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-Appearance?
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For me, this car is the perfect combination of power, handling, fuel economy, rear passenger space and cargo space. I need one car to do it all. I don't want to have a daily driver and a garage queen car. Everything is a compromise, but his car seems to have a good balance of everything without breaking the bank.
 

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For me, this car is the perfect combination of power, handling, fuel economy, rear passenger space and cargo space. I need one car to do it all. I don't want to have a daily driver and a garage queen car. Everything is a compromise, but his car seems to have a good balance of everything without breaking the bank.
Pretty much the same here, I wanted something that was practical for my lifestyle but still a ton of fun and it had to be affordable and reliable.
 

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I have a 2008 Sport Trac Adrenalin that is the perfect combination of truck, car, power, performance and style. MPG... is lacking.

2013 Focus ST... all of the above plus MPG... minus the truck capacity... but I'am keeping my Trac anyways...

All FORD since my GM days and multiple mechanical repairs of their products ... !!!
 

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@jKreu ... What is your reason for interest in the ST? You started this thread, but did not include any of your own interests.

My interests include a mix of practicality, reliability/longevity, appearance, price, and performance.
 
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It's a hot hatch.

This, alone, makes it incredibly attractive to me. My current car is completely dead, and I do not want to replace the head gasket for the third time on that car, so I decided to go for a reasonably price car that fairly quick.

And, naturally, the color. Tangerine Scream is just so sexy.
 

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^^ See title :ST:


-Appearance?
-Features?
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-Price?
-MPG?
-Patriotism?
-Built Ford tough not built with our tax dollars?
Yes. :LOL:
 

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For me, this car is the perfect combination of power, handling, fuel economy, rear passenger space and cargo space. I need one car to do it all. I don't want to have a daily driver and a garage queen car. Everything is a compromise, but his car seems to have a good balance of everything without breaking the bank.
Exactly, my friend. I have 1 highly modded car for the track (2001 Prelude SH) that sits in the garage and I've only put 2,900 miles on it since 2008. I also have a CR-V for a daily driver that is greatly functional. I am selling both and pre-ordered an ST3 in June. Been following the ST since it was a concept and told myself that if it hit production looking anything like the concept, I'll have one.

Drove a new Focus SEL on a business trip back in May and really liked the layout / materials of the interior and that pretty much sold me on it. Figured if the standard was that nice, the ST surely would be that much more 'premium'. Always have wanted a hatch too.

Been a bit torn lately on the ST vs. an STi, but the $27,000 vs. $34,000 gap is still working in the Focus ST3's favor. Plus, I plan to do a little modding and I'd like to be part of something new with the ST, as the STi has been modded a million different ways by now and nothing I'd ever do to it would be anything unique.

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Two main reasons...the new Mustang isn't out for more than a year.....the Fiesta ST isn't here for about another year. I'm buying a daily driver and a sports car. I didn't want the current mustang due to the promise of what the new mustang may be in 2015 so I decided to get my daily driver first. This has almost everything I want in a DD, decent performance, decent gas mileage, decent capacity. Honestly, it would be a coin flip between this and a Fiesta ST if they were both out today.
 

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It's a hot hatch.

This, alone, makes it incredibly attractive to me. My current car is completely dead, and I do not want to replace the head gasket for the third time on that car, so I decided to go for a reasonably price car that fairly quick.

And, naturally, the color. Tangerine Scream is just so sexy.
Yup, when I was shopping for a car all I wanted was a hot hatch. There aren't many options in the US, and the GTI was starting to seem too dated to select (and the wait for the next one was just too long).
 

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My last "hot" hatch was a 1990 Escort GT. It wasn't very hot. lol

The ST is replacing a 1995 full-size Bronco and a 2002 Mustang GT. The Mustang is getting a little long in the tooth - I'm the original owner. It's fun but not very practical and I only drove it in the spring/summer, in the fall/winter it was parked. It was TERRIBLE in the snow (which is rare in the Vancouver area) - front wheel drive with good winter tires will help when needed.

The Bronco was a pig on gas - seriously bad, slightly better than 10 mpg bad. I got the Bronco for towing etc, but now I just keep the boat moored at a marina. Next time I need to tow it, I'll just borrow or rent a truck for a day - it will be cheaper in the long run. Plus I won't need to insure two cars.

So the ST is being bought because I need a sporty car with good mpg and practicality. Plus I like the fact that it will be a car that is somewhat rare and not very many people will really know much about. :)
 

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-Appearance?
Sexy and sleek without looking like everybody else or a rolling visual joke

-Features?
About every thing that you could ask for within reason and well integrated

-Mechanical aspects?
Good power/price mark and Ford has gained an excellent rep for dependability and build quality. But, it is simple enough that I can still mod it.

-Price?
It has a fair market price for what you get. I dont want a bargain car as you definitely get what you pay for in a bargain bin. You get good value even though it is a little higher priced in that segments American market.

-MPG?
Respectable, but I dont expect to see it too often as my right foot seems to have its own gravity well.

-Patriotism?
Always, I never buy foreign

-Built Ford tough not built with our tax dollars?
This is a HUGE source of win for me. I was thoroughly disgusted at Chrysler and GM for taking direct Feral Gummint money like they did and I have been a big big fan of Chrysler until that happened.

The ST is also a great mix of utility vs fun, handles like an anti-gravity go kart, and doesn't look like a used bar of soap while doing it.

SO yeah...this is why I dig it so much.
 

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For me, the ST hit the sweet spot on practicality and performance. I need a car that is comfortable driving around a big city but can also be loaded with camping gear, kayaks, snowboards, etc. for a long weekend trip. I wanted something that wouldn't rattle my nerves during the daily commute, but wouldn't bore me to death either. It had to be driveable year round in all conditions, but fit in a downtown underground parking garage. I wanted something that was well-built and sturdy but also had some style to it. I wanted something that could handle long road trips comfortably and without killing my wallet at the pump. And I wanted all that for under $30k.

I had looked at other cars that were practical (GTI/GLI, Fusion, used 3 series/Saabs/Volvos) and cars that were fun (Mustang, used TT and SLK) but kept coming back to the hot hatch segment. The GTI was just too dull for me, most people think it's just another bland Golf. The MS3 test drive over the horrid DC pavement left my teeth chattering for hours afterwards. The WRX looked like someone had stripped the interior for parts. But the :ST:, well it was right on the money.
 

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Yup, when I was shopping for a car all I wanted was a hot hatch. There aren't many options in the US, and the GTI was starting to seem too dated to select (and the wait for the next one was just too long).
This was exactly my thought process, too. Thank goodness for Ford bringing the ST to the States. I wish we had the RS, but the ST will do just fine.
 

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Besides the fact that my first and current car is a Focus, and I love it, I'd say my reason is balance. As Top Gear pointed out, it's quite possibly the best do-everything car. Fast, great handling, spacious, good on gas, and it looks great.


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I need a replacement for my Focus SVT. And this is the logical succesor. Balance is the operant word: Handling, power and comfort.
Looks are good ( I like the SVT better though). I need a fun, affordable daily driver with back seats for the grand kids.
I've been driving Fords for over 15 years, so I did my part to keep them off the dole.
 

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-Appearance?
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-Mechanical aspects?
-Price?
-MPG?
-Patriotism?
-Built Ford tough not built with our tax dollars?
All of the above except the last. If Chevy had the Astra OTC/VXR, and it was unchanged for the US, I'd certainly be considering it, though the ST might still win on being a 4 door and less expensive.
 

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About a year ago I started thinking about a new car... Current car was about 8 years old but still running good, started a family and the small sedan with small trunk and pass-through to the backseat was feeling a little tight with all the baby stuff. I was starting to feel some pressure to follow the crowds into crossover/SUV land, but if I'm being honest, I have always been a small car guy. But my wife doesn't drive, we're a one-car family, so I need something that can do whatever I need -- 50% of the time, I'm with the family, I want lots of music options, smooth ride, not too much road noise, enough space for shopping + stroller in the back. 50% of the time, I'm alone in the car... My commute is pretty short, but then I usually take a lot of long drives and I drive somewhat... aggressively. :)

I'm thinking something around the same size as what I have now (TSX), but with a hatch and a little more power and we'd be good. Bonus points for extra MPGs and a smooth manual transmission (stick for life!).

So I start looking...

I have been a Honda fanboy since I got my license. But I can freely admit there hasn't been much of a reason to look at Honda for about 5-6 years now. TSX Sport Wagon? Close, but you can't get it with a stick, it's crazy expensive and I'm not excited by having the same power as now but with a few hundred more pounds to lug around. A Civic SI hatch would be great... oh wait, they killed that. Fit? Meh. CR-V? Not interested, lots of road noise, not very comfy, feels sluggish. Insight? If I wanted a Prius, I'd buy a Prius. Bye bye Honda.

So I start looking at the other hot hatches. Mazdaspeed3? Strongly considered it, but the current gen's styling just isn't my style. GTI? Maybe, I like the looks, but I'm a little wary of VW reliability and not a fan of the VW dealers near me. WRX? Just about right, love the exterior, good power, AWD would be great this winter, but the gas mileage is a tough pill to swallow and the interior is pretty dated.

Still, I was pretty much sold on the WRX... until I started hearing more about the ST.

Love the exterior, love the interior, love the space, love the seats, love the toys, love the power, love the mileage, love the price (especially after I found out my work gets me x-plan) and yes, tangerine scream has to be the best color I've seen on a car in a while. Ok, no AWD, but I haven't been in a situation yet where I thought "damn, I wish I had AWD right now." And to be honest, I like what I'm seeing from Ford. The whole bailout issue aside, it feels like Ford has a direction and they're running with it, where GM looks like a 6-headed giant whose heads are arguing what road to take -- some of them are right on (CTS-V), others just look insane (the Chevy Spark comes in "techno pink?!" seriously?!).
 

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@jKreu ... What is your reason for interest in the ST? You started this thread, but did not include any of your own interests.

My interests include a mix of practicality, reliability/longevity, appearance, price, and performance.
Thanks for your interest in my thoughts! :D

I am currently driving a 1995 Ford Probe with 140k+ miles on it. Aside from that, i have a 2005 Yamaha FZ6 with 12k on it. I have been in the market for a new car ever since i started this new job two years ago but i am very picky.

The original plan was to work full time 2 years and purchase a 2005 Infiniti G35 for like 15,000 cash. After everyone and their mother now wanting a G35, i think i'll look for something else but that's still an option.

Interested in Accords, GTIs, WRXs, Lancers and can possibly go down the 4x4 truck path, it's just that i don't find myself necessarily needing one at the moment.

What i am really liking in the ST: Appearance, Performance, Interior, MPG, features, 'MERICA!

Not so fond of: Possible reliability issues, paying almost 30k for essentially just "another" Focus, FWD, Don't need 4 (5) doors, and for some reason i have a bad feeling about buying the first the gen of a new type of car (Although Ford may have had a similar Turbo'd vehicle in Europe)

I wish they'd really let us know if they are bringing the Fiesta ST over, but if i can guess, i'd say it's not going to be 2013 if they do because of lack of publication. I'd definitely grab the Fiesta over the Focus, i'm the only one in my car 90% of the time.
 
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