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Old 07-05-2012, 12:18 AM   #481
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I have mine for two weeks now and I just love it. So much get up and go, especially on the highway....good gas mileage too. The dealer gave me a free fill up at 8 miles when I bought the car and I have only put one full tank in since and I'm at almost 800 miles. I didn't figure out the actual mileage but that's pretty darn good for mostly stop and go driving. I do have one question for anyone to answer, has anyone else experienced some clutch chatter on the first shift? I hear it with my windows down, it's like a clicking noise when the car shifts. Other than that it runs and shifts perfectly, my dealer told me that noise isn't a major concern....I just wondered if anyone else who drives an automatic hears it. One other question, my car has like 4 rubber flaps in front of each front tire...not sure what they're for but they graze the sidewalk when I back out of my driveway. Are those removeable or are they there for a reason?
Those are there for aerodynamic reasons, to help direct air away from the front of the tire when the car is moving along. You might remove them only to see your fuel efficiency be reduced. Not sure what percentage, but lets just say they were put there for a reason.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:35 AM   #482
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Those are there for aerodynamic reasons, to help direct air away from the front of the tire when the car is moving along. You might remove them only to see your fuel efficiency be reduced. Not sure what percentage, but lets just say they were put there for a reason.
Okay....thanks, never thought of that!
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:12 AM   #483
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I have mine for two weeks now and I just love it. So much get up and go, especially on the highway....good gas mileage too. The dealer gave me a free fill up at 8 miles when I bought the car and I have only put one full tank in since and I'm at almost 800 miles. I didn't figure out the actual mileage but that's pretty darn good for mostly stop and go driving. I do have one question for anyone to answer, has anyone else experienced some clutch chatter on the first shift? I hear it with my windows down, it's like a clicking noise when the car shifts. Other than that it runs and shifts perfectly, my dealer told me that noise isn't a major concern....I just wondered if anyone else who drives an automatic hears it. One other question, my car has like 4 rubber flaps in front of each front tire...not sure what they're for but they graze the sidewalk when I back out of my driveway. Are those removeable or are they there for a reason?
The tranny noises are normal as the automatic is really not an automatic but a manual with automatic clutch and gear selection. It is a mechanical based trans as opposed to fluid coupling like a traditional auto so it drives and sounds different. Ford needs to do a better job in letting buyers know what the automatic really is because many new owners are concerned with the tranny noises and mannerisms. The tranny was one of the big attractions for me. I like the power coupling of a manual but in city traffic I hate the clutch.

Put just under 1400 clicks on her yesterday and still puts a smile on my face all the way. When I was in stop and go for a few hours I was really digging the automatic clutch!
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:19 AM   #484
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I was getting out of my Focus at a grocery store yesterday and once again a guy walked up to me and said wow, nice car, nice colour. Here in Victoria slowly starting to see more them on the road.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:38 AM   #485
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I keep getting people on the hwy that want to show me up so in a way that's a compliment if you look threatening in some way.

I was snapping some pics up at Red Rocks and had a few more "that's a Focus" comments. I'm heading up next week with my better camera and more time to take some "artsy" photos.

I think the Hatch has a mean looking wide stance but I do need get some Eibachs on their to drop it about an inch.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #486
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I have noticed the Mazda 3 drivers feel they have to try and show the Focus up. But at 56 my racing days are over :-)
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:49 AM   #487
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Yeah,other enthusiasts know the Focus is a little more serious right out of the box (the ST will move up the next step) but there was a reason I had to sell my 400hp Eclipse since I was a cop magnet back 10 years ago so I sold it for a Toyota 4Runner since there isn't cops off road and it's not exactly quick so I stayed out of trouble but I'm 44,married and have grownup insurance rates for a change so I avoid the ricer boys.
I do like an occasional fun drive in the twisties of our foothills but no racing.
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I'm not going to lie. It's hard being 18 in this car. The teenager in me wants to drive aggressively. I pull up next to a civic, I beat it. Haha, yet the minuscule amount of adult in me gives me an OCD-like attitude towards its cleanliness and maintainance.
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The tranny noises are normal as the automatic is really not an automatic but a manual with automatic clutch and gear selection. It is a mechanical based trans as opposed to fluid coupling like a traditional auto so it drives and sounds different. Ford needs to do a better job in letting buyers know what the automatic really is because many new owners are concerned with the tranny noises and mannerisms. The tranny was one of the big attractions for me. I like the power coupling of a manual but in city traffic I hate the clutch.

Put just under 1400 clicks on her yesterday and still puts a smile on my face all the way. When I was in stop and go for a few hours I was really digging the automatic clutch!
I agree...I took it to my dealer and explained the noise. They drove it and told me they heard nothing. I know they heard it but why not just tell me that the clicking is normal? I stressed for two weeks about it until someone on here posted a link to a site that actually explains what a DCT is all about. Now that I've read that I feel much better knowing that nothing is wrong. I just hate the fact that I had to read it for myself instead of my dealer sitting me down and explaining it to me. They do need to better educate their customers when they sell them a car.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:29 AM   #490
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I keep getting people on the hwy that want to show me up so in a way that's a compliment if you look threatening in some way.

I was snapping some pics up at Red Rocks and had a few more "that's a Focus" comments. I'm heading up next week with my better camera and more time to take some "artsy" photos.

I think the Hatch has a mean looking wide stance but I do need get some Eibachs on their to drop it about an inch.
Nice car....if I could figure out how to post a pic on here I would.
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