Juan DCAutoGeek Barnett
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@sastexan I heard back from the dealer and he apologized and explained to me the situation. One employee was dealing with personal health issues of a loved one while another was trying to work. Understandable situation, but still not the best face to put forward to your customers.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Luxury Means Less F-bombs
@StuWilliams @brian_guy I rarely if EVER get on the highway during my 9-5 Mon-Fri commute. On the highway the car does fine, but cold starts and cold drives keeps those fuel injectors wide open. I'm at 21MPG right now.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on A Letter: Dear Focus ST…
@derelicte78 @boddagettaflyer I've tried everything. The hardest part is my wife is worthless (sorry honey) when it comes to helping me track down sounds and riding shotgun. She can't drive a stick and is basically deaf. I need to take the service advisor for a ride so he can hash it out. It almost sounds like its coming from the wheel well the more I listen to it. I'll update this once I know more!
@eappleton1 @brian_guy HA! I'd still highly recommend the car, just buy it in the base form. Pick up X-plan pricing via a Focus group walk away with a quick little hatch for around the $22-23 mark OTD. Can't really beat it. LIke Brian said, toss in some aftermarket seat(s) and track the shit out of it.
@derelicte78 They are up to 3.5.2 now I believe. I'll be taking in it for the upgrade though. Hopefully that resolves the issues.
@Bill what The code was related to the fuel neck, but was also related to the sound synthesizer in the intake. I don't think they ever figured out why the intake was throwing a code, but it didn't come back. SYNC works great. My wife has SYNC in her Fusion and we've never had a problem with it. I would have loved an ST packaged car that was SYNC, HIDs and Recaros. That would be my ideal combo.
@brian_guy @hwild68 The error stays on when you put it in gear (no D as all STs are manuals). Hence the annoyance of driving around with a big error on your screen.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on A Letter: Dear Focus ST…
@brian_guy That's exactly what I should have done. Lesson learned.
@StuWilliams If I had to do this all over again - I would go ST1. I think 90% of the people who read this missed the part where I highly recommend/love the driving dynamics of the car. They also probably didn't see the bigger writeup I did over at Hooniverse when I first got the car. I also did a nice write up here when I did the Focus ST academy. So in the end, I agree 100% - this thing is just awesome. I don't think we'll be parting ways anytime soon, but the letter was nice satire.
@boddagettaflyer Thanks. I'm just going to drop it off at the dealer and have them try and track down the loose piece on the door and also see if they can get the backseat tightened. There is quite a bit of play in the 60 part of the 60/40 spilt. Seeing that my 15month old rides back there, I'd prefer it be snug.
@Pendarus @Vipergtsrgt1 - They finally learned that my overflow valve was missing/broken. Either way, fuel was going down the neck and also out of the valve onto the ground. I've owned and drive enough cars to know how not to overfill them.
@hwild68 Very good point. But if I don't look at the screen, how will I know that my finger in the right place to press the OK button to remove the full-screen error message? This would be helpful if I wanted to do something else, like select a radio station or not see the full-screen error message.
@hwild68 You see, the thing is, the fuel was leaking from the neck and the car was E, which means it had no fuel in it.
@StephanieBarnett - You'll have your Corvette one day soon enough, Mrs. Barnett.
4 months, 1 week ago on How I learned to stop worrying & love the Corvette.
@geraldhallsf - You are almost ready for another one, no? :)
@StephanieBarnett While the insurance industry is one incentive mechanism, I think states and other groups have to start rewarding people who go years without accidents as well. Maybe a discounted property tax rate or earned credits for future moving violation. (Thinking out loud here)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Seat Belt Sign is ALWAYS On
@KarenCosta Do you think future vans will allow the same level of uniqueness and culture? Ford just killed off the Econoline line and will replace it with a Transit. Will the vanner community welcome these new modern vans?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Vanners will Van!
@jackiespiegle I admit at first I laughed, then I started to listen. "Vanners are enthusiasts to" is what I walked away thinking. I did a 180 from my chucking to "hell yeah!" I hoep this documentary gets published. I for sure will do my part to share it with the automotive community.
@ScottBrennenstuhl - Since I'm out at the LA Auto Show this week, maybe I'll run a special Vans from LA Autoshow post for the group :)
@BrycePhillips Exactly! Everything I've ever heard about vans is creepy, family or work. Never would I associate vans with fun, bonding or an enthusiast lifestyle. Boy o boy was I wrong! I hope this video gains more traction and people will begin to give vanners the credit they are due. But like you said, that isn't a requirement for wheels (and captain's chair) to keep on turning in the Vanning culture. Cheers! Juan