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Old 10-10-2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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Rental 2010 black se auto, Review!?

Drove the rental today for 50 miles so far and my first impression is...

If you have one, don't drive a 2012 because you will want to trade in lol

What i did not like:
Narrower, taller, longer, shorter wheel base than the 12 HB
Handling sucks compared to the 12, at least in that configuration
Interior is blah but better than 2011 impreza lol
195/60/15 kinda too small

what i liked was:
the auto trans wasn't to bad, was snappy and responsive
Hydraulic steering assist gave a nice feel (it's hydraulic right?)
stereo is great, 12 is a little better though

What i loved:
Quick up down on windows
Traction control hard button! (every car needs it, especially people in heavy winter areas or track hooligans)

Just sucks the12 you have to go through a menu to deactivate it :(

So far those are my first impression...
Get back with final thoughts when i return it and retrieve my car :)


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Old 10-10-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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I've driven several 2012's, one that needed an engine replacement at 120 miles, one that needed an engine replacement at about 2k miles, one that needed an ABS wiring repair at 1200 miles, one that needed an oil-leak and a coolant-leak repair at about 2k miles, and a few others.

I wasn't impressed anywhere enough to wanna run to my 2010 and trade it in.

I despise the dash controls/layout of the 2012, the lack of rear door-lock pins, the "automated manual" transmission, and a few other things, one of them being the much higher sticker prices I see on their windows.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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I am biased cus I own one, you own a 10 so you would be biased also ;)
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:55 PM   #4
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I want to drive a 12 and am wanting the new gen but don't want one that has all the shenanigans going on with them so maybe a 13 or 14
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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Yea I wish they already foxed all the bugs, but at least I have a warrenty
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:45 PM   #6
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I will still admit that I would have bought a 2012...but man...I got a $6k discount on my SE. That's just over 30% off sticker. I couldn't say no to a price like that!

No one knew there would be so many intermittent problems with the new model, but at least Ford is making an effort to get them fixed!
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:32 PM   #7
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i used to be a bit jealous of the 2012's... but with the issues reported left & right... no thanks. i know its the first model year and hopefully itll all be resolved for 2013MY but still... those are major bugs for the first MY.
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:27 PM   #8
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I did a little comparing with my friend last night....

compared
40-0 60-0 stopping distance
min turn radius max speed on black top
three turn speed challenge

just a few things :D

40-0 same
60-0 focus stopped a car length longer
min turn radius top speed 15mph then at 17mph both lost grip completly
turns 30/30 35/35 40/33 (was hesitant on last turn)

little difference

cars
2010 focus se auto with 195/60/15 and mix matched A/S tires

vehicle we used to compare
2004 rx8 6spd 225/45/18 hankook ventus v12
(stopped better in the 60-0 because it has big 13" disc to dissipate heat)
(he also auto-x a lot so he pushed his car to the max)
kinda sad it was matched with a econobox :D focus handles amazing for what it is.
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You compared a 2010 Focus with a 2004 RX8 ?

That's kinda apples to oranges, isn't it ?
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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You compared a 2010 Focus with a 2004 RX8 ?

That's kinda apples to oranges, isn't it ?

Yea but it proved the focus was still comparable handeling wise. I wanted to compare to hismoms bfs cobalt but im sure he didnt want that done lol
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