Hello everyone! Thanks for ALL of the information before my car showed up (after 12 weeks of waiting) to having the car for a little over a month now.
Took a road trip from Milwaukee to Flint, MI this past weekend. The car only had approx. 650 miles upon departure. It was a blast to drive through Chicago and into Michigan! Gotta love this new interpretation of what we have in the 2012 Focus!
One thing that became very apparent, was the amount "input" that was needed for the steering at highway speeds! My sister was my other driver for the last (2) hours of the trip into Flint. She also commented on how that she had to perform additional input for the steering and how it felt!
I had to use two hands most of the trip at 55+ mph. By-the-way, the car "finally" started showing great mileage too. I was getting approx 35-37mpg based upon 60, 65-70 and up to 80mph!
This car truly has a lot of pep in it. Getting back to the previous comment on the steering input; I know that there are other threads about this issue. What is happening me for me today is, I took it in for its first service visit to the selling dealer. Here is my "laundry list" that I provided to the service writer:
1 MFT has "blown-up" several times when a USB device has been used for audio (iPod Touch-primarily) While my sister drove my car back to Milwaukee, she called me after an hour about how the screen froze and nothing responded. The volume could not be adjusted and she was pretty much stuck.
I called my sales rep and asked for his "remote" assistance. He suggested that she unplug her Sansa USB-MP3 player, then turn off the car for at least 10-15mins.
Sister called me back later and stated that the sound system was running again. When this has happened to me with my iPod Touch, I had to do the same thing. (car was built: Aug 10-2011 has ver. 2.11 installed at the factory)
2 Has anyone had any "difficulties" in blowing the horn? the first couple of weeks that I had the car, I had drivers jump into my lane and I pressed on the horn pad and nothing!! Well, I found out later, that I really had to press "hard" on the various spots on the horn area.
When I took it in for service this morning, the service writer tried it several times, then tried it on a Focus that was on the showroom floor. She stated that it was "normal" for the car. I politely made a comment that if many things performed the same way, does that make them/it right???
She politely stated that I could call Ford if I wanted to get more information /details about the design/functionality of the horn! Wow, what a way to engage a customer with a new car in for its first service experience...
The thing that concerned me the most, is that I have to make a concerted effort when I want to use the horn on this car. Any other car that I have owned or driven, was not this noticeable to actuate! Any thoughts?
3 Another new concern is the spacing between the gas pedal, with realtion to the brake pedal and the plastic trim piece that is to the right of the gas pedal. I have been noticing/feeling my shoes getting hung up under the brake pedal or the bottom/forward edge of the plastic on the driver's side of the console. (Men's dress shows that lace up)
My concern is, what happens in the winter months when I wear boots that are much "clunkier" and larger than my current shoes...
How ironic, is the fact that Ford purposely "short-changed" the new Focus with minimal floor mat coverage on the driver's side of the car. I guess this was their "attempt" to not have a "Toyota" fiasco with floor mats getting stuck under the pedals and such
4 My hatch spoiler is not properly aligned, so I had that written up too.
Overall, I have been very happy with the car so far. It really helped to get some highway miles on it to and from Michigan!
The one thing that pissed me off, is how the service writer explained to me that nothing would probably happen with MFT until the first of the year. I also mentioned that my BlackBerry Style (O/S 6) would not download the phone book, but will pair via Bluetooth.
Would any of my hardware might need replacement for MFT, even though it had ver. 2.11 factory installed?
SEL Hatch, MFT, leather, moonroof and Sony 10-speaker stereo (that is put to shame compared to the iPod I plugged into my Lincoln MKZ loaner that they provided while my car is in for service! That is how the Sony system should have sounded; with power and not a lot of compression when the volume is increased... My .02$ worth on the audio
Not sure how long they will need/keep the car, I just want to the steering fixed and the other items acknowledged and hopefully fixed.
Once again, thank you for all of your insight!
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