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Old 10-11-2007, 02:25 PM   #1
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"...swelling its as-tested price to $19,085, more than any Focus should cost."

How stupid is THAT line? They didn't balk when the SVT cost that much 3-plus years ago (and made their "10 Best" list every year it was made); and they certainly wouldn't balk if the MK2 ST were sold here for at least $6K over that price...

Duh. Don't they even edit for consistency? (And this is my long-time fave car mag...)

But there it is: Ford has let the car wallow in the econocar pit of U.S. public perception.

As much as we (and, yes, Car & Driver) embraced the original as a paragon of style, space-efficiency, sportiness, and world-class driving dynamics - and hoped to see it evolve and improve along the lines it has in Europe - it just ain't going to be so. Not in THIS decade, at least.

And now that I've seen more pics of the 2-door (courtesy of the C&D "Short Take"), I think that it REALLY looks like a refresh of some late-80's Escort (Euro or U.S.) I have in my mind's eye. Not hideous; but not-at-all good. And a big Ford projectile vomit on the name Focus.

Shame, shame, shame.


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Old 10-11-2007, 02:57 PM   #3
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lazy?

http://www.caranddriver.com/shortroa...es.html?al=126

Just teasing on the "lazy"...
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:22 PM   #4
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Well it cost 20k cuz it was an SVT the new ones on the other hand don't deserve to be in that price range... Ford you've F%$@^d up!
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that's depressing... I was holding on to some hope that the '08 'retuned focus' was gonna be better somehow. stupid me! I really hope this project was too far along to be pulled when Mulally got there... otherwise there's no hope for the future car line-up.
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:39 PM   #6
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Well it cost 20k cuz it was an SVT the new ones on the other hand don't deserve to be in that price range...
Yeah, but the article says "more than ANY Focus should cost" - and that was my point of contention.
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meh...im still undecided on the 08...

on an upside...it looks like that lil bump in hp and 60lb diet shaved a few seconds of the stock 1\4mile time. 16.4 compared to a 16.8-17.
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No Words Can Explain My Dissapointment! That Car Looks Like All The Other Sedans On The Market!
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Old 10-11-2007, 04:18 PM   #9
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I think this new 08 focus is going to be one of those flops that fades away in the coming years.........then they bring the MK2 and are like BAM! "Waz-up now"!
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too damn expensive for a compact car.
mine was 17k canadian (lol canada's inflate car costs), which was bad enough
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