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(Telegraph)   The best car of the last 25 years isn't a Ferrari or an Aston Martin or even a Toyota; no, it's the Ford Focus   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 162
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2013-09-01 10:37:10 PM

Boo_Guy: DarkSoulNoHope: This will always be the number one car for me on the road.

[imageshack.us image 850x637]
*droolz at purple*

/hubcaps aren't Honda OEM
//they look fugly

A fellow purple lover I see.

This was my old Ford Probe,  this was a factory color called Wild Orchid Metallic;
[i3.photobucket.com image 800x600]

/My purple probe
/No jokes to be made here,  no siree.


==================

The Probe was actually a Mazda MX-6.  I had a first gen, nice handling car, average reliability for it's time.  Trans grenaded at 153K.
 
2013-09-01 10:40:18 PM

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.

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Second worst car I ever rented (the worst was some sort of Kia midsized SUV thing that had humungous blind spots).


Dude, every rental car is a piece of shut because it is a rental car.
 
2013-09-01 10:47:24 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Zeb Hesselgresser: apparently non of you have ever driven one of these

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_S2000

flat.out.riot

The torque doesn't kick in until 4000 RPMs, and you can't let it go under that.  The newer ones are better.  They beat the bejesus out of a Miata in any case.


yes; just bought (2 weeks) a 2004, 2nd year of the stroker motor. Up to 4,000 rpm it's as mild as a Civic, (28 mpg), over that it starts to howl. Been sporting a perma-grin.
 
2013-09-01 10:47:40 PM

phoenixdan: harlock: phoenixdan: I currently drive an 05 Mazda 3. (best car on the road as far as I am concerned) Am looking to buy a new car soon. Rented a 2013 Focus for the weekend as an extended test drive. I liked it. Fun little car to drive. Liked everything about it. Mazda just released the 2014 Mazda 3 to market and it is slowly starting to hit the market. If it weren't for Mazda completely redesigning the 3, I probably would have bought a Focus.

I have the predecessor to the 3 wagon, the Protege5.   Love it.  Engine is in great shape. just re-did a bunch of cosmetic wear items so it still looks new for a few more years.   Owned it since it was new for 10 years now.

Considering the Mazda3 with the high mileage engine if no major problems turn up with that.  Having a normal gas engine that gets that kind of mileage for cross country trips is a desirable thing.

Heard the Protege was a good car too. Knew several people that drove em into the ground. I think Mazda is far too often overlooked by people. I think the new 3 , 6, and CX5 is gonna help to increase sales at Mazda.

/enjoy your free month of TotalFark just for being a Mazda owner. :)


Wow thanks.   Been on here forever but never tried TF.  (addicted to it enough as it is, with just the greenlit stuff) but always been curious about it.
 
2013-09-01 10:50:36 PM
Most beautiful:

i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-01 10:52:43 PM
Most badass:

i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-01 10:53:47 PM

jayphat: lack of warmth: jayphat: You kids wanna talk about head bolts? We had an '84 4 cylinder Charger. In 2000, we tried to do a full rebuild on the motor.  The headbolts were an absolute biatch to get off. How much? We had a pry bar in-between the head and the block. And two people standing on top of it.  We junked the car for parts.

You tried rebuilding an 84 Charger with a 4 cylinder, why?

5 siblings. We lived on a farm. Had most of the equipment and knowledge. And well, we needed the wheels.


Oh boredom, I get that.  I stayed on a farm for a few months with an uncle.  I still don't know how my cousin reattached a driveshaft on a Dodge truck with a coat hanger.  All I know is he went out hunting, came back without the truck grabbed a coat hanger and returned with the truck an hour later.


Sweaty Dynamite: As someone who, merely two days ago, bought a 2001 Honda Civic LX with 63k miles on it for...ONE DOLLAR.  I have to say, no.


Back in the 60's, my dad bought a 57 Chevy Bel Air for a dollar.  He used it for dirt track racing.
 
2013-09-01 10:55:05 PM
Most gratuitous use of vehicle imagery:

i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-01 11:01:02 PM

pestluvr: Had one, quite literally drove it into the ground after 8 years and 180,000 miles.  It was an all right car, though I don't know if I'd ever drive another one.


Ford Focus
Toyota Camry

For when you absolutely, positively, must tell the world, "I give up, and I don't give a shiat."
 
2013-09-01 11:01:07 PM

JungleBoogie: Better than:
• Honda Civic
• Toyota Corolla
• Honda Accord
• Toyota Camry

Right. The editors were snorting cocaine off of each others' behinds.


no, the editors are British.

The Camry disappeared from Europe due to poor sales about 10 years ago. The Corolla is gone too, replaced by the Auris.

the Accord in Europe is completely different from the one sold here. It was first designed in a joint venture with Rover, then moved to a JDM platform that is sold here as the Acura TSX.

the European Civic was also very different for a long time, think of an Integra with all of the fun removed. had a reputation of being a car for old ladies.
 
2013-09-01 11:01:14 PM
The Ford farkus?  Ugh, its Wal-Mart fashion sensibility repels mine eyes.
 
2013-09-01 11:01:15 PM

UsikFark: I think they mean the one they sell in the UK and Europe, not the puritanical box of dull sold here. How many Americans subscribe to Auto Express?


As of 2012 models they are the same platform, Ford has done a lot of work to make a global product.
 
2013-09-01 11:08:18 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: DarkSoulNoHope: This will always be the number one car for me on the road.

[imageshack.us image 850x637]
*droolz at purple*

/hubcaps aren't Honda OEM
//they look fugly

I have one in white. It's great, but it needs a bit more power and a lot more sound dampening.


What year? I hear they may have fixed that on the 2012 model, apparently 2014 will be their "Earth Dreams" engine, so hopefully that means more power as well as (more importantly to me) gas mileage.
 
2013-09-01 11:12:14 PM

Boo_Guy: DarkSoulNoHope: This will always be the number one car for me on the road.

[imageshack.us image 850x637]
*droolz at purple*

/hubcaps aren't Honda OEM
//they look fugly

A fellow purple lover I see.

This was my old Ford Probe,  this was a factory color called Wild Orchid Metallic;
[i3.photobucket.com image 800x600]

/My purple probe
/No jokes to be made here,  no siree.


Looks beautiful to me. I love the purple with the black hood, my two favorite colors (purple first, black second). I am hoping to find a way to buy a two toned purple/black care one day for my future "Gothmobile." I am planning on the Fit to be that car.

/yes I would buy a hearse and paint it purple and black if I could afford it
//unfortunately a job that pays enough for two cars at once seem to be far away from me these days
///right now just surviving on my clunker that had a hiccup with the catalytic converter as well as numerous overheats
 
2013-09-01 11:14:04 PM

lack of warmth: jayphat: lack of warmth: jayphat: You kids wanna talk about head bolts? We had an '84 4 cylinder Charger. In 2000, we tried to do a full rebuild on the motor.  The headbolts were an absolute biatch to get off. How much? We had a pry bar in-between the head and the block. And two people standing on top of it.  We junked the car for parts.

You tried rebuilding an 84 Charger with a 4 cylinder, why?

5 siblings. We lived on a farm. Had most of the equipment and knowledge. And well, we needed the wheels.

Oh boredom, I get that.  I stayed on a farm for a few months with an uncle.  I still don't know how my cousin reattached a driveshaft on a Dodge truck with a coat hanger.  All I know is he went out hunting, came back without the truck grabbed a coat hanger and returned with the truck an hour later.


Sweaty Dynamite: As someone who, merely two days ago, bought a 2001 Honda Civic LX with 63k miles on it for...ONE DOLLAR.  I have to say, no.

Back in the 60's, my dad bought a 57 Chevy Bel Air for a dollar.  He used it for dirt track racing.


That too. There was also the 1968 3/4 ton Ford 4 speed in the shed too. But without a functioning heater, half the floorboards, and vice grips on the window cranks, it felt like less of a safer investment.
 
2013-09-01 11:14:10 PM

Fissile: Boo_Guy: DarkSoulNoHope: This will always be the number one car for me on the road.

[imageshack.us image 850x637]
*droolz at purple*

/hubcaps aren't Honda OEM
//they look fugly

A fellow purple lover I see.

This was my old Ford Probe,  this was a factory color called Wild Orchid Metallic;
[i3.photobucket.com image 800x600]

/My purple probe
/No jokes to be made here,  no siree.

==================

The Probe was actually a Mazda MX-6.  I had a first gen, nice handling car, average reliability for it's time.  Trans grenaded at 153K.


You say that like I dont know. =)   Mine had the 200hp japan spec engine installed in it,  the KLZE.  More fun than the KLDE the american spec ones came with.

I wish the 2nd gen GTs had come with a turbo 4 as well,  its too bad.  A 15 dollar engine chip and a boost controller turn up the hp and tq. on a 1st Gen very nicely,  I had to install an engine to do it. lol
 
2013-09-01 11:15:59 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: AverageAmericanGuy: DarkSoulNoHope: This will always be the number one car for me on the road.

[imageshack.us image 850x637]
*droolz at purple*

/hubcaps aren't Honda OEM
//they look fugly

I have one in white. It's great, but it needs a bit more power and a lot more sound dampening.

What year? I hear they may have fixed that on the 2012 model, apparently 2014 will be their "Earth Dreams" engine, so hopefully that means more power as well as (more importantly to me) gas mileage.


It's a 2011. The road noise is very loud, and I can't eke more than 34mpg out of it, and the engine doesn't have the zip I would want in a little car like that. But otherwise it is exactly the car I want. It's huge inside, small outside, the A/C works better than any other A/C I've ever had, and the visibility is really great.
 
2013-09-01 11:21:11 PM

jayphat: TanSau: As a mechanic:
 BULLSHIAT!

Seriously, the Focus and it's older brother, the Escort are the worst things on the road.

Better than Toyota?

biatch please....

I got a ZX2 in the driveway with 68K on it. Your move mate.


I sold my ZX2 to buy a Ranger. If I'd had room for both, I'd have kept the ZX2. I loved that little thing.
 
2013-09-01 11:25:12 PM

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).


I rented a Kia for a weekend road trip. They ran out of cars (which are not bad) and gave me a Sorento. I got about 50 miles into my trip and then turned around to take it back. It was the biggest POS I've ever driven. Ever. And I've driven a conversion van and a Buick Estate Wagon. The shift points were infuriating.
 
2013-09-01 11:29:48 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Boo_Guy: DarkSoulNoHope: This will always be the number one car for me on the road.

[imageshack.us image 850x637]
*droolz at purple*

/hubcaps aren't Honda OEM
//they look fugly

A fellow purple lover I see.

This was my old Ford Probe,  this was a factory color called Wild Orchid Metallic;
[i3.photobucket.com image 800x600]

/My purple probe
/No jokes to be made here,  no siree.

Looks beautiful to me. I love the purple with the black hood, my two favorite colors (purple first, black second). I am hoping to find a way to buy a two toned purple/black care one day for my future "Gothmobile." I am planning on the Fit to be that car.

/yes I would buy a hearse and paint it purple and black if I could afford it
//unfortunately a job that pays enough for two cars at once seem to be far away from me these days
///right now just surviving on my clunker that had a hiccup with the catalytic converter as well as numerous overheats


The hood is carbon fiber,  mmm mmm.  I was going to paint the roof black one day too.

But it was an auto,  and like others have said,  ford autos dont usually last.  The overdrive light started doing the blue blink of death...  then it got in an accident a few days later, time of death only 93,000 miles.

I was going to replace it with a manual anyway,  but with the accident it was toast.
i3.photobucket.com

/Its on blocks because the rims were stolen after it was towed to a garage after the accident
 
2013-09-01 11:31:10 PM

LoneCoon: jayphat: TanSau: As a mechanic:
 BULLSHIAT!

Seriously, the Focus and it's older brother, the Escort are the worst things on the road.

Better than Toyota?

biatch please....

I got a ZX2 in the driveway with 68K on it. Your move mate.

I sold my ZX2 to buy a Ranger. If I'd had room for both, I'd have kept the ZX2. I loved that little thing.


Only fault I can find in it, other than the fact it needs a new battery, is that it idles in gear rougher than I would like. In neutral, perfekly fine. In drive or reverse, holy fark!
 
2013-09-01 11:35:08 PM
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I'm quite happy with mine. 165,000 on the odo. fun to drive, decent on gas, comfortable. works for me.
 
2013-09-01 11:35:45 PM
Intrepid00: Dude, every rental car is a piece of shut because it is a rental car.

Rental cars are always a POS compared to the regular consumer versions.

However, I was comparing rental cars to rental cars ("second worst car I ever rented).

// I've driven cars that were worse than rental cars, but they were beat to shiat with hundreds of thousands of miles on them.

// The Kia (the worst car I've ever rented) just had a few hundred miles on the odo.
 
2013-09-01 11:40:21 PM

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.


I have a 2012 with a manual transmission.  Starting the car while in first gear gets a little tricky sometimes, but otherwise it works great.  I don't understand any of the transmission complaints.
 
2013-09-01 11:54:55 PM

space1999: I have a 2012 with a manual transmission.  Starting the car while in first gear gets a little tricky sometimes, but otherwise it works great.  I don't understand any of the transmission complaints.


The complaints aren't with the manual.
 
2013-09-01 11:56:09 PM
THIS JUST IN:

THE UK FOCUS AND THE AMERICAN FOCUS ARE DIFFERENT CARS.
 
2013-09-01 11:58:10 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: THIS JUST IN:

THE UK FOCUS AND THE AMERICAN FOCUS ARE DIFFERENT CARS.


Well except they're not.
 
2013-09-02 12:04:53 AM

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.


I have a Sienna (2004) and always buy regular tires for it, and carry a can of fix-a-flat.  Waaay cheaper.
 
2013-09-02 12:08:52 AM
My 2000 Focus was a tremendous hunk of crap.
 
2013-09-02 12:11:51 AM

SunsetLament: This is more of an indictment of the last 25 years of the automotive industry than anything anything else.


This! We drove one of those when looking for a reasonably priced new car for my daughter's 16th bday. What a POS. It rattled so bad at highway speeds it was like there were marbles in the frame. And it took a long time to get to highway speeds.

/got her a Hyundai Elantra instead. She abuses that car to an unbelievable degree but it keeps right on going. Great value for a first car.
 
2013-09-02 12:12:26 AM

Mad_Radhu: Well, duh. Sexy sports cars give a brand a certain caché, but those low cost and high volume econoboxes are what keep the lights on. The Focus being a solid economy car is probably why Ford survived a little better than GM or Chrysler, who both had terrible small cars until recently.


This choice is really not surprising, because the Focus really did shake up the small car segment when it was introduced.  You could argue the Civic and Corolla, but to be honest, they've become progressively worse over time, and the Focus (Euro-spec, not US market) got better and better and cleared the table of Civics and so on. And today's Focus is, arguably, the best small car in the segment.  Especially the Focus ST, which redefines how a small, FWD car is supposed to handle.
 
2013-09-02 12:16:45 AM

phoenixdan: harlock: phoenixdan: I currently drive an 05 Mazda 3. (best car on the road as far as I am concerned) Am looking to buy a new car soon. Rented a 2013 Focus for the weekend as an extended test drive. I liked it. Fun little car to drive. Liked everything about it. Mazda just released the 2014 Mazda 3 to market and it is slowly starting to hit the market. If it weren't for Mazda completely redesigning the 3, I probably would have bought a Focus.

I have the predecessor to the 3 wagon, the Protege5.   Love it.  Engine is in great shape. just re-did a bunch of cosmetic wear items so it still looks new for a few more years.   Owned it since it was new for 10 years now.

Considering the Mazda3 with the high mileage engine if no major problems turn up with that.  Having a normal gas engine that gets that kind of mileage for cross country trips is a desirable thing.

Heard the Protege was a good car too. Knew several people that drove em into the ground. I think Mazda is far too often overlooked by people. I think the new 3 , 6, and CX5 is gonna help to increase sales at Mazda.

/enjoy your free month of TotalFark just for being a Mazda owner. :)


I have the CX5 touring, and I love it! Sized down from my Armada since I don't have to haul ginormous groups of kids around anymore. Love my little car.
 
2013-09-02 12:30:52 AM

UsikFark: I think they mean the one they sell in the UK and Europe, not the puritanical box of dull sold here. How many Americans subscribe to Auto Express?


bingo! and they spoke of the 1998 model as well.
 
2013-09-02 12:30:53 AM

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.


I rented a 2013 last month with about 30k on the clock.  Tranny lurched and clanked like a mofo in 1st and 2nd gear, I thought it was going to strand me somewhere east of Walla Walla.  Figured at the time it'd just had a hard rental-car life, but sounds like it might be par for the course.  Sadly.
 
2013-09-02 12:49:45 AM

The Pope of Manwich Village: Of course it is.


Clarkson and crew think it is great except for the name. They mock the ST (Sanitary Towel) badge, and say it should be called the Asbo or something. They think it's absolutely brilliant.
 
2013-09-02 12:58:07 AM
Grabbed a 98 Honda Accord with 103k on it for $3k.  $50 in fuel gets me 340 miles.  Cost me $200 in repairs when I took it into my guy.

New cars suck.
 
2013-09-02 01:10:04 AM
2007 3 Dr s. Named 23. Just finished paying for it, love it to bits. I want a new car, but I am going to wait till it's pooping beds every morning. 123456 is the km reading.
 
2013-09-02 01:28:55 AM
Learned to drive a stick in a Ford F150 (late 60's model? rusted to shiat, extremely poor brakes).
Owned a Toyota Starlet (what?). Good, cheap, reliable
Owned another Ford 4 door of some kind (started with a P? Puma, Phoenix, Pumice?). Okay.
Briefly owned a Saturn 4 door. Have driven the shiat out of a family member's Vue all over some desert and back country "roads". Too bad they went out of business. Liked the no haggle model and that they advertised actual features on the car. I'm into cars for the utility, not because they are pretty.
Owned a VW Jetta (turbo). POS. Stack of repairs in two years easily over an inch thick. It was easily the fastest, best driving car. I could tear up mountain roads. The turbo was a bit scary around town. Had to be careful punching the gas to pull out into traffic.
Currently own a Ford Escape. Needed a cheap car with high clearance that I could sleep in the back of. Also fits my bike and the dog. Have also driven the shiat out of it on desert and back country "roads" Will own another Ford.

CSB?
 
2013-09-02 01:31:55 AM
Finally had to retire my old 1996 Acura Integra as it just went over 250,000 miles. Its starting to rust and having a new clutch installed would cost more than the car is worth. I drove it to work every day for 11 years and put a good 140,000 miles on the current clutch. It will be missed.
 
2013-09-02 01:41:48 AM

ZzeusS: Grabbed a 98 Honda Accord with 103k on it for $3k.  $50 in fuel gets me 340 miles.  Cost me $200 in repairs when I took it into my guy.

New cars suck.


2010 STI, 41k on it, cost 30k.  $50 in fuel gets me 300 miles.  No cost of repairs at all, but about $3k in mods to Stage 3 it up to 400whp and 340lb of torque.  Daily driver, trackable, and I get compliments weekly on it.

2013 Forester for my wife in about a month.  Set the industry standard for safety, reliability, and value.  Huge warranty.

i40.tinypic.com

i43.tinypic.com

Not all new cars suck.  2 years ago Consumer Reports rated Subaru as the best automaker in the world.  Some prefer not to have a car payment and ease of financial responsibility.  Others prefer a reliable car that is safe and fun to drive.  I've driven a Subaru in one form or another since 2000 (Legacy from 00-10, WRX 10-12, STI 12+) and now my wife will be getting one.  In 13 years and 460,000 total miles, I've had 1 repair.  1.  Radiator went out at 110k on the Legacy.  To each his own.
 
2013-09-02 01:49:11 AM

Fade2black: ZzeusS: Grabbed a 98 Honda Accord with 103k on it for $3k.  $50 in fuel gets me 340 miles.  Cost me $200 in repairs when I took it into my guy.

New cars suck.

2010 STI, 41k on it, cost 30k.  $50 in fuel gets me 300 miles.  No cost of repairs at all, but about $3k in mods to Stage 3 it up to 400whp and 340lb of torque.  Daily driver, trackable, and I get compliments weekly on it.

2013 Forester for my wife in about a month.  Set the industry standard for safety, reliability, and value.  Huge warranty.

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Not all new cars suck.  2 years ago Consumer Reports rated Subaru as the best automaker in the world.  Some prefer not to have a car payment and ease of financial responsibility.  Others prefer a reliable car that is safe and fun to drive.  I've driven a Subaru in one form or another since 2000 (Legacy from 00-10, WRX 10-12, STI 12+) and now my wife will be getting one.  In 13 years and 460,000 total miles, I've had 1 repair.  1.  Radiator went out at 110k on the Legacy.  To each his own.


Do they sell the Forester with a scoop on the hood in the US? It really looks despondent without it.
 
2013-09-02 02:12:50 AM
I rented a first-gen back around '00 when my Jetta got hit and was in the shop.

It was OK, it felt cheap and plasticky and made out of tin compared to the VW, but then it's a cheaper car.
The thing I didn't like about it was the suspension.  They got it all wrong.  Over slow bumps - undulations and so on - it trampolined and wallowed a bit, and leaned in corners.  Over fast bumps - potholes and the like - it was too stiff and kicked you in the kidneys so hard that by the end of the week I was wincing and bracing in preparation every time I knew there was something unavoidable.

Was incredibly happy to get back into my VW at the end of it.
 
2013-09-02 02:22:25 AM
AverageAmericanGuy:

Do they sell the Forester with a scoop on the hood in the US? It really looks despondent without it.

Yes they do.  And trust me, she's demanding the turbo version.  But I was more searching for the color she wanted as opposed to the trim style.
 
2013-09-02 02:23:08 AM
Reminds me of my friends Focus that we used to jump. This "high water crossing" was perfectly shaped and the car would hit 80 with 2-4 people in it everytime. I think they were called Escorts back then.
 
2013-09-02 03:35:04 AM

mjjt: Most beautiful:

[i44.tinypic.com image 850x589]


mjjt: Most badass:

[i39.tinypic.com image 850x637]


You have a funny definition of "the last 25 years," time traveler.
 
2013-09-02 03:38:31 AM

The more you eat the more you fart: 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.

I had a 1995 grand am gt. 3100 v6.

Fast as hell for just 150hp.

Transmission went at 175k miles.

Converted it to RWD as a weekend project car and dropped in a GM zz3 crate.

Vrrooom!


I had a 91 grand am.  The drive train and engine was made out of adamantium.  The rest of the car was made out of tissue paper.  It had about 200k miles on it when I finally gave it away (because no one would buy it).  Still ran just fine.

It was also not a slow car, but hardly what I would call fast.  But then, it was nearly the lowest HP car I've ever owned.
 
2013-09-02 03:48:36 AM

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.



Second worst car I ever rented (the worst was some sort of Kia midsized SUV thing that had humungous blind spots).


Actually, the Focus went through a complete redesign in 2012, and it's a pretty good car now. The transmission is a little weird, being a dual clutch electronic manual, but once you get used to it it's comfortable, useful, and pretty fun to drive.

My wife has the SEL hatchback, and I like it quite a bit.
 
2013-09-02 03:55:02 AM
I have an '02, I'm trading it in on a used copmobile when I get my tax refund next year.  It's hard to judge for me, as I got this with 110K on it, and it had taken some abuse.  Engine and tranny are fine, but the little farker eats wheel bearing like nobody's business.  Turns out the front ones were due to suspension damage.  The back ones are due to Ford Focus.  A total of 8 now.  In 3 years.  Fark me running.
 
2013-09-02 06:05:20 AM
I had two of 'em. Nice car.  I wouldn't say "best car", but they worked well for the price.
 
2013-09-02 07:10:07 AM
Uh.. I had a co-worker make me promise not to buy a ford focus because his was always broken down.

So I'm finding it hard to believe this 'best car'-thingy.
 
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