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View Poll Results: How much are you willing to pay for the MK2 Ford Focus ST?
$15,000-$17,000 186 6.20%
$17,001-$20,000 256 8.53%
$20,001-$23,000 963 32.10%
$23,001-$26,000 913 30.43%
$26,001-$29,000 218 7.27%
$29,001-$32,000 155 5.17%
$32,001-$35,000 81 2.70%
$35,001-$38,000 56 1.87%
Would not buy it 172 5.73%
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:55 PM   #131
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That's what they should have done in the first place, or at least shortly after introducing the Focus here in 2000. If they had a car underneath the Focus, once the Contour/Mystique were gone the Focus would have become the clear "middle" car and maybe by now we'd be more open to the idea of a Focus costing more than $20,000. But, they didn't do that, the only car cheaper than the Focus was the Escort ZX2 which was all but invisible to most people and disappeared after 2003, so the Focus is what everyone thinks of as Ford's cheapest car.

It just ain't gonna happen folks. Our best bet for a performance-oriented version of the Mk. II Focus is to wait for a hot version of the Mazda 3.

I said this long ago... in a time far far away. I still agree.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:40 PM   #132
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On a related note, did anyone see this past Sundays Top Gear? A very good review on the ST. They were amazed by the car and had nothing but good things to say about it. The car sounded awesome too and looked very impressive on the track. The styling has grown on me a lot and even more so after seeing it going on the track, in the rain the back wheel lifted off the ground in a hard turn! So awesome....please Ford, please can we have one here?
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Old 12-02-2005, 07:00 PM   #133
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Upon sending Ford the following email:
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Just wanted to say that I think the European Focus ST is an incredibly well done product, and would love to see it brought to the US market. It has a lot more personality than the Volvo S40.
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Dear Justin,

Thank you for contacting the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center regarding the Euro Ford Focus.

The Sales Department of your local dealership is in the best position to advise you of vehicle availability or pricing. Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships are independently owned and operated and as such, set their own prices for vehicle sales.

To locate a Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealership, please visit www.genuineflmservice.com.

You may also obtain Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Pricing (MSRP) for the model and option configuration you are seeking through our Brand web sites. Simply select the site for the model you are interested in, and you will be able to configure and price the vehicle of your choice:

www.fordvehicles.com
www.lincolnvehicles.com
www.mercuryvehicles.com

If you would like to request a complimentary sales brochure, please use the following phone numbers:

Ford: 1-800-301-7430
Lincoln: 1-800-688-8898
Mercury: 1-888-566-8888

We consider the satisfaction of our customers one of our most important objectives. If you have any other inquiries or concerns, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to address them for you.

Sincerely,
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I've lost my faith in American car companies with decisions like this. If all your best models are in Europe, why should we buy your cars? They're too brain dead to even offer a literate response from their overpaid CSRs.

Until Ford produces something appealing I'll be purchasing foreign manufactured vehicles.
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Old 12-02-2005, 07:07 PM   #134
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^^That letter right there is idiotic seriously.

"Thank you for contacting the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center regarding the Euro Ford Focus.

The Sales Department of your local dealership is in the best position to advise you of vehicle availability or pricing. Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships are independently owned and operated and as such, set their own prices for vehicle sales."

Did they even bother to read what you wrote?

No.
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Old 12-03-2005, 01:02 AM   #135
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Haven't you read through the rest of the forum to see the general mindset about the Focus ST? Once you work your way through, I think you'll see why Ford doesn't bother bringing the ST over.

Blame falls on the consumer and the manufacturer.
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Old 12-04-2005, 04:21 AM   #136
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New Focus ST is just launched to markets here in Finland. It costs 37 500, which is almost 44 000$!

So even if we had nice cars here, those are too expensive for common people!!! I am so envious because of your cheap cars! (Elsewhere Finland is a great place to live, but cars are just too expensive... )
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Old 12-04-2005, 06:57 PM   #137
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Wow that is very expensive, even for the ST.

About how much does your cheapest Ford cost? Because as you might know, the Focus is Ford's "bottom of the barrel" over here. Or at least, that's the way some view it as, since it's the cheapest model.
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Haven't you read through the rest of the forum to see the general mindset about the Focus ST? Once you work your way through, I think you'll see why Ford doesn't bother bringing the ST over.

Blame falls on the consumer and the manufacturer.
I think a major point of this would be found from Sascha at european-parts.net

She has the 2.5 Focus ST listed at just over $23K and that's brand new from the factory. Shipping to the USA would be extra and it's up to us to find out what we have to pay to import/register/drive it in the states . . . but there's the factory price she can send it to us for with left hand drive and everything.
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Old 12-04-2005, 07:18 PM   #139
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Yes, but look at the poll. The concensus is for a maximum price around $23k, and this is before even being imported over here (or finding a place to somehow manufacture it on our continent) and the cost to redesign the car for updated bumper panels and chassis structure to pass government safety regulations. You're already pushing the car into $25-27k+ most likely.
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Old 12-04-2005, 07:29 PM   #140
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Well I dont know how much I would pay, and even if I would ever have enough money to pay for one, but I do know that this car looks awsome... I hope they make a focus sometime like this one in the US.

Now if they ever had this focus in the US, and someone would finance me for one, I would pay 15-25 k.
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