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Old 03-17-2014, 02:15 PM   #11
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I have put 70,000 miles on my SES since I bought my car in Oct 3012... That breaks down to around 4,100 miles per month. My car had 35,000 miles on it when I bought it and had brand new tires on it as well. I would be lucky if the first set of tires lasted 20k before the wires started showing... I wore them out really fast. I shopped around for tires and had a 4 wheel alignment done, these new tires are kicking ass and taking names. I always rotate every 5k or so and balance every 10k.

If your car is eating tires, there is an issue with your alignment. The tolerences on these cars for alignment are so broad that the computer may say they are in spec when they really are not. Make sure a reputable shop does your alignment and keep a close eye on the wear, if they start to wear funny, have them re check it.

Aside from that, my complaints would be the leather they used for the seats, its some really cheap shit and this crap Sync system... Its utter garbage.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:33 PM   #12
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Most of the people who have issues with tires on the second gens are at the owners fault.. if you keep your tires rotated every 3000-5000 miles and get an alignment at least every 10k you will be fine. Pay for a solid shop to do your alignment. I pay for sears 3 years alignment service. That way every time I go get an oil change I have my alignment done as well(= It pays for itself 2 alignments in which is less than 6 months.. Plus all of these people using super soft performance rubber expecting 50k out of a set of tires is ridiculous... I suggest continental DWS to everyone!
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:37 PM   #13
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Most of the people who have issues with tires on the second gens are at the owners fault.. if you keep your tires rotated every 3000-5000 miles and get an alignment at least every 10k you will be fine. Pay for a solid shop to do your alignment. I pay for sears 3 years alignment service. That way every time I go get an oil change I have my alignment done as well(= It pays for itself 2 alignments in which is less than 6 months.. Plus all of these people using super soft performance rubber expecting 50k out of a set of tires is ridiculous... I suggest continental DWS to everyone!
Agreed. Been running the FRPP kit for probably 2 years or so now (maybe 40-50k?) with almost neg 2 degrees camber in the rear (no camber arms or plates, just all stock) and other than my snow tires being chunky (which they did at 100% stock) I have 0 tire issues.

My gripes are:
Fit/finish of the trim (steering wheel buttons, plactic staining that I can for the life of me get out, etc etc)
Creaking noise from the parking brake cables
Occasional idle dips from the stupid idle strategy
Crappy MTX75 shifting (probably worse from the worn dog bone, but has done it since new)
Worn dog bone mount
Not enough money to finish my turbo lol


Other than that, pretty good. 115k and I've done just simple maintenance
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:38 PM   #14
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Agreed. Been running the FRPP kit for probably 2 years or so now (maybe 40-50k?) with almost neg 2 degrees camber in the rear (no camber arms or plates, just all stock) and other than my snow tires being chunky (which they did at 100% stock) I have 0 tire issues.

My gripes are:
Fit/finish of the trim (steering wheel buttons, plactic staining that I can for the life of me get out, etc etc)
Creaking noise from the parking brake cables
Occasional idle dips from the stupid idle strategy
Crappy MTX75 shifting (probably worse from the worn dog bone, but has done it since new)
Worn dog bone mount
Not enough money to finish my turbo lol


Other than that, pretty good. 115k and I've done just simple maintenance
I too have the FRPP with no camber bolts and have about 2 degrees negative camber.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:43 PM   #15
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Tires that came stock with my car lasted me about 40k.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:52 PM   #16
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Mine (kumhos) lasted @60k, that was checking tire pressures religously, rotating probably every 5k or so, and only doing 1 burn out lol
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The original tires for me made it about 55000 miles. Dont know what the issue is there for folks on here. Now that I'm on coilovers with stickier rubber I have noticed that these tires dont seem to be lasting as long but oh well not my daily so even though it will be less miles I should still get plenty of time out of them.
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I got about 25k miles out of the OEM tires and about 25k out of the tires I used to replace them. Both sets were Kumhos.
Most reviews I see for the Mk2 Focus say the same thing, that the OEM tires last about 25-30k miles before needing replaced.

A lot of it, I'm sure, comes down to driving style. Road surfaces, climate, etc all factor into tire wear as well as alignment and rotation maintenance.

I did lots of autocross on the tires I had so had I not done that they would have lasted much longer.

Regardless, very few cars go through tires like a Focus does. The aggressive factory alignment makes them fun to drive but doesn't do much for tire longevity.
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I got about 25k miles out of the OEM tires and about 25k out of the tires I used to replace them. Both sets were Kumhos.
Most reviews I see for the Mk2 Focus say the same thing, that the OEM tires last about 25-30k miles before needing replaced.

A lot of it, I'm sure, comes down to driving style. Road surfaces, climate, etc all factor into tire wear as well as alignment and rotation maintenance.

I did lots of autocross on the tires I had so had I not done that they would have lasted much longer.

Regardless, very few cars go through tires like a Focus does. The aggressive factory alignment makes them fun to drive but doesn't do much for tire longevity.
Fantastic point. If I was driving mine spiritedly as you did they probably wouldnt have lasted as long. Since most of my miles have been commuting on the highway it has probably helped me
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:32 AM   #20
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Mine are about shot after one summer. The car was aligned, the tires were rotated.

I also hate how the car is so eager to get out of overdrive. SYNC is fairly annoying in a lot of ways. The USB plug is hard to get to when you have accessories plugged into the 12v ports. No ABS on mine, which I was shocked to find out some time after purchase, thought that became standard in about 1998 on all cars. Doesn't idle smoothly at all.
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