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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 28
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2013-09-01 08:52:52 PM  
4 votes:
This is more of an indictment of the last 25 years of the automotive industry than anything anything else.
2013-09-01 08:53:55 PM  
3 votes:
And they didn't take bailout money. Only MURICAN vehicle I'd consider.
2013-09-01 08:52:53 PM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-09-01 09:30:50 PM  
2 votes:
2012 Focus here with 31k miles so far and no problems. Got the Titanium version and it is far from crap inside, but the price reflected that. I was just happy to finally get an American smaller car that didn't have a cheap interior. Wish it was diesel and had a manual transmission but other than that my wife loves it. I'm happy with my Golf TDI daily driver and Silverado for towing and hauling.
2013-09-01 09:29:27 PM  
2 votes:
This will always be the number one car for me on the road.

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2013-09-01 09:03:01 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-09-01 09:00:32 PM  
2 votes:
Got a 2004 ZTS, my wife drives it like she just robbed a bank....191K hard earned miles, only replaced fan resistor. Still was able to keep from overheating by keeping AC on til I got home...

Good all-around car..
2013-09-01 08:54:53 PM  
2 votes:

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 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.
2013-09-01 08:52:58 PM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-09-01 08:48:38 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-09-01 11:35:08 PM  
1 votes:
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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 10:23:37 PM  
1 votes:

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


That is why you do what the car magazines tell you to do, and buy the Focus SE  with the manual transmission.
2013-09-01 10:01:47 PM  
1 votes:

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


Cars have become very complex, safe, and reliable. There is an awful lot of value in a $20k car
2013-09-01 09:54:11 PM  
1 votes:
At least the new ones are a world wide model based on the Euro ones.

Which means north america finally has a higher output turbo version, the ST.

I wouldn't mind having one,  although I'd really like an RS,  which is supposed to be coming to the US as well.
2013-09-01 09:53:05 PM  
1 votes:
Gulper Eel:
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.

No spare?  So what?  Do you carry an extra battery?  Extra radiator?  Man up, bucko.
2013-09-01 09:41:57 PM  
1 votes:
Regarding our old 2001 Focus:
Ring...."Dad! The cars on fire!"
'OK...on the way'
ring ring..."It's OK, the fire dept is here!"

Words a dad never wants to hear.

To be fair....it wasn't Ford's fault, but rather an idiot child offroading in a Focus. Oil pans are funny like that. Don't like rocks.

/shut up, you judgemental bastid...you did it too
2013-09-01 09:39:23 PM  
1 votes:
Things like this remind me of the Ford Transit winning Car and Truck of the Year. Why? Because Fark You, that's why.  Nobody in their right mind would say "This is the car of the year" except some crackpot editors.
2013-09-01 09:28:24 PM  
1 votes:
I have a 2011 Focus SE (almost bottom of the line) 4 door, 25,000 miles, and it's pretty much maintenance free.

Doesn't look bad.
Drives very nicely for what it is.
Good mileage.

Cost $14,000 on a 3% simple interest loan.
Payments are less than 250 a month.

So I'm actually pretty happy with it, minus the crushing blow it was to me to not buy another convertible.

It's one drawback is the A/C vents are very narrow and not suited for Arizona. It does get cold, but it's not the A/C that's needed here.
2013-09-01 09:27:54 PM  
1 votes:

lack of warmth: leevis: Nope, the 1998 Chevy Lumina 3.1 V6

Nothing 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


I bought mine new, just turned over 215,000 miles. Whoever was working on the assembly line in Oshawa when it was being built has my utmost respect.
2013-09-01 09:25:43 PM  
1 votes:

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!
2013-09-01 09:07:35 PM  
1 votes:
And its 2.0L direct injection I4 Sciuridae engine is fantastic - especially at night at during harvest time.
2013-09-01 09:06:28 PM  
1 votes:

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.


Ford has always had problems with automatic trannys. If you buy a ford get a manual.
2013-09-01 09:00:44 PM  
1 votes:
Have a 2013 Focus hatchback.  Nice car, good size, no issues so far.  Only 7500 miles, though.
2013-09-01 09:00:43 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-09-01 08:56:37 PM  
1 votes:
Its factory audio system is enough to vote it #1. On par with the headphones that came with my ipod.
2013-09-01 08:50:15 PM  
1 votes:
What do you think Mr. Clarkson?
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2013-09-01 08:48:10 PM  
1 votes:
I like the Focus but I have never once seen one on the road.  Eh?
2013-09-01 08:46:33 PM  
1 votes:
Of course it is.
 
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