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Old 10-09-2018, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by BadAltitude View Post
Located beneath the contents of the Ford Towing Guide there is a list of vehicles recommended not be used for towing. The Focus is one of the vehicles listed.
Yep. I missed that fine-print blurb. For others, it's on the bottom-right corner on page 2 of the 2018 towing guide.
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:40 PM
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Personally, I'd move up to an Escape if you intend to tow. With the 2.0 EcoBoost, you can get it equipped to tow 3500 pounds. Pretty useful, and it's roomy enough inside for 2 adults in great comfort, and not too bad in the back seat either. I traded my 2013 for my truck. It was a great vehicle. 87,000 miles on original brakes, no issues. And the 2.0 EB isn't too bad for performance either.
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Driven a couple as loaners, don't like them. I have had a couple Flex (Flexi?) and enjoy driving them, so if I'm going to get something for this it will be something I can drive too.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:15 PM
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Yeah, you have to like what you're driving. I was fine with my 'Scape, but maybe that's because I was coming out of a Honda Civic Si. Not a terrible little car except no ground clearance and it was a PITA for me to fold up and crawl into and out of it.

Anyway, no use spending good money on something you don't like.
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Originally Posted by acdii View Post
I have had a couple Flex (Flexi?) and enjoy driving them, so if I'm going to get something for this it will be something I can drive too.
Yeah, I like the Flex. When the 2018 Order Guide first opened, I ordered one to be my "family" car. But 6 weeks later Ford had still not scheduled it for production. So I settled on a new 2018 Highlander that was already in the pipeline and I was driving it a couple of weeks later. I wanted to give my local itty bitty Ford dealer some business, but Ford let me down. Toyota was quick to take care of me. I've had several Toys since 1986, including the 2017 Corolla and 2018 Avalon now in my garage (the Highlander was totaled and replaced by the Avalon, which DW likes better because of the lower step-in height). But for my tow vehicle, Toy doesn't make a drivetrain for their pickups that competes with the 3.5L EcoBoost in the F-150, so I have a 2019 F-150 with 3.5L EcoBoost engine and Max Tow pkg on order. My 2012 F-150 is still in good shape, so I don't care how long it takes Ford to build my 2019 F-150. My dealer says it could be three or four months because demand for the F-150 is red hot right now.
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Originally Posted by acdii View Post
... heck I have seen ppprius towing things, ...
Like what, a spare battery?
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Originally Posted by schmenke View Post
Like what, a spare battery?






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Originally Posted by acdii View Post
Between the trailer and boat/motor shouldn't weigh more than 800-900 pounds.
Some Foci have a GCWR of about 800Lbs. Subtract driver, passengers, gear in the Focus, what do you have left? Not much for pulling a trailer.

The main issues with towing with US Foci is underwhelming rear brakes and front end lift. You lose front axle traction fast when you start weighting the tongue, and the rear brakes don't have enough power to compensate.

Do they have WDH's in the 100-200lb range? LOL
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Originally Posted by Flamingtaco View Post
Do they have WDH's in the 100-200lb range? LOL
LOL - you can probably make one with a couple of pair of large vice grips and a piece of black pipe!
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