I'd been eyeing the focus since concept drawings surfaced on the internet (mostly in the escort groups, as people said "this is the Escort's replacement". I loved what I saw.
In may 2000 when my Escort's engine bit the dust, I decided I was making enough cash to have a new car and try to get my escort fixed. It was a no brainer, but I did test drive a civic, tiburon, spectra, and a few others. I could have afforded something much nicer than a focus but I figured I'd rather have a house than a nice car. For gits and shiggles, I test drove an SLK 320. Wow. Almost had me convinced I didn't need a house. Went with the focus instead.
Man, that build quality sucks! Look at the gaps around the hood and on that bumper, which isn't even put on straight.
I bought the Focus because of its reputation for handling and because even though it was a first year model, Ford had been making them for years in Europe so I figured there wouldn't be any major build problems.
well it was a brand new mustang 5sp or a svt focus, and i changed my mind at the last second and got the focus
i'm very very happy with it, except my gf loves mustangs so that = more booty! lol jk we did a three car trade in and i got an svt sister got a ZTS sedan and daddy got a windstar i had a 99 contour se sport before and it just got back from being fixed because some idiot at school nailed me in the parking lot
a few weeks later it was traded in
the tranny fell out of my maxima, next the spec V was to much at the time, missed out on the mp3 protoge, Didnt pay much attention to the svt focus at the time, couldnt find a truck i liked, the 98 240 i looked at was a little bit more than i wanted to spend on a car and not get a warrenty.....so there you have it, next on my list was a focus. But i love it so its all good.
Two V8's and a 80 mile-per-day commute coupled with free interest for 60 months and under invoice pricing sold me my Focus.
Unless I see some big numbers from Ford on the next SVT Focus it will probably be my last and I'll see myself back in a Mustang like God intended. I'm not worried about the commute because I doubt I'll force myself this pain I call employment much longer.
Well, I got the Focus because my dad liked them. I was always kind of surprised that he actually liked the car though. He had like $3000 off of any Ford product because of his credit card and he needed a I4 car for milage at the time. I always hated the car until seeing this site and checking out Steeda.com and getting my first glimpse of a modded Focus. I was like damn, that isn't that bad at all. Told my dad what I thought, and we pretty much had one the next day. Then when I turned 16 this past November...I got the keys to it. I love the car cause no body has one NEAR like mine. Turns heads everywhere. Funny thing is...rims give you SO MUCH attention.
bought it b/c my 97 jetta seemed to run through trannies on a regular 3 in 15 months 2 covered under warranty other from a junk yard and then repair bills for it...if it weren't sooo expensive to fix i would have kept it but my cousin worked for ford dealer got 3.00 over invoice put 2k down and the rebat to cover negative equity and i have a nice pitch black focus..