My Review Of My Ten Days Driving A Ford Focus

CarTomorrow I'll be returning the Ford Focus I've been driving for the past ten days. Ford gave me the car for a no-strings-attached ten days and I drove it to the cottage I rented in Meaford and all around Highway 26 before heading back to the city. I wasn't told to write a positive review or a review at all, they just told me to have fun and try and bring it back in one piece.

I like smaller, economical cars, having driven a Mazda Protege for the past nine years, so this car was right up my alley. She was a smooth ride, so quiet and comfortable, and although there wasn't a whole lot of space, two adults, two kids and a full trunk didn't feel crammed. This car was a pleasure to drive.

The Sync technology hooked up my iPod Touch and my Blackberry via Bluetooth and that was just awesome. The voice recognition software had a few minor bugs I quickly learnt to dance around, but the controls on the steering wheel meant I didn't have to fret. I pretty much stick to shuffling playlists anyway.

The sound system itself was top notch making it sound as if Neil Young was playing in the back seat. The Sirius satellite radio allowed me to reconnect with Howard Stern and the other perks, like the tinted windows and sunroof, just added to the positive experience. It was a great ten days and it's going to be tough to switch back at Ford tomorrow.

Now that I think of it, Ford didn't ask to see my driver's license or credit card. They don't know where I work or live. Maybe I won't be returning this car tomorrow...

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The_Voice

If only you couldn't use WHOIS to get certain information...

August 24, 2008 @ 7:05 PM

Toronto Mike

I'm covered. My WHOIS info isn't actually my info.

August 24, 2008 @ 7:09 PM

James Edgar

I don't know, Mike going to Jail for a Ferrari make sense Sort of. For a Ford Focus? Not so much.

August 24, 2008 @ 7:41 PM

Ajax Mike

What's with the funky chrome thing just behind the front wheel? It seems out of place.

August 25, 2008 @ 2:12 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Mike, our head swim coach borrowed one from a friend and his nick name for it after he tried it...the Ford Fuckus I have heard no good reviews other than from you....I like smaller cars too.

August 25, 2008 @ 3:45 PM

Toronto Mike

I guess that funky chrome thing is to give it a sporty flavour. I don't think it does anything.

As for the Ford Fuckus, I understand they rebuilt the Focus and it's a far better car than it once was. I assure you, if I didn't like something about this car, I'd have blogged about it. My only issue the whole ten days was a minor communications problem with the Sync voice - she confused a few of my commands.

August 25, 2008 @ 3:50 PM

Mike from Lowville

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been driving a Focus since 2000, the first year they were offered. On my second one now. Best cars I've owned. (and I've owned and driven and worked on and repaired many) Buffalo Boy Mike, you must live in a cave. No good reviews? The guy that called it a Ford Fuckus is probably biased to Imports (that all copied the Focus design) and wouldn't have a good thing to say about a Ford, unless it gave him a blow job!

August 26, 2008 @ 7:58 AM

elvis

Hello? A car that gives you a blow job?

August 26, 2008 @ 1:32 PM

Toronto Mike

When do I get to testdrive that car?

August 26, 2008 @ 1:41 PM

Shawn Ryder

So, how did the test turn out? Curious how the Sync worked for the days you had it.

January 19, 2009 @ 8:38 PM

Toronto Mike

The sync with my blackberry was awesome. Call comes in, I see on the dashboard who it is, my music mutes and I can hands-free chat by pressing a button on my steering wheel. Super slick.

The iPod sync was great too, but the voice recognition didn't work that well. I'd say "play pearl jam" and a coldplay song would start. I just used the buttons on the steering wheel to shuffle playlists.

I miss the sync.

January 19, 2009 @ 8:53 PM

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