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Old 01-17-2013, 11:18 AM   #31
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no one with '13s have really complained...its the '12s and even then its certain '12s.
Not true, here's just a couple I found within a minute on another thread.

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I bought mine about three weeks ago. Like you, I did my research and I concluded that the issues seem to pertain mostly to the 2012's, not the 2013's. Things started out nicely, but now that I've accumulated over 1500 miles, I'm experiencing the same issues that many here on this board have complained about, specifically the MFT and DCT.
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All this being said, my 2013 was frickin horrible the first 300 miles, got much better from 300 to 3200, and better again at 3200. Three definite steps. Strange.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:23 AM   #32
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Hey guys, I would like your opinions if possible. Let me start by saying that I actually like my Focus a lot and haven't had any issues yet other than when I have my AC on high, there is some rattling going on. I haven't brought it on to be checked out yet.

And I will also say that I have been defending the Focus around here a lot lately. With that being said, I wanted to explore my options and get your opinions.

My 2012 Focus is about 8 months old now and it only has 7,900 miles. I have the DCT that everyone seems to be bashing lately. It's an SEL with the 16" alloys, the upgraded Sony sound system and MFT.

All of the talk here about the DCT, reliability of the car, long term durability concerns, etc have gotten to me.

If I were to dump it, is now the time since the miles are very low? Should I dump it? Should I not dump it?

Playing devil's advocate here....if I do dump it, what is my best course of action? I shouldn't do a trade and buy scenario should I? Should I sell private to maximize how much I get for it and then just buy another car?

Any advice and opinions are welcome!
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:49 PM   #33
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Hey guys, I would like your opinions if possible. Let me start by saying that I actually like my Focus a lot and haven't had any issues yet other than when I have my AC on high, there is some rattling going on. I haven't brought it on to be checked out yet.

And I will also say that I have been defending the Focus around here a lot lately. With that being said, I wanted to explore my options and get your opinions.

My 2012 Focus is about 8 months old now and it only has 7,900 miles. I have the DCT that everyone seems to be bashing lately. It's an SEL with the 16" alloys, the upgraded Sony sound system and MFT.

All of the talk here about the DCT, reliability of the car, long term durability concerns, etc have gotten to me.

If I were to dump it, is now the time since the miles are very low? Should I dump it? Should I not dump it?

Playing devil's advocate here....if I do dump it, what is my best course of action? I shouldn't do a trade and buy scenario should I? Should I sell private to maximize how much I get for it and then just buy another car?

Any advice and opinions are welcome!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:32 PM   #34
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If hearsay really bothers you that much, keep it until 2.5years/30k miles if you're that worried. Let it go with a little warranty period left, and a buyer/dealership is more at ease to pick it up from you for a reasonable price. Right now you are in recovery mode from dropping that large of a downpayment. Don't double down by letting it go at such a loss when it's operating just fine.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #35
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Wow, so an overwhelming response to keep it! You guys all bring up very good points and you don't even know how much I appreciate these responses. It really kind of snapped me back into reality and especially with the financial advice. It really wouldn't make any financial sense for me to do this right now.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:15 PM   #36
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You're omitting a critical point. You'll take a depreciation hit by keeping it but at least you'll get to use the car during that depreciation period.


True ... you get to USE IT .... but you get to PAY FOR IT too !!



A couple of recent posts from high mileage DCT drivers are proving you wrong so far.

Yeah ... maybe .... 'a couple' ....



Yeah but the downsides of driving a beater are lower reliability

Not necessarily ... My 05 Toyota Corolla with 165,000 miles on it never needed a repair other than one headlight .... was never in the shop for a repair or warranty issue ... got the same exact mileage as the Focus, was on the original battery ... and never failed to start or work perfectly one time. Newer does not necessarily mean 'more reliable' .... In my case ... it meant exactly the opposite. Worst car deal I ever did .... and I've done DOZENS of car deals.

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Old 01-17-2013, 02:28 PM   #37
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Right now you are in recovery mode from dropping that large of a downpayment. Don't double down by letting it go at such a loss when it's operating just fine.


Whether he had a large down payment or not ... a loss is a loss ... it doesn't matter if it was a down payment or it was financed. I too had a large down payment ... didn't matter to me at all. The GOOD thing I did up-front was buy a basic, but reasonably equipped car at a rock bottom price ($16.5K) ... so when I got $13.5K in trade ... I lost $3K in about 8 months. I just look at it as if I rented it for $400 a month.

If a $22K car is worth $13K NOW .... a year from now the 13's will be worth $13K (maybe LESS), and your 12 may be worth $10K ... you may not have even paid that much ($3K) of the principal off in that year ... so you could be LOSING money by holding it. Not only that ... if other problems crop up ... or recalls .... or they discontinue the DCT ... all bets are off .... I didn't want to roll those dice.

If you bought a higher level car, and are into one of these things for $20-25K+ (financed) ... you better enjoy it, because you're gonna be into it for a long, long time.

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If a $22K car is worth $13K NOW .... a year from now the 13's will be worth $13K (maybe LESS), and your 12 may be worth $10K ... you may not have even paid that much ($3K) of the principal off in that year ... so you could be LOSING money by holding it. Not only that ... if other problems crop up ... or recalls .... or they discontinue the DCT ... all bets are off .... I didn't want to roll those dice.
That's one thing I don't understand... new cars cost SO much money, and after they're driven off the lot, they're worth the same as any other car that moves? You'd think there'd be a slightly better curve?

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Whether he had a large down payment or not ... a loss is a loss ... it doesn't matter if it was a down payment or it was financed. I too had a large down payment ... didn't matter to me at all. The GOOD thing I did up-front was buy a basic, but reasonably equipped car at a rock bottom price ($16.5K) ... so when I got $13.5K in trade ... I lost $3K in about 8 months. I just look at it as if I rented it for $400 a month.

If a $22K car is worth $13K NOW .... a year from now the 13's will be worth $13K (maybe LESS), and your 12 may be worth $10K ... you may not have even paid that much ($3K) of the principal off in that year ... so you could be LOSING money by holding it. Not only that ... if other problems crop up ... or recalls .... or they discontinue the DCT ... all bets are off .... I didn't want to roll those dice.

If you bought a higher level car, and are into one of these things for $20-25K+ (financed) ... you better enjoy it, because you're gonna be into it for a long, long time.

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