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Pros: Functional hood scoupe
Cons: Antenna mounted on the 'A' pillar
Advice: Get to the dealer fast, drive it, buy it!!I am impressed with the acceleration this vehicle offers off the line. You would never guess a vehicle with all wheel drive could accelerate at such a fast rate. There is a bit of turbo lag below 3K rpms, however, it leaves such a rush once the turbo kicks...
Pros: Quattro ESP
Cons: Width of centre console
Advice: Take it round a tight hairpin at 60mph in the wet. It surprised the hell out of me how stable it was.The handling in poor/slippery conditions is unparallelled. Quite simply this car had the best balance of comfort, luxury, looks, performance and price. Also it's not as common as a 3 series...yet !
Pros: INFINITY RADIO
Cons: EVERYTHING BUT THE RADIO
Advice: PASS THE MITSUBISHI DEALERSHIP UP!THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS HAVE INCURRED SINCE MY PURCHASE: SUNROOF RATTLES CONSTANLY AND GETS STUCK OPEN/CLOSED, ENGINE TICKS AND AIR CONDITION WENT OUT 1 WEEK AFTER WARRANTY EXPIRED. THESE ARE JUST A FEW PROBLEMS MENTIONED. MITSU SERVICE REALLY STINKS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SPEAK TO SERVICE DISTRICT MANAGER AT BRYAN MITSU AND ALL YOU GET IS ATTITUDE.
Pros: The sporty ride at a low price....
Cons: There is no tape deck
Advice: Go for the Zetec engineThe Focus is a great little 'Sporty' car for someone on a budget, or someone who wants a fun little car for long commutes. The other nice part is, there are many after market mods that give you lots of options.
Pros: um...I didn't buy it
Advice: Pass this oneI rented this car for a few days. Wow am I glad I didn't buy it. It felt like it was about to fall apart at any second!
Pros: power/weight ratio
Cons: front end styling
Advice: get oneBest 0-60mph/$ spent, this side of a motorcycle. Fun to drive. Quiet and steady at 90 mph. Great in snow (of course).
Pros: Visibility from the front seat
Cons: Very hard seats
Advice: For short jaunts it's ideal but not for trips.The 4 cyl, 150 HP engine is very responsive. Car is ideal in every way. Please read Mark from Texas' review. I agree with him 100% This car is a fantastic value for the price but the seats are terribly hard. The Honda folks should be ashamed but then maybe Japanese behinds are different than ours