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Old 08-07-2007, 12:07 AM   #1
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Focus vs Lancer

Howdy all.. I'm the new guy from Oregon. I don't actually own a Focus but am considering it. I plan to buy a used car probably this month or no later than next. At this point my choices are pretty much narrowed down to 4 cars. Focus ZX3 or 5, Lancer OZ, WRX, or Taurus. No later than 2001. So for my 1st post, I'd like to solicit some opinions. I'm sure there might be some bias towards the Focus since this is a Focus Forum but that's ok...

1st off, according to reviews that I've read, the 00 - 02 Focus's had some quality / reliability issues.. that's about all I've been able to find out. Do any of you know what that might mean?

Focus vs. Lancer OZ. Which Focus would best compete with the Lancer OZ and which one would be the better car given the same year, miles and anything else that would level the playing field?

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Old 08-07-2007, 12:35 AM   #2
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I would go with the Focus or WRX personally! There were some recalls...I have a 2000 and it had a couple recalls but after they are fixed its fine! Its a very reliable car besides that. Im not sure about comparing the Focus with the Lancer as I dont know alot about them. Maybe someone else can help you out there! Just make sure if you buy a focus its the Zetec and not the single cam motor.

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Old 08-07-2007, 09:55 AM   #3
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I agree with ashley on the car choices. The Lancer OZ can be outdone performance wise by any Focus that has the Zetec engine. If you want the nicest of the focus world, look for an SVT. Even more power and much nicer inside and out.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:59 AM   #4
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I believe the OZ edition is just a regular lancer with a cat back and some wheels.. i want to say 120bhp SOHC motor.. and heavier then a focus. A WRX would eat any of your choices alive though FYI.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:34 PM   #6
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Dont get the lancer! If not focus, go with evo.
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wrx is easily 2-3x the price of any of those cars...how is that even in the running?

get the focus...the OZ accelerates like crap, handles like soup, and sucks balls aesthetically.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:06 PM   #8
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Lancer... damn reliable and good quality too...
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I just read this review about the OZ here

http://www.automedia.com/2002_Mitsub...ts20011201ml/1

For now, I have to go with the Focus.
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I used to love lancers until i got my focus if u asked this before i got my focus i would say lancer after focus nothing in the category would compare Focus FTW
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