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Great car glad i bought it

by from DC on May 10, 2011

I have had my focus hatchback now for about 2 weeks and I love it. I have been researching the 2012 focus ever since i saw the new design becuase for some reason i love hatchback cars. The ford rides ...
I have had my focus hatchback now for about 2 weeks and I love it. I have been researching the 2012 focus ever since i saw the new design becuase for some reason i love hatchback cars. The ford rides smooth but as another poster said in the first few hundred miles the transmission does shift rather rough. I have an SE w/ sinc and sirius radio and the sound quality is great even with the driver side window all the way down while doing 50+. The only complaint I have about the car at the moment is that when the window is down, I can hear a slight whistle that I believe comes from the side mirror as the wind passes over it and into the car.
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Ford Focus 2012 SE Manual hatch: A driver's car

by from Pittsburgh, PA on October 2, 2011

Just sold my Nissan altima sedan for the slightly smaller 2012 Ford Focus SE Hatch/Manual w/Leather and option package 203a. Fantastic choice. The vehicle far surpasses its direct peers and feels like...
Just sold my Nissan altima sedan for the slightly smaller 2012 Ford Focus SE Hatch/Manual w/Leather and option package 203a. Fantastic choice. The vehicle far surpasses its direct peers and feels like a German sedan. It literally feels like it was cut from a single block of steel. The manual transmission is a great feature - and is perfectly synched with the engine. Sync - for some this is the selling point - for me it has turned out to be a great benefit I wasn't aiming for - the phone pairing works wonderfully, sirius is great, and the overall design is top notch. Ford has delivered a globally leading product that is a MUST see if you are looking at small sedans/hatch. Hyundai has done a great job of late - but they are still a notch behind this product. I don't miss the Nissan (and its terrible reliability) one bit. Good luck in your buying decision! Nick
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Luv My 2012 Focus

by from Maryland on July 18, 2011

I bought a 2012 Focus S about 3 weeks ago and love it. I test drove several models including the 2012 Hyundai Accent and Elantra, the Chevy Cruze Eco, Ford Fiesta, and Honda CRZ. I thought that all we...
I bought a 2012 Focus S about 3 weeks ago and love it. I test drove several models including the 2012 Hyundai Accent and Elantra, the Chevy Cruze Eco, Ford Fiesta, and Honda CRZ. I thought that all were nice cars, however when I drove the Focus, it felt responsive and sporty. When I returned to the dealer I realized that I had a grin on my face(a good sign). The 2.0 liter/ 160 hp engine is energetic and revs willingly up to the redline. It has a nice sound when accelerating but is quiet most of the time. IMO this engine is a really nice fit with the 5-speed stick. The stick has very nice shift action, and so does the clutch. The car would get better highway mileage if the manual transmission had a 6th gear. As for the body/chassis, the car feels very well put together, the doors close with a nice "thunk", and cloth seats are attractive and provide good support. Also, the car's dashboard and gauge cluster are very nice. I cannot speak about Sync as this car is not equipped with it. Fuel economy is a priority, and during the first 2 tanks I have averaged about 34 mpg in about 30/70 City/Hwy driving. This was driving fairly efficiently but with the A/C running most of the time. The 5-speed is rated at 27/36 mpg which is a bit lower than some of the competition, but the car has 15 to 18 more horsepower than the others mentioned above, and that made the difference for me. I definitely recommend this car, but if you are looking for 40 mpg or more, you should look elsewhere.
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2012 Focus is a winner....

by from Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage, CA on September 11, 2011

I'm currently driving (as a loaner/rental) a 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5 door (hatchback). It's the "basic" SEL model with just the added moonroof. Has the SYNC, dual zone A/C and the 6 speed Auto transmiss...
I'm currently driving (as a loaner/rental) a 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5 door (hatchback). It's the "basic" SEL model with just the added moonroof. Has the SYNC, dual zone A/C and the 6 speed Auto transmission, cloth seats and all the "standard" power features. Regular car is 2008 Mazda 3 Sport 5-door (being repaired). That's the comparison for this Focus. Handles very well around town - just like My Mazda3. Sporty, confident, able. Brakes are great, steering is great, power is ... mostly great. I've heard/read people talking about the transmission "oddities"... yes, it's kind of odd and lurching when just starting out... and for some reason, it allows the car to roll at idle in gear when on a slight incline. I back into My driveway and often have to feather the gas & brakes to get in without hitting the other car. Ford needs to remedy the transmission and it's ability to roll in gear. The dual zone A/C system is great... Cools down the black interior quickly - black car, black interior, desert location - and allows a better control over temps... Somewhat finicky controls to get air flow to both the face & the feet, but once it's there, it's good. Most others have a button or a marking for bi-level. With the Focus, you have to push the button for face and the button for floor/feet. The equipment for the price is outstanding! Great sound from the stereo, easy to plug in and control the iPod (Mazda only plugs in, no controls!), excellent A/C (Mazda seems weak), all windows are one-touch up & down.... And all of this for the low $20K mark...! And the equipment you can get - even better...! There are very few cars out there in this price range where you can have leather seats (including some great dual-tone styles!), power seats, heated seats, dual zone AC and so much more. SYNC system is great... works & controls the iPod very well - although sometimes, the voice recognition isn't too great, confusing some artist names. But the stereo sounds excellent and is easy enough to operate. Some of the controls are finicky and difficult to work - too many buttons, levers, paddles, etc.. But once you learn them & get used to them - they're not so bad... But having 4 different sets of switches & buttons on the steering wheel is a bit busy and a bit much.... But, again, once you learn 'em, you'd good to go. Car is pretty solid & well put together. Have an odd on-again, gone-again rattle from the headliner - right where it opens for the roof. Not so well stuck together there, Ford. But the doors close with a solid "thunk" and most else seems tight and trouble-free. Easy to see out of - big windows and BIG mirrors make it easy to drive and see where you're going. The mirrors come with "extra" convex mirrors to really help you see.... Some changes I'd make? * Allow the sun visors to slid a bit more and to be more movable - shorter people get blinded by the sun with the limited movement. * On the Tuxedo Black exterior, the front fascia is just TOO black with the big plastic grill openings and pieces. Makes the nose look like a flat black shovel. Don't seem to notice this in other colors. * Offer some kind of body-side molding. The doors are flat and are easily marked, dented, scratched by others. A little protection would be nice. * Cruise Control - make it so that I don't have to turn the Cruise Control system on EACH and EVERY time I start the car. My 08 Mazda3, 01 Chrysler PT Cruiser - even our 94 Chrysler Town & Country have buttons to turn the Cruise Control "ON" and then buttons for Set/Coast & Resume/Accelerate. With the Focus, you MUST turn it on each time and then set the speed. And it's often easy to hit "set" again instead of "resume" * Console drink holders. Something needs to be done. With a bottled water, there's no problem. But if you get a cup of soda (with a lid), the armrest cover is always in the way and hits the lid anytime you open the armrest. And if you drink out of a "bigger" cup, forget it. Just hold it in your lap. * Parking brake handle. On the SEL, the handle is badly placed (forward and left of the gear shift). My leg is always hitting the brake handle. * Add a "bi-level" button on the A/C system for easier operation. This Ford Focus has really gotten Me to - well - focus on a possible Ford in My future. When I bought My Mazda 3, it was a the top of a short list of choices. The Focus has easily supplanted the current Mazda 3 in that list... Wow....
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HAs been anything, but disappointing so far.

by from Kansas Cityu, MO on April 23, 2012

The 2012 Focus has definitely blown its 2011 model-year out of the ballpark. I would not change a thing on the exterior. There are many pleasant surprises in my Focus. It is surprisingly well-put-toge...
The 2012 Focus has definitely blown its 2011 model-year out of the ballpark. I would not change a thing on the exterior. There are many pleasant surprises in my Focus. It is surprisingly well-put-together. The ride is comfortable, and suspension does a great job of absorbing the imperfections on the road. It is soft but agile. It adds fun the the sharp turns, especially if you have the 17'' wheels, which allow it to stick to the pavement. Prior to my Focus, I test drove the 2012 Civic sedan, 2011 Mazda 3 Hatch 2.5, 2012 Corolla and 2012 Sentra. Civic handled like a bowl of pudding when it came to cornering and maintaining stability on the exit ramps. Acceleration also could use some spicing up. Mazda 3 was stylish, good take-off, but not so good for my kidneys. Suspension too stiff. Corolla, well it was just a corolla, a solid economy car, with rather understated interior, and average experience overall. Great car for... (don't want to offend anyone. One word for 2012 Sentra - "Plain". One word for Focus - Wow! However, one drawback of the 2012 Focus is its rear seating space. Not too comfy when you have four adults in the vehicle. (Ford, consider adding 2 inches for the rear passengers, especially in the Hatchback!). When it come to fuel consumption, so far, I am averaging 34.5MPG, with roughly 50/50 split between city and highway. got 3,500 miles on it. I was a big Ford critic, but this little car made me rethink my point of view on American Auto Manufacturing potentials. P.S. if you want a good balance of toys and convenience, go for the SEL packing
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Ford Focus Titanium Edition 5 door

by from Highland Village, TX on November 25, 2012

Problematic...from the start. Purchased on Labor Day of 2011, new 2012 model. Test drove, and liked how it drove and the road feel/feedback was akin to my wife's 05 BMW 325i, very sporty. Plus, it was...
Problematic...from the start. Purchased on Labor Day of 2011, new 2012 model. Test drove, and liked how it drove and the road feel/feedback was akin to my wife's 05 BMW 325i, very sporty. Plus, it was a new style and very nice looking. My wife wanted it for the advertised fuel mileage. After a week, it began making popping noises from the front end, but we decided to wait for first oil change to see if any other issues came up. Much to our surprise, there were a couple of recalls within a couple of months. Took the vehicle in for recalls, and asked that popping noises from front, and window whistle be checked, along with an acceleration lag my wife had noticed. It seems that sometimes she would pull out from a dead stop and the car simply would not accelerate. The car was returned with recall performed, and a note stating no other issues were found. A few months later, with only 2500 miles on the odometer, we took it in for it's first oil change, and asked them to check it over again, especially the front popping noises. They kept the car for 8 days this time, but did provide a loaner. They had ordered front struts to relieve the popping noises from the front. Those noises were indeed gone but the sporty feel of the car was also gone. A few months later after taking the car from Texas to KY, on the way home, driving west on I 40 just west of the Missippi river, my wife informed me she thought she had a flat tire. (I was driving a separate car ahead of her) This is an area in West Memphis just prior to the I 40/I 55 split, and is rather dangerous. She called AAA to change the tire, and in the meantime an Arkansas State Trooper had shown up to protect her from traffic. It was dark, and raining, and he walked around the car with a flashlight and advised her no tires were flat. AAA arrived and changed the right front tire because she felt it pulling to the right and could smell rubber burning. The inside of that tire was completely chewed off, but was still holding air. After spare was placed on car, she tried to pull away, but something was obviously rubbing. I finally arrived back to her location and with the help of the officer, found the right front strut bolt had backed out an inch or so, allowing the strut to slide all the way down to the axle, and caused the lower spring perch to kick out and grind the inside of the tire off. Two days later the local Ford dealer had replaced parts and we were on our way again. However, the repair was shoddy, and my wife continued to hear noises from the front. We stopped near Little Rock and I drove the vehicle a ways and indeed it did have a noise every time the steering wheel was turned in either direction. It looked safe enough to drive so we continued our trip home to DFW and I returned it to the Ford dealer the following day. They were very sympathetic to our cause, and offered to repair the existing noise, which was a bent backing plate on the right front axle. My wife had lost all confidence in this car and since I was leaving town to work a couple of weeks in Toledo, insisted we trade it in...It was barely a year old and had 6700 miles on it, and needless to say, we lost our butt on it...
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This is a Focus?!

by from Cleveland OH on September 6, 2011

Ford has really upped their game this new vehicle. The new focus provides a perfect balance between being a “fun to drive” sporty car and a practical fuel-efficient vehicle. The focus is not as fun to...
Ford has really upped their game this new vehicle. The new focus provides a perfect balance between being a “fun to drive” sporty car and a practical fuel-efficient vehicle. The focus is not as fun to drive as a Mazda 3, but gets much better gas mileage. In turn, it does not get as good gas mileage as a Prius, but is much more fun to drive. The focus finds the happy medium. The handling of the car was much better than I anticipated. It holds corners well and the steering is very responsive. I recommend you get the select shift transmission which will give you the typical driving mode (for best fuel efficiency), “sport” mode and the ability to shift the gears yourself (for having fun). The interior fit and finish is truly the best in its class. When searching for a car, I looked at the Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, and the Ford Focus. I did not bother with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla for obvious reasons. The Ford Focus had the best quality interior of all not to mention the best looking. There are no squeaks or rattles to speak of. Interior space is a bit on the smaller side, especially compared to the Cruze, (somehow I felt more comfortable in the Focus) but the smaller space is worth all the extras you can get in the Focus. I got the SEL model with the MyFord Touch (MFT). Many people are having issues with the system and there are several articles and blogs about it. I had one issue trying to index music with my iPod but after a brief hiccup, it performed well. While I believe there are some legitimate issues with the system, I think that most of them are user error. And now for the most important part, the fuel mileage. City – 30; Highway – 37-38; Combined 34. Coming from a Jeep Liberty which got 17, I am a happy camper!
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LOVE IT

by from Fort Worth, TX on August 23, 2011

I purchased the SE Sedan in March and I love it. I'm having no issues with the SYNC system, it works every time for me. The 6 speed auto transmission takes some getting used to, if you are smooth on t...
I purchased the SE Sedan in March and I love it. I'm having no issues with the SYNC system, it works every time for me. The 6 speed auto transmission takes some getting used to, if you are smooth on the accelerator it will usually not jerk, but if are not if will jerk a little but so as to be intrusively annoying. I have gotten used to it and it does not bother me. Driving 65mph on the freeway I was getting 40.8 mpg last week which is impressive. The 160 hp is adaquate unless you just came out of a Mustang. The interior is nicely done, the seats are comfortable and well bolstered. Ihave had no maintenance issues since new and would buy another Focus,
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The best fuel efficient car I had

by from Jim Thorpe pa on October 4, 2011

I have a 2012 ford focus se with the sfe package And package 203a with the auto standard trans Coming from a jeep the gas mileage is outrageous I used to pay 7500 a week to 3500 in gas what a differen...
I have a 2012 ford focus se with the sfe package And package 203a with the auto standard trans Coming from a jeep the gas mileage is outrageous I used to pay 7500 a week to 3500 in gas what a difference the car shifts smooth you have to get used to the slight rolling on starting as the engine is disconnected while stopped than as you take your foot off the brake you feel the engine engage. The car is built solid no rattles or noises And the hd,sirus,sync is awesome bonus to have! I'm very happy with the sporty feel of the car in general Plenty of power with the fuel efficiency if you need more power get a mustang otherwise this is a good solid reliable car!
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Solid car

by from Chicago, IL on March 22, 2012

There are three small issues I have with this car: - The small shudder of the Powershift - The cheap steel wheels - Not being able to roll down windows in accessory mode The Powershift will take abo...
There are three small issues I have with this car: - The small shudder of the Powershift - The cheap steel wheels - Not being able to roll down windows in accessory mode The Powershift will take about half a second when you gun it to respond. It's plenty for me, as when I'm gonna do something risky, I get the power ready early just in case. Our family only has 4 cylinders, I'm used to low power. My other two gripes, cheap steelies and the window thing aren't deal breakers. They'd just be nice to have been fixed. I have a basic SE sedan (auto). They did well with the look otherwise, the sonic blue really stands out, even when dirty. It also feels more solid, the doors have that good sounding thud. The steering wheel is amazing, the controls are great, and the grips are actually very useful. Aside from that, the little details are great. The shifter has some kind of leather covering, as well as the handbrake. Looks better than the plastics of other Fords. The climate controls are also easy to adjust, though you have to remember where the adjustments are to not have to look down. I only wish I had a sunroof, or the sport package. Although, I don't really miss them. Visibility is also amazing, the windows are big enough, and the car has a trunk that doesn't extend too far out. While some people don't like the transmission, I drove it on a quick test drive and it felt good enough. You can't expect performance out of a 4 cylinder economical car that's made for fuel economy. Get the upcoming ST for that. Fuel economy for me is all over the place. Some days I'll get 39 on the stretch from picking up pizza to Target, and then 42 or 42.5 on the highway. Other days, it's as low as 23 city, 30s highway. It all depends on how you drive. It seems to respond better if you get up to speed moderately quick. Don't drive it like a grandma, that's how you get the transmission to lag sometimes. Also, last thing, I have the aux in the glovebox. Not very convenient, but at least it's there.
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