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Old 03-25-2019, 03:17 PM   #51
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I had a white Civic in Los Angeles. With the tint and sun shades, it was remarkably cool in the car when it was 100 F outside. Given that you're in NY, you probably won't be sweating it (see what I did there?!)

My Focus is black, and yeah she shows dirt like crazy, but her color has *never* made me rethink the purchase (though I admit I lust after the blue Ford used on the Mk3). If the color was the *only* differentiating factor between two options, go with your gut/personal preference. Otherwise, look at how well each vehicle was maintained, the condition of each, what features there are/aren't, etc. IMHO, color should be one of the last things looked at for a used car (though I admit, I would loathe buying a gold/beige car).
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:56 AM   #52
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But I've seen a lot of CarFaxes and none of them ever listed regular, multiple services on the vehicle and the form says as much - that services may not be reported to CarFax. The dealer didn't have any service records,
SOMETIMES the previous owner will record maintenance in their owner's or maintenance books. I'll flip through them quickly when I'm looking at a used car.
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had a black zx3 that would give you 1st degree burns, and had killer ac but it would never cool off the interior,
I'm in the South, so that's another reason I'd never own another black car.
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Old 03-26-2019, 02:07 PM   #54
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Go for the black one......No refrigerator white for me......boriiiing color....


White might be boring to many but its safe. You can daily drive it w/o dusting it off 24/7 & it remains cool in the summer time. Go onto tire rack & buy the black painted 18 ST snowflakes & mount those on white Focus SE & thats a sporty looking car.



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Old 03-26-2019, 03:32 PM   #55
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... Why against black? ... I was pretty much sure I'd never get another black car but since I'm buying used I'm thinking it won't drive me nuts as much.
It will -- if you like the car. (Don't buy a car you won't like.)

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... - how's the manual transmission? Is it pretty much problem free and reliable? Or is there anything problematic about it? Any general opinions? Thanks all.
See: Purchasing a Focus, list of things to check over?

* When the '15s came out I much preferred the exterior styling of the '14s but today I'd probably pay more attention to the interior. The radio controls in the '14 are dumb and the exterior styling of the '15 still looks better than any of the other cars I'd consider buying these days.

* The '15 has alloy wheels.

* The '15 is white. The one black car I have owned looked better than any of the others -- when it was clean. The gray car I own now can be pretty dirty and not show it. I have owned two white cars and my wife four (her favorite). White is as bad as black for showing dirt but all the light it reflects keeps the swirl marks etc. from being seen when you're done washing and drying it. Ditto all the other responses about black vs. white (black car always hotter inside on sunny days, etc.).
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Old 03-26-2019, 05:23 PM   #56
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is night and day too cliche?
Maybe, but even if not, it's kinda' backwards.

(Night is black, day white. Night is cooler, day hotter. Black car is hotter, white cooler. Maybe I'm just being too literal?)
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I would never own a white car it's beyond boring. I live in the south and have a black car, a dark gray/silver car, and a light silver car.

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White might be boring to many but its safe. You can daily drive it w/o dusting it off 24/7 & it remains cool in the summer time. Go onto tire rack & buy the black painted 18 ST snowflakes & mount those on white Focus SE & thats a sporty looking car.
Heh, heh. I love focusfsnatics. He hasn't even bought a car yet and we're all thinking of mods to recommend.

I love the style of the "snowflakes" but at 27 lbs each they might as well be boat anchors. (Same for the Titanium handling package 18" five-spokes from '12-'14.)

Not a problem maybe with the extra ~90 hp on an ST, but as much as I like the way they look, I wouldn't put them on one of the 160 hp cars.

I've even come to feel that way about the black painted + machined face 17" wheels Ford has sold for SE models. (I love the way they look so much that I still fear buying a set in a weak moment when my tires need to be replaced despite their weight.) At 24 lbs. that's still a lot compared to the 19 lb. 16" wheels. The later style for the '15 and later SEs are also gorgeous on the later cars but probably don't weigh any less.

Both TireRack and AmericasTire have 17" x 8" wheels that weigh the same or less than the stock 16" x 7" wheels. I just wish any of them looked better (to me) than the stock wheels.
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Heh, heh. I love focusfsnatics. He hasn't even bought a car yet and we're all thinking of mods to recommend.



I love the style of the "snowflakes" but at 27 lbs each they might as well be boat anchors. (Same for the Titanium handling package 18" five-spokes from '12-'14.)



Not a problem maybe with the extra ~90 hp on an ST, but as much as I like the way they look, I wouldn't put them on one of the 160 hp cars.



I've even come to feel that way about the black painted + machined face 17" wheels Ford has sold for SE models. (I love the way they look so much that I still fear buying a set in a weak moment when my tires need to be replaced despite their weight.) At 24 lbs. that's still a lot compared to the 19 lb. 16" wheels. The later style for the '15 and later SEs are also gorgeous on the later cars but probably don't weigh any less.



Both TireRack and AmericasTire have 17" x 8" wheels that weigh the same or less than the stock 16" x 7" wheels. I just wish any of them looked better (to me) than the stock wheels.


I have the 18 Titanium wheel upgrade & it looks fantastic. I still get 30 mpg. I never buy aftermarket wheels. I prefer the factory look & hate mods. Youll never see me tune a car, no exhaust etc., waste of money & eliminates 99% of potential buyers & kills resale value.

Heres mine, I powder-coated the factory 18 wheels gloss Black & put OEM 235/40/18 ST tires on the car. Id estimate it added 2k value to my car. Id sell it right now for no less than 15k.


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I have the 18 Titanium wheel upgrade & it looks fantastic. I still get 30 mpg. I never buy aftermarket wheels. I prefer the factory look & hate mods. Youll never see me tune a car, no exhaust etc., waste of money & eliminates 99% of potential buyers & kills resale value.

Heres mine, I powder-coated the factory 18 wheels gloss Black & put OEM 235/40/18 ST tires on the car. Id estimate it added 2k value to my car. Id sell it right now for no less than 15k.


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