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Old 07-12-2012, 10:15 AM   #1131
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There was a software update that came out earlier this year for models built in 2011. Not sure if you're aware of that or not. Some people say it helps smooth things out. Remember, this is a new design and there will be some glitches. I had some shuddering too but mine is running like a gem....of course my car was built in May 2012 so I had all the updates from day 1.
I have gotten all updates that are applicable to the car, but it still happens. Especially after driving and getting some heat into it. They reset the adaptive strategies again 2 days ago and the shuddering on take off has not been as bad but now when I put it into reverse and give it a touch of gas the shudder/stutter is clear as day.
I am more appalled that the service department told me to drive it till it blows up. Like seriously guys?
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:48 PM   #1132
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What you're seeing is an indicator of Ford service departments that have exhausted all of Ford's most recent remedies, and don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. When they say things like 'drive it til it blows up', don't think they're being lazy or stupid...they've just reached the end of the rope. Yes, it's technically an inappropriate thing to say, but....they take their direction from Ford Corporate. When the directions run out, all that's left is to throw their hands up and let you keep driving the car until it quits, so Ford Corporate will be forced to give you a new car, or at least a new transmission. When remedies become THAT expensive, Ford will be forced to light a fire under the asses of their engineers & software guys to produce a real fix that fixes EVERYONE.

I'm really sorry there are people having such serious troubles with this car. I have a bad habit of buying what's 'latest and greatest'. My last 2 cars have been some of the very first of their generation to arrive on dealer lots (2010 Kia Forte Koup, 2011 Kia Optima), and I guess I've just been lucky. I'm glad I didn't fall in love with the Focus until mid-2012.

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Old 07-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #1133
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cbdallas...totally agree. I don't blame the dealers. I had a good 1/2 discussion with my service guys yesterday and they are really caught in the middle.

Here's a video of my car. Turn up the volume, because obviously the camera doesn't pick up everything. This is not the loudest the noise has ever been, but it was loud enough for my passenger to hear it. I understand I didn't obey the rules...my window was open and my radio was off.

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Old 07-12-2012, 04:09 PM   #1134
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Here's a video of my car. Turn up the volume, because obviously the camera doesn't pick up everything. This is not the loudest the noise has ever been, but it was loud enough for my passenger to hear it. I understand I didn't obey the rules...my window was open and my radio was off.

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Wow... yeah, mine definitely doesn't sound anything like yours on the 1st -> 2nd shift.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:18 PM   #1135
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I bought my car in Jan. 2012, and it was built on Dec. 19 2011. I've had the recall updates. The passenger seat belt does rattle at times, but this is not the noise I'm complaining about. That rattle is nothing compared to the trans rattle.
My seatbelt doesn't rattle either, it sounds like it's coming from right under the drivers side seat...right? I can hear it with the window open and radio off. Now, mine has gotten better but it does rattle every now and then. They say it's the metal forks changing gears.....but who knows for sure. If it blows up they owe me a new car. My delaership has this warranty forever program, it's a powertrain warranty for the entire time I own the car so I hope the tranny is covered under that.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #1136
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Wow... yeah, mine definitely doesn't sound anything like yours on the 1st -> 2nd shift.
@Jimsfocus......That's the sound I hear too...but I was told that's normal and should get better. Do what they tell everyone else....drive it til it blows up and just pray you survive the explosion. What a piece of advice from Ford huh?
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:43 AM   #1137
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Thing is when did you buy your Focus? It seems to me the people with the most problems are the ones who bought their car in 2011 before the latest software update. My car was built in May of 2012 so I have all the updates and except for the light rattling which I'm told is not uncommon, everything else is fine. Make sure you have the latest software update, I think it came out mid-spring.


I had my Ti in May 2011, and I have not had any problems with it. The FSA only made it better!
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:46 AM   #1138
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Also, yesterday while driving, my shoe lace got caught on brake peddle. Has anyone else ever gotten stuck on the brake peddle? Just curious. It freaked me out.
That's definitely the car's fault, lol. And it's pedal, not "peddle."
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:03 AM   #1139
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Well after 1 year and a month of owning my 2012 Ford Focus and 11 trips to the service shop, I am happy to say that I traded that POS in for another vehicle. My grips with Ford continues as my issues from day one with that car was never really addressed. I purchased the Focus May 2011 with all the hopes that it would do everything I had read up on only to be beyond disappointed with Ford and the vehicle itself. That car had numerous trips to the service shop for transmission issues, recalls, replacement of struts, blower motor, shocks, bearings... I am sure most of the people on this site will say how wonderful their Focus is but trust me, I will never own another Ford because of there NO PERSONAL touch on their customers. I have written Ford and was pushed off to service without any follow up. I am going to write to them again to stress that I am a middle class american and can not afford to just go out and blow money on a car as I did with the Focus. That car was purchased due to my long drives to and from work. The mpg and style appealed to me and I did my research only to be taken for a ride (pardon the pun). That Focus trade last week, put me upside down in a payment that I will have to deal with it. At least, I am not missing time from work as I did with the Focus because of it being in the shop so often.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:01 PM   #1140
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Well after 1 year and a month of owning my 2012 Ford Focus and 11 trips to the service shop, I am happy to say that I traded that POS in for another vehicle. My grips with Ford continues as my issues from day one with that car was never really addressed. I purchased the Focus May 2011 with all the hopes that it would do everything I had read up on only to be beyond disappointed with Ford and the vehicle itself. That car had numerous trips to the service shop for transmission issues, recalls, replacement of struts, blower motor, shocks, bearings... I am sure most of the people on this site will say how wonderful their Focus is but trust me, I will never own another Ford because of there NO PERSONAL touch on their customers. I have written Ford and was pushed off to service without any follow up. I am going to write to them again to stress that I am a middle class american and can not afford to just go out and blow money on a car as I did with the Focus. That car was purchased due to my long drives to and from work. The mpg and style appealed to me and I did my research only to be taken for a ride (pardon the pun). That Focus trade last week, put me upside down in a payment that I will have to deal with it. At least, I am not missing time from work as I did with the Focus because of it being in the shop so often.
Well, there's a couple of things that come to mind. Either you purchased a Lemon for which you could have recouped your losses or the mechanics you dealt with really sucked.
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