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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-30-03, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Pedal placement

I had a drive of a zetec manual the other day and the first thing i noticed was the shocking pedal placement!

For starters the throttle pedal was WAY too small and positioned too high up and away from the brake pedal. I actually missed the pedal on a couple of times because i was used to the large ones in a Falcon. They we also very poor quality and were a fixed bit of plastic which makes mods hard to make (?)

Does anyone agree with me or am i just odd? Seems to be a startling ergonomic ommission on behalf of ford

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For those of you who don't already know it. The Focus was designed primarily by women to be driven primarily by women for commuter use. How was Ford to know that the little car would be so popular. Yes the pedal's are small, the headroom is lacking, and is generally underpowered, but even with all this against it, it is still a great little car. Pretty dependable, good milage, and fun to drive.

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I find the same problem, especially a killer on longer trips. Thankfully cruise control is being released as a dealer fit option.

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Re: Pedal placement

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The problem for women would be even worse becuase they have smaller feet. Perhpas LHD versions are better, but this is still not good enough
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Re: Pedal placement

do u agree zetec with the pedals?
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lol seems i've become somewhat of an instant authority!!! All good!!!

Having driven about 124000 km's including a return trip to Brisbane from Sydney, I can't say that I've ever really noticed to that extent. Yes the accelerator is a little flimsy but it won't snap and i don't really think about it that much. That brake and clutch are fine, the accelerator is not really something you go mashing into the floor with full force anyway unlike the brake... not that I ever do

It honestly doesn't bother me in the slightest, I would only get the metal pedal covers purely for the look and heel toe ability, which most cars need anyway these days. Trust me, it ain't gonna stop me from smiling so much people think I'm high every time I drive the baby...
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Re: Pedal placement

And now I have a signature!!! Getting the hang of this!!

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dude u me and maybe ozfocus and a couple of others are the only posters on this forum

Cmon Focus owners (especially Oz) get typing!
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Re: Pedal placement

Ok ok!! Check the sig.

I haven't found the pedal placement a problem myself and I guess you get used to it.

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