic account for more of these cars sales then a manual...
I did. 5 speed manual and no MFT= Reliable and fun to drive.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:18 AM   #9
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Can't take those out. I'm sure dct and automatic account for more of these cars sales then a manual...
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CR surveys are, I believe, based on the number of return trips to the dealer to deal with a real or imagined problem. With the "different" characteristics of even a well-behaved DCT along with actual bad clutches, seals and software, one can see the opportunity for many, many dealer vists. Add to that the MyFordTouch issues and it's no wonder.

For the failures in engineering, testing, dealer and customer preparation, the series of half-fixes, etc., I think this is a reputation that Ford absolutely earned. Other than DCT issues and a rattling headliner, mine has been trouble-free and works pretty well now. But it only works well because I've spent more time at the dealer with this thing than with any car I've owned over the last 40 years.

The Focus has a lot of terrific qualities, but if being trouble-free was the only metric, would anyone recommend it as an alternative to a Civic or Corolla?
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