A nice car that was rushed into production too quickly without having the bugs worked out of it
I leased this new 2012 Focus 5-Speed with 95 miles on it.
At 135 miles, the A/C compressor seized up due to no PAG oil being added at the factory and had to be replaced. Covered under warranty.
At 935 miles, I had to get a PCM (computer) software update to get rid of a rough idle on a cold start... which is still there and has not been resolved. Covered under warranty.
And most recently at 1,435 miles, I developed a clunk/knock in the front end when braking and going over bumps. Turns out that Ford issued a TSB stating that redesigned front struts, mounting plates, coil springs, and hardware is available to resolve this issue. So I need a complete front end rebuild at under 1,500 miles. Also, the car is in the shop for a recall notice, another software update for the PCM, and the rough idle on a cold start.
The new Focus is a very nice looking car. I bought the Sedan instead of the Hatchback.
The interior is very nice, all controls are laid out well and are within reach very easily.
It handles very, very, well for a compact car.
Fuel mileage is excellent. About 28-30 MPG city and 36-38 MPG highway.
The 5-speed manual transmission shifts effortlessly with one finger, and the clutch feels great (not too soft or too hard).
The new 4-Cylinder is a 2.0L with Dual Over Head Cams, 16-Valves with Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing that puts out 160 horsepower and 150 Ft. Lbs. of torque. The engine is more than adequate for around town driving, but get up on the highway and the engine becomes lively above 4,000 RPM's. It seems you kind of have to wind it out a little bit to get the best usable power out of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th November, 2011