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05-14-2013 09:21 PM
merkidemis Screw it. Traded it in for a Volt.
05-13-2013 05:39 PM
Juicedz
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Originally Posted by merkidemis View Post
I have started removing panels and adding in Dynamat. Stuck to the panels.
Good idea! I've actually heard of custom builders doing this to every panel upon installation to prevent any rattles down the road.
05-13-2013 05:37 PM
Juicedz
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Originally Posted by Focus805 View Post
I had the poor-adhesion-of-the-Focus-badge issue. The dealer ordered me a new badge which I installed myself. Problem solved.

I too have the gauge rattle problem and I am just sucking it up for fear that any dealer fix to the complex dash assembly will only make matters worse.

Hang in there.
Don't feel that way. I got a second opinion from a 2nd dealer and they fixed my rattle in 24 hours. Ride tech identified the problem within 3 minutes, said the would look into it and had me back into the car problem free the next day. My instrument cluster rattle was every 2000-2200 rpms it was awful. Don't give up.
05-13-2013 07:17 AM
Tiger-Heli
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Originally Posted by unfocused1 View Post
Oh, potholes can be a source of problems as well - and those can be unavoidable. Maybe that's how some rattles get started... is it necessarily a poorly-made car ...
Okay, but 1990's Civics go over potholes also and don't have rattles after 180,000 miles ...
05-12-2013 09:43 PM
merkidemis
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Originally Posted by Focus805 View Post
I had the poor-adhesion-of-the-Focus-badge issue. The dealer ordered me a new badge which I installed myself. Problem solved.

I too have the gauge rattle problem and I am just sucking it up for fear that any dealer fix to the complex dash assembly will only make matters worse.

Hang in there.
I have started removing panels and adding in Dynamat. Stuck to the panels.
05-12-2013 10:47 AM
Focus805 I had the poor-adhesion-of-the-Focus-badge issue. The dealer ordered me a new badge which I installed myself. Problem solved.

I too have the gauge rattle problem and I am just sucking it up for fear that any dealer fix to the complex dash assembly will only make matters worse.

Hang in there.
05-12-2013 10:22 AM
unfocused1
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Originally Posted by merkidemis View Post
This car's mission seems to remind me what a poorly assembled piece of crap it is. Current problems:
  1. Seems to be eating coolant, as I checked it when adding more washer fluid and it was below the LOW line. I've never had a car with 20K on it need coolant before. Is this normal for this car?
  2. Front suspension groans and creaks under breaking or going over bumps
  3. Rattle from the back that only rears it's ugly head at 65+mph
  4. Driver's door creaks when opening/closing (not at the hinge pins though!)
  5. Passenger side plastic side-skirt/rocker panel is coming off at the rear
  6. Stereo head unit still has an intermittent buzz
  7. Rear driver's side door interior panel is rattling from time to time
  8. Driver's side B pillar trim STILL rattles occasionally, though now its the whole unit rubbing against something
1. I hope not
2. I've heard something not dissimilar but it's too early to tell
3. My rattle is on the driver's side or behind dashboard
4. not yet for me
5. Yup, have that on mine - the one I first bought (2012 hatchback Focus, returned) had a worse problem with this and with sound fidelity
6. not yet for me
7. not yet for me

It's kinda sad that means to prevent rattles aren't put in (padding, et al) and how are these things bolted in? A bolt going loose would likely be a partial cause...

Granted, rattles are minor and these would be more frequent with the passage of time (mine's a year old and has settled a bit, though I've only driven 5500 miles)

Oh, potholes can be a source of problems as well - and those can be unavoidable. Maybe that's how some rattles get started... is it necessarily a poorly-made car despite all the accolades accorded for suspension, tight steering, high MPG, etc?
05-12-2013 10:19 AM
unfocused1
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Originally Posted by Strix View Post
If you want something done right...
And since it is impossible for us to do everything ourselves, that is why we rely on others and hope they are of good, sound character. Ethics. It's what's taught in college but not acted on in the 'real' world. Then we wonder why the 'real' world is such a depressing place...
05-12-2013 10:18 AM
unfocused1 Mine (2012 Focus, built in Dec 2011 as I recall) has developed a new noise; I can't tell if it's in the driver's side front door or under the dash... it's a rattle... and it's inconsistent.
05-08-2013 04:48 PM
Juicedz Appears this is a reoccurring theme. My first dealer I purchased my car from denied hearing my problems. Luckily, the second dealer acknologed the rattle in the dash as a,"loose fastener". It was tightened and foam insulation strip placed between the panels. Rattle every 2100 rpms in 1-5 gears is virtually gone. I do have he rattle in the tweeter and passenger side suspension. Idk I'm starting to see warning signs of a rattle box. I want to swap out the factory 16's but I'm afraid 17's or 18's would only compound those concerns.
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