My wife and I purchased a Ford Focus SE 5 door on 4/27. The only knock I have is the gravel/grind/whatever-you-want-to-call-it sound in the shifting between 1st and 2nd, and sometimes to a lesser extent in other lower gear shifts. The noise does NOT seem to affect performance at all. My wife jokes that it can not even be detected when the radio is on even at low volumes. However, because it is a "shifting noise", I worry a bit about future problems.
In any event, I checked our VIN number on the etisFord site and we have a Field Service Action (12b37) as ours was built March 3, 2012 (or as it states 12.3.2012). I'm hoping whatever is updated makes the shifting sound go away. If it does, I honestly give the car an A+ and tell the nit-pickers to focus (ha, cute pun, huh?) on things other than the Focus.
Since our car is so new to us, only 208 miles as of this message, should be wait for the 1000 mile mark to take it in for the FSA or should we take it in ASAP?
Thanks and enjoy your Foci.