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02-22-2013 07:15 AM
amc49 'The days when a car aficionado could repair his or her own car are long past, due primarily to the high software content.'

Not so, or only if you give up too easy or believe the propaganda. Cars still have pretty much the same systems, and quite frankly the electronics on top of those systems are frequently not the problem. One just has to go about things in a somewhat different manner. Of course, if one does not like to read he may as well give up, the new technology is out there to be learned about but one has to make the effort. Public library reference sections are loaded with it. Simply listening to your friend or uncle or the family go-to-car-guy is what will not cut it any more, as he is the one that often has not a clue. Those various peoples have literally caused as much or more trouble here onsite as the initial bad part............
02-22-2013 07:05 AM
amc49 From what I saw the oldschool screw together connections on a/c always lasted longer without leaking. I had strings of cars that never leaked any refrigerant to need recharging. Once the quick connect o-rings showed up trouble city then.
02-20-2013 03:45 PM
kb911
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I had 2 WJs. I agree on the back seat legroom. The AC in mine were cold though, but they were prone to leaks in the coils and the coils were near. impossible to get to.

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i had a limited.. after the the blend doors failed i had to rip apart the dash and replace both the doors and actuators along with servicing the AC compressor was not for the faint of heart and spend three days swearing and cutting up my hands I pray I never have to do that to my Focus for any reason :-/ i miss the days of simplistic repairs my Fiero's heater core went and the removal/installation was easy... step one remove passenger speaker. step two remove clamps supporting heater core. step three remove and replace. follow in reverse to install. The only hard part was bleading the coolant system afterwards to bring this back on topic AC is always a hit or miss it seems that fiero still apparently had its original freon according to all the service records and chilled quite nicely in the summer time even after 23 years
02-19-2013 11:25 PM
amc49 In my view the luck of the draw, meaning individual cars can have different results. The o-rings provide the most trouble since some leak after one year and some never leak depending on the will of the gods. Ford has always made a/c systems that if gas tight work very well, something wrong that the designer cannot control if they don't freeze your butt off. I have no trouble getting 15 year plus old Ford cars to cool way very well and multiple models.............
02-19-2013 08:01 PM
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02-19-2013 07:36 PM
slybarman I had 2 WJs. I agree on the back seat legroom. The AC in mine were cold though, but they were prone to leaks in the coils and the coils were near. impossible to get to.

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02-19-2013 03:14 PM
kb911
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LOL. Coming from a jeep grand cherokee my 2013 Focus feels tiny. Hard to imagine what the older focus would have felt like.

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i feel like the focus is a little larger in the interior space for some reason same rear leg room when i sit in it as my WJ hahaha.

as for the thread

RI usually gets very calm summers but last year we had a few scortchers with high humidity my Focus was quite good at cooling down quickly and staying quite comfortable. this could be though that coming from said jeep which as Jeremy Clarkson once quoted "the ac was like an asthmatic breathing through a straw"
02-19-2013 12:40 PM
robacks Thanks for all the information, and the quick feedback. Sounds like the A/C will be up to par.
02-19-2013 12:22 PM
PratoN
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I too totaled a Speed3 but got a 2013 Focus Ti. I live in Texas and the summer heat hasn't hit yet but the A/C has worked well so far. It's very comfortable set at 70 and you can't even feel the compressor when it's on. I suggest you tint the windows too.
I commute an hour each way to/from work. In the summer (even with the AC on) I'm fairly cool but then I get out and my entire back is just covered in sweat. I think it's just me, though because I've always sweat a lot. I wish the Focus could get perforated leather or air conditioned seats like the Explorer.

If I can't get perforated leather or that fancy stuff (suede/Alcantara?) for my next car purchase, I'll go cloth.
02-19-2013 11:27 AM
dragonpalm
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I am thinking about getting a 2013 Focus HB, my speed3 was totaled last week. Just thinking about leasing a 2013 for 24 months, but I am looking for a review of the air conditioning. I live in Atlanta and it gets HOT. My GF BMW 328 is horrible, the air never gets cold in the summer.

Also I think the systems are the same on the 2012

Please let me know, looking to make the deal this weekend.
I too totaled a Speed3 but got a 2013 Focus Ti. I live in Texas and the summer heat hasn't hit yet but the A/C has worked well so far. It's very comfortable set at 70 and you can't even feel the compressor when it's on. I suggest you tint the windows too.
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