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Old 05-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #821
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Just came back from an 8-day road trip in Southern California in a Chevy Spark rental. I REALLY love my Focus now! :)
I know how you feel. I had a Fiesta loaner for only *one* day from the dealership, and I couldn't wait to get myself "back into Focus"!
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:36 PM   #822
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Just came back from an 8-day road trip in Southern California in a Chevy Spark rental. I REALLY love my Focus now! :)
Ouch, that must have been painful. How did you get so lucky to get such a wonderful rental.
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Just came back from an 8-day road trip in Southern California in a Chevy Spark rental. I REALLY love my Focus now! :)
Could be worse - you could have had a fiesta!
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Could be worse - you could have had a fiesta!
The Fiesta is larger and more stable than the Spark, the Sonic is the new Aveo that is the same size class as the Fiesta.

The Spark is sized more like the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ, or smart car.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:28 PM   #825
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Scion iQ...... *cringe*
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The Fiesta is larger and more stable than the Spark, the Sonic is the new Aveo that is the same size class as the Fiesta.

The Spark is sized more like the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ, or smart car.
Having driven in both, I'll take the Spark any day.

1) I can sit upright in the spark without my head touching the headliner
2) I can get my thigh UNDER the steering wheel. I had to do some serious acrobatics to get in the two fiestas I test drove
3) There is MORE rear seat space in a spark than a Fieta. With the drivers seat all the way back in the Fiesta, I couldn't get in the back seat. And when I put the drivers seat ahead in the Fiesta, I had to hunch over due to the low roofline (both hatch and sedan). In the Spark, I could fit in the back seat with both knee and head room, with the drivers seat all the way back.


The Fiesta does have a better suspension setup, more power and more cargo room.

I couldn't live with a Fiesta, a Spark I could.
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Having driven in both, I'll take the Spark any day.

1) I can sit upright in the spark without my head touching the headliner
2) I can get my thigh UNDER the steering wheel. I had to do some serious acrobatics to get in the two fiestas I test drove
3) There is MORE rear seat space in a spark than a Fieta. With the drivers seat all the way back in the Fiesta, I couldn't get in the back seat. And when I put the drivers seat ahead in the Fiesta, I had to hunch over due to the low roofline (both hatch and sedan). In the Spark, I could fit in the back seat with both knee and head room, with the drivers seat all the way back.


The Fiesta does have a better suspension setup, more power and more cargo room.

I couldn't live with a Fiesta, a Spark I could.
I couldn't live with a Spark. I don't recall having to do any special manuevers to drive the Fiesta, but I'm neither the tallest or widest person around.

I liked how the Fiesta drove on the test loop I took a few of them on, as well as through the cones of an autocross set up. I didn't like the feather weight clutch or the lack of manual mode with the DCT.

I've been witness to a Sonic killing itself at low mileage due to a failed a/c compressor ripping free from its mounts on the engine and throwing the belt. I've also had an even worse time driving an Aveo 5 before. Marshmallow clutch, no power, gear shifter that vibrates so violently you wondered if it was in gear, all on a car with less than 10,000 miles on the clock.

The Spark is even worse than the new Aveo/Sonic in my eyes. A 1.2 L i4 with a 4 speed automatic or a 5 MT is not really going to get good fuel economy or win any favor in a straight line either.

I went with the Focus over the Fiesta because the Focus drove even better, and was not much more expensive initially, of course now I have a Focus ST which I love even more than my old SEL.

The Cruze while dull and boring to drive is at least a semi passable effort and is still ahead of the outgoing Corolla.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:22 AM   #828
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Can't wait picking up my Ford Focus Sport hatch on Saturday. It is a 2.0L Petrol Auto, Moondust Silver with optional sat nav and only 15,000kms or 9941 miles.



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Old 07-05-2013, 08:21 PM   #829
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Over 29000 km (~18200 mi) on my '12 FoFo with a DCT (purchased with 16191 km (10061 mi)). I have absolutely zero problems with this car. Z-E-R-O.

Unless you account for my hatred for the center console cup holder position... And the fact that I have a Ti Hatch with cloth seats (FoMoCo apparently spec'd it this way - which I actually love) - which means I don't have the pull-down arm rest avec le cup holders.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:41 PM   #830
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Talking WTFord?

I think you got the negative reversed. The picture has the steering wheel on the "other side".
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