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Hello !! I'm a new Focus owner or I should say my wife is....
She purchased a pre-owned 2007 se sedan with 9,100K. for a good price.
I was somewhat hesitant as I read up on some of the countless problems people had faced in previous years. Her vehicle came with a 4 year bumper-bumper coverage package so we decided to take a chance ( Oct.07)
The fit and finish, I find, can't match my 7 year old Honda but the Focus is smooth on the highway. I do like the 2.0 L Engine even if it is a bit loud.
I find the car doesn't take the bumps well as a rattle and squeak is heard over the rough spots. It's what she could afford and so far likes it.

Now you have the history...here is my question..I had a remote car starter installed at a location known for long term service and good rep. in our area.
When engine start button is pressed, all 4 doors are unlocked, engine starts 4-5 seconds later, then doors relock.
I questioned the installer about this, indicating my wife wasn't too sure about this, wouldn't feel too safe using it in a public lot or undeground location due to the approx. 8 seconds the doors are unlocked.
We know the car can't be driven off but that's not the issue.
The installer indicated that due to Ford's Securilock system and how the locks are wired, the doors have to open first before the car starter starts the engine, then the door locks engage.
Is this true or am I getting snowed ?? anybody out there come across this??

Thanks for reading this...

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Jim[idea]
 

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Hey,

Welcome to the Focus brotherhood, oh and sisterhood to for your wife...LoL...I would have gone with the starter right from Ford that works directly with Securilock myself, but as my 05 is standard, I choose not to use autostarters. So I would talk to whoever installs them at your dealer to see if Ford's starter does the same thing.

As for fit and finish comparisons between Ford and Honda...I find that hondas are very plasticy on the inside, and the aluminum foil they use for the bodies dent way to easily and rust much sooner, but that's just my opinion. It has been my experience, and my wife and I own 2, 05 Foci the only problem we have had is getting our CD players replaced under warranty. Mine will be exchanged for a double din Panasonic CD/DVD player w/6.5" touch screen, so it will no longer be a problem. Good luck with your 07, I know you will grow to love it.
 

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Hello Blackheart !!

and Hello Winnipeg !! We used to live in St. James when I was there. Loved the city. Miss sitting around at a couple of watering holes in the Forks !!!

Thanks for the reply. I hope I didn't sound too snobby comparing my civic to the Focus. I'll get used to it I'm sure. Like I said...I like the ride and especially the rep. of the 2.0 L. engine. It's been kind of hard on the gas mileage the past while, but it has been a really cold Dec. for us here.
An update since I posted the first time. The installer of the remote starter will remove it and refund the money in full since my wife isn't 100% comfortable with it, however I did get a reply and a warning from an individual who claims to have
been the exact same circumstances with his Focus and after removing the car starter, he had to get the keys and ignition system reprogramed after the bypass was removed. I think I'll check directly with a Ford dealer re: this.
It may be worth it for the wife just to call it a day and use it as is.

Best regards !![cool]
 

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Hey Jim5300, Welcome! From what I've heard, it varies from model year and ECU code, but that could just be BS. Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much as long as it has a starter kill. With canadian winters, my advice is keep it, lol!
 

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follow up re: this story

Just a little more info to put this subject to rest.
We were prepared to keep the car starter even with the door locks issue but yesterday morning, we activated the car starter and the horn went off and wouldn't stop until we shut off the engine. Then on the drive out the door locks started locking and unlocking.
We ended up at the place that installed the starter and discussed the problems we were having and that they had to either fix the problems or remove the unit.
Here's the short converstion we had ...
Me: It's been a week since you put it in and I'm having these problems....
shop boss: we checked your unit, nothing wrong with it.
Me: what about the horn problem and lock issue?
boss: nothing more we can do. The problem is with your car.
Me:how come Ford told me their installer has put this make of starter in many Focus (ii ?) without incident.
Boss: no comment
Boss: Since your not happy with the starter, we'll remove it and refund your money.
Me: that's decent of you but since the car has now been tied up for a total 3 days with repeat visits, my lost time and yours, wouldn't it be better for all of us if you just figure out whether this unit is faulty or your installer didn't do it properly?
Boss went and spoke with installer and 15 minutes later stated: the starter in your car is not faulty and their is nothing more we can do about it.
We'll take it out but our first opening is Jan.25 and we'll need 3 hours.
I said yes to end this charade and hopefully after the removal we'll get the car back as it was when I brought it in.

This lovely experience was courtesy of Atlantic Car Stereo, Dartmouth NS.

ps...I should have gone to Ford directly in the first place.
 

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Hey Jim5300, welcome to the Focus-side! I'm also from Soul Harbour (C.H.). I went to Atlantic Car Stereo hoping to get power locks installed along with a alarm/starter system. They told me that it was nearly impossible to install power locks on a Focus. They have had many problems. So they just installed the alarm/starter system. About 5 months later the alarm went crazy. It kept chirping. It wouldn't matter if it was Armed or Dis-armed. Good thing it started just before I left for work in the morning. They fixed it and said it was a defective sensor. It was under warranty (Thank goodness). I just hope it doesn't happen again. The chirping was very annoying. Maybe I should check with Ford to see if they can install power locks on my ZX3.
 

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Sorry to hear you had some problems. You know, I never really heard anything bad about ACS but I gotta tell you, I couldn't honestly give a recomendation to a potential customer.
I went to Fairly and Stevens, and spoke with Craig ..their lock/remote starter specialist. He seemed really on the ball. As soon as ACS pulls their crap out I'll get a Ford starter. It'll work out to be about 100 bucks more.
Anyways, I guess I learned a lesson....I'm just not sure what it is !!!!
Drop me a line some time if you want to chat.

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Jim
 

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Hmmm...I can't believe I never thought about contacting Ford about an alarm/starter system. I'm gonna have to call them for a price. You'll have to let me know how your ACS experience go. Hopefully they don't mess anything up when they take the system out.
Thanks! I'll PM if I have any Focus Q's.

Cheers,
John
 

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water leak started this year

Hello from Cole Harbour, NS
I have a 2007 Focus se sedan, and last November I had the vehicle Rustchecked. In the last several months I hear water sloshing around from the rear of the vehicle. The other day I popped out one of the Rustcheck rubber plugs located on frame below the rear passenger driver side door.
I must have drained out a gallon of water or more.
Then pulled back rear floorpan carpet and vacuumed all the standing water and tried to dry the carpet the best I could.
After finishing this a test drive resulted in no water sloshing.
I figured the water was coming in through one of these rubber plugs from the Rustcheck job or perhaps a screw hole where my mudflap is attached, left front.
I sealed up everywhere I could think of with silicone.
It rained all night and today I drove the vehicle and the water sloshing is back.
as well, there is water in rear left floor pan. Only in that location.
Everywhere else is dry.
Can't figure this one out.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jim
 
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