a replacement for my Focus...
09-04-2017, 04:13 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-04-2017, 05:01 PM by FuturDreamz.)
Post: #1
a replacement for my Focus...
http://www.marlboroughford.com/vehicle-d...d-20080153

   
2017 Fiesta SE with 120hp 1.0L I3 and 5-speed manual.

Thoughts? This should be a pretty fun car to scoot around with while not looking completely like shit, and it has good economy and reliability.

For a while I had been thinking of something to replace my old Focus, I wanted something that would be a teensy bit more fun to drive, but it still needed to be a good daily driver. After a while I decided I wanted to just get a car similar to what I had before, but after my sister's troubles with her Focus I had no intention of getting an automatic (which is technically a double clutch manual controlled by a computer that is desperately trying to anticipate the driver's actions and reactions), but the Focus did not have a decent manual until you get to the $50,000 top of the line version (which has contoured seats that hurt my fat ass). The Fiesta however, has a decent drivetrain in the 2nd base model (which seems to generally be the preferred drivetrain unless you really want 200hp) and was pretty comfortable while being spunky.
09-05-2017, 01:19 AM,
Post: #2
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
The 3 banger is surprisingly peppy, good choice.
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09-05-2017, 01:32 AM,
Post: #3
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
I drove a Focus with an automatic a few weeks ago. It was a rental. I found it hilariously underpowered. It was annoying that the transmission couldn't decide what gear to be in.
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09-05-2017, 04:17 AM,
Post: #4
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
(09-05-2017, 01:32 AM)agedgruel Wrote: I drove a Focus with an automatic a few weeks ago. It was a rental. I found it hilariously underpowered. It was annoying that the transmission couldn't decide what gear to be in.

The "automatic" does suck (speaking as someone who had to have a control module replaced). Underpowered, though, I wouldn't say myself. I find mine pretty peppy.
09-05-2017, 05:46 AM,
Post: #5
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
(09-05-2017, 01:32 AM)agedgruel Wrote: I drove a Focus with an automatic a few weeks ago. It was a rental. I found it hilariously underpowered. It was annoying that the transmission couldn't decide what gear to be in.

You should try my 5.7L V8 Cadillac Brougham.  That thing's got 140HP of fury.
09-05-2017, 12:36 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-06-2017, 12:31 AM by FuturDreamz.)
Post: #6
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
(09-05-2017, 01:32 AM)agedgruel Wrote: I drove a Focus with an automatic a few weeks ago. It was a rental. I found it hilariously underpowered. It was annoying that the transmission couldn't decide what gear to be in.

Yeah, saying the automatic sucks is an understatement. My sister had the same transmission in her 2014 Focus, and she literally had it replaced 4 times. It seems that the general design of a manual transmission works best when the driver can anticipate the gear changes and adjust them for the road ahead. The not-manual transmission tries to get around the "unexpected power loss" issue by shifting gears VERY quickly, but that just leads to a transmission that has power loss issues when you least expect it (and your first instinct is to press harder on the gas pedal not let off) and actively tries to self-destruct during rush hour traffic.
09-05-2017, 04:10 PM,
Post: #7
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
120hp in 2700 lbs. Should be sufficiently peppy around town.
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09-05-2017, 04:16 PM,
Post: #8
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
(09-05-2017, 05:46 AM)Jehannum Wrote:
(09-05-2017, 01:32 AM)agedgruel Wrote: I drove a Focus with an automatic a few weeks ago. It was a rental. I found it hilariously underpowered. It was annoying that the transmission couldn't decide what gear to be in.

You should try my 5.7L V8 Cadillac Brougham.  That thing's got 140HP of fury.

Heh. Probably better than the old 1972 5.7l, 2bbl, 3500lbs Buick Skylark. Wikipedia claims 142hp, but I highly doubt I had anything near that.

I still miss it, though. It was a Suncoupe. Nice to cruise in. And sounded like a tank when the exhaust up and fell off.
09-07-2017, 08:32 AM,
Post: #9
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
Well today I'm going to check in and see if I can even afford it. I can handle the monthly payments they offered, but I don't exactly know what they demand for collateral or how that works.
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09-07-2017, 11:26 AM,
Post: #10
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
Be sure to get a quote from your insurance as well.
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09-07-2017, 11:50 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-07-2017, 11:52 AM by FuturDreamz.)
Post: #11
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
I did. With my history my insurance will be pretty much what it was before.

Also

I pick the car up Saturday  Grin

it was so much fun to drive, acceleration is much better than my Focus - and that's with me out of practice.

Now to sell my Focus...
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09-09-2017, 12:28 PM,
Post: #12
RE: a replacement for my Focus...
Well, fond someone that wants my Focus and is going to pick it up tomorrow, literally half an hour before I pick up my Fiesta.
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