I'd guess the glitches will be fairly well sorted out. After what Ford did with the MFT and their automatic transmission they've used up a measure of goodwill among the loyal.
Car and Driver named the Focus to their Top 10 list but essentially said . . . they love the car but whatever you do steer clear of the MFT and automatic. I have both and have simply learned to live with them.
The auto, since it won't be offered in the ST, is not going to be a problem and the Ford manual is getting rave reviews. The MFT, predicated on what we see when we all get our thumb drives in the mail later this month, may well be on the way to being sorted out.
I'm thinking the ST has a lot going for it . . . not the least of which is a well developed BOK based on prior European sales.
I'm excited to see how Ford rolls it out and supports the car.
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