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2012 Ford Focus

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,816
    Drove a Dart at my job today and did enjoy the comfortable seat...nicely bolstered and nice cloth. Got a bit thrashy as I moved up the power band but the sound was distasteful one bit. Hope to get more seat time in the near future. Dodge did a commendable job here folks!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife)/2015 Golf SE (me)/2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1)/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,816
    Drove about 10 of these puppies today at work for about 5 miles each from the overflow area back to the rental facility at the airport...most had mileage at 3 or slightly higher...brand new units right off the truck! They had a dark greenish color which was a real looker but red is the only color that really gives this car any justice and in the hatch iteration, it's just plain stunning! Can't really comment on how good/wonky the auto tranny is and will get one within the next few weeks to drive across Alligator Alley here in southern Florida. I think a 4 hour road trip will give me the necessary seat time to form an articulate opinion about how well it works. So far, dare I admit this, but Ford, ya did good with the new Focus folks...real good. Drove a couple of brand new Fusions also and the jury is still out on it. Again, I'm gonna need some quality seat time behind the wheel to formulate an honest opinion here. The exterior looks a bit Jaguarish, but that should surprise no one who knows anything automotive. Not sure how well it's gonna stack up when compared with the Mazda6, the Jetta or the new benchmark in this class, the Honda Accord, probably the best midsize family car on the planet, bar none!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife)/2015 Golf SE (me)/2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1)/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • Oh yea the alley. I was raised out there. Its a good ride now since it was widened. But id have to test one on The palmetto in heavy traffic. I think thats where the dual clutchers suffer the most. There is trade offs in most everything made right?.Whats great on a hyway may not be so great in traffic. Hey is auto nation still around? I was a body shop qc inspector at the now defuncted re-conditioning facility in miramar. I bet I know you.

    joe
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 703
    My previous car, prior to the new Focus, was a VW GTI... which had a dual-clutch.

    One of the things I learned was that, for the best response, you need to treat the clutch as a clutch (ie: a manual). So for heavy traffic, you can't simply pull your foot off the brake and immediately slam onto the gas.

    Instead, give it the time you'd normally take if you had to press a clutch and move the stick into first... and then press the gas.

    Do that, and you'll not experience the herky-jerky start many have complained about in regards to the DCT.

    (I mean, if you tried driving a stick like that, you'd get a herky-jerky start as well.)
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    I am just over 12,000 miles on my Focus. I own an SE Hatch in white. 6spd auto shift. It has the sport pkg, sunroof, winter pkg and convience package. I am averaging 33.7 MPG between city and hwy driving. I have just one complaint. the fuel door is flimsy and does not fit
    totally flush with the body of the car. I am however a perfectionist and most people would probably not notice or even care. Other than that the car is solid, no squeaks, rattles or wind noise. I have not had any problems with my transmission. I took it in at about 2,000 miles and it was "re programmed". The car is fun to drive. Took me a bit to figure out how to really use the auto shift (sport mode) in this car. Once you really know how to use it this car will move pretty well and does have some scoot. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably go dark silver or red for color. White is hard to keep clean. I am washing my car once a week on average, weather permitting of course.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,816
    I really like the red hatch and would get that model if I ever do. I find the radio to be difficult to use but since I don't have the time to really learn it, I shouldn't really complain...just looks a bit complicated. I'm sure over time, the tranny would learn my driving style and not be so herky jerky like the units I've had. The rental fleets love these things but I've only driven sedans up to now. The seats do a commendable job I must say. This is the 1st Ford that I would buy...ever!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife)/2015 Golf SE (me)/2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1)/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • If I use the key in the door lock to unlock the car door, then I get soft beeping sound for about 10 seconds then the horn starts blasting. I can stop or prevent this by starting the car before the 10 seconds is up.

    Does anyone else have this problem with their 2012 Focus?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    Page 173 of the owner's manual:

    Disarming the system
    You can disarm the system by any of the following actions:
    • Unlock the doors by pressing the control on your remote entry
    transmitter.
    • Turn the ignition on or start the vehicle.
    • If using a key in the driver’s door to unlock the vehicle, a chime will
    sound when you open the door and you will have 12 seconds to
    disarm the alarm system using any of the actions above, otherwise the
    alarm will trigger.
    Pressing the power door unlock control within the 11 second prearmed
    mode will return the vehicle to a disarmed state.
  • I'm closing in on 5,000 miles with a 2012 SE. Other than a minor initial shudder, the DCT is smooth and runs as advertised. I bought mine rather late in the model year (July) so I believe the tweaks and fixes for the initial bugs were already in place. It was initially herky-jerky, and as I found out later, a computer adjusts for each individual's driving habits, and it began smoothing out after ~2,500 miles. If you wait apx 2 seconds +/- a few tenths, it is practically silky smooth in it's response. Hope this helps.

    Don
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,816
    Every unit I've driven has had about 6 to 10 miles and the one I drove down to Key West had about 2k on it but was still a bit herky jerky but don't know how many drivers it had had in it's rental lifetime. Still prefer the hatch version as it looks a bit sleeker. Eventually I'll learn how The Sync feature works...as it is now, if the vehicle has Sirius/XM then I listen to that. If not, I plug in my iPod or use the old fashioned cds. Sad that they got rid of the SEL version after just one year. Don't understand the logic in that.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife)/2015 Golf SE (me)/2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1)/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • Well, with about 27k on mine right now, I love to "herky jerk" at lights, around corners, up and down hills etc. etc. as it's a 5 speed and I LOVE the thing. Fun car. ;)
  • I have been frustrated about a few things with my 2012 Focus Hatchback. I sprung for the "sportier" Titanium trim model just before the ST came out (kicking myself for not waiting). I have had tons of issues with the sync and blue tooth system. Just wondering if I'm alone in this or not. Every few weeks it seems like the system freezes and won't pair with my phone. I have tried different phones with the same result. The other problem I've had is the turning radius which is horrible at best. My Toyota Sienna turns far better! Lastly I have concerns about the long transmission long term. It seems that the transmission is often confused about which gear to be in and at times when it shifts it almost feels like there is a shudder in the clutch.

    Anyone else have any of these issues?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    Do you have the latest software for MFT? Try a master reset, then re-pair the phone. If you have auto-download for contacts turn that off.

    There are TSBs for the tranny and a small number are defective and need to be replaced. Let the dealer check it.
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 703
    Only the turning radius.

    Sync and Bluetooth have been very stable since the last update (ie: not the one that just came out in August, but the one prior to that).

    And for my transmission, I treat it like a manual. And it works like a charm. I really like how it'll downshift at the drop of a hat to wring out the maximum amount of power out of the engine.
  • nthnnthn Posts: 1
    I've been looking at used 2012 Focus (fully loaded Titaniums if that makes a difference) and have found a few from dealerships that I am considering. I've never purchased a used car in the past. Aside from mileage, these cars are identical.

    The first is $18,000 and has 29,000km; the second is $20,500 and has 22,000km. I live in a metro area where 20-30,000 km per year isn't an unlikely estimate so I know both of these are within a normal amount but my question is whether 7,000km makes a difference when the car is a little over a year old?

    I've tried searching the forums for similar questions but came up with nothing as well. Thank you in advance for any insight into this.
  • joegiantjoegiant Posts: 90
    Does one of 'em by chance have a stick? If so, that's the one I'd pick. Fun car IF you know how to handle the manual transmission. Otherwise, no opinion as I can only speak for what I drive and again, Ford has built one outstanding little ride with this '12 Focus in our garage IMHO.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    It all depends on what kind of miles. Highway miles are really easy on the vehicle. City miles are worst. No way to really tell.

    I'd probably go for the cheaper one with higher mileage all else being equal.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,678
    Since you mention km I'm assuming it's a Canadian vehicle. 7000km (4300 mi) difference between the two isn't that significant.

    It does cut into your 36/60 warranty sooner. 29K km in one year seems high to me; in 7K km your bumper to bumper warranty would expire.

    If the vehicles are really "equal" I'd go with the cheaper one; a $2500 premium for 7000km can easily pay for an extended warranty with money to spare.
  • I own a 2012 SE Hatch with sport pkg, sunroof, winter pkg. I have about 18,500 miles on the vehicle. Mainly used as a commuter vehicle I average 34.1MPG per the computer. It does have the automatic with sport shift and I did have the computer re-flashed/updated at about 8,000 miles due to the transmission acting funny at times. After the re-programming I have had no other issues. Once you learn the sportshift, its a blast to drive and the car is actually pretty quick. The Focus is solid, fit/finish is solid. I only have one minor issue. When stopping for gas I have to make sure my window is rolled down before I turn off the engine!! Otherwise the windows will not roll down!??. Next spring I do plan on going to some 17" aftermarket wheels and new tires. Would I recommend? The Focus deserves a test drive.
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