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Old 02-12-2007, 11:02 PM   #1
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How do you guys like your cars?

ok so first post....obviously by my name I own a 2003 Mustang...which I love and adore...but I've done quite a bit of work on it and where it absolutely SCREAMS in performance...it basically sucks my gas to death....highway 15mpg haha... and since I've been raised on them, I'm inclined to look at fords first.... Ive had two mustangs and my dad has a truck and had a bronco and old mustang

i'm looking for something with decent performance but good gas mileage....and definetly want to stay away from hondas.

at any rate how do you guys like your cars? reliable? what are you getting for MPG...what type of power are you making and how well does this car respond to mods?

i basically drive 50miles round trip to work everyday and want my stang as a weekend car.... but that doesnt mean i wont mod up a focus if i get one haha


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Old 02-12-2007, 11:13 PM   #2
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Welcome!! I have a blown stang as well, and with gas prices today, it has become a weekend toy for nice weather. The Focus is a nice ride, the performance is acceptable. It will pull the mountains at 70 MPH and such. I get about 32 highway, and about 28 or so around town. Mine has 80k on it and works great.

And, just to throw it out there, you can mod a focus just like a stang, There are several ways to build a good quick car that still gets 25 MPG.

Have a look around, and again. Welcome to the site. Ask any questions you might have.
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:23 PM   #3
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LOVE my car. It handles on rails with the Koni kit. It's comfortable enough to be a daily driver and I also take it to the airfield once a month for autocross racing. It's an auto but it's still a lot of fun. And yes, if you start modding it you won't stop, so be careful. It's quite a potent little car if you put a few G's into it. If you're looking for speed pick up the manual, the auto is pretty weak and has its fair share of problems (mine just broke all of a sudden :( ).

As far as reliability goes, I have had two "major" problems. My alternator went out at around 40K and my shift solenoid A went out about a week ago at around 63K. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary. My MPG varies, usually around 27 but keep in mind that's an auto and I beat the living heck out of her. I think you'd like it. It's completely opposite from the Mustang so it would certainly mix things up a bit and keep all your drives interesting changing between the two like that.
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:39 PM   #4
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yeah i'm sure its going to be totally different than my stang haha. I have a built VT forged 4.6L stroked to 5.1 with a Keene Bell 2.1L running 12psi.....the only cars i've run into faster than me are built camaros and vettes.

a friend of mine is a big honda civic tuner and is around 220-240 with his 92DX with a b-18 and a ton of other stuff im not sure of...it would be fun to have a tuner-type car to go neck and neck against him...and still get good mileage. My stang at WOT leaves me pinned in my seat until I shift haha...maybe i'll get a turbo or nitrous kit of some kind if i wind up with a focus.

like i said i'm a ford guy and i dont know much about these cars but like them from what i've been reading. Its basically a toss-up between a new focus or a new fusion...and the fusion seems to have overall less potential than the focus....

we'll see...im going to a dealer next monday to chat....
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Turbo is a good way to go. We have a famous East Coast Focus tuner on this site, Turbo Tom, he'll hook you up with a tune for a turbo application. But make sure you find a manual if you decide to do it. Are you looking for new or used? If you're getting a new one, Focus Sport has a pretty good turbo kit for the Duratec engines. Just check out the forums, look around a little bit, and you can see the variety of crap you can do to this car. It's pretty cool.
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get a focus with a 2.3L duratec in it, the best way you can go, they are the best engines, both performance wise and effiency/gas milage.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of the "Focus". I really, really enjoy my car. Both my wife & I drive a Focus. Like DrkKnight614 stated, if you serious about getting one, try to find an '03-'04 ZX3 w/ the 2.3 Duratec.

I also live in CT, (northwest corner), and depending on where you live, if you wish, you can take ride/drive in my car to get a feel for the Focus. Thats if you let me take the 'Stang for a cruise..........just kidding. Shoot me a pm if your are interested...
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Buy a good used SVT Focus and put a turbo on it.You will own a car that is fast,dependable,economical and will always be worth more than any other Focus.
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The SVT has great potential for tuning. 03orangeSVT here on this forum is pushing 340+ WHP with a turbo. That should be enough to put him at least near to your stang.

They're also really nice cars. you'll find the interior is more welcoming and the legroom is more comfortable. They love the twisties too...perhaps more than anything else.
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