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here is some good info on what you are talking about.
No it does not have drive-by-wire steering, but it does have a drive-by-wire throttle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_by_wire

Trust me it is over rated IMO. You loose road feedback with all that electronic mumbojumbo.

The focus however does have Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering (EHPAS). That means the steering is not powered by a belt from the engine, but its own electric motor. This means that there is less load on the engine so you get better fuel economy and a few more horses. COOL!!!
 

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I disagree... I mean, sure, for someone who just drives around town or back and forth to work, it'd be fine, but I like to FEEL the road while I drive. I like to feel the vibrations and the angle of steering and all that stuff. Most DRIVERS would agree, but it's not for everyone. I just don't like driving a car that doesn't feel like it's in my control.

Good concept though, I'm a need to drive one with that in there....
 

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nope. the vw's have it
 

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It sort of does not even feel like it has power steering. My arms are sore from driving it. My old dodge Neon drove so much easier than this focus.
 

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lol Still looking for a way to make it easier eh?

Just curious if you've checked tire pressure lately? It does affect steering resistance some.
Have you been able to drive a different Focus yet to see if there is any difference?
 

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I wish I didn't have power steering so I could just bolt on a quick response steering.
 

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drive by wire steering would be nice!
it would be like playing a racing game with no feed back.
imo you need to have good feedback/response from the car, like using more senses to drive....if you like to corner and esp AX.

i read a few years ago that the prius had a malfunction and the electric steering would lock up in mid turn and slam the car into what ever.

it would just be another part to malfunction/fry and end up costing you more$$$
 

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How you view "drive-by-wire" steering seems to depend on your objective: enthusiasts tend to dislike it because it typically feels overboosted and lacks communication with the road; point-A to point-B drivers don't care about feeling the road, they like the easy steering. The Focus started life as a sort of "enthusiasts economy car" so although it has gotten softer, it still traces its roots more to an enthusiast perspective on steering, handling, and braking.
 

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true^
ive driven a friends car(dont recall what kind) but i constantly veered off due to the lack of feeling in the wheel, it was really light/soft
although its personal preference if Ford were to ever offer it i would hope it to be an option cause that system bugs me.
 

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Does the 2009 ford Focus have electronic steering like the corolla and the sentra and all the other compact cars?
I guess everybody just does not know or is dodging the question.

I am not sure if it is model or package specific, but yes the 08s and 09s do have a form of electronic steering. My 08 coupe SES has "electronic assist power steering"

I would think this is not a full electronic steering, but as it implies - electronic assist.
 

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it will never be completely drive by wire altho the main part will be in years to come ...
 

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I guess everybody just does not know or is dodging the question.
Actually someone did answer the question, on the first page:

The focus however does have Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering (EHPAS). That means the steering is not powered by a belt from the engine, but its own electric motor. This means that there is less load on the engine so you get better fuel economy and a few more horses. COOL!!!
 

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It sort of does not even feel like it has power steering. My arms are sore from driving it. My old dodge Neon drove so much easier than this focus.
I second what was said earlier in this post and your previous one. Go to a dealership and test drive another Focus. Comparing to your old Neon doesn't do anything to determine if something is wrong. The two cars are tuned to handle differently. For me, I prefer tighter steering.
 

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The focus however does have Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering (EHPAS). That means the steering is not powered by a belt from the engine, but its own electric motor.
Wait, but this is true only for 2008+ right? My 2007 has a conventional belt-driven hydraulic power steering. You can easily tell which kind it is in your car by looking at the serpentine belt routing diagrams in the manual. If there is a PS pulley then it's hydraulic.
 
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