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Old 10-03-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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Tested 2013 ST - Kept my 05 ST

I've been reading the all the promotional stuff on the design of the 2013; how it tweaks the steering to compensate for torque steer; how its just like its European counterpart; etc etc. I'm the only owner of a 2005 Focus ST; its 100 HP less than the new one; it weighs about 500 lbs less than the new one; it has one less gear than the new on; its got almost 100,000 miles on it; gets 30 mpg on regular all the time; still looks shiny and new, inside and out. Over the years I've added front and rear strut braces, a Steeda cold air intake and urethane sway bar bushings. I've replaced the accessory drive belt, plugs and coolant once. Used synthetic oil for changes every 4,ooo miles or so.

I fully expected the new ST to blow my socks off. It didn't. Yup, it was way faster to 60 and handled beautifully. But way more fun to drive, not! And whats with that intake noise piped into the cabin through that plastic hose?

Bottom line for me is that the new ST is marginally better. If you're used to a non-performance oriented sedan, the 2013 ST will definitely impress and you'll look forward to driving it every day. Guess I'm spoiled by the 05 ST. I've owned two 5.0 Mustangs and a 97 Mustang Cobra ragtop. No other car has been as much fun as the 05 ST (and the ST is only one with which I've gotten speeding tickets!).

I research many product purchase decisions on this site but rarely if ever comment. Thought its time to share what I've learned.


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Old 10-03-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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Fair enough...no point in buying a new car if you are still satisfied with your current one. you should get fswerks turbo, cost way less than a new st and probably make more power
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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Fair enough...no point in buying a new car if you are still satisfied with your current one. you should get fswerks turbo, cost way less than a new st and probably make more power

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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This post helps alot cause every other post says how great the car is but yours is first that didnt go that route.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:33 AM   #5
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This post helps alot cause every other post says how great the car is but yours is first that didnt go that route.
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Pretty much this. Makes me feel better about owning my NA '12.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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I enjoy my st w/ all the mods. I also like the SVT's also. I think its cool to look at the new cars too.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:58 AM   #7
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I enjoy my st w/ all the mods. I also like the SVT's also. I think its cool to look at the new cars too.
As a previous owner of (2) 2003 ZX3 SVT's, and just having driven home my new 2013 ST3 - I can't argue with this guys opinion.

The new ST is just a different car all together. With my SVT's, I was 100% connected to the road. They were the perfect size. I could easily induce understeer or oversteer intentionally and KNOW I could put it back on the line I want at any time. They just did what you told them to do, and did them comfortably.

My new ST - well I've only driven it about 100 miles now, but it's exactly as I expected. It's just a DIFFERENT car. It's bigger. Visibility is worse (main reason I would prefer a 3 door hatch, when you look immediately to your left all you see is the door pillars. On a 3 door, all you see is outside). It's vastly more refined, comfy, quiet. It's fast. Faster than I expected and I have owned a couple of 2006 Evo IX's in the past. The torque comes on so fast you barely know it's turbo. I love it, but it's different. Would I push it into oversteer around a corner with a drop off? Nope. Not yet anyway.

The SVT is 10 years old now. I have too busy of a life now to be worrying about repairing them. If I could buy a brand new 2003 SVT with warranty in 2013 for $10k less than what I paid for my ST, I probably would have done it. But you can't.

For what's out there today, I think the ST is an incredible machine, but if you are thinking it's an updated 2003 SVT or 2005 ST, that's just not the case.

It really is a "Ford GTI" if you will. I owned a 2008 R32 (actually my wife did). When she got a different car, the idea was that I would drive that one. I did for a couple of months, then I got rid of it because I couldn't stand driving an automatic. This ST reminds me VERY much of that car.
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Oh no, someone posted their opinion!? Grab the flame suits.
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Oh no, someone posted their opinion!? Grab the flame suits.
Really Laugh out Loud, ha ha ha.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:29 PM   #10
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Lol ^^ oddly enough everyone is respecting this mans opinion
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