2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Ford

image2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

Our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST hatchback's cargo cover attachment points are especially well designed. Seriously, get excited.

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  • ducky10ducky10 Member Posts: 27
    I disagree. When renting a Focus hatch, I found that each such car at the Avis lot had broken cargo covers at either (and sometimes both) the attachment point on the hatch and the point behind the back seat.
    In contrast, my 2010 GTI (with 78,000 miles) has been free of such problems.
    The Focus design seems less robust, at least in my view.
  • quadricyclequadricycle Member Posts: 827
    @ducky10: Don't forget that rentals are probably treated a lot rougher than your personal vehicle...
  • sharpendsharpend Member Posts: 177
    It depends. Which will break first, the little peg or the cover that it slides into?
  • hank39hank39 Tallahassee, FLMember Posts: 144
    My Protege5 has a cargo cover and it's securing points are really good. If a 10-year-old car can get it right, car manufacturers should have no excuse these days :)

    My Mazdaspeed3 also had really good securing points as well.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    The 2010 LT GTI DID break, but if I remember (can't read the comments anymore in the post you linked to, Erin...), you were given some bogus info as to how the entire interior rear window surround would have to be replaced - until another commenter came through with the information about the part number and that it was about $2 and change. When the GTI broke, it was because another staffer had failed to reinstall the cargo cover's hinge pins in the pivots/retainers; the hatch cover cocked in the opening upon subsequent use, and the lift cord overstressed and broke the pin. I don't see anything in this Focus ST arrangement that makes me think there would not have been a similar failure should that episode be repeated. Probably would have pulled the pin through the keyhole slot, then the enlarged slot would not hold a pin any longer, and you would be replacing the interior window surround. I would rather the point of failure be a $2 replaceable pin.
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