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Old 02-25-2013, 11:29 PM   #21
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I bought a 12 model used. (how about that for odd)

its now got 25K on the clock and its just barely a year old according to build date.


meanwhile - its a DCT car and I'd highly recommend it. I personally hate stiring a stick and clutch in city traffic. also IIRC the DCT gets another gear and a better 1st ratio.


Otherwise - appearance the car is holding up great with minor care. Changing out the cabin air filter is a cast iron B though. but so are most cars.

Engine - can't complain one bit. simple oil changes and its chugging on just well. I do put synthetic in it, but that's because I'm odd.

transmission - its also running just fine. yes it will studder occasionally after a dead stop and I think its really realted to set conditions and not mechanical at all. the wife doesn't even notice it, I have to point it out to her. Has no affect on operation, hills, no hills, highway or romping back roads. the DCT runs just fine, I do wish I could change out the fluid in it but again I'm odd.

Suspension - can't ask for more at this price range. It turns bettter than the other cars you mentioned. It brakes better too, and maybe its the seats but I think it rides better than the others to.

MPG - yes it does what it says it will. Driving style has as much to do with results that does the device. granted it rarely goes highway at speeds under 80 but I live in Mexico.

Yes I looked at others but the focus just appeals to me more. Likewise Hatch over sedan. Having been to europe what I really wish I could get is their focus wagon with the AWD kit and the turbo. but I can't have it all.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:28 AM   #22
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Since you are looking at a SE w/5-spd most of the common issues do not apply.

No DCT and MFT, which is where most of the problems have come from in my reading of the forum.

I picked up a fully loaded SE Sport, kinda want an ST now, but I am not looking back. Just over 1 yr and 16k miles, the car has been great.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #23
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Well, I have a 13 with the DCT and am very happy with it. If it's going to be a daily driver, meaning traffic, shfting becomes a pain. Had mine for 4 months now and no issues. Shifts feel like a manual but wihtout the necessary intervention. Am pleased with the mileage, handling, feel of the car and it suits daily commuting well; mine is about 1/2 hour each way. Would have considered the Cmax, as hybrid may be a better choice for commuting, but it's too new and seeing how most of the issues here are with the first year models, I chose to stay away. My feeling is this will be like the last Focus; not good on launch and then over time, very good. Had a 2004 and was a fine commuter car as well.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:18 PM   #24
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UPDATE: My local Ford dealership quoted me a 2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE is $19348.04 out the door. It's a 5spd manual w/ my choice of blue or silver.

Is this a fair price? The blue one has almost 200 miles on it though while the gray one has like 15 miles. I am thinking I could try to talk them down to 18k flat otd? Is that impossible?
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #25
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UPDATE: My local Ford dealership quoted me a 2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE is $19348.04 out the door. It's a 5spd manual w/ my choice of blue or silver.
You can go WAAYYY lower than that. That's the base hatchback MSRP! Unless it comes with a warranty or other goodies... aren't there still rebates?
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #26
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UPDATE: My local Ford dealership quoted me a 2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE is $19348.04 out the door.
Does it have the SE Appearance package (201A) with Leather Interior on it?
If not I think you can do much better, I just ordered this car:

2013 Focus SE Hatchback - 5sp. Manual
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Sticker on the car was $24,270
Out the door price was $19,300 after all rebates
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:55 PM   #27
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UPDATE: My local Ford dealership quoted me a 2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE is $19348.04 out the door. It's a 5spd manual w/ my choice of blue or silver.

Is this a fair price? The blue one has almost 200 miles on it though while the gray one has like 15 miles. I am thinking I could try to talk them down to 18k flat otd? Is that impossible?
My local dealers would not work with me at all. I was taking a trip to my home state around that time and decided it might be worth it to check dealers there. I ended getting ott at a little over 16. It was cheaper, way cheaper to buy it there and ship it and I had already grown tired of the local dealers that I was fine with doing it this way. It sounds crazy but I saved over 2k after shipping and didn't have to deal with dealers who thought they could rake me over the coals. I think if you live in a small town area they try to do this to you because the competition just isn't there. It also doesn't help that I'm a woman, I'm sure.

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Old 02-26-2013, 04:04 PM   #28
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The Elantra is a horrible driving car, don't even bother with it. I test drove one when I was shopping for a new car (which ended up being a Focus), and it felt like I was driving a boat. Thumbs way down.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:31 PM   #29
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UPDATE: My local Ford dealership quoted me a 2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE is $19348.04 out the door. It's a 5spd manual w/ my choice of blue or silver.

Is this a fair price? The blue one has almost 200 miles on it though while the gray one has like 15 miles. I am thinking I could try to talk them down to 18k flat otd? Is that impossible?
Not sure what rebates exist right now, but I paid below cost on my car. $3500 rebates/discounts plus negotiations. Without appearance package you should do mid 16.
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