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For those who have test drove a focus or who has this on there's do you think the titanium handling package is really worth getting?[thumb]
 

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For those who have test drove a focus or who has this on there's do you think the titanium handling package is really worth getting?[thumb]
I havent tried it without, so I cant really say what the difference is. But my car does feel pretty safe even blazing around a turn, I feel I have good control of the car.

I ended up just getting it fully loaded for the hell of it.
 

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ditto. i've got it, and other than test driving a SEL without a handling package i really have nothing to compare to. i have no complaints about the ride though (wish i could say that about the car overall).
 

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I like the handling except it rides a little rough. Mine came with 18" wheels & I think that may be the problem. I may try to find someone who has OEM 16" & trade. Also the seat bolsters are to tight for me. But it handles really well, I guess there has to be a trade off.
 

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I like the handling except it rides a little rough. Mine came with 18" wheels & I think that may be the problem. I may try to find someone who has OEM 16" & trade. Also the seat bolsters are to tight for me. But it handles really well, I guess there has to be a trade off.
I got the 18" wheels as well and I dont find it that rough, albeit I am coming from a 97 Stratus with 260k on it and that was one hell of a ride (bumpy), so maybe its just that my expectations are lower. I still think even with 18"s that its a smooth ride.
 

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I like the handling except it rides a little rough. Mine came with 18" wheels & I think that may be the problem. I may try to find someone who has OEM 16" & trade. Also the seat bolsters are to tight for me. But it handles really well, I guess there has to be a trade off.
check your tire pressure

mine was WAY too high from the factory, I dropped it down to the recommended number on the doorsill, rides a bit better. It's still not super soft but you can't expect that from low profile tires.
 

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It really depends. There is a difference coming from the 17's and 16's. You just need to decide for yourself if it is worth the extra money.

I was practical and looked at it from a few years down the road. Tires for 18-inch wheels tend to cost more to replace than 17's (especially if you anted up for the same Michelins). Rims would also be more expensive, if you had to replace them due to a pothole or other damage.
 

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My SE with the sports package tires were at 38psi, and the ride was very choppy over concrete with bumpy edges.
The rear tires matter the most on that, and i dropepd the rear to 36psi nd raised the front to 40psi and the ride is better.
Supposed to be 35psi all sround with the 17" wheels I have.
IMO most complaints about a harsh ride: lower just the rear tire pressure a few lbs.
 

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I'm certianly no road racer, but consider myself a good "sporty" driver and I think ours is the best handling car I've ever driven. This includes 2 different Fusions, a Daytona CS, a 85 Shelby Charger, several modified and stock Mustangs, an early Escort GT. Obviously these are not "rally cars" but all were good handlers.
 

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It's fine for this class of car. I think it's worth it for the wheels and tires alone. However, a BMW/Audi it is not. So yeah, I still think it's worth it for the paltry $595 asking price.
 

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I've driven both and while you can feel a difference, I couldn't give up the extra cargo space you get without the handling package. I have a dog and his crate won't fit with the raised up bed needed to accomodate the full size spare. I found a dealer willing to swap it out for the regular spare but it got to be too much work involved on both our ends and I wanted to drive off the lot with a car I was happy with, so I skipped the handling package.

You can really feel the difference when taking turns.
 

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Whenever you ask a question that contains "worth" it is really a personal decision based on your values. Having said that I have a Ti with the handling package. If I where to be driving longer highway miles on a regular basis I probably would not have gotten it. But, this a commuter and get around the city car for me. 20 - 30 minute drives on average.

If I where to be buying a car where I regurlarly drove longer highway miles I probably would have opted for not having the handling package. The car does drive like its on rails and I really like that.
 

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It's worth the price just to get the Michelin Tires instead of the Continentals. The bonus is the rims and handling suspension.
 

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It's worth the price just to get the Michelin Tires instead of the Continentals. The bonus is the rims and handling suspension.
just remember those tires are "summer" tires. if you live anywhere you get a significant amount of snow in the winter you're going to have the added expense of replacing them with winter tires, or buying an all-season set.
 

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I like mine, its on rails and the only time i notice the harshness is when im on crappy pavement with allot of small bumps, but the occasional bump that is on most roads here in GA is handled briskly and the car doesn't go through any unnecessary bobbing or swaying. As fare as empirical "value" goes, its a significant saving compared to putting all the components on by yourself ($2k+)
 

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I test drove a titanium trim focus today, but it had 17 inch wheels, so I guess it did not have the titanium handling package. This was the first Focus of this generation that I have driven. There was more body roll than I was hoping for. Does the Ti handling add stiffer springs and damping? I'm not sure what the "other" handling enhancements are in the package besides the 18" wheels and the Michelins.
 

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I test drove a titanium trim focus today, but it had 17 inch wheels, so I guess it did not have the titanium handling package. This was the first Focus of this generation that I have driven. There was more body roll than I was hoping for. Does the Ti handling add stiffer springs and damping? I'm not sure what the "other" handling enhancements are in the package besides the 18" wheels and the Michelins.
Yes, it has different struts for sure. I can't verify the springs, but I could sell you my old set [8D]

The 18's and the PS3's really set this suspension off. The PS3's are sill sticky, but for over $1k a set, they should be. Expect 20-30k out of them.[headbang]
 

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Yes, it has different struts for sure. I can't verify the springs, but I could sell you my old set [8D]

The 18's and the PS3's really set this suspension off. The PS3's are sill sticky, but for over $1k a set, they should be. Expect 20-30k out of them.[headbang]
The standard Titanium suspension is supposed to be the Touring suspension shared with the SE sport package, so they should be identically damped and sprung, where as the Ti handling package is slightly modified, and uses custom tuned shock dampening. But the Ti handling package also comes with limiters to prevent the wheels from rubbing under certain conditions. However people have found that under normal conditions that the cars with the 15-17" steering rack don't tend to rub when they swap in the 18" wheels, or sometimes as in the case of FocusBoy58 for example, even wider 19" wheels.
 

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Yes, it has different struts for sure. I can't verify the springs, but I could sell you my old set [8D]

The 18's and the PS3's really set this suspension off. The PS3's are sill sticky, but for over $1k a set, they should be. Expect 20-30k out of them.[headbang]
Post whore!! I can't believe you would jump on this old thread resurrected by the newbie.

Wait, what did I just do.....

Ti Handling FTW. If I can afford it, I always try to get the best wheel/tire combo available from the factory. It's much less expensive to get an additional set of rims and AS/winter rubber then to try and get the 18's and PS3's on your own later.
 

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Post whore!! I can't believe you would jump on this old thread resurrected by the newbie.

Wait, what did I just do.....

Ti Handling FTW. If I can afford it, I always try to get the best wheel/tire combo available from the factory. It's much less expensive to get an additional set of rims and AS/winter rubber then to try and get the 18's and PS3's on your own later.
Busted [:I]

I agree with you on the wheel/tire combo for sure! At $1k for tires alone, the handling package more than pays for itself. Plus, it makes that really cool 'I'm doing everything I can' sound when you lay into the brakes from 60 mph (set your brakes properly, people. They can save your life).

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