Originally Posted by saywhaat04
Hey folks I'm going to be in the market very soon for a new Focus Titanium...I intend to order a Focus Titanium with a 5spd manual transmission. I'm kinda torn between a few options and I'd like some insight on what you guys think I should do. I currently drive an 07 Accord EX-L 5spd that's been a great car but its beginning to show its age and have its problems and it lacks so much in the way of Infotainment equipment that I've decided I want something new.
Right now I live in South Carolina but will very soon be moving to Chicago, I intend to buy the Focus in SC because the rebates available here are much better than they are in Chicago-land. Right now I qualify for $3395 in rebates with the $2000 cash rebate, $500 competitive rebate, $395 Sync rebate and a recent $500 coupon I got in the mail from Ford. I'm LOVING THIS!
My options so far consist of the follow:
-5door hatchback of course ;)
-5spd manual transmission option of course ;)
-Titanium Handling pkg
-Engine Block Heater (I'll need it in Chicago)
-Exterior Protection pkg (Again, may be needed once I move back to Chicago and I like splash guards)
-Stainless Steel kick plates
-Ruby Red paint
I'm sort of torn between the Titanium Handling pkg or just getting the optional 17 inch polished wheels. Since I'll be moving back to Chicago and the Handling pkg has "Summer tires" do you think the Handling pkg is something I should be considering? I'm not real fond of the 17s that are now standard on the Titanium (I didn't like the wheels from 2012 either) and the price difference between the 17s and the Handling pkg with its 18s is only $100. I've read a few places here that the 18s are expensive to replace? Any cheaper all-season alternatives I should consider? I honestly know very little about tires. But I like the look of the Handling pkg's wheels on the Focus.
I'm also concerned about MyFord Touch and Pandora. I know Ford has announced that AppLink will be coming to 2013 Focus models soon, yet nobody can tell me when it will happen. I'm concerned that I'll end up ordering a Focus and in a few short months the AppLink will be available. I know Ford does updates on the system often, would AppLink be one of those things that could be updated later on if I bought a Focus now or would I miss out on it? I listen to Pandora a lot on my job and I've come to love it. I can tune Pandora in thru the radio but none of the displays and functions are available at the moment and that's disappointing. I recently test drove a new Accord Sport and linked my phone up with Pandora, it was really easy to do! Unfortunately for me the Accord Sport lacks too much equipment for me to consider it. I hate that Honda no longer will allow you to option out an EX-L with a manual transmission, if they would I'd probably buy a new Accord over everything else.
I'm also considering the new Fusion. I've talked with my salesmen about ordering a 1.6t/6mt, I'm told it could take up to 12 weeks to come from Mexico but that typical wait times is 6-8 weeks.
The new Fusion supposedly has AppLink already available, the model I'd be choosing would be an SE with the Appearance pkg, Moonroof, MyFord Touch and Navigation. It cost about $1500 more than the Focus Titanium I'm leaning toward purchasing. I really want Push button start and its not available on anything other than the Fusion Titanium.
I know I've given you folks a whole lot in this one message but any advice on any of the "concerns" I have would be much appreciated!
The streets in Chicago are terrible, don't get the handling package unless you want to be beat to death. The wind off the lake will take your breath away to say the least, it is cold. The block heater is extremely cheap, I think it was $35 on my car, Go for it, not only will it make the car a little more comfortable but will help slightly with gas mileage.