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Old 05-08-2005, 09:31 AM   #1
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Hello, I am new to here. I am currently test driving a focus ses til Monday the 9th. I was hoping to get some honest feedbacks from the members. Are you happy with it? Are there alot of aftermarket accessories for these? The resell value on the focus? Insurance? Any problems? I would appreciate any feedback.

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Old 05-08-2005, 09:42 AM   #2
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i have only had mine now 5months and love it. mine is the SVT, not sure which one you are driving, also that makes a big difference between the standard and SVT models. but as far as problems go, depends on what year etc.. there quite alot of aftermarket support for these cars, just about anything you could want including turbos, superchargers. do a search and you come up with alot of things to read about.
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I love my current 2001 focus... getting another today... hope that helps ya out... :)
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:44 AM   #4
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insurance wise im not the best person to get an opinion from but if it means anything, im paying $5400 a YEAR on my focus and this is my second one i think that speaks volumes about how much i love this car. even tho the insurance is high, i would rather pay that extra money for this car because i love it so much than be driving somethin else. mine is a 2003 zx5 with the 2.3L engine. since you said you are driving an SES (which my mom has a 5 door blazing copper one of) then that means you have the 2.0 duratec engine. its still a nice engine but if you want more performance then go with the ST. then again thats only in the sedan now and i personally dont like the sedan but thats just me. another thing is, resale value isnt that great on these cars because there are just so many of them. i got an AMAZING deal on my car over a year ago (2003, power everything, 4000 miles....$9500 cash) and i could TRADE IT IN and still get almost that much now. but im one of the lucky ones. others take huge losses when they buy the car but i think that all evens out in the end because these cars are such a great deal for the money. well i guess ive said enough but one last thing. as i said before, my mom has a 2005 SES 5 door with EVERY option possible. she said it is by far the best vehicle she has ever owned and thats including a 2004 bonneville and 2003 crown vic. im sure if you make this purchase you will be more than happy! good luck

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Old 05-08-2005, 10:49 AM   #5
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I love my ST, tried both it and a ZX3 SES manual. I went with the ST due to its firmer ride and handling, a bit more go power, and lower insurance costs, though I like the hatchback (either 3 or 5 door) looks better. Either way, I'm sure you'll be happy with your purchase. The reliability of the Focus line in general has greatly improved, but like most cars that are sold in such high quantity (with very few exceptions) the resale is poor, but as long as you know that going in, and don't expect resale value miracles, it's a great car. Good luck !
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Old 05-08-2005, 01:30 PM   #7
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Great cars, even on stock. I think I just told someone this before but since people went with the pros, I'll start to tell you the cons.

No flashlight in glovebox (a few times I needed that)
Low resell value
Europeans have the better model, will it come to the US? Who knows if and when that happens
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I do want to thank you all for replying. The one I am driving now is a 2005 3 door. It does have alot of power, but I was concerned with reliablitly. It seems everyone who replied is very happy with theirs. I just don't know about the bar in my lower back though. I might still have to adjust the seat to get that right. But I do appreciate everyones replies and now I am going to check out some hooked up Focus's on here. Thank you again.
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Ill add in my opinions. I've had mine for about a year. I've put a lot of money into mods, around 2000 so far. So far i've only lost two a couple of cars at the strip and street. The car handles very well stock. I love mine, its a pretty quick little car. However, recently, i pushed it too far and ended up on my drivers side door with a totaled focus. The car now sits in my basement, almost put back together and ready to drive again. It will live again :) hah hope i helped maybe a little bit. I love my focus, its an excellent car for the 4000 i paid in the beginning to drive it off the lot.
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I do want to thank you all for replying. The one I am driving now is a 2005 3 door. It does have alot of power, but I was concerned with reliablitly. It seems everyone who replied is very happy with theirs. I just don't know about the bar in my lower back though. I might still have to adjust the seat to get that right. But I do appreciate everyones replies and now I am going to check out some hooked up Focus's on here. Thank you again.
I believe you can adjust the lumbar support with a handle that turns under the seat. That makes a huge difference in the way the seat feels.
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