Originally Posted by dan50
Gosh Crystal, we all want to believe Ford's best engineering talent is working flat out to solve these problems. But, with suspension, MFT and DCT issues persisting after the car has been on the market for the better part of two years, a rational person would conclude that either: 1) the engineers aren't very good or 2) they aren't working very hard on the problems or 3) the problems just can't be fixed. None of these say very good things about Ford, our cars, their eventual resale value, etc.
I don't mean to sound rude here, but can we please keep this thread on-topic?
That being said, I went down to the dealership today and after sitting in SE's with the 200 and 201A packages, I ended up ordering a 2013 with 201A, Blue Candy, moonroof, and winter packages. It was hard to pass up with invoice plus the 2000 rebate after that. I may qualify for the recent graduate program again (I'm still within the time-frame, just not sure if I can get it a second time), so I might have another $500 off. Plus, the dealership offers free oil changes for life (so now I don't have to crawl under the car in the middle of winter!).
I'll be saving ~4-5 grand vs the Mazda3, so I'll just put that towards student loans or my next car.