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Old 11-18-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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focus 2012 or 2013 hatchback, or fiesta?


New member... have found helpful info on this site. Thanks very much.

I love my 2000 ZX3 5 speed manual (white) - bought new. After a few bad experiences early on with recalls (ford's fault) and botched repairs (not ford's fault), I have been served well. Now, with 224+K miles, engine still seems good (to me? - not burning oil or smoking at least) but the normal wear things are failing. I want to keep fixing it, but husband wants me to get a new car. I do a fair number of long road trips - so the statistical probability of inconvenient breakdowns far from home is rising exponentially these days....

In the meanwhile, husband has had 2 focus sedans 2005 and 2009 - both fine.

I like the look of the new gen 2012/2013 foci (yeay, finally a hatchback option), but seems like SO much more car and a lot more $$$ than my 2000 (even allowing for inflation). I also like the fiesta - which actually seems to be the logical "replacement" car for my 2000 ZX3. Any opinion on this?

If I go with a focus hatchback, manual (fuel savings does not seem to outweigh initial cost of transmission upgrade), is there any fundamental difference (beside price) between 2012 and 2013 models? Is 2012 the "new model year" for that car? Saw some threads speculating before the 2013's were actually on the road, but I assume by now folks have had them long enough to form some opinions.

(PS, this is not the first ford I have run into old age)

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