Tales from the Focus (aka how my newest car is a money pit).

Illustration for article titled Tales from the Focus (aka how my newest car is a money pit).

2012 Ford Focus SE. Base wheels. Base.....everything.... we bought it new as reliable yet inexpensive transportation.....


About the only options we ticked off were remote start and the DCT.

I bitch about the electrical gremlins in my Dodge. Those are slight annoyances. This car is pure rage.


Before last Friday, I hadn’t driven the car since Valentine’s Day (it’s the wife’s commuter) when I had to get it a new tire (chunk of metal in roadway JUUUST a bit too big to patch/plug). Fast forward to last Friday. Noise that is reminiscent of gear whine from the rear of a FWD vehicle. Great. Wheel bearing. Or should I say BEARINGS. As in BOTH. Did I mention it’s a drum brake rear? Apparently that makes it a crap-ton harder than the disc rear cars...... Oh, and lucky me, there’s a hole somewhere in the exhaust and it makes WONDERFUL noises when I shift from reverse to drive (or vice versa). I’m fairly confident it’s up towards the exhaust manifold itself as the rest of the exhaust APPEARS solid. It’s due for a transmission service as well. It’s too cold and my wife needs this car done so I’m dropping it off for this work to the shop I use when I’m too lazy and/or pressed for time. Did I mention the car only has 57K miles? Wheel bearings bad @ 57K miles...... Did I mention the TCM has been replaced cause the car bricked itself in my driveway last year? Did I mention the remote start has been replaced as well? When the car had 5K on it?

Maybe I was spoiled by my wife’s previous car...... Maybe I’m spoiled by my 160K mile Lincoln that was driven HARD before I got it. It’s been a champ.


I’m to the point where I’m debating on trading the Dodge and the Focus in and getting a lease...... A brand new MKZ select with the twin turbo V6 and AWD would be under $400 a month.....

Rant over.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter