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MK3 Owner Quality & Ownership Survey

  • Overall build quality met my expectations

    Votes: 242 80.1%
  • Overall build quality did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 53 17.5%
  • Exterior build quality met my expectations

    Votes: 244 80.8%
  • Exterior build quality did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 42 13.9%
  • Interior build quality met my expectations

    Votes: 233 77.2%
  • Interior build quality did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 54 17.9%
  • Vehicle comfort level met my expectations

    Votes: 266 88.1%
  • Vehicle comfort level did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 24 7.9%
  • Engine power met my expectations

    Votes: 248 82.1%
  • Engine power did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 42 13.9%
  • Vehicle handling met my expectations

    Votes: 275 91.1%
  • Vehicle handling did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 17 5.6%
  • Safety features met my expectations

    Votes: 278 92.1%
  • Safety features did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 7 2.3%
  • Technology features met my expectations

    Votes: 224 74.2%
  • Technology features did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 66 21.9%
  • Fuel economy met my expectations

    Votes: 236 78.1%
  • Fuel economy did not meet my expectations

    Votes: 53 17.5%
  • I experienced some defects and problems with my vehicle

    Votes: 199 65.9%
  • I did not experienced any defects or problems with my vehicle

    Votes: 88 29.1%
  • I felt my vehicle is a great value for the money

    Votes: 216 71.5%
  • I did not feel my vehicle is a great value for the money

    Votes: 65 21.5%
  • I would recommend a Focus to a friend

    Votes: 222 73.5%
  • I would not recommend a Focus to a friend

    Votes: 65 21.5%

  • Total voters
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I just voted, really like the focus [:)] I said that I have had some problems with the Focus but they have been fairly minor and Ford has been great at taking care of them!
 

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Hi everyone,

If you're experience a concern with your vehicle, I want to do what I can to help. Send me a PM with your information so I can do some research. I'll need your VIN, dealer, mileage, daytime phone number, and full name to get started. I can also document any feedback you have about your dealership; just reach out to me via PM to get started.

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I hate mine. After almost 2k miles on it, it just makes me more angry every time I drive it. My 11yo F150 work truck feels like a high end Mercedes compared to this focus. Even with it's age, it still feels much better put together, drives better (sans handling of course), is quieter on the road, has far less rattles and such, and is much more comfortable. Frankly I'd rather walk then drive this car anymore if it was an option.

I am strongly considering dumping this car as soon as I get the title in the mail. The loss of several thousand dollars and just being done with this car is really looking like the lesser of the evils at this point. This is new Ford #6 over the last 15yrs or so, and it will most likely be the last. This car is junk, and it was a huge mistake buying it.[:(!]
 

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I hate mine. After almost 2k miles on it, it just makes me more angry every time I drive it.
This car is junk, and it was a huge mistake buying it.[:(!]
You did test drive it?
My focus rides better than my 06 f150 xl work truck. Maybe I cannot haul as much tail over speed bumps and potholes but I try to avoid that in my personal vehicles when possible.
Could even be the source of your rattles!
I have put 7885 miles on mine since Father's Day without a single issue.
 

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I hate mine. After almost 2k miles on it, it just makes me more angry every time I drive it. My 11yo F150 work truck feels like a high end Mercedes compared to this focus. Even with it's age, it still feels much better put together, drives better (sans handling of course), is quieter on the road, has far less rattles and such, and is much more comfortable. Frankly I'd rather walk then drive this car anymore if it was an option.

I am strongly considering dumping this car as soon as I get the title in the mail. The loss of several thousand dollars and just being done with this car is really looking like the lesser of the evils at this point. This is new Ford #6 over the last 15yrs or so, and it will most likely be the last. This car is junk, and it was a huge mistake buying it.[:(!]
I just sold my 11 f150 xlt 4x4 ecoboost

Bought it with 21 miles n drove it 1 1/2 years 6000 mi n really liked it but sold it n got my focus 2 months 1600 miles n almost forgot even had f150. I do Missouri inspections and the hi volume of cars thru my garage n 48 years on this planet n I like my focus better for daily duty n roadtrippin better than any I've been in n damnit I'm a penstar bleeding damn ol mopar lover.
 

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The only thing I have an issue with is the way. The flooring was put in .a nd I can see glue on my seat brackets
 

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it's funny - you have to put everything in perspective. My neighbor has a new Q7 Audi.

Now I know it's a SUV, and the Focus is a "economy" car so they are in different leagues.

I am looking at a five year total cost of ownership (TOC) of just under $38,000 based on my zip code and 15,000 a year. (purchase price, maintenance, insurance and gas).

He is looking at a TOC of $98,000 based on the same. He boasts that he is driving a performance car, so the cost is more. Ok, it's (the Q7) .5 of a second quicker in the 0 to 60 time, lower top speed (the Q7) and the handling is rated at a .85 on the skidpad versus my .91 ( I have the sport package with the Pilot 3's).

He's been in a loaner car twice due to electrical issues. He has had it a month and a half, with half of that time in a loaner.

I have never been in a loaner, nor has mine been in the shop for nothing more than an update and oil changes.

Yet, he will clearly state the Ford is a piece of crap, and the Audi is a pure joy to own - that I do not understand German car ownership (mind you, the other half only will buy a Benz). Ours Benz has had issues putting us into a loaner twice as well.

Am I really missing out on spending more money and driving loaners? Sorry, I can't seem to wrap my head around why he thinks I'm the one being ripped off here.

And yes, I could afford to buy something in that league - but why? Cars are not the best investment...
 

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it's funny - you have to put everything in perspective. My neighbor has a new Q7 Audi.

Now I know it's a SUV, and the Focus is a "economy" car so they are in different leagues.

I am looking at a five year total cost of ownership (TOC) of just under $38,000 based on my zip code and 15,000 a year. (purchase price, maintenance, insurance and gas).

He is looking at a TOC of $98,000 based on the same. He boasts that he is driving a performance car, so the cost is more. Ok, it's (the Q7) .5 of a second quicker in the 0 to 60 time, lower top speed (the Q7) and the handling is rated at a .85 on the skidpad versus my .91 ( I have the sport package with the Pilot 3's).

He's been in a loaner car twice due to electrical issues. He has had it a month and a half, with half of that time in a loaner.

I have never been in a loaner, nor has mine been in the shop for nothing more than an update and oil changes.

Yet, he will clearly state the Ford is a piece of crap, and the Audi is a pure joy to own - that I do not understand German car ownership (mind you, the other half only will buy a Benz). Ours Benz has had issues putting us into a loaner twice as well.

Am I really missing out on spending more money and driving loaners? Sorry, I can't seem to wrap my head around why he thinks I'm the one being ripped off here.

And yes, I could afford to buy something in that league - but why? Cars are not the best investment...
simply put, different people are after different things. If all you were after is to go A to B as cheaply and reliably as possible, then any higher end car is not for you. Other people find that it is worth spending more on a higher quality vehicle with less corners cut that are just all around nicer. Note that higher quality doesn't necessarily mean more reliable. Of course there are other people who could care less and just want the name for some sort of status as evident on the basic low model benz, bmw's etc that are considered luxury here but in the same class as common Opels and Fords and the like elsewhere in the world, along with low end lexus and infinitis and the like in the US which are still common (albeit higher model/trim) Toyotas and Nissans and the like elsewhere in the world. Anyhow back to the euros, the better ones are phenominal on the road when they work, which makes the higher maintenance and lower reliability worth the effort to some people. When they break, often you change parts and they are back 100%, unlike low end cars that could suffer from poor handeling (not a prob with the new focus), noise, excessive rattles, things of that nature that is just nature of the beast. Really does come down to different strokes for different folks. If there was an ideal car suited for everyone, there wouldn't be the large variety of different cars out there like we have.
 

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True, I just hate the crowd that no matter what the brand, if it's a US brand than it has to be junk. I've had some real POS foreign cars that cost more than my first house.

Any car could be a lemon, just being a German car that is actually built in a third world country does not make them any better. I know that first hand.
 

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True, I just hate the crowd that no matter what the brand, if it's a US brand than it has to be junk. I've had some real POS foreign cars that cost more than my first house.

Any car could be a lemon, just being a German car that is actually built in a third world country does not make them any better. I know that first hand.
Your right VW build some cars in Brazil
 

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And a lot from Mexico also. Every company started building in Mexico in the past few years. Check the VIN number :)
 

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And a lot from Mexico also. Every company started building in Mexico in the past few years. Check the VIN number :)
Yeap! Like the Ford Fiesta and Fusion, made in Mx, even the Toyota Tacoma is build in Tijuana, the Silverado in Silao, Guanajuato Mx and etc. Etc. Etc.
 

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Where something built is pretty irrelevant these days IMO, except for the they took our jobs crowd. Things are so automated and dumbed down that most assembly line labor is repetitive simple tasks that don't require much skill. Really comes down to standards and the enforcement of them, which is a product of the company and not so much the location.
 

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just hit 7500 mile mark and no issues love the car. Ftr I love the trans, yes the my touch has some quirks but so does my iPhone and every other computer driven item I own.
I think that's part of it. My '02 Taurus has a CD player in it. It turns on every time, it works every time. Because it's super simple! My watch and a basic 4 function calculator are ALSO very reliable. When you start adding things, you start adding things that could go wrong. It's a trade off. If it's something that you can't live with; save some money and go with the base radio/sync package!
 
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