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Old 06-16-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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2,000+ mile road trip. the good, the bad, the ugly.

I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I tend to ramble...

The wife and I took a last minute trip from Arizona to South Carolina. Taking I-10, I-20 and I-26 all the way.

Good: -Gas mileage! Averaged 34-36mpg depending on how hilly it was. Average speed was 75-77mph. It was a tough decision trying to choose better fuel economy over speed and less travel time.
-Space/room was ok. Wife packed a lot. :) Plus, our two dogs(one 50lb Golden and one 10lb mutt) in the backseat. Overall I was impressed though.

Bad: -Driving position. I just can't find a good one in this car. Not a big deal as a DD. But this road trip sucked extra because of it. 12+hrs/day of driving isn't fun to me anyway.
-A/C. Really just an issue in the South West, but that's where we live so... I have all windows tinted with Pinnacle Ceramic tint. It does great for heat reduction. But the huge front windshield of the FF just let's in a ton of heat. So the a/c has to be aimed right at you to be effective. Which reminds me, and maybe it's just me, but I feel the vents are horribly located. No matter how much I adjust the direction of air and try moving the steering wheel, the steering wheel blocks most of the air flow. That just really blows(pun) here in AZ.

The Ugly: I have the auto transmission. About an hour into the trip on the way back home, I was cruising at 70ish. Going up and down hills. At one uphill the car shifted down, as expected, but down to 3rd at ~4k rpm, yet the car was slowing down! Instantly knew something was wrong, obviously. Got back to speed to problem downhill, then same thing next uphill. Thankfully there was a rest area just a mile away. I came to a complete stop. Pushed the gas, let it rev to 4k rpm and was barely moving. Whack.
We were 20 miles from Columbia, SC, so called dealer, got tow truck, all that good stuff. Made it to dealer. The ONE "transmission guy" thought it might be "black fluid" leaking into clutches from a broken seal. He took it for a drive, but it was completely fine. Whack. Service manager tells me that, so I ask to ride with the tech. Low and behold, the car was running fine. We did over 40 miles driving. So, we get back and they just give me a service receipt saying they couldn't duplicate problem. They told me, they believe something went wrong, but they can't take the chance of "fixing" something that isn't acting up at the moment.

Fortunately, the car has been fine since. I know I focused more on the cons than the pros in this post, but overall I'm still pretty satisfied with my Focus. ...I wouldn't buy one again, but I don't regret getting this one.

To end on a good note, I want to say how much I enjoy this forum and the contributing members. It helped it the decision of buying this car and continues to help in maintaining it.



Last edited by Squirtle; 06-16-2012 at 12:08 PM. Reason: Misspelling. clarify trans type.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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I haven't had an issue with the HVAC vents, and I find the AC to be better on my Focus than on my GTI (at least in Michigan). Having lived in Tucson for four years, sometimes car AC just isn't enough. When we moved to Tucson, I was driving a black Jetta with no tint and dark grey faux leather. I have the second degree burns to prove it. Horrible.

For some reason the best AC comes from big American cars with a V6 or V8. A Chrysler 300 can turn you into a snowman. With the way windshields are raked now, the sun is a problem in many cars. This is one of the prices we pay for 40 mpg family cars.

The transmission continues to be a sore point here. No matter what anyone says, it hasn't been good enough. If the VW DSG transmission was in the Focus, there would be no reason to buy a Golf TDI. I cannot stress that point enough. Based on what I have seen with the other Ford vehicles, I doubt the DCT stays around. No other Ford has it besides the Fiesta, which will have a conventional auto soon.

Bear Down and enjoy the Old Pueblo. I certainly miss it. Have some El Guero Canelo or some Minidito for me.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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I had a loss of power incident on a four lane surface street.

When an ambulance appeared, the group of cars I was in abruptly pulled over.

After it passed, the engine had no power, and the DCT started wildly shifting up and down while the RPMs went all over the place, but no acceleration.

I coasted over to the curb and let it idle a while, then everything ran fine.

It's been about a week, no problems so far.

I know there is some sort of accident sensor that shuts off the engine if the car spins out. Maybe the sudden braking and swerve triggered it.

If this happens again, I'm going to use my cellphone and take a video to document it.



As far as the A/C vents go.... It bugs me that the side vents cut flow as they are aimed lower. They have to be pointed up to get full flow.

And you're right about the huge windshield. With all that dash area absorbing the sun and radiating heat inside the cabin, it's a killer.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #4
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I had a loss of power incident on a four lane surface street.

When an ambulance appeared, the group of cars I was in abruptly pulled over.

After it passed, the engine had no power, and the DCT started wildly shifting up and down while the RPMs went all over the place, but no acceleration.

I coasted over to the curb and let it idle a while, then everything ran fine.

It's been about a week, no problems so far.

I know there is some sort of accident sensor that shuts off the engine if the car spins out. Maybe the sudden braking and swerve triggered it.

If this happens again, I'm going to use my cellphone and take a video to document it.



As far as the A/C vents go.... It bugs me that the side vents cut flow as they are aimed lower. They have to be pointed up to get full flow.

And you're right about the huge windshield. With all that dash area absorbing the sun and radiating heat inside the cabin, it's a killer.
Would a dash cover reduce heat? It's 104 here today and so I know the big window is going to be a heat issue.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Even the "jumbo" sun shades don't come close to covering this windshield.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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This one looks like it covers pretty good.

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Even the "jumbo" sun shades don't come close to covering this windshield.
$37.



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Old 06-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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I have found my dash cover has stopped glare reflecting on the windscreen and made driving a bit easier. Not sure it will do much for heat though. Australia + black car = hot no matter what.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #8
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This looks great.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:23 PM   #9
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This looks great.
I've got it - highly recommend it. Great sunshade.

Only (very slight) negative is that the rolled-up version tends to curve inward slightly at the sides due to how it's stored. Still doesn't really let any light in, though.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #10
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I just got the same one for Father's Day. Our Ford dealer stocks them. Its perfect.
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