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Old 11-07-2012, 07:40 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.

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:02 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 11-07-2012, 08:32 PM   #3
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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, 08:52 PM   #4
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no ones having issues with the 5 spds
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:28 PM   #5
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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, 10:54 PM   #6
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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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Old 11-07-2012, 11:39 PM   #7
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Lovin' mine

Will have had mine for two weeks on Sunday. almost 500 miles in and must say that I have had no issues. The only issues is trying to use voice commands when trying to call someone. The auto transmission takes some getting use to, but I am getting accustomed to it. I have been busy working long hours and 6 days a week so I am awaiting a break so I can get more familiar with all the buttons and layout.

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:50 PM   #8
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:29 AM   #9
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I've got 27,000 miles on my 2012 SE, and can't think of any problems I've had--certainly nothing that falls into the "reliability" category. It's been a pleasure to own and drive so far. One caveat--mine is a 5-speed so I don't know about the auto transmission. But really, why would you NOT buy the manual anyway?
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