Poor Quality Vehicle
In September 2020, I purchased a "courtesy car" Focus Active from Metro Ford Newstead (Brisbane). Vehicle had 5600 km on odometer and was in as-new condition. After a thorough test drive, salesman agreed to have wheel alignment checked to correct wandering, steering faults, tramlining etc. This did not happen so I took JAX Northlakes, a very reliable company I have used for 4-5 years - cost $69. This improved the situation but the maladies prevail. Tried adjusting tyre pressures which did not improve the situation. Commentators elsewhere sugges...t that Hungarian sourced Hankook tyres are inferior to those made in Korea and that I should replace with quality road tyres (eg. Continental; Pirelli; Michelin). Can't afford this and should not have to consider. Currently, vehicle handles like a barge, is dangerous at even moderate speeds, on these tyres. JAX man swears by Hankooks and claims to use successfully on his own vehicles. On tyres made where? Spent $325 on window tinting which helps reduce headlight glare from following vehicles. The "automatic" rear view mirror dimmer does not work! Focus is roomy front and rear, seats are adequate and boot is large for a small hatch (due partly to semi-useless space-saver spare). Cruise control is difficult to use and turns itself on and off - speed increases downhill (dangerous) and slows when climbing. Many things work well though unlockable fuel filler cap is an invitation to vandals to add foreign fluids to the fuel system. My 6 yo phone does not recharge wirelessly though there are 2x USB ports and also 2 cigar lighters (seriously??) and no ashtray. Manual gear paddles work well and very useable though occasionally self activate. Good sound system though have spent money and lots of time on converting CDs to USBs - love DAB. Large centred digital speedo is very readable though doesn't mirror speed of too-small uncentred analog. Too many buttons and scrolls and most are too small to find especially at night. Cavities for 5 cups/bottles in front for two people and two in the rear for 3 people doesn't make sense. Removing the centre holders enlarging the door cavities to take 1 bottle and 1 coffee cup each would allow current tiny unlit buttons moved there - visible and useable. Ford may think it has made a good car but it hasn't. My Ruby Red is a beautiful looking car inside and out but it does not drive as it looks. I test drove a Mazda3 bn SP25 hatch this week - a real drivers' car with much more supportive seats, easy to use controls though a little more road noise than Focus. If I can do a straight swap I will do so. If you must buy a Focus hatch, choose an alternative to the Active, though none of the others have IRS. Happy Driving!
Purchased in September 2020 for $27,000.00.
|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||52 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||134kW @ 4500rpm|
|Max Torque||240Nm @ 5000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2018|
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