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Old 07-04-2021, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Focus ST Steering wheel controls illumination

So I just bought a 2020 Focus ST and just drove the car for the first time at night, to my surprise the steering wheel controls do not have any illumination. I have contacted the Ford dealer where I bought the car and they have told me that in Australia the steering wheel control buttons do not have lights connected. Can anyone confirm that the volume/tracks, cruise, phone etc buttons are all supposed to light up?
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Old 08-04-2021, 08:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: Focus ST Steering wheel controls illumination

Really?
Such a little thing to have had removed from previous models.

From the little bit of research I've done, it doesn't look like they do.
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Old 08-04-2021, 09:17 AM   #3
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Default Re: Focus ST Steering wheel controls illumination

They don't in our market. They do in other markets but it looks like another one of those things that disappears in the RHD conversion.
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They don't in our market. They do in other markets but it looks like another one of those things that disappears in the RHD conversion.
Must have changed iirc my LW2 did light up. I know that was a while back
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Old 08-04-2021, 07:17 PM   #5
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Default Re: Focus ST Steering wheel controls illumination

Frustrating isn't it.


I've just purchased the Active and mine doesn't have the paddle shifters and Ford have pulled the "we-can-change-specs-anytime-without-notice-so-there!" trick.


However it does have the heated windscreen which is really handy in Australia!



This is not mentioned in the spec sheet either.



It also has a button for turning off the parking sensors.


Back to the paddle shifter imbroglio; the alternative is to provide an 'L' in place of the 'M' on the selector which in my opinion is the most useless concept some f***wit in Ford has devised.


The lack of control over the transmission is the first time I've encountered this in my six score plus 10 on this lonely planet.


I understand this is the type of selector fitted to most Escapes now.

I wonder how that will go for Ford?
Apart from that arrant stupidity I have to say the car is a delight to drive given that it's quieter at any speed than the diesel Kuga I traded not to mention much more economical and powerful.
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Old 08-04-2021, 07:25 PM   #6
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Default Re: Focus ST Steering wheel controls illumination

Forgot to mention, the steering wheel buttons do all illuminate.
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