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Old 07-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #1141
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Reply: To Lscman, Perhaps I might agree with your comment on no i pod jacks in Fords. But my Focus does not, I repeat, does NOT, even have a USB port. I am posting this for anyone considering buying a Focus despite the transmission issues, or considering a manual Focus(which by the way, should have been a six speed). Check before you buy. I ordered mine from the factory, so I didn't realize that it had no USB port until I had taken it home. It never even occurred to me to look.
Ford's Sync option provides a pair of USB inputs. A small minority of car models under $25K come with USB or ipod jack on a standard audio system.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:39 PM   #1142
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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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Ford's Sync option provides a pair of USB inputs. A small minority of car models under $25K come with USB or ipod jack on a standard audio system.
Problem solved: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Jack-Plu...ht_2798wt_1025
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:48 AM   #1143
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To: Lscman, I have the standard radio with a CD player. The is no USB port and no jacks for i pod or MP3 player etc. What is the best way to get my i pod to play through the radio and speakers that come with the car?
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:33 PM   #1144
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They sell adapters that plug into the device and convert the signal into a radio signal, and plays through an FM or AM station on the radio. Best Buy carries them.
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To: Lscman, I have the standard radio with a CD player. The is no USB port and no jacks for i pod or MP3 player etc. What is the best way to get my i pod to play through the radio and speakers that come with the car?


Take your pick... http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...r&_osacat=3270
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:58 PM   #1146
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My 2012 focus has 4300 miles on it and the reprogram of the pcm has been completed. The veh. still hesitates and shudders when taking off from a stop. After the pcm reprogram the concern did get about 25% better. Also when driving and pressing down the gas the car at low rpm the car seems to have to find the right gear to get going. Also I have been told by ford that the chatter I hear when the car shifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd is normal. I drove another focus at the dealership yesterday and the chatter noise was not present. I agree at this point I have no problems with my dealership. This is a ford problem and they are the ones that need to fix it. The dealership's are just telling customers what the are told to tell them by ford. Ford step up to the plate and fix the problem.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:48 AM   #1147
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Thanks all for the postings. I also have the noise and judder in changing gears, especially 1->2 but also higher (but less). I typically will leave it in "Drive" although I want to use "Sports" sometimes. I have experienced a "vibration" that I wonder is a clutch slip going uphill in 4th at about 35mph. The car is also rather reluctant to change down (say 5-4, 4-3 and 3-2 but I discovered if I stab the accelerator briefly, rather than just increasing gradual pressure on it, then the car will change down.

My Titanium Hatch has only 800mi/1250km and just been in for its 3 month peace of mind check and I described the noises changing gears 1->2->3->4 and it changes up too soon. They had it for the morning. When I picked it up the service manager said it had a vibration and they wanted to break open the gearbox for diagnosis but had one-time use bolts on back-order. So I will be waiting for the call to take it in again.

I drove it away and I swear it is better changing gears. I wonder if they did the recalibration procedure at 1700-2000rpm repetitive changes (posted elsewhere). My wife reckons its just the same but I am starting to enjoy "just driving it" and it seems to go better with a bit more accelerator than before - I think we were "babying" it to be easy on it. Like today I gave it a third to half accelerator to get out in front of other traffic and it went very well and at higher revs 1-2-3-4 makes no noise. Yet at a local corner that I almost have to stop at it was again noisy and grabby with vibration. We have a slope upwards on our driveway and to back it out takes some fairly accurate pressure on the gas, but it doesn't shudder like it used to. However too much gas and it wants to give you whiplash!

But I now notice that sport mode makes almost no difference, except it doesn't get to 6th and changes down going downhill. I think Ford has some reprogramming to do and I hope they relax a bit on the economy theme, especially for sport mode. I know keeping the revs down will reduce fuel consumption but letting it rev slightly more seems to give a smoother change.

When Ford service crack open the gearbox I'll post again about the experience and results but so far I have no complaints with them and the car is pretty well driveable, if a little worrying what the transmission is sounding like sometimes. And I am learning that if I need to, I can make it more lively by quickly poking the gas pedal. Now, if it just had the steering wheel paddle shifts too....
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:10 PM   #1148
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{First off, there is an audio input for Ipod, or other audio device, inside the glovebox on the left.}

Ford and Lake City Ford have just blown me off and are pretending nothing is wrong with my 2012 Focus (find my earlier posts - those will explain it all).

Now, instead of just spastic shifting, sluggish acceleration and death-defying stalls in entering traffic, NOW the tranny is starting to chatter changing gears worse than my 1959 VW bug did when I was 15 yrs old.

I've filed a complaint with BBB at http://www.bbb.org/us/auto-line-lemon-law/

When I talked to them, they were upset Ford and Lake City Ford (dealership I bought this lemon from) would do nothing. The BBB has the power of the Federal Gov behind them, and the best first step someone can take who Ford (and their dealership) has ignored.

I suggest everyone who has not been helped by Ford or their dealership contact the BBB at the above website and file a complaint.

I'll let everyone kow what happens next.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:13 AM   #1149
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Just had my Focus in for it's first oil change/check-up. My dealership did a very good job in explaining the Tranny, and it's issues. Pretty much quoting what many of the fine posters on this site have said. I'm at 4100 miles, and the shuddering has all but ceased. Just a slight shudder now, if I allow it to roll off of a stoplight, without applying pedal. But if I give it a bit of gas, she just grabs, and goes. The other day I was at a red light, and dropped it to S mode, when the light turned green, I popped thru the first 4 gears letting it rev to almost redline, and was completely amazed how smooth, and fast the acceleration was. 0 to 60 was a blur! The dealership has placed me on an instant notice list in case ant TSB's or other items pop up. And I have a rep from FoMoCo messaging me here as well. So I have got my confidence level up from 75% to 99% in my new ride. Thanks to all here who have posted the wonderfully infomative info on here. I hope to be a help as well!
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:21 PM   #1150
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...I am desperately trying to get help with the transmission (as with others). Ever since I purchased my car I have had a shuddering issue that seems to be somewhat 'normal' but not acceptable in my opinion. I no longer feel safe with my car in certain situations (If I am going to cross traffic I will no longer do so unless I have 10 times more room than I should require)...It feels as though I am driving a standard and the car is still in 4th gear but should be in 1st or maybe 2nd gear. Believe me when I say, NOT PLEASANT...I have had my car to my local dealer complaining of the shuddering since I purchased the car and have been told that it needs to be reset, it will take xxx amount of km's to learn my driving habits and after our trip to Philly I brought my car in and all that was done was reset the adaptive stragies again.
I am beyond upset and frustrated because I do love my car but am getting frustrated that I do not feel safe while driving it...
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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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...many are having problems, safety issues and can get no help. The dealer had my car for two days. I picked it up today. The sevice manager told me they heard the noises, felt the sloppy shifting, said there is a problem, but there is nothing they can do...
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I just started working with a regional manager.
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@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...
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My 2012 focus has 4300 miles on it and the reprogram of the pcm has been completed. The veh. still hesitates and shudders when taking off from a stop. After the pcm reprogram the concern did get about 25% better. Also when driving and pressing down the gas the car at low rpm the car seems to have to find the right gear to get going. Also I have been told by ford that the chatter I hear when the car shifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd is normal. I drove another focus at the dealership yesterday and the chatter noise was not present...
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...I also have the noise and judder in changing gears, especially 1->2 but also higher (but less)...I have experienced a "vibration" that I wonder is a clutch slip going uphill in 4th at about 35mph. The car is also rather reluctant to change down (say 5-4, 4-3 and 3-2 but I discovered if I stab the accelerator briefly, rather than just increasing gradual pressure on it, then the car will change down.

...They had it for the morning...I will be waiting for the call to take it in again.

I drove it away and I swear it is better changing gears...However too much gas and it wants to give you whiplash!

When Ford service crack open the gearbox I'll post again about the experience and results...
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All feedback has been forwarded to our reps concerning the 12B37 program. If you haven't done so, please PM me your VIN, mileage, phone #, and dealer info; I'll document and forward all details to your region's Customer Service Manager.

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...I've filed a complaint with BBB at http://www.bbb.org/us/auto-line-lemon-law/
I'll be unable to provide further advice at this time. If you experience any other issues with your Focus, please contact our Customer Relationship Center at 800-392-3673.

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Just had my Focus in for it's first oil change/check-up. My dealership did a very good job in explaining the Tranny, and it's issues. Pretty much quoting what many of the fine posters on this site have said. I'm at 4100 miles, and the shuddering has all but ceased...So I have got my confidence level up from 75% to 99% in my new ride. Thanks to all here who have posted the wonderfully infomative info on here. I hope to be a help as well!
I sent you a PM a bit earlier. Here's to smooth sailing; I mean, driving! If you need anything, I'll be here.

Take care people,

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