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Old 12-01-2011, 12:58 PM   #91
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Liked my wife's SE Sport DCT 201A from the beginning (low shift points but no shudder or bog) and loved it after the TSB update. Gas miser if you tickle the gas and sporty (2500 + shift points) with just a little more foot in it.

Have loved my SE Sport 5sp 201A from the beginning and still do. Shifting has just gotten better and better.

2500 miles on the DCT car and 800 miles on the 5sp.

Like a few others I'm making excuses to drive. Oh, BTW 32mpg around town in Tucson on both cars. Of course city driving in Tucson doesn't compare to something like LA. We have a lot of 45MPH roads with well timed lights that can get you 40mpg at the right time of day.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:04 PM   #92
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On the Veloster...
It's a sexy looking car on the outside, but I just can't get over all the Hyundai's nasolabial folds on the front of their newer cars. It's nice to hear that you don't think it rides as well as the Focus; that helps me keep thinking that I made the right decision!
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:04 PM   #93
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Yes. I love this damn thing.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:13 PM   #94
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2) head restraints - extremely uncomfortable, give me neck pain on long drives. I understand the compliance and liability issues here, but don't consider it a valid trade-off to be forced to accept chronic injury as a means of avoiding acute injury.
Have you tried tilting the seat slightly back further? At first I felt the head supports pushed my neck forward too much but I moved the seat tilt back very slightly and now it's great!
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:28 AM   #95
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My mother in law used to work as a quality engineer for a Japanese parts supplier here in Detroit (they're not all Ford, GM, Chrysler here). The US regulations book that affect foreign cars is about an inch thick. The regulations on American cars? Try two phone books...SO, all the problems you have heard publicised about American cars, the foreign cars have just as many, but they are not required to report most of them...

So yeah, I am really happy with our Focus, and my wife is in love with it...I am almost jealous!
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:02 AM   #96
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other than the few minor gripes with mft, yes. the focus is WAY more practical than my mustang. in terms of storage, comfort, ride quality, and features... the focus is head and shoulders above my mach 1. the only advantage my mustang had was in sportiness and overall grunt. but it was a mustang, i'd be disappointed if it didn't have horsepower and torque that made you lose your breath.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:52 AM   #97
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First Ford owned in over 30 years of car ownership.
Just passed 1,000 miles and very happy with the Focus.
Minor irritants - low speed shudder, cup holders, very occasional MFT hiccups and less power than I would ideally like, but at the price point (or even slightly higher) I don't think there is a better car for me.
It's comfortable, economical, looks great and dealer has been responsive on some delivery issues.
As long as it's reliable during ownership and has a reasonable residual value when it's time to move on to the next vehicle I wil probably choose another Ford.
Given the level of competition and choices in the car market, I think Ford have done a great job in designing, producing, pricing and marketing this car.
While it does not check all the boxes on my list, the competition does not offer me a better choice (IMHO).
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First Ford owned in over 30 years of car ownership.

Given the level of competition and choices in the car market, I think Ford have done a great job in designing, producing, pricing and marketing this car.
While it does not check all the boxes on my list, the competition does not offer me a better choice (IMHO).
My first Ford ever - my first car was a '49 Plymouth bought by me and three friends for $300 back in 1963! I too am impressed with the Focus - likely would not have bought it if I wasn't, eh?
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:14 PM   #99
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I have two problems with my SEL.
1) too many miles on it already, since July
2) can't find enough excuses to get in it and drive.......
Other than those two problems, oh yea, one more thing. All these people saying what a nice looking car that is....what is it?
All in all, I'm extremely happy with it
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I have two problems with my SEL.
1) too many miles on it already, since July
2) can't find enough excuses to get in it and drive.......
Other than those two problems, oh yea, one more thing. All these people saying what a nice looking car that is....what is it?
All in all, I'm extremely happy with it
I think you mean that you don't have -enough- miles on it!

Oddly enough, I've never gotten a single compliment from random people on my car :/ I keep it sparkly clean and waxed, even have the nice 18" wheels... and still I get no love D:
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