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Old 09-27-2006, 11:50 AM   #1
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Debate: What Are The Biggest Flaws On The Focus?

I took this idea off another forum, honestly it brings up a good point and it not 'overally' negative, if anything it can be constructive when relating to future focus models, etc and seeing what has been changed, or not?

I have to say that a couple of the bigger flaws I've seen on the focus would be the hood release cable, which many have had to replace (especially in Canada) due to freezing up, etc and another would be the belt tensioner, which seems to continually have to be replaced again and again over the life of the car.

So fire them up...........


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Old 09-27-2006, 11:57 AM   #2
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Interior Fit&Finish / Squeak&Rattle can always be improved. I think the 05's were a step in this direction with somewhat better materials, but mine still has squeaks and such that bug me when the radio is off.

Fortunately, Ford plans to devote vast amounts of development into interior comfort and quality for all of its vehicles in the near future.
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Old 09-27-2006, 12:01 PM   #3
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4x108mm bolt pattern wheels! It really limits the wheels available for the Focus.

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I'm going to say another couple were the 2000-2001 fuel pumps, huge issue with that but sounds like it's been completely resolved. Also the ignition cylinders, which seem to still be causing problems, not necessarily on the focus alone but other Fords like the Explorer, etc.

I know this was a problem on the early to mid models of the focus but I think after 2004 was when they started using the new version, not sure if that is the year, maybe someone else can confirm it.

Ford is definitely addressing the flaws, that is a given, hense what I ment in the first post, this isn't a 'focus bashing' thread, just information and direction to see what Ford has improved and still needs to improve.
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Interior storage. Not enough places to put my stuff. What do I need a CD holder for? I have a CD case. That space would be much better utilized for spare change. And my clutch squeaks already. It's got 8000 miles on it. Bring back the option for full leather too...
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those damned ignition switches
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The fact that every year since it was introduced Ford seems to have cheapened it with every model year.
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^^ in what aspects, just curious...... more specifics if you don't mind.
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Wiper relay burning out randomly in normal operation.

Sun visors are inadequate in almost every way. My Dodge FRIGGIN Neon had the better by worlds; soft touch fabric matched to the headliner, MUCH stiffer operation let me put it where it was supposed to go, WITH a 20-disc CD holder, and it would stay put. It had a plastic sliding extender too, with it pushed out it covers the entire width of the window. The focus's is a tiny floppy nearly useless dead fish of a visor.

SVT seat adjustments just let you adjust your prefered level of discomfort; I still havent come to terms with the shape of them.

A-pillar blind spot.

B-pillar over the shoulder blind spot.

C-pillar blind spot.

Smallish side mirrors.

Weak backing lights (seeing a visibility gripe trend? It's a pet peeve of mine..)

Apparently the typical labor quote for an alternator replacement is 3-4 hours??

Hmm.....

6 months ago I'd have raised ergonomics complaints, but what I want is a sport cat cockpit in a car billed to family and student types, so I let that go.

I'm sure I'll think of a few more later
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