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I feel evactly the same! Now after 8k miles, (and warmer wx) we get 38mpg highway and amazingly 33mpg city (you HAVE to accelerate sloooowly, other wise I get 28 city which is still above the EPA rating) and this is the best looking car in several similar segments...had a couple oogling the focus two days ago, right before the slowly got into their new accent (oops! Bought the wrong car!). I agree on the ST as well, I may be sellin the Bronco to get into one...ill wait to see if this year is the end of civilization first tho. Just kidding.
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That's cool! I almost bought my car in Columbia, MD (on March 5th actually). But I really wasn't digging the sales guys there. A little too shady and not forthcoming with info.
Yeah, they were OK to deal with. They had what I wanted in stock and they gave me what I needed on my trade to make it happen. It helps that they're 5 mins away and I get free car washes and oil changes too, haha.
 

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Just picked up my 2012 Focus Titanium in Tuxedo Black Metallic yesterday. Loving it so far. Man it is really a sharp looking car, and the technology inside is just amazing. Love all the features from the rain aware wipers, to the ambient changing of interior lights. Push button start, etc! I Love the voice recognition too, haven't had a car with that before, and it is very convenient and keeps my eyes on the road. Works fairly well too! Looking forward to the great gas mileage too! I am coming from a 2010 Challenger that got 13 to 14 mpg in the city!
 

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Haven't you heard? 12-21-12 already happened. The Mayans had no idea about Leap Day..
exactly lol! I think the end of the world might actually be in november, right after the pres election...[drummer]
 

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As the engine breakes in (now at 1550 miles), the mileage keeps getting better. Today I got 32.4, all in-town driving. And fun to drive to boot. Reminds me a lot of the Mazda3 I owned previously. That was a pretty high bar.
 

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Better than a Mazda 3?

Just hit 500 miles on my 2012 SEL hatchback. Still assessing the car as I've had it for about a week; but really liking the car. Not quite as nimble as the 07 3S hatchback I've had the past 5 years and recently gave my son. That car was/is simply awesome.

I really miss the Mazda's side gate for manual shifting of the automatic.

The fuel economy of the Focus is fantastic, avg 32 - 36 all around! Way better than the 3.

The seats are more comfortable but rear seat leg room is a bit more cramped as is the rear hatch storage...not much of a difference but it is smaller.

Fit and finish is not quite equal to the Mazda, body gaps are larger and my lift hatch is not matched between the left and right...gaps are different. I see this as being an issue with Ford quality on start up of a new model and platform.

Paint finish is great, equal to the True Red finish on the 3; this time I opted for the Tuxedo Black. I love the metallic flake, it's not for everyone but it is one of the things (besides the overall look) that makes me go 'whoa, that's cool'! Especially when the sun is out.

Being a new car I haven't explored the full performance but it does have good torque when you want it...I know the earlier models are reluctant to kick down to a lower gear quickly but I have no complaints. Mine was built 2/12/12. In twisty 'S' curves the Focus is equal to the Mazda, maybe a tad better at speed. Again, I miss the manual gate to up the excitement and increased response. The Power Shift DCT is up to the task but not as fluid or as flexible as the Mazda's. The shift control buttons in my opinion are, well, a really bad design. Looks to be almost an after thought from the design team. Unfortunately Ford is carrying this forward to the 2013 Mustang. My 2005 Mustang has no manual option which is still better than the shift buttons.

Technology in the Focus is outstanding. I opted out of the 'My Ford Touch' due to concerns of it freezing up even with the recent patch/upgrade but went with Sync My Ford with the dual 4.2" screens. It mated to my phone easily and can read text messages...bonus! The 2012 3 is well...very outdated in regards to what Ford offers for technology. The 2013 3 may close that gap...We'll see shortly, but I couldn't wait that long.

If I was asked to sum up the comparisons between the 5 year old 3 and a new Focus I'd say the Focus is more refined than the three. It drives like a European car, feels heavier than it is (its within 100 lbs of the older 3), has more HP and torque but it's not as easy to get to. Cabin comfort is incredible, much better than the Mazda (old or 2012). Gas mileage is unbelievable. The Focus is better in many regards but the Mazda (old and new) is easier to drive especially if you want it lively and on demand. My opinion may change once the Focus is broken in and I can let loose with increased gusto...but at this time I don't see it.

When I drove the 2012 3 (Skyactive and 2.5S) and compared it to the Focus, the Focus was/is the superior car. The 3 felt dated, hated the 'clown' face and 3 was just not as elegant as the Focus. I loved the power of the 2.5 liter but gas mileage is very important with gas at +$4 a gallon. Again, the Focus feels more refined, just not as eager as the 3. (exception being the Skyactive model that's under powered and not responsive).

Am I pleased withe my Focus? Absolutely. Does the DCT act weird..sometimes but it's a different type of automatic and not at all bad, just different.

Would I purchase the car again...absolutely. Would I buy a Mazda 3 vs a Focus? I now own the Focus....

Just my opinions.

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Hi all! [wave]

I've owned my 2012 Ford Focus SEL for about 24 hours now and I'm quite pleased. I've only ever owned two other cars in my life, a Mazda 323 and a Chevy Cavalier -- this feels (and is) an incredible upgrade in my eyes.

I've been enjoying reading the forums today, I hope to participate more in the future. Thanks for everyone's insight and knowledge!

 

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This weekend I finally took the plunge and drove home my new SE Automatic.



My previous car (my first car) was a 1996 Volvo 850. Last week it decided that it didn't like to hold power steering fluid anymore. The rack and pinion and the tie rods needed to be replaced, so it was time to start looking. Focus was the last car that I looked at, and was the best, especially since they had a $2000 rebate if you took delivery this weekend.

It feels good to finally have a car again. Since I jumped ahead 16 years, the things that are making the most difference are the interior conveniences. I *LOVE* how the cruise control tells you what speed it's set to (I'm used to guess-work). Satellite radio is quite nice, too. My Volvo had heated seats, too, but I like how these can be set to different levels. Also, the old car had an issue where the driver's side wiper lifted up in its housing, so basically I had to bend the arm to compress on the windshield really hard to maintain contact, causing streaks. I forgot what it's like to have good wipers.

There are a couple of issues (mine was built 10/17 and it doesn't feel like the transmission TSB was ever applied) but overall I'm really excited.
 

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Totally happy so far 2012 Titanium

My new Focus apparently was built on my birthday in December 2011 going by the date on my window sticker. I'm going to take that as a good omen . I have experienced little of the transmission foibles in my 280 miles so far that were reported by others though I finally did feel a millisecond of the chatter starting out from a traffic light up a hill yesterday. As far as the hesitating while driving I get a bit of that when the trans shifts up really early and it feels like it's programmed that way to save gas. Accelerating from a stop is where you really burn a lot of fuel and it seems the trans programming is trying to reduce that, combine that with the fact that the engine doesn't make a lot of power and torque at low revs and you get that sensation.

Otherwise the trans and My Ford Touch are great. Manual shifting in sport mode is incredible. The interior, the handling, the looks, the fit and finish, the quietness are all incredible. It's a super solid feeling car and a lot of fun to drive.
 

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2012 SE Sedan

I have had my Focus for two weeks and I am very pleased. Before purchase I drove a manual Honda Accord, a manual Chevy Cruze and the Focus I eventually bought.

I decided I wanted a manual if I could get one, even though modern automatics get slightly better fuel economy. I knew I wanted a smaller car to maximize the potential fuel savings and minimize the cost of the purchase. I quickly found a Ford Focus,a Chevy Cruze and a Honda Accord all with manual transmissions. I drove the Honda first. I was satisfactory but not great. I was struck by how stark the interior was. On the positive side, itis a larger car than the other two I was considering. Also, with a new Accord coming in the summer, the dealer may be willing to come down on the price, especially since manuals do not sell very well.

Next, I drove a Chevy Cruze. It was the Eco model with the higher fuel economy. It was also a manual. I was nicer inside than the Honda, quieter than the Honda, had a six speed transmission vice a five speed, and cost less. The small turbo engine in the car made it really easy to shift with alot of torque just above idle. The torque down low in the rev range made it a good highway cruiser since it was only turning 1800 RPMs at 70 miles per hour. I was nearly sold at that point, but they must be selling well because Chevrolet was not offering any incentives on the car. I could only get a military discount worth about $500 and a USAA discount of $750.

Last I drove the Ford Focus. All the magazines have loved this car. The reviewers hated the dual clutch automatic and the overly complex extra cost radio systems. Car and Driver suggested getting the manual with a base radio. A dealer near Orlando had exactly that car. It was rated at fewer MPG than the Chevy and has a five speed transmission versus a six speed. It is really fun to drive and has the best shifting transmission of the three. It is louder on the highway due to higher engine RPMs but the motor is very smooth. It was not as nice on the inside as the Cruze but better than the Honda. It was also the smallest of the three. I had the dealer work up an offer. The car's MSRP was almost identical to the Cruze, right around $20,000, but Ford was offering a $2000 incentive and $500 military discount. On top of that the dealer added a discount of $1250. They initlaly offered me $10,000 for my truck, which was fair considering the high mileage and the bald tires. When I told them I needed to see an offer from the Chevrolet dealership on the Cruze they increased the trade-in to $11,000. The sales manager call this a deal I could not refuse. He turned out to be right but I was not going to buy a car that day no matter what. Plus, I wanted to use the offer to see what Chevrolet could do. So I went back to the Chevy dealership.

Once there, I drove the Cruze again and told them to write an offer. They were not even close. I only got the $1250 off the MSRP from the military and USAA discounts. There was no additional discount from the dealer, and they only offered me $7500 for the truck. Well below Kelly Blue Book trade value. When I showed them the offer from Ford, the Chevy guy refused to budge. Chevy Cruze's must be selling like hotcakes, at sticker price! The out the door price for the Cruze would have been $14,000. The Focus was $7,000. It was a no brainer.

So... the next day I went and bought the Focus. I am getting 33.5 MPG. One of my goals was to double my mileage from my truck. The Avalanche was getting 16 MPG. I have to be careful because the car is wicked fun to drive and I want to wring it out but that will hurt my mileage. Also the car still only has 650 miles on it. I am extremely please and enjoy reading these forums.

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I have had my Focus for two weeks and I am very pleased. Before purchase I drove a manual Honda Accord, a manual Chevy Cruze and the Focus I eventually bought.

I decided I wanted a manual if I could get one, even though modern automatics get slightly better fuel economy. I knew I wanted a smaller car to maximize the potential fuel savings and minimize the cost of the purchase. I quickly found a Ford Focus,a Chevy Cruze and a Honda Accord all with manual transmissions. I drove the Honda first. I was satisfactory but not great. I was struck by how stark the interior was. On the positive side, itis a larger car than the other two I was considering. Also, with a new Accord coming in the summer, the dealer may be willing to come down on the price, especially since manuals do not sell very well.

Next, I drove a Chevy Cruze. It was the Eco model with the higher fuel economy. It was also a manual. I was nicer inside than the Honda, quieter than the Honda, had a six speed transmission vice a five speed, and cost less. The small turbo engine in the car made it really easy to shift with alot of torque just above idle. The torque down low in the rev range made it a good highway cruiser since it was only turning 1800 RPMs at 70 miles per hour. I was nearly sold at that point, but they must be selling well because Chevrolet was not offering any incentives on the car. I could only get a military discount worth about $500 and a USAA discount of $750.

Last I drove the Ford Focus. All the magazines have loved this car. The reviewers hated the dual clutch automatic and the overly complex extra cost radio systems. Car and Driver suggested getting the manual with a base radio. A dealer near Orlando had exactly that car. It was rated at fewer MPG than the Chevy and has a five speed transmission versus a six speed. It is really fun to drive and has the best shifting transmission of the three. It is louder on the highway due to higher engine RPMs but the motor is very smooth. It was not as nice on the inside as the Cruze but better than the Honda. It was also the smallest of the three. I had the dealer work up an offer. The car's MSRP was almost identical to the Cruze, right around $20,000, but Ford was offering a $2000 incentive and $500 military discount. On top of that the dealer added a discount of $1250. They initlaly offered me $10,000 for my truck, which was fair considering the high mileage and the bald tires. When I told them I needed to see an offer from the Chevrolet dealership on the Cruze they increased the trade-in to $11,000. The sales manager call this a deal I could not refuse. He turned out to be right but I was not going to buy a car that day no matter what. Plus, I wanted to use the offer to see what Chevrolet could do. So I went back to the Chevy dealership.

Once there, I drove the Cruze again and told them to write an offer. They were not even close. I only got the $1250 off the MSRP from the military and USAA discounts. There was no additional discount from the dealer, and they only offered me $7500 for the truck. Well below Kelly Blue Book trade value. When I showed them the offer from Ford, the Chevy guy refused to budge. Chevy Cruze's must be selling like hotcakes, at sticker price! The out the door price for the Cruze would have been $14,000. The Focus was $7,000. It was a no brainer.

So... the next day I went and bought the Focus. I am getting 33.5 MPG. One of my goals was to double my mileage from my truck. The Avalanche was getting 16 MPG. I have to be careful because the car is wicked fun to drive and I want to wring it out but that will hurt my mileage. Also the car still only has 650 miles on it. I am extremely please and enjoy reading these forums.

Chris
Congrats on your new car. I'm with you on the shifting. This car has an awesome clutch, and once you get use to it, the shifter is silky smooth. I love all the gadgets and like you said, Ford is offering some great incentives right now. Direct injection, independent rear suspension, lots of high-strength steel and solid handling. What's not to like?
 

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Had a Beamer driver in a HomeDepot lot absolutely loving the ride.
Was complementing the wheeles (18" rims), noticed the "Huge Screen" inside kept asking me questions about it.

I was like damn...[screwy]

But it was nice...[:p]
 

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Had a Beamer driver in a HomeDepot lot absolutely loving the ride.
Was complementing the wheeles (18" rims), noticed the "Huge Screen" inside kept asking me questions about it.

I was like damn...[screwy]

But it was nice...[:p]
Gotta love it!!! [cheers]
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People in my small town still aren't done with their ogling and positive coomments.
 

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Had a Beamer driver in a HomeDepot lot absolutely loving the ride.
Was complementing the wheeles (18" rims), noticed the "Huge Screen" inside kept asking me questions about it.

I was like damn...[screwy]

But it was nice...[:p]
I had a guy complementing my wheels and tires today too. He was like "damn those are nice".
 

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I am taking delivery of a Candy Red Titanium Estate next week, European version with 6 stick manual and 150 hp Ecoboost and most of the goodies except nav (adaptive cruise control, parking assist, HID lights, keyless, the big stereo with DAB (no MFT in Europe), heated windshield, 17'' wheels, electrically adjusted driver seat).

My former Merc S 320 99 is definitely looking antique in the equipment department compared to this. My wife have a 2005 European Focus C-Max, drives great.
 

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Last week I did a U-turn in my car and my friend Ariel (who owns a Yaris) asked what it was that made it so fun. I was like “Uhh… a stiffer suspension? And Torque Vectoring™?” and she says “Do another U-turn.” [:)]

Then yesterday I drove my cousin's car (2001 Escape) home from IKEA because she was uncomfortable driving with the boxes/furniture and so she drove my car home. When she handed me the keys back she said "I could drive your car every day." haha
 

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Within the first half an hour of owning the car, I have been getting compliments... people can't believe it's a Focus! This has to be the most pleasurable car I have ever driven.
 

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I finally received my car 04/04 (ordered 02/28) ... nobody is stopping me in the street to compliment me, but I love this car! Interior is quiet, stereo is better than expected (six speaker), handling is great, and everything feels well implemented. Actually, it's a little too quiet inside; I didn't realize how often I was squealing my tires around corners until I rolled the window down!

Anyway, driving it like I stole for the first tank, and I'll report back after the first oil change, but my car isn't showing any of the problems I've read about on here.
 
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