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Interesting, but you can bet that FORD is busting their a-s to get this problem fixed. From what I have read over the past few months Ford is now making most components in house for the Focus and there are bound to be problems getting things ironed out.
 

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So some of us may be getting European dash boards? Interesting article...

I always assumed that the MI plant was a three shift operation but I guess not. Can't wait to get mine, it should have been built yesterday I hope.
 

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So some of us may be getting European dash boards? Interesting article...

I always assumed that the MI plant was a three shift operation but I guess not. Can't wait to get mine, it should have been built yesterday I hope.
Now if we can just get some European TiX headlights to go with our European dashes......
 

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I worked in industery all my life and a machinist for 30 years as a CNC operator. I can say for sure that you will have problems with new equipment.
 

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I worked in industery all my life and a machinist for 30 years as a CNC operator. I can say for sure that you will have problems with new equipment.
With the Focus being a global platform, do you think they use the same machinery in all of the global plants that produce the Focus? I am wondering if the equipment that is malfunctioning is the same machine in use in Germany?
 

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That would be hard to say but I would think Ford would buy from the same machine supplier no matter where the plant is. I do know that even if the machines are suppose to be the same they may not all work the same sometimes. Just like cars, each machine can have bugs in it.
 

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With the Focus being a global platform, do you think they use the same machinery in all of the global plants that produce the Focus? I am wondering if the equipment that is malfunctioning is the same machine in use in Germany?
Europe and the US have different standards as far as safety and equipment that goes on their machines, so I would guess the they are different.
 

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Europe and the US have different standards as far as safety and equipment that goes on their machines, so I would guess the they are different.
This is true but my last CNC engine lathe I ran was made in Poland and made to US standards. It cost $875,000 without any new tooling added to that price. With tooling it was well over 1 mill. We had problems with it for about 6 month before getting it into full production.
 

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So some of us may be getting European dash boards? Interesting article...

I always assumed that the MI plant was a three shift operation but I guess not. Can't wait to get mine, it should have been built yesterday I hope.
Hi, over my dead body, you're not having mine. [80?] [:)]
Chris
 

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Now if we can just get some European TiX headlights to go with our European dashes......
Hi, oh no not another one after parts from my car [joke]
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Ford should hire on another shift! Full day production... There is a demand!
If they are having problems with parts right now then a 3rd. shift isn't workable. Once the bugs are worked out I can see them adding another shift.
 

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No question that Ford needs to get the parts problem solved and add a 3rd shift at MAP to get these cars in the hands of the dealers.

Here's some stats to give you an idea how popular the Focus has become and how hard it is to find one. One of the largest Ford dealers in the Detroit Metro area had 44 Focus sedans and hatchbacks on the lot on May 10th (my 1st visit to the dealership). When I purchased my Focus on July 9th they were down to 17 in inventory. I just checked their website and they now have only 6 cars in inventory! Many of the Detroit area dealers have none!
 

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U know, at first I thought "dang this sucks," but I have hurd absolutely nothing from my dealer in 2 weeks. So, bad news is better than no news. I still want my damn car tho![bigcry]
 

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Not a surprise. I think this car is a bit of a different way of doing business than their usual models for the U.S. market. Even the Ford molded splashguards that I bought say "Made in Germany" on them.
 

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I wonder how this is effecting the production time schedule. From what I can tell in the vin and when did you get your car thread, for the most part everyone is still getting their car in the 8 - 10 weeks zone. Granted, I would have liked 4 to 6 a whole lot better.
 

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From what I can tell in the vin and when did you get your car thread, for the most part everyone is still getting their car in the 8 - 10 weeks zone.
I wish. I'm into my 11th week now, and mine just started production yesterday.
 

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I wish. I'm into my 11th week now, and mine just started production yesterday.
Your case was one of the exceptions I was thinking about. I wonder if your dealer put your order in as a customer order? Seems like you're getting uber shafted.
 
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