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Old 12-19-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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2013 Hatcback question

I'm a new owner of a 2013 5 door Focus, I've had it a little more than a week and I love it. I've been driving a 07 and 11 Ranger since 06 and while I really liked my Rangers the Focus is amazing to drive. My question is on my sticker it says my car has fold flat rear seats, is this true or does my version of flat and Fords differ. I can't figure how to get any where near flat and I can't figure out how to get the center headrest out even. I look at the manual and I'm totally lost but me and directions on anything don't get along. Any body have any words of wisdom for a dummy? Terry.


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Old 12-19-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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I'm a new owner of a 2013 5 door Focus, I've had it a little more than a week and I love it. I've been driving a 07 and 11 Ranger since 06 and while I really liked my Rangers the Focus is amazing to drive. My question is on my sticker it says my car has fold flat rear seats, is this true or does my version of flat and Fords differ. I can't figure how to get any where near flat and I can't figure out how to get the center headrest out even. I look at the manual and I'm totally lost but me and directions on anything don't get along. Any body have any words of wisdom for a dummy? Terry.
The seat base flips forward and then the seat back folds completly flat unless you have the 16" full size spare wheel and tire.

Oh and remember to take the outboard head restraints first as the seat won't fold flat otherwise.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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^What suss said.

But also, you don't need to take out the center headrest - just the side two. You might also need to move the front seats forward to get the seat base to go forward enough to get the seats down all the way. As suss said, the seats will be flat, but the trunk area would be higher if you have the full-size spare.
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I hopeyou guys don't think I'm real stupid, but do you mean flip the seat base forward first then flip the seat back forward. Forgive me I've been driving pickups for a long time.
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I hopeyou guys don't think I'm real stupid, but do you mean flip the seat base forward first then flip the seat back forward. Forgive me I've been driving pickups for a long time.
Yes, the seat base pulls up and flips forward, then you remove the two outboard head restraints (you can also remove the center one, but this isn't as necessary to get the seat folded.

Then you depress the two buttons on top of the rear seat back (one at a time) and lower them to tilt the seat back forward to fill in the space vacated by the rear seat base which was flipped vertically to stand behind the front seats.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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I hopeyou guys don't think I'm real stupid, but do you mean flip the seat base forward first then flip the seat back forward. Forgive me I've been driving pickups for a long time.
Try this. It's a sedan, but works the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giv_Gdes_cg
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Thanks I feel like a dummy. I now realize how bad my salesman was he didn't know how to do it either.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:54 PM   #8
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...do you mean flip the seat base forward first then flip the seat back forward...
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...But also, you don't need to take out the center headrest - just the side two...
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Yes, the seat base pulls up and flips forward, then you remove the two outboard head restraints...
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ttownvstrom,

I see everyone already jumped on this one (thanks, guys!).

For those interested, the instructions for the rear seats start on page 181 of the 2012MY Focus Owner Guide 5th Printing.

You can grab a free downloadable copy of the Owner Guide here:

http://Owner.Ford.com/servlet/Conten...OwnerGuidePage

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You have no doubt figured it out by now, but the front seats must be slid somewhat forward in order to have room to flip the rear seat bottoms. For long-legged drivers, is a bit of a toss up as to whether to maximized leg room, and forsake the flat rear, or to sacrifice leg room in order to flip/flatten the rear seats. That's where the 60/40 rear really helps. The rear can be flipped on the passenger side, but not on the driver side, thus giving the tall driver the maximum leg room.

And by the way, our rear head rests have now taken up a permanent position on my garage shelf. Folding seats is easier, and rear visibility is no longer blocked. Of course, we rarely, if ever, have rear passengers, so that is not a concern.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:40 AM   #10
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I've had mine for about a month, but haven't yet folded the backseats. I should try.
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