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04-24-2013 03:15 PM
Markz Not actually an update, but here is the beast itself

04-23-2013 03:51 PM
FordService
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Thanks Crystal, I will be visiting a dealership next Thursday... will keep you guys posted on what happens with them....
Sounds good, Markz! I'll keep an eye peeled for your updates. :)

Crystal
04-23-2013 10:05 AM
Markz
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Hi Markz,

Congratulations on your new Focus! Have you been to your dealership so they can check out these concerns for you? Additionally, I suggest contacting Ford Canada so they can assist as well. They can be reached at 1-800-565-3673.

Crystal
Thanks Crystal, I will be visiting a dealership next Thursday... will keep you guys posted on what happens with them.

Like I said earlier, i'm not sure if these issues are related to the car, or just related to me not being used to such a drive.
04-23-2013 09:55 AM
FordService
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Hey guys, I just purchased (as of last friday) a used Ford Focus Titanium 2012 with 16 000KM, pearl white with sports suspension and low profile tires on 18 inches wheel...
Hi Markz,

Congratulations on your new Focus! Have you been to your dealership so they can check out these concerns for you? Additionally, I suggest contacting Ford Canada so they can assist as well. They can be reached at 1-800-565-3673.

Crystal
04-23-2013 09:01 AM
dyn085
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Q1 - It does NOT rev up before moving... it starts moving in 1st, then revs up to 3000-3500 RPM before switching to 2nd, and then straight back to 3rd. When using the sports mode, I cant seem to switch from 1st to 2nd, it always shift up to 3rd from the get go. Anyways, it really sounds odd. I might film it soon.

Q2 - Let's say the road is banked on the right with cracks and bump, the wheel will really fight me to go on the right, it's weird. But reading all the comments, i'm guessing it's normal? I might have a Ford Tech drive it anyhow.
Ah, I think I understand. You definitely should be able to manually shift from 1-2 before 3k. As for the automatic shifts, it sounds very much like a pre-TSB 12b37 programming. One of the complaints from consumers was the quick drop into third, which Ford had programmed for fuel savings. When driving in manual, can you shift into 6 before 35mph? At or near 30mph? That is something that most vehicles lost after the update.

It definitely won't hurt for a tech to drive it, and I would even see about driving another Handling Package-equipped Focus to compare. As I was thinking about this last night, I forgot to ask if you've looked at the wear patterns of the tires. Two of my friends also own Handling Package-equipped Focus, and all three of us had to have the dealership re-align our brand new cars.

An excessive toe-out condition can lead to the sort of driving conditions you are having, and still leave the car driving straight on smooth roads. Alignments are recommended to be done every 10k miles(rarely followed), so it wouldn't hurt to have it done now. That, and you never really know how it was driven by the previous owner.

Finally, be aware that the PS3's on you're Handling Package are summer tires and at your mileage are probably near half of their life-span.
04-23-2013 08:23 AM
Markz
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Question 1- Do you mean that it revs to 3k before moving, or that it doesn't shift to 2nd until 3k? If the former-not good, the latter-perfectly normal. As stated above, the DCT is definitely 'different' than a traditional automatic and has to be driven a little bit differently. If it acts up a lot then you may want to see the dealership. It wouldn't hurt to call them and ask if they can check the records to see if TSB 12b37 has already been performed on that vehicle.

Question 2- Definitely due to the 8" wide tires with their low profile. You will also notice that you have to fight the wheel on unevenly worn roads or on roads with noticeable driving wear. If you had the narrower and smaller OEM wheels, this wouldn't be noticeable. I have a couple of stoplights that are quite interesting due to the road ruts in the braking area...
Q1 - It does NOT rev up before moving... it starts moving in 1st, then revs up to 3000-3500 RPM before switching to 2nd, and then straight back to 3rd. When using the sports mode, I cant seem to switch from 1st to 2nd, it always shift up to 3rd from the get go. Anyways, it really sounds odd. I might film it soon.

Q2 - Let's say the road is banked on the right with cracks and bump, the wheel will really fight me to go on the right, it's weird. But reading all the comments, i'm guessing it's normal? I might have a Ford Tech drive it anyhow.
04-23-2013 08:19 AM
Markz
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Since the car is under the 20000 kms adjustment period I would bring it in with those complaints and let a technician drive it. I wonder why the vehicle had so low mileage and you are the second owner (possible problems with the vehicle?)
As far as I know, it was owned by a certain Max Boutin (could see his iPhone still set up in MFT) from Newfoundland (company owner, as the car was registered to a company, according to Newfoundland's Vehicule Authority).

I've drove it for almost 500 km's so far and have had no problem to report at high speeds on good roads... will keep testing it extensively

I'm bringing it to a dealer on Thursday for the warranty registration and a probable complete check
04-22-2013 09:23 PM
gostinger Since the car is under the 20000 kms adjustment period I would bring it in with those complaints and let a technician drive it. I wonder why the vehicle had so low mileage and you are the second owner (possible problems with the vehicle?)
04-22-2013 09:12 PM
suss6052
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Haha, I was the same. I moved from a '99 Civic to my Focus. From 106hp to 160.
94 Prism LSI 1.6 L 4AFE and C5x 5 speed, 105 hp when new, maybe 60 hp by the time I got it, idk, to 2012 Ford Focus SEL DCT, talk about an upgrade.
04-22-2013 09:01 PM
miuzi05
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Indeed, I'm used to cheap plastic and having to floor it to go up a ramp with 100hp... big upgrade :) Thanks a lot.
Haha, I was the same. I moved from a '99 Civic to my Focus. From 106hp to 160.
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