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Old 08-11-2015, 08:42 PM   #11
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Just would like to ask ,I have a 2010 ford focus fwd,w/auto trans , can I tow this with a tow dolly ,behind my motor home?
If fwd refers to front wheel drive I see no reason you wouldn't be able to dolly tow. Rear wheels aren't connected to the tranny. If fwd refers to four wheel drive the answer would be maybe. If you can put the transfer case into neutral it should be no problem for a dolly tow or four wheels on the ground tow. Usually a manual transfer case will work, don't know about shift on the fly type. Best source for answer is the owners manual.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:47 AM   #12
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Just would like to ask ,I have a 2010 ford focus fwd,w/auto trans , can I tow this with a tow dolly ,behind my motor home?
Much better off flat towing if the 10 model is rated for it. I'm fairly certain '13 and '12 were. Just have to aware of nessary adjustments by dealer if shudders occur.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:36 PM   #13
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I checked the Family Motor Coach Association guides for towing (best resource I've found) and they show the 2010 Focus as flat towable ONLY with standard transmission, not automatic. Looks like you're stuck with the dolly.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:49 AM   #14
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We just bought a 2014 Focus to tow behind our Georgetown, weighs just under 3,000 lbs. There are a lot of negative posts about the Focus transmission, but we have no real problem with the double clutching that does occur during its re-learning period. We did find a video posted on line where a repair man wearing a Ford repair shirt was giving a test drive of how he makes the problem a lot less noticeable. Not sure if it is for real, but we will get to that shortly.

We went the Master Brake route for the conversion including their Even Brake controller. Again, we will get to that also.

The Ford Focus is flat towable because their 6 speed automatic front wheel drive transmission is actually their 6 speed manual transmission with a computer control shifting system that controls the manual clutches. A strange way to do it, but great for gas mileage. It does have trouble when you first get your car in learning your driving habits so it can clutch right for you. This is the major source of complaints about the Focus. The video mentioned above is a mechanic taking the Focus on an open road and gunning it through the first few gear shifts from a standing start. It gets the transmission used to holding the gears longer instead of changing gears at too low a speed and therefore double clutching too often.

The key to the Focus being flat towable is that you can trick the computer into keeping the transmission completely in neutral. The computer constantly senses road speed, engine speed, and transmission settings, and then adjusts the clutches as needed. The trick is to put the transmission in a neutral start where the dash literally says “Transmission Ready”, and then disconnect the negative battery cable so the computer can’t change things while you are driving.

This is where the Master Brake problem occurred for us. When they installed the Even Brake system it required the installation of an auxiliary power outlet so you could plug it in during the install process. They made a mistake and attacked the power outlet to the metal frame which caused the battery disconnect to the bypassed. The easy way to test this is to go through the set up process and try to blow the car horn. Ours blew when we tested it, they found the issue and remounted the power outlet to the plastic covering next to the driver’s leg and all works great now. We use the try to blow your horn thing as a final test when we flat tow now.

The cost of set up was way higher than we would have liked, close to $4,500, but worth every penny to us. Have flat towed it hundreds of miles now and you don’t even know it is there.
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:58 PM   #15
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Don't be disappointed to learn the Ford Focus isn't really an American flag. See the quip from Motor Trend. Focus has always been a Mazda .

you've*read on Wide Open Throttle, the sale of Mazda stock will not affect deals between Ford and Mazda. They share Mazda's B-car platform in the Mazda2 and*Ford Fiesta. Now Mazda can decide, on its own, whether it wants to import the 2 for sale in North America. They also share a platform in the Mazda3 and global*Ford Focus, which means the*Volvo C30*and S40/V50 as well, and the Mazda6 is the basis for a host of midsize Fords, from the Fusion/Milan/MKZ to the Edge and MKX. Finally, North American-market front-drive Mazda6s are built in the same Flat Rock, Michigan, factory as the rear-drive*Ford Mustang.

Read more:*http:/ nd.com/ford-sets-mazda-free-2126.html#ixzz3jyov45Ox /blogs.motortre

Focus is no longer approved for flat towing, why? Too many warranty repairs. Keep an eye on it!
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Thanks Vince, I will keep an eye on it. Hope I'm not doing wishful thinking, but at least my owner's manual does state that it can be flat towed. Not sure of the legal issues if Ford later tries to say it will not support the warranty if the owner does what the car was advertized to do at purchase time!
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Don't be disappointed to learn the Ford Focus isn't really an American flag. See the quip from Motor Trend. Focus has always been a Mazda .

you've*read on Wide Open Throttle, the sale of Mazda stock will not affect deals between Ford and Mazda. They share Mazda's B-car platform in the Mazda2 and*Ford Fiesta. Now Mazda can decide, on its own, whether it wants to import the 2 for sale in North America. They also share a platform in the Mazda3 and global*Ford Focus, which means the*Volvo C30*and S40/V50 as well, and the Mazda6 is the basis for a host of midsize Fords, from the Fusion/Milan/MKZ to the Edge and MKX. Finally, North American-market front-drive Mazda6s are built in the same Flat Rock, Michigan, factory as the rear-drive*Ford Mustang.

Read more:*http:/ nd.com/ford-sets-mazda-free-2126.html#ixzz3jyov45Ox /blogs.motortre

Focus is no longer approved for flat towing, why? Too many warranty repairs. Keep an eye on it!

Vince are you referring to 2016 Ford Focus or all Ford Focus? Where did you see that information?
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No legal issue I was Never sent any notice. Only issue is keep it adjusted by a bona-fide Ford shop (on a electronic analyzer ), cannot be performed any other way. If it acts up, slipping, shudders etc. take it in. Wait too long damage will result, adjustment is free. See my post 7 above. It's still a toad until major repairs must be performed and Ford declares then new tranny, no toad. Other than trans is a great towed car.
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I picked up a 2015 Ford towing guide at the Frog rally. It says that the 2015 Focus (all except the ST and Electric are flat towable with either a manual or automatic transmission. With the automatic you have to turn key on prior to shifting into neutral and max tow speed is 70MPH.
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Vince are you referring to 2016 Ford Focus or all Ford Focus? Where did you see that information?
It's a Motor Trend magazine article, not sure 2016 Focus was included, or available yet.
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