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Old 12-02-2004, 00:37   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys

I was just wondering what the gearbox pattern is on the Focus?
Going for my p's 2moro and havent driven one before, only 2002 Lasers

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Old 12-02-2004, 01:22   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

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(you have to lift the safety under the knob to engage reverse.
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btw, it's stamped in the gear knob itself......can't go wrong really.
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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

In the Zetec it's a lockout ring on the Reverswe, for the rest of the range (CL and LX) it's just regular reverse with no lockout.
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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

the ST's also do not have a reverse lockout ring

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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

They figured only "Zetec" owners need the extra protection to be made idiot proof!

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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

Yeah us ST170 owners are a bit smarter

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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

Yep the same gear pattern as the Laser, and most 5 speed gearboxes. I think only Holden Vectras, Astras and Barinas are different, they have reverse on the left hand side next to 2nd.
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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

its a fair question though. being a euro car and all. i am yet to see a car with different gearing for the forward gears...but euro car manufactureres seem to all have different views on where reverse should be. left of second, left of first, right of fourth, under the passenger seat....ok so that last one was bogus...but still.....i think your main concern should be that the indicators are on the left not the right as in lasers. you dont wanna be hitting the wipers when changing lanes in your test! heh heh.
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Certainly a fair question. Actually in the newer euro Holdens they manage to have the stalks on the correct side.

BJ - I would highly recommend going for a drive in the Focus before you do your test. All manual cars have a different "feel" to the clutch for one thing, and you have enough on your mind in the driving test without worrying about stalling an unfamiliar car.
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Re: Focus Gearbox pattern

The Reverse on a VW Golf has been weird for ages, have to actually push down on the gearstick to stop it from locking out...

As for that Ghey comment on Zetec owners, the true reason they put the lockout on is because It's the only true Focus with enough balls to really hurt itself if you put it into reverse at the wrong time.... the CL clutch just burns (if you can find the take up point) and the ST is normally in the workshop getting fixed so reverse needs to be easily engaged so it can be reversed out of the bay each week...
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