freak7: I almost bought a 2013 Focus, but there have been so many complaints about the transmission that I decided against it. To this day, there are still ongoing problems that have a lot of owners pissed off.
hardinparamedic: I owned a 2009 Ford Focus 2 door coupe for 4 years, until earlier this year when I swapped it for a mustang.Other than oil and routine maintence, I never had to do anything else to it.
Night Night Cream Puff: What do you think Mr. Clarkson?[skaheru.files.wordpress.com image 271x271]
rubi_con_man: If your label of 'best' goes to 'the car that meets the needs of most of the people who drive cars today' then yes, the focus is a pretty natural fit - IF you drive an SUV and don't go offroad ALL THE TIME, or tow things ALL THE TIME, or carry heavy loads ALL THE TIME, then yes, for the parts of your day where you don't need an SUV, a ford focus is a perfect fit for you.If you have a Bentley, or a ferrari or any other kind of 'high performance' machine, then unless 100% of the time you are driving at 100mph+ at the nurburgring or on a speedtrack, then it's really very likely that driving a ford focus would suit you quite well during most of your life.And if you add in reliability, durability, and fuel economy mixed with low costs achieved by high volume production and common component sets, (which then creates an inexpensive parts aftermarket) .. then it even wins more on price over cars like the prius which might genuinely give you better gas milage.So yes, For most people most of the time, doing most of what they do (which is getting from a to b) a small affordable, reliable common car will almost always win 'best' car.
AlwaysRightBoy: I just bought a 2014 Ford Fusion hybrid with an Aston Martin front end, wonder where I stand?/actually a very smart car tech wise
freak7: hardinparamedic: I owned a 2009 Ford Focus 2 door coupe for 4 years, until earlier this year when I swapped it for a mustang.Other than oil and routine maintence, I never had to do anything else to it.The latest generation has a new drive train and one very screwed up transmission according to the flood of posts on focusfanatics.com
leevis: Nope, the 1998 Chevy Lumina 3.1 V6
Marcus Aurelius: AlwaysRightBoy: I just bought a 2014 Ford Fusion hybrid with an Aston Martin front end, wonder where I stand?/actually a very smart car tech wiseThose look nice... today. We'll see how they look in five years. But mechanically they're sound and low maintenance.I'm partial to Nissans and Inifinitis, so myself I'd go with the G37xs coupe.
lordargent: I rented a focus a couple of years.Unless they've completely redesigned them from the ground up since then, or have a huge quality range in their model lines, I have just one thing to say.[i1.kym-cdn.com image 468x349]Second worst car I ever rented (the worst was some sort of Kia midsized SUV thing that had humungous blind spots).
Gulper Eel: Had an '00 Focus I put 235,000 miles on until the second baby came along and it was minivan time. Solid car, but I liked the Escorts better and since Ford minivans are teh suck, I made the jump to the Toyota Sienna. Which is a perfectly good minivan except for one huge issue - the unspeakable evil of run-flat tires.If some car dealer tries to hard-sell that run-flat shiat at you as a feature, tell him to get a Craftmatic adjustable bed and go blow himself. Run-flats have been nothing but hell for me: they're expensive, noisy, no great shakes in bad weather, and they wear out in 25,000 miles which is a year's driving for me so every fall I have to lay out a thousand for new tires because the Sienna has no place to put a spare. At least the Sienna has been insanely durable outside of the useless farking tires.
megarian: I miss my old Jimmy. It could plow through sand and water and mailboxes.Now I still have my Grand Am. It is heals together by gaffers tape, spit, and luck.Yay.
lack of warmth: leevis: Nope, the 1998 Chevy Lumina 3.1 V6Nothing with the Chevy 3.1 LG8 motor is worth a crap. They break head bolts anywhere between 140K to 200K miles whereas the early 90's 3.1 LH0 motor is a dependable motor. I still see several early 90's Luminas and the vans that shared that motor still running. The cars with the 3.1 LG8 V6 and 3.4 LQ1 V6 are starting to fade away from the streets. That is saying a lot in a town that has 80-90% Chevy vehicles on the road./ I am friends with an engineer who worked on the LG8 and LQ1 motors for GM and he is the one who informed me that it was something they knew about before production.//He drives Chevy but none of his cars has those two motors
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