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Old 02-25-2013, 10:49 AM   #21
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If you think turning radius is bad with a Mk3, just try Ti Handling Pack (18 in. wheels). It's painful to get in and out of my parking spot behind the house... my F350 long bed crew cab dually is not much worse!
This. I traded in the focus for a car that's 20" longer and I can do a U-turn *easily* in a 3 lane road. On the Ti with handling package I'd have needed an extra 3-4ft. The turning radius was horrific.
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This. I traded in the focus for a car that's 20" longer and I can do a U-turn *easily* in a 3 lane road. On the Ti with handling package I'd have needed an extra 3-4ft. The turning radius was horrific.
Yup - basically, I don't do U-turns anymore.

If I have to turn around, I'll turn onto a side-street and go around the block or find a driveway or something. Sometimes I get lucky at night and there aren't many cars and I can use an intersection to get that extra 4ft. It's more of a knob / mushroom-shape than it is a U.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:35 AM   #23
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188 bucks at the Ford Dealer for a new Continental 17 inch tire balanced and mounted. Sadly the tire wont be in until tomorrow morning :/
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... at least yours was an accident and not the "I think I can powerslide into that spot..." type of thing.
Soooo, what you're implying is that to "powerslide into that spot" is a bad thing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HElWdv5EltU
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Don't be to hard on yourself, hell I had my ST for two hours and scuffed a curb when pulling in to a parking spot. I was not used to the turn radius. Got to say my 05 turned tighter then this design does.
I curbed my 18-inch wheel with 89 miles on the odo of mine, in a parking garage (one of those spirally ramps, no curb all the way except last 10 feet, suddenly, there it was). 100 bucks to repair, but they did a fantastic job, it looks as good as ever.

I might add that in the meantime, I found a new one for 200, bought it, and now I have a full spare to "rotate" in, hopefully getting about 25,000 mi. from those Michelins instead of 20,000 as rated.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:21 AM   #26
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Since this is a new model, I personally would not let an independent mechanic touch it just yet.

Just my personal preference.
Good preference. Of course, a Goodyear store is not an "independent mechanic". That would be Pepito's Auto Repair on Ditmas.
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Ugh. Stop reminding me. You should see me trying to maneuver into my alley when the driveway is full. I feel like Jimmy Fallon in Taxi when he tries to make a 78-point turn.
This is one of the 3 reasons I didn't buy a Ti.
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You know other places than stealerships do alignments right? Most places do front end alignments around $40-50. A 4 wheel alignment from $60-90.
i'm in northern cali too and i am paying too much! usually around $80.
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Soooo, what you're implying is that to "powerslide into that spot" is a bad thing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HElWdv5EltU
naw he just needs to chime in to justify the beating he took on buying a fully loaded car that he didn't research and took a beating on.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:38 PM   #30
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i'm in northern cali too and i am paying too much! usually around $80.
just hit me up, i have a friend who does good work, he also does laser alignments.

another friend of mine is a pro detailer too.

i'm near sacramento.
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