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Old 03-19-2014, 10:49 AM   #131
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WOW! How is the transmission holding out and what is your overall assessment of the car now that you are fast approaching 80K?
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I had the clutch and seal replaced at 62k miles, so the transmission is fine... for now. *knocks on wood* I do have some gear whine accelerating in 2nd, but that's about it, and it's always been there.

Overall Assessment - The Bad
  • Well, interior rattles more than I had hoped, but nothing that I can't fix in a few summer weekends
  • Coolant is low and murky looking (I still don't know what's causing it)
  • I think I have a bad wheel bearing (it doesn't sound nearly has bad as my last car that had a bearing go)
  • The front suspension is pretty squeaky
  • The Kona Blue paint is horribly chipped already (Stay tuned for a "how-to" touch-up/polishing lesson in the detailing area. lol)

Overall Assessment - The Good
  • It hasn't left me stranded
  • Still handles fine
  • MFT has been fine since 2 updates ago
  • All of my electronics are pretty solid, actually
  • The power is sufficient, though it seemed really bad before the clutch was replaced due to the slippage

Would I buy it again?
  • Not 2012.
  • Not new (depreciation was expected, but ouch.)
  • DCT...? Yeah, I could see a 2014. But if I got another Focus, it would probably be an ST. lol

That's about all I can think of at the moment.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:37 AM   #132
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I do have some gear whine accelerating in 2nd
because racecar gears?

mine has the a slight whine, kinda like when your playing GranTurismo or Forza.
though the transmission is doing very nicely after they redid the inner shaft seals.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:01 PM   #133
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Shew.. Almost 2 month update....


So I got the Focus on 2/4 and today at 3/31 it already has 10,3XX miles on it.

I can definitely see putting 50k at least on this thing in the first year with my commute.


So far I really like the little thing, and now that its getting warm, being able to open the roof and rock out on my way home is nice, too bad I didn't get the Sony sound though-- Then I could really rock out! LOL.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:04 PM   #134
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march 14... 48000 (had 47k when i bought it)
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:49 AM   #135
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Purchased my second mk3 today. 2012 black hatch se. 5spd manual 28k miles with two tone Tuscany leather. Loving it so far!!
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Purchased my second mk3 today. 2012 black hatch se. 5spd manual 28k miles with two tone Tuscany leather. Loving it so far!!
that sounds exactly like what I have. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for it?
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:59 AM   #137
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that sounds exactly like what I have. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for it?
I paid 15,600 for it with tax and all the dumb fees included. Car was very clean inside and out. Drove 2 hrs one way to get it b/c it was the only 5spd focus worth buying closest to Sacramento. Has everything except navigation and sunroof as far as I can tell. Same with yours?
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I paid 15,600 for it with tax and all the dumb fees included. Car was very clean inside and out. Drove 2 hrs one way to get it b/c it was the only 5spd focus worth buying closest to Sacramento. Has everything except navigation and sunroof as far as I can tell. Same with yours?
I do have a sunroof, but no NAV. I wanted a 5sp without the MFT in order to avoid the most common complaints about this vehicle. I also drove a fair distance to get mine as finding a 5sp was difficult. I paid $14.8k for mine, with 19k miles.

I've owned the car for about 2 months now I do enjoy it, though I wish it had just a little more power!
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Nice! Looks like you were able to find a much better deal than I haha. This was the only 5spd i found with leather closest to home. I had a 2012 focus s dct and sold that to try to get a 5spd. Loving this thing so far. Just having cruise control now makes life so much better.
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