Originally Posted by Dr. Woo
Similar to the OP, I came from a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT (355 hp V8). It was a mistake to buy that car. It was fast and looked fantastic, sure, but it was heavy, ponderous, and not very engaging with its automatic transmission. Plus the interior was really, really cheap.
I needed to get back into something small and sprightly. Test-drove a Focus S with a manual and was sold. Ordered my my SE Sport and the rest is history.
Yeah, It definitely sounds like we were in similar situations. My Charger would do 0-60 in about 5.5 seconds and I loved the menacing look, but it was so heavy and cumbersome. It was a total pain to park and the 5-spd auto sucked. I hated that transmission from day 1. I miss the acceleration but there are way more things that I like about the focus, the manual transmission being my favorite.
Since I didn't include it in the original post. Here's a pic of the charger: