Originally Posted by lifocus
Did you test drive the 2012 or 2013 mazda 3 ?
What about the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT or coupe ?
Edit: You also want a reliable car too!
With no due respect, get the hell out of here already. You are just a constant troll at this point and someone might as well call you out for it.
Back on topic however...
I bought my 2012 with 8500km on it. Job 1 build.
Not a single issue. No strut noises. No steering wheel issues. No suspension shenanigans. No MFT nonsense apart from the general MFT weirdness which happens ACROSS ALL MODELS.
DCT issues? Non.
I never took it in for a single TSB, didn't feel like I had to because it wasn't my first DCT so I knew what to expect and more importantly it wasn't ever weird or dangerous.
Obviously I still had plenty of warranty and as always you can purchase a extended warranty as well if you need to.
Do a extended test drive. I went with my dad to a dealership 25 minutes away. He drove it to a nearby mall, I drove it through the city in stop and go traffic to the city center airport (the kind of traffic I deal with daily) and he took it back home. Pondered for a bit, and I drove it back.
I had originally gone there to buy brand new, off the truck. I had no intention of actually buying the used model that they had given for the test drive but I was so impressed in the hours worth of driving and please with the price that I got that one.
So yes, there will be lemons. There will be issues. Be sure to drive the hell out of it and get a detailed service history and what not.
I also recommend yanking the battery wires to reset the computers if you do buy a used one because these computers learn based off your driving habits, you'll probably want a clear slate for your ownership just to make things easier.
And I believe carfax will state where it was bought/sold to originally.
Plus, there is always tell tale signs of rental use. The higher then normal KMs and the abused to death drivers seat.
Also the Focus is one of the quietest cars on the inside in the class. It feels like a more expensive car on the inside with how much isolation you are given, especially compared to the class of cars.