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Old 02-12-2012, 12:50 AM   #171
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I have to say, I like mine a lot. I picked it up a few days ago and haven't wanted to drive my Talon since. Though, I'm sure when it warms up that will change completely since, the Focus is infinitely slower than the Talon.

My friend also likes the car and was impressed enough to start thinking about trading his Cobalt in for one.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:09 PM   #172
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Bought my Sonic Blue 2012 Fous S (with automatic transmission) on Sat the 11th. Drives well, feels solid and safe. Looked at 2012 Fit and 2012 Corolla - was not impressed. Traded in my 1998 Escort SE wagon. I've only owned Fords. Also bought/upgraded to a 7 year 75k bumper to bumper warranty after hearing issues with the automatic transmission and electrical doodads. Hopefully this car will last for a decade (or more). The only thing that I'm not too fond of is the plastic wheel covers.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:21 PM   #173
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I recently purchased a 2012 Ford Focus SE Blue Candy Hatch with the sports package. I purchased the car on 2/4 and have almost 600 miles at the moment. My car's birthday is on 12/9. This car feels solid to drive and I appreciate the extra power this car has over my 2011 Ford Fiesta. I got used the Powershift on the FoFi so it was easy to get acclimated to the FoFo's transmission and I know I can squeeze out some impressive mpg numbers on this car as time goes on. I hope this car can last me at least a decade or more.
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How do you know your car's birthday?
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:28 PM   #175
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Click on the Vehicle tab and enter your VIN #. You will get all the information of your car when it was built down to the equipment that was installed on it. This is a Euro website so some words are going to appear in Euro English but you will get what you need out of it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #176
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Thank you AzulDulceFocus. My car's birthday is 04/11/2011.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:01 PM   #177
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Quick questions - My S has the 6 speed automatic transmission. What is the "switch like" thing on the side of the stick used for? With all the posts of automatic transmission issues and its learning curve, do I need to be concerned? TIA
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Quick questions - My S has the 6 speed automatic transmission. What is the "switch like" thing on the side of the stick used for? With all the posts of automatic transmission issues and its learning curve, do I need to be concerned? TIA
It's called 'active hill assist' it is for holding your car on a steep grade to prevent it from rolling back when you let off the brake. When you toggle it you will see an icon on the display showing it is on. I wouldn't worry about the trans. Most issues have been addressed and many still being commented on are from earlier productions. IF you have issues with it then your dealer has the TSB for it. These issues are primarily aggravations and not actual defects. Just computer adjustments to refine shift parameters. Don't think about it, just drive it like you would any car.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:39 PM   #179
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It's called 'active hill assist' it is for holding your car on a steep grade to prevent it from rolling back when you let off the brake. When you toggle it you will see an icon on the display showing it is on. I wouldn't worry about the trans. Most issues have been addressed and many still being commented on are from earlier productions. IF you have issues with it then your dealer has the TSB for it. These issues are primarily aggravations and not actual defects. Just computer adjustments to refine shift parameters. Don't think about it, just drive it like you would any car.


Thanks Rogerschro.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:39 PM   #180
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Today my father and I switched cars, as I was to take his to work with me for some scheduled service. He got to drive the Focus to work and back, and loved it. He misses driving a stick, and said it reminded him of driving the Grand Prix (see sig) when it was new.

He even topped up the tank for me.
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