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#1 r4963

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:14 PM

I currently own a Focus Zetec 2010 which I recently bought second hand. Shortly before this I have a 2008 model Zetec which had a major fault and therefore I exchanged.

I have read in many places that the Focus Zetec suspension is setup as “Sports Suspension” for better handling. Although there seems to be some difference with Zetec models since 2008.

My previous 2008 mark 2.5 Focus Zetec model RJ58LNW listed the suspension on the Etis Website http://www.etis.ford.com under vehicle check as “With Handling Suspension” and “with standard rear shock absorbers”. This had the standard 16 inch alloys normal (non blacked out windows) and the seats with the black vinyl stripes on the back.

My new 2010 Focus Zetec has the more normal looking seats (without the stripes) and 16 inch wheels. On Etis it says “with standard rear shock absorbers” and “standard suspension.
Does this mean they have downgraded the suspension? It seems the 2010 Zetecs with the blacked out rear windows and 17 inch alloys are still listed on the Etis page as “with handling suspension”.

After some investigation I have found that all Focus Zetect 2008 -2009 show as “handling suspension” on Etis. But all standard 2010 forward Focus Zetec say standard unless it has the blacked out windows and larger 17 inch wheels.
I phoned up the ford technical helpline 0906 5533 447. They just said the suspension was the same for each model and only changed for the ST model. He said this was just marketing speak on Etis.

Can anyone help do all Zetec have Sport suspension? What does “handling suspension” mean? Anyone clarification would really be appreciated.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:25 PM

zetec suspension has 15percent stiffer springs thats it dont listen to there customer service as its been proved on here they dont have a clue about there own products. the sports suspension is stiffer springs other focis were softer sprung but had the electrohydraulic power steering to compensate

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:46 PM

Thanks for your swift update. That makes more sense

So does that mean that all Zetec's have 15 percent Stiffer springs which is referred to as Sports suspension?
I agree the Ford customer service do not seem to know much.

Im still not entirely sure though what the "handling suspension" on the http://www.etis.ford.com website is though. All standard 2008-2009 Zetecs list it on Etis. But all 2010+ versions list "standard" suspension unless they are the ones with the blacked windows and the 17 inch alloys, in which case it still says "handling suspension".

eg 2008 Zetect on Etis
  • "With Mini Steel Spare Wheel
  • With Standard Rear Shock Absorbers
  • 7.0 X 16" Alloy Road Wheel
  • 205/55VR-16 BSW Tyre
  • Locking Wheel Nuts
  • With Handling Suspension"
eg 2010 Zetec on etis
  • "With Standard Rear Shock Absorbers
  • 7.0 X 16" Alloy Road Wheel
  • 205/55VR-16 BSW Tyre
  • Locking Wheel Nuts
  • Standard Electric Starter Motor
  • With Standard Suspension"
Any advice appreciated
Thanks

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:35 PM

im sure the 2010 zetec has the electrohydraulic steering ie the 3 settings sport comfort and standard in which case its normal springs the 2008 zetec unless requested as an optional extra didnt have this but had the stiffer springs

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:52 PM

Thanks for the info, really cleared up my confusion. Mine does not have the steering setting on the menu so must be just standard Stiffer springs "sport suspension". Its funny that my old 2008 model did. I guess it does not make much difference?

Thanks again

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:03 AM

I think the electro-hydrolic steering in the MK 2.5 can only be found in the diesels.

The blacked out windows and larger alloys were part of an Appearance Pack.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

I think the electro-hydrolic steering in the MK 2.5 can only be found in the diesels.

The blacked out windows and larger alloys were part of an Appearance Pack.

Nope, my 2008 MK 2.5 1.8L petrol Estate Titanium has electro-hydraulic steering with 3 settings. it also has standard suspension according to Etis.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:49 PM

Nope, my 2008 MK 2.5 petrol Estate Titanium has electro-hydraulic steering with 3 settings. it also has standard suspension according to Etis.


Well Ive learned something new yet again. Could it be only the Titanium petrols or 1.8 up petrols with that steering then? Only I didnt have it on my 09 Focus or on the current 11 Focus which are both 1.6's.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:52 PM

Thanks for the info, really cleared up my confusion. Mine does not have the steering setting on the menu so must be just standard Stiffer springs "sport suspension". Its funny that my old 2008 model did. I guess it does not make much difference?

Thanks again


Apparently it does, someone mentioned it on my post about eTIS.

http://www.fordowner...post__p__182986

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:26 PM

Got it on my 1.8 mk2 Tdci sport.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

Yep i definately dont havevthe hydro steering on my 2010 zetec focus.

Anyone worked out what handling suspension on etis refers to?

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 12:48 AM

I have the 3 steering settings on my 2010 focus zetec s...a nice touch although im yet to make a difference between them!

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 12:48 AM

As in does anyone have any idea what the difference is?

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 01:10 AM

The settings change the level of servo assistance on the steering.
Comfort softens the steering making it lighter.
Sport reduces assist making the steering firmer (recommended for snow/ice).
Standard speaks for itself.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 01:14 AM

Oh ace nice one. Personally I cant make any difference between them but its a nice touch and im sure beneficial to others

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