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Old 02-08-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
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A very provocative & tough question

I lost my last car on New Years Eve in the CA flood & had to purchase an everyday car ASAP out of necessity...didnít want to spend the money on a new one without having the time to thoroughly research what I wanted to buy & not all the new models are out yet, so I decided to run into town to car lots to find a temporary car, I thought the Focus was the coolest looking one in the lot...I took a test drive in it, was so impressed with its performance & price I decided to take it home. I have come to really love this car & decided to add to its performance a bit & keep it for awhile, so my question is: If each of you were to purchase a another car today, would you buy another Focus or something else & why, with cost being one of the major factors, because Iíve notice that a lot of auto manufacturers are jumping on the band wagon and developing cars of this type for the young & young-at-heart e.g. Mazda3, Scion, Spectra 5, Mini Cooper S, Honda SI, & Etc. Etc. Etc. So please let me know what you think.


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Old 02-08-2006, 05:59 PM   #2
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If Ford did a "complete" redesign of the Focus, I would consider it. I do not like how they remodeled the nose of the new one...

I am leaning toward the styling directon of Mazda...uncertain whether I want a Mazda6 (V6) or Mazdaspeed6 or the Mazdaspeed3 when it comes out....
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my cars been as reliable as it could be, never left me stranded ever, i love my car to death and if it were destroyed id def buy a new one, but i love my baby and wont let anything happen to it, even though its the slowest of them all SPI BABY, who cares lol anyways, the mazdaspeed3 would be sweet to have tho
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mazda 3 when the speed edition comes out..GTI...cooper works..
thats my top 3
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Depends on the money you are talking about. My SVTF was under $12K, and I think it's worth it at that price. Start going past $15K, though, and I doubt that there's a FWD compact in the world that I would buy. There's just too much good used stuff out there.

In fact, I would have gotten something else if the financing on older cars wasn't so much worse. I actually wrote a deal on a super-clean Porsche 944 Turbo, but the financing sucked (4 years at most, 8.5% vs. 5 years and 3.9%) Not to say that I don't love my car, cuz I do...
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Old 02-09-2006, 08:50 AM   #6
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Nice reply Carrera26. Be glad you didnít get that 944...they were great car when they were new but didnít really hold up well (How many do you see on the road these days). My other car is a 912E which is a 30 year old car, never gone through any restoration & will still give most newer cars a run for their money...the 944 was more an Audi than a Porsche.
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the 944turbo is an awesome car to drive. the reason you dont see many is because there arent many, not because an overwhelming amount of them are dead and gone. The remaining ones are either weekend cars or racecars, but I worked at a porsche independent shop for about 7 months or so and they had nothing but good things to say about them. Not to mention they are easy to work on. Fast too!

If i were in the market for a new hatch or the like, I would buy one of these-

http://www.swedespeed.com/news/publi...ticle_743.html

-though I am a little biased. Volvo C30.
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My old 944 was one of the most reliable and fun cars that I have ever owned. With a history of caring owners and fore-knowledge of it's little weaknesses it can be a very solid used deal. I would have preffered an S2 though. I know what I am looking for when I look at Porsches, and have had 2 so far. Hopefully I will be able to finally get the 968 M030 this summer that I have been lusting over...

When I can get a 2000+ Boxster for just a bit over $15K, along with M3s, 3.2 Carreras, and so much other great stuff, I just can't look back at a hatchback...
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Hi Carrera, I was just kidding about the parts & my racing days are behind me. I already purchased most of the parts I need for my Focus, just want to make it a little more fun to drive. Like you itís hard to have a car thatís not fun to drive after owning Porsches.
Itís hard to beat the Porsche, thatís why I still have mine. Good luck with getting yours.
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I'm buying an STi in a few weeks and this Focus will be my last American car EVAR.
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