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Old 12-03-2013, 12:48 PM   #291
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My 2012 SE manual tranny with sport package is now over two years in my possession.
My major metro area 1.5 million with a dozen Ford dealers did not have a single manual Focus (except some S models in grey or black)
I was annoyed the soft green color (glass) was NOT available in a hatch with the sport package. I would probably have the Glass color if it would have been. But I like my yellow baby.
I did a search within 100 miles and only ONE with manual. yellow, and SE with the sport package was available. It happened to have the black painted 17's.
So I caught the salesman online, and was there same day and bought the car.

The MTX75 is the same tranny I had in my prior ride (Ford SVT Contour I had for 13 years) So I am very familiar with the tranny.

I too have to say the lack of manual trannies is the fault of the dealers. They never want to 'take chances'. Ditto colors. All the want in stock are safe colors. Anything odd seems they are worried it may not fly out the window.

And finally the E-RMM is the rear motor mount one wants. Not too stiff, not too soft.

Also do the snorkle delete, And add a K&N or other free flow air filter. Helps.

And also comment: What else would one want a manual for besides to be able to hit 6,500 if you want? That is a big part of owning a manual. You are in total charge of the RPM gear etc at any moment.
And why i hate any sort of automatic. It is trying to guess what i want. And usually never knows.

I can bobble down the street in fifth at 32mph.. and just go for mpgs... Or be at a light and hit the gas and run it out to 6K rpm to beat the other cars...
When I want too.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:38 AM   #292
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Ordered my SE Sport w/ 5 speed manual as well. Not a single manual in stock anywhere.

Performance and other silly stuff aside; I bought it just because I enjoy it. I enjoy driving a car with a manual transmission. Not to mention saving a couple grand on the price of the car!
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:16 AM   #293
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I'm sure it's been brought up but I'll say it again. I love the 5-speed but the 1st gear buck right before second is annoying. You pretty much have to double the clutch pressure before the top of the gear.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #294
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I'm sure it's been brought up but I'll say it again. I love the 5-speed but the 1st gear buck right before second is annoying. You pretty much have to double the clutch pressure before the top of the gear.
I love my 5-speed but mine doesn't do that buck stuff...
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I'm sure it's been brought up but I'll say it again. I love the 5-speed but the 1st gear buck right before second is annoying. You pretty much have to double the clutch pressure before the top of the gear.
Hmm. My '14 SE Sport doesn't do that. What is it doing? Bucking when you shift? At high RPMs? Just curious. Mine is pretty quiet, smooth, and uneventful between shifts. I have found it prefers a gentle hand and firm foot when shifting.
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Maybe its the tune or one of the other mods why his is bucking
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Maybe its the tune or one of the other mods why his is bucking
Maybe.

I know if I run it to redline in first, throw it into second and floor it (done it twice; and that'll probably be it! Got it out of my system) I can chirp the tires. So maybe something like that is being interpreted as bucking? I dunno.

When driving it 'normally', it's smooth as you'd expect.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:43 PM   #298
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Well if you can chirp the tire pretty good then the antiskid may kick in and gone is your throttle for a second or so..
I no longer make any attempt to 'chirp my tires first to second.. My last car in a hard 1-2 shift at max RPM i blew the differential right out of the case.


taught me a lesson in the physics of over confidence.
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Just curious... this dealer is selling this 5 speed 2012 se and it has a whopping 104k miles. Would you guys even touch this thing? I'm pretty sure the factory warranty doesn't apply anymore. Also how long you think before it'll need a new clutch.. They are asking 9,777 which I think is High.
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Just curious... this dealer is selling this 5 speed 2012 se and it has a whopping 104k miles. Would you guys even touch this thing? I'm pretty sure the factory warranty doesn't apply anymore. Also how long you think before it'll need a new clutch.. They are asking 9,777 which I think is High.
Is it in good condition? Ask for a test drive if you're interested in it.

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