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Old 08-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Jumping back into a focus soon!

As the title implies. I went and ordered myself a performance blue focus ST! I didn't have to put a single dime down and I'm trading in 2 cars for it! This is going to be my first car that I'll be taking a loan out for so hopefully it works out

Also the salesperson who my entire family got cars from just pretty much said they were ordering one with the specs I wanted anyway. So he threw my name on it and would price everything out for me soon.

Anyway now for the good stuff I ordered a

focus st in performance blue
ST3 or 202a I know they changed things around, Ist told them I wanted navi which I think comes with the st3 package anyway and HID lights which I know come with the st3/202a

Anyway a few weeks back I was planning on just getting a focus st with a ST2 package. Reason being was only trading in the Fusion but now my great grandmother doesn't want to drive anymore. So she is allowing me to trade in her focus with 50k miles towards the new focus. So I upgraded myself to an ST3. Which is awesome because the ST3 has features and stuff I actually WANT :D

Even though I don't really know how to drive manual I figure this will be the perfect opportunity to learn! Also I mainly drive highway/back roads so traffic isn't nearly an issue for me. Though to be honest 495 South in MA is starting to get on my nerves, it seems like everyday at random times there is always a traffic jam.

I like driving in the fall better, maybe then things will cool down.

BUT YEAH :D I'm so damn excited to get this car.


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Old 08-05-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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Sweet! Practice on someone else's manual before you get it. I wasn't super experienced with one when I got mine either.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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So you bought a car you don't know the price of and you don't know how to drive it? Congrats! lol

Hope you can afford and you enjoy the car.
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Gratz on your upcoming purchase!

And definitely have someone who drives a manual give you some lessons before you pick up the car. I learned by doing and it cost me a new clutch. ;)

If you lived near me I'd let you practice on my beater.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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I have a general idea of the price. Plus my dad is teaching me how to drive a manual on his car this weekend. :D

Price isn't EXACTLY an issue for me. I have a lot of money saved up and I'm not committed to anything. Plus I built what I wanted on fords website so if the price is in the general area + destination fee I'll be fine
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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I gave somebody a one day crash course on driving a manual (he had never done it before) before he went to pick up his Camaro 600 miles away and drive it back. As far as I can tell he didn't put too much wear on his clutch and he got a lot better at it within a month. If you've driven a stick shift before, I'm sure you'll pick it up pretty quick. If you remember whenever the pedal isn't completely depressed or released you're putting wear on it, I'm sure you won't wear it too much by learning.

The trick to driving a manual in traffic is to idle in gear, and use the accelerator to speed up slow down (the vehicle will slow down on it's own in 1st gear).
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:45 PM   #7
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Feel free to drive on over here Black&Tan, LOL. And a friend of mine says it's like riding a dirt bike, shifting wise... I don't really believe him too much....

Now when you mean idle in gear just sit in traffic in 1,2 etc with the clutch pressed in all the way? :D
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Feel free to drive on over here Black&Tan, LOL. And a friend of mine says it's like riding a dirt bike, shifting wise... I don't really believe him too much....

Now when you mean idle in gear just sit in traffic in 1,2 etc with the clutch pressed in all the way? :D
No, when the pedal is released the clutch is engadged (contacting the flywheel) pressing the clutch is like being in neutral (or pulling the clutch lever on a dirtbike). As far as idling in gear it depends on the traffic. If traffic is flowing smoothly you just drive normal. The traffic people complain about driving manual in is "stop and go", to which I've found it's easiest to idle in 1st (clutch pedal fully released).
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:48 PM   #9
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:D Thanks for the tips :) I drive mostly highway and back roads so there isn't that much traffic ^_^ Even rush hour isn't that bad :D
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It's a good thing that you went ahead and got everything that you wanted on your car. I ordered mine years ago, and I can't tell you how silly I feel for not getting all the options which would've only been another $300.

The ST seems like it will be a great car, but with my family, I think my next car will have Energi behind it's name.

Best of luck on your purchase!
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