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Old 11-07-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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2013 ford focus reliability

Hi guys,

I am very interested in the new ford focus. But all the talk about the transmission grinding itself up has got me worried. How do you guys feel the new focus will last long term? Should I wait until next years model? How much would a new clutch cost?

I really like the luxury appeal of the car and how it looks.

Thank you,


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Old 11-07-2012, 09:02 PM   #2
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I only have 350 miles on my 2013, so obviously I can't comment on reliability yet. I will say the transmission is interesting. You definitely have to change your expectations some from a regular automatic. It definitely feels like a manual. If you were in the passenger seat and closed your eyes, you would think the driver was working a manual transmission - complete with a few studders at very low power and some engine braking at times when you get off the gas (at least in sport mode). Having said that, I don't find it unpleasant or bothersome, just different from what we have become used to over the last 30 years.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Hey how ur doin. Please remember that this is a standard tranny. instead of depressing the clutch it uses servos to do it for you, don't think of it as an automatic cause it isn't its is a standard trans that automaticly clutches for the driver!!
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:32 PM   #4
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that all happened when mine was new it takes a while for the clutches to break in. but right now I have 3k miles on mine and it isn't much different from a regular automatic. As for reliability only time well tell I don't think anyone really has a ton of miles on a mk3 yet.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:52 PM   #5
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no ones having issues with the 5 spds
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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no ones having issues with the 5 spds
And there it is.
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no ones having issues with the 5 spds
That's patently false, as I know of at least one or two cases where there were bad syncros within 1600 miles on first gear of a 2012 Focus with the MTX-75, that's some german build quality right there. This report came from someone who practically only drove manuals and was good at it, the tech doubted them until they tried to drive the car into the shop and with the clutch fully depressed it made a horrible grinding noise. They had to rebuild it under warranty. So don't tell me the 5 speed is 100% immune to manufacturing flaws/ failures. If its built by man it can and will be screwed up at some point.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:02 PM   #8
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That's patently false, as I know of at least one or two cases where there were bad syncros within 1600 miles on first gear of a 2012 Focus with the MTX-75, that's some german build quality right there. This report came from someone who practically only drove manuals and was good at it, the tech doubted them until they tried to drive the car into the shop and with the clutch fully depressed it made a horrible grinding noise. They had to rebuild it under warranty. So don't tell me the 5 speed is 100% immune to manufacturing flaws/ failures. If its built by man it can and will be screwed up at some point.
I don't think that anyone is claiming that the 5speed is perfect.
But one or two bad ones in your experience don't compare to the multiple complaints about the auto.
Relax..
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Hi guys,

I am very interested in the new ford focus. But all the talk about the transmission grinding itself up has got me worried. How do you guys feel the new focus will last long term? Should I wait until next years model? How much would a new clutch cost?

I really like the luxury appeal of the car and how it looks.

Thank you,

We have two with about 2000 miles each. They are driving well and we are not concerned about reliability. They definitely improve with break-in and mileage. Terrific design, quality and dynamics. And good value.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:54 PM   #10
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I had my 2013 Titanium for a month now. 2200 miles later I am pleased. No issues other than a slightly buggy MFT. But that'll eventually get fixed. The new TSB is out to fix it. So I shall give that a try. But really I get hit by MFT going stupid like once every 1-2 weeks so not bad
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