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Been out of the R/C World for a month now. - 04.10.2013, 08:06 PM

Made a HUGE purchase, at least for me a huge purchase.

In a strangely impulsive, yet financially planned move I have purchaced a BRAND NEW 2013 Ford Focus ST.

Back in November of last year my 2006 Pontiac G6 GTP was damaged due to some Jerks attempting to throw rocks over a wall. Said rocks landed on my car causing about $4000 in damage due to spread damage. Nothing structural, all cosmetic. The shop I took the car to through insurance was top rated, and my friend had had work done there before. Only I didn't get such service. Instead, I got a half assed repair job. Every time I went to pickup the car, they had damaged it in some way. Scratches that weren't there, freshly painted doors that had scratches in them. Torn weather stripping. After 4 attempts to have the car fixed they finally got it right. But I was left with wind leaks, and a car that didn't feel right anymore.

So, early March this year I jumped the gun a bit and decided to go car shopping. I had two cars in mind. ONLY two.

My requirements were pretty unusual in a daily driver.
  • MUST Be a hatch back or wagon. 4 Doors optional.
  • Must NOT be a SUV
  • Must be Manual
  • Must be Sporty
  • Must be economical.
  • Must have some bells and whistles.

I hate SUVs, I love sporty/manual cars, I require decent fuel economy. I also have a dog, so a Hatch Back makes life 10x easier for that. But I want a performance car.

Those are pretty far ranging requirements in a sub $30,000 price limit.

What I was left as choices were the 2013 Ford Focus ST, and the 2013 Subaru WRX. I actually preferred the Subaru WRX, however the 4 dealerships I visited gave horrible initial trade in values for my G6, well below Blue Book.

The 2nd option the Ford Focus ST was pretty much sold instantly when I went in, and they initially offered $9k on my G6, I asked for 11K, and they came back with $10.5k, I owed 7k on the car. Step one Accomplished, receive good value for the old car.

The 2nd part was I had X plan pricing with Ford, which automatically knocked about $2k off the MSRP of the vehicle.

I haggled with them for about 2 days on options, but ultimately knew I was buying a Focus ST.

And so 2 days later, I drove home a Performance Blue Focus ST, with the ST2 package. While not the top package, it had all of the options I wanted with the exception of HIDs.

Total price of the car? MSRP's for $28.5k, I got it for $23k.

The Low down?
  • 252hp, 270lb/ft Direct Injected Turbocharged 2.0L Inline 4
  • 6 speed manual gear box
  • Recaro Partial Leather seats with blue inserts matching the paint (much more comfy than full leather)
  • Sat/Nav/MP3/Ipod/USB/Blue Tooth/etcs.......
  • Top speed 155mph
  • 35mpg best economy so far.


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04.10.2013, 08:10 PM

Top Gear UK's review of the Focus ST.
http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-...-1_2419986.htm

And a Review by Chris Harris.



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04.10.2013, 11:30 PM

Nice ride. I prefer hatchbacks/wagons myself.


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04.10.2013, 11:41 PM

One more photo before I go to bed. An interior panoramic shot I stitched together. Ignore the creepy stalker hand in the mirror.


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04.11.2013, 02:46 PM

That is a sweet ride, for $23K that is a steal!
   
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04.11.2013, 03:02 PM

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That is a sweet ride, for $23K that is a steal!
Its a blast to drive. I won't say its a lightweight at 3130lbs, but it certainly goes well. Chassis is definitely fun to toss. And on the plus side, it doesn't sound like a 4cylinder Honda. It sounds like a proper 4cylinder should.


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Its a blast to drive. I won't say its a lightweight at 3130lbs, but it certainly goes well. Chassis is definitely fun to toss. And on the plus side, it doesn't sound like a 4cylinder Honda. It sounds like a proper 4cylinder should.
Yeah, Ford did a really nice job with it. The cockpit looks a little small, how does it fit? Is your dog happy?
   
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04.11.2013, 03:59 PM

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Yeah, Ford did a really nice job with it. The cockpit looks a little small, how does it fit? Is your dog happy?
Haven't had a reason to put her in the car yet, but she's only 45lbs or so. Plenty of space for her with the seats down.

Cockpit is good, though the leg room is a bit tight for people more than 6ft tall.

And with the seats all the way back there is less leg room for passengers. Its a shorter wheelbase car than my last.

The G6 had so much leg room that If I moved the seat all the way back I could barely grab the wheel with my hands, and my feet were inches from the pedals.

But then again, thats explained away by comparing the wheelbases. My 06 G6 GTP's wheelbase was 112", the Focus is 104" so its 8" shorter. Explains the leg room changes.

For me its good though. I'm 6' even and I have plenty of leg room.

The Seats though. the SEATS!!! They are epic.


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04.11.2013, 04:10 PM

Nice ride! I really like the way the new Focus looks - sure beats the old version which looked horrible.

Give the car engine time to break in a little (~5k miles) and you'll really notice the turbo kick in a lot stronger. At least that's how it was on my Optima SXL.
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Been out of RC for two years... - 04.17.2013, 06:14 PM

How are you liking this car?

My mazda p5 is knocking on 200K and I've been looking at cars as this thing has one wheel in the grave. Basically the only car I want is the Focus (current gen Mazdas are hideous.)

Aside from convincing my wife I really need the ST package, the concern is the MPG on the ST. Low mpg and premium gas requirement may kill it for me.

Test drove a normal 2012 Focus last year and was impressed. Just the 2.0L NA engine needs to go. the ecoboost engines are awesome.
   
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04.17.2013, 06:23 PM

fuel economy is going up as the car breaks in. When I got it, 23 was average. Now its in the 26mpg range with the same trips. highways is 32-35mpg.

The shorter gearing kills the highway fuel economy. But its fairly economical. The jump to premium really isn't that big of a deal.


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04.17.2013, 06:41 PM

Nice! I recently acquired a Golf R. Did you consider a Golf GTI?


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Don't like VW. Overpriced maintenance. Will never own one.


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Yeah, if you go through the stealerships they can be pricey. Not sure of US warranty structures but here is Aus there's no reason other than ignorance or laziness to use dealerships for servicing


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04.17.2013, 08:57 PM

Not so much the labor, it's the parts.

The ST is so much car for the money. Once the warranty runs out I'll be the one doing all repairs to it.


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