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JackEllison
Hi everyone,

Spent the last couple of days going through this forum and felt compelled to join. Love how passionate everyone is about their Fords. I just passed my driving test last month and went straight to Ford dealership to order a new Focus. No idea how long itís going to take, so a little bit anxious but enjoying the wait.

I guess my question is, as (almost) a new Ford owner, is there any general advice you guys can give me from your collective experiences that I should keep in mind as a Ford owner, either for now or in the future.

Thanks!
tomo2001
Hi Jack, welcome and which Focus did you plump for ?
JackEllison
Hi Tomo,

Went with the bog standard 1.6 Zetec 125PS. Really wanted the Titanium, but couldn't justify the extra £2000 with missus unfortunately. Managed to squeeze out free rear parking sensors from the dealer though. Now just waiting on a date for delivery.
Lenny
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Hi everyone,

Spent the last couple of days going through this forum and felt compelled to join. Love how passionate everyone is about their Fords. I just passed my driving test last month and went straight to Ford dealership to order a new Focus. No idea how long it's going to take, so a little bit anxious but enjoying the wait.

I guess my question is, as (almost) a new Ford owner, is there any general advice you guys can give me from your collective experiences that I should keep in mind as a Ford owner, either for now or in the future.

Thanks!
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what color of focus did you choose mate? B)
JackEllison
Oh wow! Awesome. Thanks so much. I'l definitely be wasting time at work going through these. I went with the panther black. Was considering frozen white. Seen a lot of white cars on the road that actually look nice, but decided to play it safe and classic.
Looking forward to posting up some pics when I get it.

Thanks again
jimrex
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Oh wow! Awesome. Thanks so much. I'l definitely be wasting time at work going through these. I went with the panther black. Was considering frozen white. Seen a lot of white cars on the road that actually look nice, but decided to play it safe and classic.
Looking forward to posting up some pics when I get it.

Thanks again
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Hi Jack,

Good choice!

I also have a Panther Black Focus, there are pics in my gallery... I was unsure about black as they are a pain to keep clean, but it's worth the effort when it's gleaming :)
JackEllison
Thanks that looks great. Yeah thatís basically the reason I chose black too. When itís clean, it gleams. Just out of curiosity, how long did it take for your car to be delivered from the date you ordered it?
Lenny
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Oh wow! Awesome. Thanks so much. I'l definitely be wasting time at work going through these. I went with the panther black. Was considering frozen white. Seen a lot of white cars on the road that actually look nice, but decided to play it safe and classic.
Looking forward to posting up some pics when I get it.

Thanks again
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No prob mate,
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mitch84
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Thanks that looks great. Yeah thatís basically the reason I chose black too. When itís clean, it gleams. Just out of curiosity, how long did it take for your car to be delivered from the date you ordered it?
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I think Black stays cleaner for longer than white, my fiesta was white and after I washed it a week later it would look dirty again, my black focus seems to look cleaner for a little longer , although both are the worst for showing dirt.

Hopefully will give mine a clean this weekend , it will be its first since buying it in November.
JackEllison
Thatís great Lenny. Thnks a lot for the link.

I think white does look nice so long as it doesnít have any ugly black coloured bumpers and mirrors. But, youíre right. They can look dirtier more quickly.

Anyway, so far no news from my dealer. Ordered on the 23rd of December. Taking into account xmas, new years and bank holidays itís only been about 7 working days since I ordered. The waits killing me!
jimrex
[quote name='JackEllison' timestamp='1325754311' post='159492']
Thanks that looks great. Yeah thatís basically the reason I chose black too. When itís clean, it gleams. Just out of curiosity, how long did it take for your car to be delivered from the date you ordered it?
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I didn't really have to wait - I bought mine as a 5 month old ex-demo from Benfield in Leeds, back when there weren't too many Mk3's about second-hand. Did have my Fiesta from new though which was ordered in the June and I got the keys by mid-September... the wait was unbearable and I pestered the dealer so much, they reckoned at the time that Ford couldn't build them fast enough (it was around the time of the scrappage scheme). I would hae thought the Focus has a similar demand due to fleet buyers etc.

Can't beat that excitment of waiting for a new car though :D
JackEllison
Lol! All I know is, heís told me itíll definitely be in January. Which I can only assume they have it in stock somewhere. But youíre right, the wait is killer and sweet all at once. Think Iíve gone through practically every Youtube video on the new ford focus just to keep me going. :P

To be fair it IS my first car, hence the girlish excitement. :)
2011fiesta
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Think I’ve gone through practically every Youtube video on the new ford focus
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Me too and I don't even have a focus! lol. I recommend searching for "2012 Ford Focus" as the US version is called, they've reviewed it plenty and all the dealers over there seem YouTube savvy, posting vids for nearly every vechicle that arrives on their lot.
Plus the US get the sweet looking saloon version too (opps I mean sedan) and the fancy My Ford Touch system.

Paul :D
jimrex
[quote name='JackEllison' timestamp='1325794774' post='159609']
Lol! All I know is, heís told me itíll definitely be in January. Which I can only assume they have it in stock somewhere. But youíre right, the wait is killer and sweet all at once. Think Iíve gone through practically every Youtube video on the new ford focus just to keep me going. :P

To be fair it IS my first car, hence the girlish excitement. :)
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I did the same top be honest! The Carbuyer reviews on Youtube are pretty good, though the bloke seems a bit biased towards Golfs. Put some pics up when you get it - I don't think I've ever seen another black one on the road...


[quote name='2011fiesta' timestamp='1325800327' post='159639']
Me too and I don't even have a focus! lol. I recommend searching for "2012 Ford Focus" as the US version is called, they've reviewed it plenty and all the dealers over there seem YouTube savvy, posting vids for nearly every vechicle that arrives on their lot.
Plus the US get the sweet looking saloon version too (opps I mean sedan) and the fancy My Ford Touch system.

Paul :D
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For a 'Global' car, the American version seems a lot different - the guy in this video gives a bit of a demo of the My Ford Touch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnesVjWi0go ... I want!
JackEllison
Yeah seen all those videos. I have to agree, that guy is a bit too Golf centric for my taste. I could have chosen a Golf myself, but I went with the Ford because it just seems to be an all rounder. loads of gadgets and Iím told driving and handling is pretty good for a car this size

Funny thing is I've been seeing the new Focus all over the place now. Havenít seen a black one yet. They all seem to be white or that dark orange colour.
alans220
Black Focus looks good, especially when clean
jimrex
Do you have it yet mate?
JackEllison
Not yet. Had three handover dates so far. Dealer said it’s in compound now (whatever that means) so hopefully not long to go.

On another note. He just told me that all Focus built 2012 onwards don’t come with the armrest and a few other things that were fitted as standard. I’ve kicked up a bit of a fuss, considering I ordered on the 23rd of Dec and he’s now trying to upgrade me to a Titanium that they got into stock last week. Just waiting to see if his manager authorises it.

Won’t be black though unfortunately, but Midnight Blue. I’ll take that if it’s a Titanium

EDIT. Just got back from the dealership. Getting a 2012 Focus Titanium in Ink Blue. A tiny bit miffed about the colour but it’s a free upgrade and I’ll be picking it up on Tuesday once they've got the plates etc. Pretty pleased with that result
jimrex
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On another note. He just told me that all Focus built 2012 onwards don’t come with the armrest and a few other things that were fitted as standard.
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I noticed that a few bits that were standard on mine last year are now options on the configurator on the website. Seems a bit odd :huh:

[quote name='JackEllison' timestamp='1328201639' post='164408']
Won’t be black though unfortunately, but Midnight Blue. I’ll take that if it’s a Titanium

EDIT. Just got back from the dealership. Getting a 2012 Focus Titanium in Ink Blue. A tiny bit miffed about the colour but it’s a free upgrade and I’ll be picking it up on Tuesday once they've got the plates etc. Pretty pleased with that result
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Shame about the colour, but I think that's a fair trade off - you are getting a better specced car at the end of the day! It'll be worth the wait :D
JackEllison
Just picked it up. It’s more wonderful than I could ever have imagined! Will be posting some pics as promised later tonight.
tomo2001
When it's covered in salt LOL !! :wacko:
JackEllison
Too dark for pics at the mo. Here’s a quick pic of the interior. hopefully posting some more tomorrow

[img]http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u374/jck16341/Ford/IMG_0220.jpg[/img]
Lenny
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Too dark for pics at the mo. Here’s a quick pic of the interior. hopefully posting some more tomorrow

[img]http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u374/jck16341/Ford/IMG_0220.jpg[/img]
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Wow that interior looks sexual :o
JackEllison
Couple more pics. Looks better during the day and I have to admit the colour is sort of growing on me

[img]http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u374/jck16341/Ford/Photo11-02-2012114820.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u374/jck16341/Ford/Photo11-02-2012114648.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u374/jck16341/Ford/Photo11-02-2012114712.jpg[/img]
tomo2001
Be handy if ur reg ended in CAL - would spell LOGICAL !!
james_60
whos dusty hand prints are on the trim abouve that lovely screen with ford and 20 miles

Jamie XX
JackEllison
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Be handy if ur reg ended in CAL - would spell LOGICAL !!
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Lol.


[quote name='james_60' timestamp='1328972090' post='166055']
whos dusty hand prints are on the trim abouve that lovely screen with ford and 20 miles
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Damn dealer!!
2011fiesta
Stunning.
jimrex
Wow. Looks good, I've never seen a blue one!

That interior is cracking, much better than the one in my Zetec. I'm a tad jealous!

And if you're anything like me, you'll try to keep it new for as long as possible - park 3 miles from the door at the supermarket, wash it all the time, frown upon those passengers with muddy feet, and, this may only be me... but I check on it out the window before I go to bed... :wub:

Most of all though, enjoy it :D
2011fiesta
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And if you're anything like me, you'll try to keep it new for as long as possible - park 3 miles from the door at the supermarket, wash it all the time, frown upon those passengers with muddy feet, and, this may only be me... but I check on it out the window before I go to bed
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ditto! lol
JackEllison
[quote name='jimrex' timestamp='1329000918' post='166127']
Wow. Looks good, I've never seen a blue one!

That interior is cracking, much better than the one in my Zetec. I'm a tad jealous!

And if you're anything like me, you'll try to keep it new for as long as possible - park 3 miles from the door at the supermarket, wash it all the time, frown upon those passengers with muddy feet, and, this may only be me... but I check on it out the window before I go to bed... :wub:

Most of all though, enjoy it :D
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Lol. It's like you read my mind!


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