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Old 10-22-2011, 04:36 PM   #361
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I wish the electric steering had more weight at speed though...compared to driving my mustang it doesn't make you feel like you're going as fast as you are until you get tire squeal and traction control ( yes, I've pushed the car a bit..) :)
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:38 PM   #362
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OK, I'm pretty sure that this isn't in the manual...

One thing I noticed while running cables to the trunk was the massive amount of sound deadening material (at least compared to my previous cars):

* There's a big thick layer of padding under the carpet in front, (I also noticed that the dead pedal area was just a wedge of styrofoam stuck under the carpet, ha)
* Probably not designed for sound-deadening, but under the first layer in the trunk there's about about a 1.5" layer of styrofoam (to match the height of the spare) but it has rectangles built-in that seemed to be designed to be cut out for audio equipment, my amp fit perfect in one
* Under that styrofoam layer, you can see various spots where vibration-damping material has been attached to the body
* In the rear wheel areas, in the trunk, beneath the carpet, you can see a large piece of foam inserted between the outside body panels

Explains why this car is so much quieter than my previous cars which had none of this nice stuff.
On models with a full-size spare (Titanium-only, maybe?) the foam is much thicker (to match the height of the bigger tire). My tires are 235, so fairly wide. Those pockets are a good 5" deep.

With the upgraded sound system the amp actually *does* sit in one, from the factory.
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:45 PM   #363
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I saw a vehicle with 'puddle lamps' last night. (not a Focus)
What a useless feature? IF the lamp had a directional beam to the full door sides and bright enough to really see anything on ground anywhere near door. but they just seem to be little 'puddles' of light. not worth much.
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Maybe in a pitch black area they would be of some use?
Also saw a Focus SEL sedan with the added interior LEDs. nice. I liked.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:32 PM   #364
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Did some playing around

Where I live, DRL's are required by-law. My previous Focus had the foglights modded so the fogs were the DRL's. My 2012 SEL has the automatic feature for the headlights, but i did some playing around, turned the lights to the Parking Lights setting, and turned on the Foglights.....it's kinda cool if you ask me.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:38 PM   #365
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Err...how? I can't turn on my foglights unless the headlights are on. The icon never displays and the foglights don't turn on.
You turn the "dial" over one to put the parking lights on, then press the fog lights button on, BAM!!!!! (titanium model..not sure on the others)

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Old 10-23-2011, 12:41 PM   #366
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You turn the "dial" over one to put the parking lights on, then press the fog lights button on, BAM!!!!! (titanium model..not sure on the others)

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Old 10-23-2011, 03:36 PM   #367
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I saw a vehicle with 'puddle lamps' last night. (not a Focus)
What a useless feature? IF the lamp had a directional beam to the full door sides and bright enough to really see anything on ground anywhere near door. but they just seem to be little 'puddles' of light. not worth much.
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Also saw a Focus SEL sedan with the added interior LEDs. nice. I liked.
Puddle lamps or reflectors on the doors are for safety.
If you are parked and open the door, the driver of a vehicle driving in the lane next to you will see the lamps and will hopefully avoid crashing into your door.
They are not meant to be for illumination.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:10 PM   #368
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You turn the "dial" over one to put the parking lights on, then press the fog lights button on, BAM!!!!! (titanium model..not sure on the others)

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