^^^ I don't think any of that is being said. We are saying that the motor will be a PITA to try and tune and we just wonder why a "tuner" specific car that is marketed towards a specific type of person would either be difficult for 3rd party people to tune or why Ford them selves don't provide tunes/updates for modifications.
I will be getting the ST next year around Aug. As far as the no Money... I bet the RS would have sold more units per year that the SVT did... SVT was only 50 more HP and had a price tag that some people thought was a bit much for that. The mind set has also shifted since the late 90's early 2000's on smaller cars, thus the Fiesta is back in the US market along with the smart car, Mini, the Scion FR-S coming out soon...). People in the USA said why spend 30k on a small car when I can get XXX which is bigger. Now people are in a better mind set for a "Hot Hatch" and are willing to spend the same price. You can get a Mustang GT for $32k and the Focus ST is around $28... for $4k more you could have the 5.0L V8 vs the Turbo 2.0L 4-cyl. The GT has 420 H, so for $4k more you get an extra 150HP and rear wheel drive? 10 years ago no one would have bought the 3 door focus, they would have gotten the mustang. Today is a different story.
2001 ZX3 2.0L Zetec-
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Going through Rebuild See "The TICK Build Thread" for details (http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=289168&referrerid=62897)