In which way does 1st gear suck?The 1.0L is really not bad in the focus. The gearing of first gear sucks. But after that, it zips along. It's not fast. But so far averaging 38mpg (per the computer on the car, haven't fueled up in the two weeks I have owned it). I have some mixed driving. But highest speed I drive on my commute is like 60mph.
In which way does 1st gear suck?
I really, REALLY want to get one of these with the 1.0/6 speed. My 2011 always feels like I am starting out in 2nd gear when I am not. If the 1st gear of the 6 speed makes you shift before you are through an intersection, that's perfect for what I want.
Good! So it has a proper granny gear and one doesn't have to destroy the clutch to get it moving.Ok so the only way I can describe it is, it feels like you rev the engine and get no where. I am trying to think of how to describe it. I shift at 3500rpm and it drops down to like 2000 rpm into second I believe. But I am always feeling like ok get into second so I can move forward. I feel like any revving beyond 4000 rpm is just an absolute waste.
I don't go too heavy towing, but I have an 840 pound popup that my 2L 2011 Tows great. It will limit my next car choice.I would not tow with it. It's already feels stressed by the weight of the focus. Not crazy but you can tell it's working to move the car.
I think you're speaking about the auto start/stop feature. Cylinder deactivation is while the car is at cruise/light load one or more cylinders stops running to improve mpg. It's a crazy idea for a 1.0 3 cylinder, but it looks like Ford is looking into it.The cylinder deactivation surprised me at first, but I'm used to it now. The computer says I'm at ~36mpg, which is great compared to the Bullitt I had, LOL!
Only ~600 miles on it so far, but not bad. Could use a little more hp, IMHO.
70 MPH in 6th gear is 2,550 RPMGood! So it has a proper granny gear and one doesn't have to destroy the clutch to get it moving.
What is cruising RPM at 70 in 6th gear? Just curious.
I think you're speaking about the auto start/stop feature. Cylinder deactivation is while the car is at cruise/light load one or more cylinders stops running to improve mpg. It's a crazy idea for a 1.0 3 cylinder, but it looks like Ford is looking into it.
Yes the car is a little under powered, but enough to keep up with traffic. That auto will be fun to test when it comes out. Will be even more under powered I imagine. But should sell more cars.
More fuel is used when coasting in neutral than in gear. So, if you are sure you'll be stopping and don't need the momentum then there may be an advantage to leaving it in gear until the revs approach idle speeds. That said, this car coasts so well in gear that it is easy to forget to put it in neutral. Oops.Coasting in neutral drops rpms to idle while still in motion and it works best when you know a traffic stop is approaching. I don't know if less fuel is truly consumed over decelerating in gear, but I'd like to believe that I'm maximizing use of the car's inertia when coasting.
there was none on the island..i had to go to jersey to get mineEven if it's not the quickest thing, the transmission is geared better and the engine has more low end torque than the 2.0L NA / 5 speed combo that we get in the US. I think it's driveability in the city has to be significantly higher than the 2.0LNA / 5 speed.
I wish I could find one locally (or even a Fiesta) to test drive
Nice... Mine has been slowly creeping up towards the mid-30s. Using AC a bit less frequently; also had first oil change with Motorcraft 5W20 synthetic. Once I can stop using the AC, I think I can average 35. Still stuck in suburbia, though, with only short bursts of highway at relatively high speeds.New personal best MPG with my Focus 1.0. 51.0 MPG indicated 49.1 MPG actual. Done in 87 octane and 140 of these miles at 70 MPH.