Re: New Focus 2010_SES
Best thing to do is to talk to your dealer. If it irks you enough, email Ford and they MIGHT respond in a few months to your 'inquiry'.
Keep in mind that they vehicles are put through a short burst of tests, from high pressure leak test, road holding test and other QC items, just like any other automaker.
Don't forget, you could have spent more on a Civic, and had similar, if not more problems with it as well - don't forget that. Sure, the general rule of thumb is you get what you pay for, but why pay more for similar machinery, as ANYTHING man made will require maintenance, be it now, or down the road, it's inevitable.
I'm also on a Dodge and GM forum for my other vehicles, and trust me, you're not alone with having problems with a new vehicle. Personally, I've never had any problems and I bought my '99 Taurus 'new' as a demo model in '99 at the dealer. It had 42km on it when I bought it, and was obviously out for a few test drives, and I put on another 35km for my test drive alone before I decided on it. For under $20K in SE sedan trim it was one hulluva deal.
I've only ever had one problem with it that was covered under warranty - the drivers seat belt spring needed replacement around 30,000kms, or 20K miles. Now over 210,000kms and no major problems.
Buying new is the only way to go today. Used vehicles are less expensive sure, but their history is unknown. At least now the dealer can fix the bad seal under warranty and it'll be better piece of mind down the road when/if you decide to sell it before it becomes worthless. Keep in mind, the Focus also sits a couple inches higher than the Civic does, which will make quite a difference in an accident with a larger vehicle.
Another story: I had a 1992 Dodge Spirit 2.5L I4 with the 3 speed auto. I put on 420,000kms until I retired it in 2004. I lifted a front wheel off the ground to start a brake job, and went into the basement to get my axle stands. When I came out two minutes later, my hydraulic jack went straight through the rocker panel and into the door. As the frame was shot, I retired it and never did the brake job of course. However, it didn't come without faults. I could count on a new head gasket every 80-85,000kms, and to some folks this would be unacceptable. However, these engines were bad on gaskets, sure, and I do my own work myself unless I need a vehicle lift and for a half day of my time and a $30 gasket, it's good to go for another 80,000kms. It was mostly highway driven and at 65mph the tach was at 3000rpm with only the 3 speed auto. Design flaw? No. It was similar with other vehicles of it's time technology wise. To get that many kms out of the car was great. Cost me less than 7 cents a km including fuel costs during the ownership period with maintenance items. Some people buy a 3-4 year old car with 120,000kms and have ONE problem such as engine light comes on, or it needs new tires due to improper alignment, or shocks are worn out, they think it's a lemon only because the previous owner didn't maintain it properly. People should assume nothing. Unlike with a new vehicle, you just take it to the dealer during the warranty period and hope all the bugs are worked out before the warranty ends and you'll have a pleasant ownership experience for years to come. Irregardless of make or model.
'11 Ram Quad Cab 4x4 SXT 5.7L HEMI (stock); 48,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 64,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 28,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!