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Old 06-07-2011, 07:15 AM   #71
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It really works out with the hatch b/c the gap between the SEL and Titanium is so narrow. I'm going 4-door with D plan pricing. Already at the top of my price range unfortunately. And I am showing $23790 MSRP for Titanium w/moonroof and and $22785 for SEL 301A moonroof, so a $1K difference before factoring in the D plan. I sat in a Titanium and an SEL but couldn't really notice much difference between the seats. Anyone care to elaborate?
I think in the end it is all subjective.
In that build major differences are spoiler, sport seats, intelliaccess push start,17vs16 wheels, sport suspension.
You already dont care about the seats so it all comes down to if u care about the other upgrades.

I bought the sel 303a the only upgrade dif to titanium I wanted was the rear spoiler but I was not going to pay 920 extra to have it. I could care less about the intelliaccess or push start. Dont want the sport suspension either. The rest were minor cosmestic upgrades.

In the end there is no standard best package/model for everyone, make the decision for your self and stick with it.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #72
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SEL & Ti

All 2012 Foci share the basic premise of push-button starting that the Ti has. You turn the key to the 'start' position and immediately just let go. Works the same as the push button start without the 'start button' The computer does all the thinking. The thing I did not like on the Ti model was the choice of interior colors were all too dark for me. Even the artic white includes a lot of black. The SEL & SE have a light stone available which to me looks much brighter and inviting. But tastes are subjective. My 2012 SEL now has almost 20,000 miles and has needed no service other than oil changes and tire rotations. I drive a lot of steep grades in Arizona and I love to go through the gears myself on the PowerShift tranny. The only option on my SEL is the moonroof. I do love the ambient lighting!
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:01 PM   #73
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I remember getting our SELs... cost a few hundred than a similarly loaded SE. Keep in mind, I'm in Canada, so we're talking 5MT only. Of course, ended up dialing it up with MFT and leather/moonroof, Nav, and 17s... Only thing I'm missing is IA, which wasn't an option on the SEL.

The Focus pricing is quite a thing of mystery sometimes...
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:44 PM   #74
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In the U.S. I compared pricing to an SE and a SEL. To add many of the things that come standard on the SEL like SYNC elements, 6 speakers, leather wheel, alarms,cruise, etc., the price came to $15 less than an SEL. Which to me meant that for only $15 more you got the turn signals in the mirrors, ambient lighting, 3 button universal garage door opener, overhead console and dual zone electonic climate control. So I went with the SEL and spent an additional $795 for a moonroof. I never had a car with one of those before, and now I'll never have one without it!
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:48 PM   #75
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I forgot to say that no matter which model you get from S to Ti, the list of standard equipment is impressive and they all handle very well, offer a quiet ride and look great!
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:01 PM   #76
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I forgot to say that no matter which model you get from S to Ti, the list of standard equipment is impressive and they all handle very well, offer a quiet ride and look great!
This is a very true statement! I am even impressed by the kit on the S models.. quite a bit of good stuff in there that you would have had to pay for just years ago. And they all drive great.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #77
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i did that math prior to my purchase and its the exact reason i opted for the titanium over an SEL :)
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:42 PM   #78
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Well, I got some news for ya... My SE Sport comes in at more than an SEL. And doesn't have the express up/down on all windows (express down driver only) and no auto climate. But mine does have the winter package with the all weather mats, etc. If I had to do it again, I would have compared it to an SEL at least.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:11 AM   #79
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Well, I got some news for ya... My SE Sport comes in at more than an SEL. And doesn't have the express up/down on all windows (express down driver only) and no auto climate. But mine does have the winter package with the all weather mats, etc. If I had to do it again, I would have compared it to an SEL at least.
Since I wanted the winter package in a hatch in Frosted Glass, that really meant I couldn't really get an SE anyway without compromising for color, but when I was looking I didn't want MFT, and the SE sport DCT 203a winter was right around +/- 100 the price of a base SEL but without the one touch auto windows, the automatic climate control, the nicer looking interior trim (even if its not that much different), etc, so I went with the SEL. I looked at the titanium, but I really didn't want MFT which would have added nearly 8 or 900 dollars even on a/z plan to the price of the car for something I didn't really need or want. So I understand that dilemma, but unless you have to have the two tone sport seats or were ordering a manual in the U.S. I can't see why you would necessarily spec a DCT SE sport 203a over the 300a SEL unless you were picking from what the dealer had on the lot. Apart from the slightly different alloy wheels and the option of the manual which is still around 800-1000 less than the SEL, but if you wanted a manual with all the toys a Titanium is only a few hundred dollars more give or take than a loaded SEL, so at least there is that option even if it is still only a 5 speed and on the Ti at least you get no discount for choosing the manual.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:13 AM   #80
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I priced an SE with the sports appearance package (no driums for me please), an SEL and a Titanium, costed out the price of insurance as well. The difference between the price to purchase of all three was relatively minscule. However the insurance for the Titanium, plus the firmer suspension, ( my dear lovely wife has osteoporosis ) steered me towards the SEL. It had all the features I wanted, and a few that I have grown to like.
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