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Old 05-07-2012, 05:47 PM   #81
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When I first looked at the 2012 Focus the dealer had 2 models on the lot: Bare bones S models and overloaded Ti models. Leather seats don't sell well in desert climates like Tucson, so I was surprised that they bought them that way. Plus Ti interiors seem to be available only on dark colors (even the artic white option has a lot of black) also not popular in hot climates. I was impressed with the standard amount of equipment in the S though. Ended up getting an SEL witha moonroof. Almost 28,000 miles already and no problems other than oil changes and tire rotations.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:31 PM   #82
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For the SE sport, it showed NG and NF springs, but on my ETIS it shows all NF and with touring suspension .... weird
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:31 PM   #83
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #84
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I griped about no rear mats on my SE Sport, and my salesman put a set in there at his own expense, as they don't come standard. Whatta guy!

Tried the 18" wheels suspended TI, and a little too much grasshopper dung was felt through the chassis, when I ran over it, so went with the SE Sport. Couldn't be happier with the cushy ride and hint of sporty intention. I do have fun here in sportbike heaven, but you cannot expect the SE sport to handle like a sports car. It certainly isn't one, but it balances cush/sport perfectly.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:47 PM   #85
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For the SE sport, it showed NG and NF springs, but on my ETIS it shows all NF and with touring suspension .... weird
Job 2 / 5dr / 5spd / SE with Sport Package.

I looked under the car and noted the following parts:

Front Springs
BV61-5310-NFG left side
BV61-5310-NFG right side

Front Struts
BV61-18K001-TAB left side
BV61-18045-TAB right side

Rear Springs
BV61-5560-NFD left side
BV61-5560-NFD right side

Rear Shocks
BV61-18080-TAF left side
BV61-18080-TAF right side

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:01 PM   #86
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I have an SE Sport with the following information.

According to Etis:
-Build date: 01.09.2011 (Sep. 1)
-Touring Suspension
-BV61-5310-NG* Left Front Coil
-BV61-5310-NG* Right Front Coil
-BV61-5560-NG* Left Rear Coil Spring
-BV61-5560-NG* Right Rr Coil Spring

According to Ford Parts, I have 18124 and 18125, which are listed as the Touring Suspension. Do any of you know why I don't have the NF rear as previously listed in this thread?
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:41 PM   #87
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The body roll was definitely present. Weight transfer is higher on the Escape due to the high CG, and I have no doubts the standard suspension Focus would have more lateral grip, but there wasn't much roll stiffness to counteract body roll. Like I said, it was a very comfortable ride, and you get that with low roll stiffness and very soft springs. I didn't take it out on track or anything, but the body roll was the first thing I noticed in a 30 mph corner at maybe .3 lateral G's.

I'm a driving instructor at track events, and have helped numerous people setup the suspension in their cars for track driving, as well as being a mechanical engineer, so I'm not ignorant of this issue.



Excellent link!

I'll admit the steering feel was actually reasonable off center, but applying more steering angle seemed to make it lose resistance rather than gain it. This is my first electric hydraulic steering system experience, so maybe I was just preoccupied with the changing levels of assist that seemed to change based on steering angle. I'd probably be fine with it after getting used to it, but my 540i has unnaturally heavy steering for a PS car (with great road feel as a result), so it felt odd going back and forth to that.



Gotcha, I didn't make any adjustments to the car in that respect, but I can see how the auto gets the manual on gas mileage after driving it in the normal mode.

I do like how the steering column telescopes. I found a pretty comfortable seating position fairly quickly in the car and didn't feel like I was struggling to reach the steering wheel. Being 6' 3" I hate the seating position in a lot of compact cars due to the far away positioning of the steering wheel. By the time I get the seat far enough back to be fine with respect to leg position I can barely touch the wheel with my fingertips. The Focus let me have a reasonable amount of arm extension with the wheel telescoped all the way out. I have my steering wheel extended 5" towards me in my 240SX track car just to be comfortable with it, so I'm pretty nitpicky on this issue.



Overall the car was good, and I suspect I'd be much more excited about it if I could drive an SE with the sports package.
Seat track extension. I did it. I lounge now. Seat hits the back and I'm totally comfortable. Let me if you want pictures.

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Old 09-03-2012, 03:04 PM   #88
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I have an SE Sport with the following information.

According to Etis:
-Build date: 01.09.2011 (Sep. 1)
-Touring Suspension
-BV61-5310-NG* Left Front Coil
-BV61-5310-NG* Right Front Coil
-BV61-5560-NG* Left Rear Coil Spring
-BV61-5560-NG* Right Rr Coil Spring

According to Ford Parts, I have 18124 and 18125, which are listed as the Touring Suspension. Do any of you know why I don't have the NF rear as previously listed in this thread?
Interesting. Off of my Etis:
MFGD: 23 May 2012
- Touring
BV61-5310-NF* Left Front Coil
BV61-5310-NF* Right Front Coil
BV61-5560-NG* Left Rear Coil Spring
BV61-5560-NG* Right Rr Coil Spring
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:09 PM   #89
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If you want a sportier ride...get a hatch..it is a stiffer chassis. I am BMW fan and almost got a 540i, but I wanted reliability with a sporty ride.

Focus was designed/engineered in Germany, so you know at least for the hatch..engineers wanted to have a driver car. I test drove both the sedan and hatch..and you can def tell the difference between the two chassis...sedan is more...mush...both were SE package cars with a stick

Also if you can get a 2012 built between 3/2012-mid 6/2012...the shocks were coded heavy duty according to ford parts.com
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I have an SE Sport with the following information.

According to Etis:
-Build date: 01.09.2011 (Sep. 1)
-Touring Suspension
-BV61-5310-NG* Left Front Coil
-BV61-5310-NG* Right Front Coil
-BV61-5560-NG* Left Rear Coil Spring
-BV61-5560-NG* Right Rr Coil Spring

According to Ford Parts, I have 18124 and 18125, which are listed as the Touring Suspension. Do any of you know why I don't have the NF rear as previously listed in this thread?
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Originally Posted by spittle8 View Post
Interesting. Off of my Etis:
MFGD: 23 May 2012
- Touring
BV61-5310-NF* Left Front Coil
BV61-5310-NF* Right Front Coil
BV61-5560-NG* Left Rear Coil Spring
BV61-5560-NG* Right Rr Coil Spring
Car is a Job 2 2012 Ford Focus SEL

-Standard Suspension
BV61-5310-NG* Left Front Coil
BV61-5310-NG* Right Front Coil
BV61-5560-NG* Left Rear Coil Spring
BV61-5560-NG* Right Rr Coil Spring

Which seems to indicate that the first of the two previously listed cars have the same -NF coils all around. So are the differences down to the dampers (aka the struts) or is there something else different in the suspension that was supposed to make the sports package ride firmer?
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