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I volunteered to do the morning shift registering people and cars into the Mustang Roundup this year. I'm busy putting Mustangs in the correct lots based on year, body style, Shelbys, Saleens etc., and then some guy comes up with a Focus. I said "Umm, this is a Mustang show". Well, turns out it was the Seattle Focus club and there were a bunch of them who wanted to show off their pride and joys along side our Stangs. I shoved 'em all up into one of the upper lots. Seemed real out of place to me to have those ricers next to our muscle. Oh well, hopefully a little Mustang appreciation rubbed off on those guys and they immediately traded in their Focii for Stangs!
 

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Well i think it was called Ford's world car at introduction when it first came on the market overseas. car and driver or one of those selected it 3 years in a row now.
if you watch Speed channel ( its on about every day) its doing very well against its world wide competition in road rally racing and winning.
Followed one thru town today, good thing we have a couple stop lights, i couldnt find the tail lights till it braked.
Cant see me driving one,maybe my Grand Daughter, but then again , i think everyone should be drivin a pickup with a rifle in the back window, thats just me.
Now if you want to talk butt ugly......Aztec....need i say more.
 

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yick, i hate the focus's. my ma had a rent-me one when her car was in the shop. i got in the thing, hit my head on the door jam (im 6'2). the dashboard in thoes things... WTF were they thinking?!?!?! its so huge and ugly. i just all around hate the cars, they are poorly designed imo... they should have stuck with the escort type design.

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I wouldnt have let them into a mustang show......

Then again, I wouldnt have let any mustang II's in either.....noones gonna sneak a pinto in disguise past me!!!!
 

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I actually have that on my list of potential next drivers. It's not our definition of throaty 'cause its only half an engine. But overall the Focus (especially the SVT) is a really nice little car. The styling takes a good year of exposure to become used to or even in favor of. I'm bouncing around alot of different daily drivers now and the SVT Focus is near the top of the list ($19K for a little screamer is pretty nice these days).

You'd probably hate my other potentials too:
Audi TT Quatro
Audi S4
'99/00 BMW M3
and of course the old standby: something from Jeep (Wrangle or Cherokee)

I have this thing called weather that I have to deal with year round /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif.
 

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The only riced out version I've seen is the planned Saleen Focus. Though the styling is different they do have lots of room and ride nice. Clone Bob's was nice.
 

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I like mine. It has no power compared to the stang, that's how it gets 350+ miles out of a tank. The car is not meant for speed. It seats 4 adults, has a huge trunk which is even bigger with the fold down rear seat, rides really nice and is great for under $15k brand spankin new!

The styling is personal taste. My personal taste tells me that it's different than most of the Amercain designs. Amercain car design went to crap after the 60's if you ask me!

My 2 cents worth!
 

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I wish SWMBO's contour was a SVT....those had 225 horse v6's.....not that nest of hornets sounding 4 hamster!!
 

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There used to be a newsgroup called rec.autos.ford.mustang. Every so often someone would troll a comment like "mustangs suck" just to see the responses. I hope this forum does not degenerate into an automotive nameplate bashing exercise.
Jim Finley, '64.5 Conv., '78 King Cobra, '96 Mystic Cobra, '99 35th ann. ltd edition coupe, AND 2002 Focus ZX-3
 

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I have one (2001 ZX-3, Malibu Blue), and I LOVE it! Traded a Mustang GT in for it! /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif Just wish I could have waited for the SVT version (make mine Sonic Blue, please.)

30 mpg, ZERO maintenance/warranty work, and insurance is HALF what a 7 year old mustang was! Not to mention, it's a blast to drive, with decent performance, great handling, and good brakes. Some minor mods to both the intake & exhaust, and they scoot pretty good /forums/images/icons/wink.gif.

I drive mine 18-20K per year. The price, well equipped, was under $14K (Power & premium groups, A/C, 16" wheels,etc.). When you considered a new Mustang GT at DOUBLE the cost, DOUBLE the insurance, DOUBLE the fuel cost, it's no wonder the 18 y/o's (and some of us more than DOUBLE that), are buying the smaller sporty cars. Not to mention, the Focus has a LOT more room inside than the Mustang!

I applaud Ford for having the ba!!$ to build something different, and to market a "performance" version to compete head-to-head with the Acura's, Honda's, Subaru's, etc. As far as styling, that's always subjective, but It's really grown on me, and I offer the "new" Toyota Matrix as proof that "immitation is the sincerest form of flattery".

And for you purists out there, my Focus proudly wears a "Carroll Shelby Motors" license plate frame (10 hp!) Oh, the blasphemy! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

Hey bishir, you wouldn't call my "cat-back" exhaust "ricey", would you??? Sounds more like a British sports car (MG/Triumph?). Face it, a 4 cylinder will NEVER have a deep throaty V8 rumble, but the are exhausts that can give a pleasant pitch, without being raspy or buzzy...
 

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I have one (2001 ZX-3, Malibu Blue), and I LOVE it! Traded a Mustang GT in for it! /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif Just wish I could have waited for the SVT version (make mine Sonic Blue, please.)

30 mpg, ZERO maintenance/warranty work, and insurance is HALF what a 7 year old mustang was! Not to mention, it's a blast to drive, with decent performance, great handling, and good brakes. Some minor mods to both the intake & exhaust, and they scoot pretty good /forums/images/icons/wink.gif.

I drive mine 18-20K per year. The price, well equipped, was under $14K (Power & premium groups, A/C, 16" wheels,etc.). When you considered a new Mustang GT at DOUBLE the cost, DOUBLE the insurance, DOUBLE the fuel cost, it's no wonder the 18 y/o's (and some of us more than DOUBLE that), are buying the smaller sporty cars. Not to mention, the Focus has a LOT more room inside than the Mustang!

I applaud Ford for having the ba!!$ to build something different, and to market a "performance" version to compete head-to-head with the Acura's, Honda's, Subaru's, etc. As far as styling, that's always subjective, but It's really grown on me, and I offer the "new" Toyota Matrix as proof that "immitation is the sincerest form of flattery".

And for you purists out there, my Focus proudly wears a "Carroll Shelby Motors" license plate frame (10 hp!) Oh, the blasphemy! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

Hey bishir, you wouldn't call my "cat-back" exhaust "ricey", would you??? Sounds more like a British sports car (MG/Triumph?). Face it, a 4 cylinder will NEVER have a deep throaty V8 rumble, but there are exhausts that can give a pleasant pitch, without being raspy or buzzy...

http://a5.cpimg.com/image/59/A8/10448985-cb6e-01C2015C-.jpg
 

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Cloney's right. There are ways of adding performance without sounding ricey. His exhaust doesn't sound like the typical folgers can. That plate frame might be a little much though! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
 
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