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08-17-2012 05:40 PM
bball40dtw http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...rt-sxt-rallye/

Dart review on The Truth About Cars today. Michael Karesh is one of the best and most thorough reviewers out there. He also runs TrueDelta.com, which is a website about reliability.

The few sentances in the piece are:

"If the Ford Focus didnít exist, Iíd rate the Dart more highly. But the Focus does exist."
08-17-2012 03:05 PM
Paladin my 03 rattles. but its my fault with the poly mounts and such.
08-17-2012 11:54 AM
NBFocus
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The tight low ratio steering is great on the Focus til you have to do a 180 and it's got a bigger turning radius than my '99 4Runner.
This.

My 2000 could turn on a dime. Its not bad on my car, but could be better. Although it handles so nice on winding roads.
08-17-2012 10:37 AM
RonMaiden The tight low ratio steering is great on the Focus til you have to do a 180 and it's got a bigger turning radius than my '99 4Runner.
08-17-2012 08:06 AM
kam327
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You have no idea, even the Challengers have some real issues with the interior, and the two I test drove had sloppy driveshaft "thunks" going on every time I'd accelerate. Ford makes great cars, I just wish their service was a lot better. But apparently Dodge is even worse from what I have seen.

Although the Mustangs haven't been without their issues here and there. Generally their build quality is better. I've gotten to a point in my Focus that when I hear a rattle, I look for the change or something in the side pockets, because it is never the car that is causing it. hehe. Even after 3 years of rough local roads here in Greenville.
The 12 Focus has tons of rattles. Doors, dash, headliner, etc. I have to set aside some time soon to follow the DIY repair advice of others and try to fix a couple. I've never had this many in a new car. My biggest disappointment after the DCT. Even more funny since the Ford marketing materials say the interior was specifically engineered to be rattle free. Sometimes I wonder if auto engineers are politicians.
08-17-2012 02:35 AM
lyonsroar My fusion has no rattles at all. I expected the firm ride from the coils to knock some loose, but it's handled it great. Good quality.
08-16-2012 08:25 PM
CriticalMass
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Dodge can't hide cheap as well as other brands do. The Focus is an above average $20k car but there are some details that leave a little bit to be desired over other brands I've experienced but overall I'm quite content I bought the exact Focus I did.
You have no idea, even the Challengers have some real issues with the interior, and the two I test drove had sloppy driveshaft "thunks" going on every time I'd accelerate. Ford makes great cars, I just wish their service was a lot better. But apparently Dodge is even worse from what I have seen.

Although the Mustangs haven't been without their issues here and there. Generally their build quality is better. I've gotten to a point in my Focus that when I hear a rattle, I look for the change or something in the side pockets, because it is never the car that is causing it. hehe. Even after 3 years of rough local roads here in Greenville.
08-16-2012 03:54 PM
NBFocus
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Style is subjective.
Well just exactly, I've had lots of people who think the Focus is an awful looking car. But if every car looked the same, there'd be no point in choice right? haha
08-16-2012 03:00 PM
Paladin dunno, i'd rather pick up a new sentra spec-v with teh upgrade pack simply for the actual limited slip. the way i see it any deficiencies can be sorted out by the aftermarket. after all its why they are there. and i'm sure i'm going to end up playing wit hit.
08-14-2012 10:46 PM
DJ2BIG I sell Nissan and I can tell you the focus blows away the sentra and the Altima by far


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