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Glad you got the car. The chrome work on the intake is very soft aluminum and can be dented with a finger. Not sure that's a big deal. The paint chipping is an issue and was brought up earlier. The cup holder missing the rubber insert is a PITA but not a huge worry. Looking forward to the review. Your patience finally paid off. :thumb:
 

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Uh oh, the hammered intake is rumored to be where the banging in hard 1st to 2nd shifts comes from. There's a thread around here with that info. Hate to think someone thrashed on your car!!
Only had 10 miles on it.
 

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No way hard shifts caused this.
 

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No they didn't. Its probably the way they were stored or handled at the factory. Someone who works at the plant says that they look like that before they're installed.

There's the reason they're gone on the ST3's....way to soft.
 

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No they didn't. Its probably the way they were stored or handled at the factory. Someone who works at the plant says that they look like that before they're installed.

There's the reason they're gone on the ST3's....way to soft.
So they've taken off that chrome trim and just left a bare plastic tube on the ST3s? Frankly, I guess I'd prefer that (even if it looks "plainer") after having seen pics of several (ST2) cars now with a similar dented intake.

Don't know how Ford allowed a piece like that to be put on a new car, let alone leave the factory.
 

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The good the bad and the ugly...

So, the day was crazy at work. Mixed with calls from the dealership about interest rates and purchase price. I had it in wrighting so I'll spare you the details, in the end I got the price quoted as it should be.

We took the car for a test drive. Didn't stall it once. Had the salesman and my father in law in the car and even with three grown men in the car she was quick. I noticed ever so slight turbo lag. Once the turbo comes up it whoosh! Reminds me of my Saab 900 only lots quicker. Right out of the lot I got the engine bang / hitting the fire wall on the one two shift. It happened one and not again. It was more a matter of learning to shift the car. As quick as it is I suspect that it will be quicker after I get the cheap gas out that it was undoubtedly filled with and get some miles on her.

For what ever reason, I find third gear to be the most fun. Seems to be the sweet spot for this car. You have to be careful as 80 mph comes up real fast and the car really likes to hang there.

This is without a doubt the best handeling car I've ever driven. On ramps and off ramps that I've known or thought I knew are opportunities to find out what this car is about. I found my limit befor I found the cars. It's ridiculous how well it grips, no lean, I can't put it into words you have to do it yourself. Oddly enough, this car rides smoother than the Titanium.

The seats are comfortable and firm. I'm a big guy and I'd call them cozy. The support they offer around corneres is by necessity. I was worried about the blue inserts, thought they might be a bit boy racer but I'm glad I got them. Really nice contrast with the silver.

Couple things I noticed. The OEM matts have a Velcro like bottom. These are different than last years mats. Mut be they were made to prevent sliding. Put my Weathertech matts in and they fit perfect as we thought they would.

Moon roof squeak. Mine has it, so did my titanium. Thought this would be fixed a year later but apparently not.

Sync would not pair with my ipod. I gave up. Will try again tomorrow.

Hood gap was fine, no concerns but the dings and dents in the air intake just blew my mind. Salesman took me over to the service department and parts were ordered to repair it.

Two small chips on the lower rear bumper where the lights nicked the paint.

No cup holders.

I was ok with everything but the air intake being dented up. I've never heard of this or seen it until today and was in shock when I opened the hood that it could have been delivered that way.
 

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Awesome plate you getting it ?
 

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Might. Don't know if it's work 60 bucks. People might just think I was real fat!
 

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Another thing, it's got six gears use them. I keep forgetting about 6th. Also ackward getting it into 6th, don't want to blow that and hit 4th!

I found the reach and position of the shifter to be very comfortable. Nice short throws.
 

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I know what you mean...for me, the 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 gates are way closer than I am used to - I was working through the gearbox at the dealer before my test drive, and I was second guessing myself...is that 6th? or 4th?

At least reverse is a bit more conventional than the SVT. I always see valets in there...pulling up, pushing down, twisting the knob off...just force it over there, man. I always have to explain.
 

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Congrats man .. I picked mine up last friday but havent been able to stop driving long enough to take some nice picks. Maybe Ill see you cruising around Syracuse.
 

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Congrats man .. I picked mine up last friday but havent been able to stop driving long enough to take some nice picks. Maybe Ill see you cruising around Syracuse.
Whoa - suddenly two STs in the Syracuse area! Great news all around. RM - where did you purchase your car from? I know that Carbone in Utica had a TS St2 for sale recently, but it seems to have been sold.
 

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chipping around the taillights .
I'm actually surprised, Shomare, that you took delivery of the car at all. Not because of the shield issue, but because of the paint damage -- especially after having had to wait so long for the car in the first place. How is Nye going to make the paint damage right? Because I ordered the TS tricoat paint, I don't think it's possible for a dealer to use touchup paint and have the panel look the way it should. This is my biggest concern when taking delivery. If the car has chipped paint, I'm not taking it. It's just not worth it to me to pay $30K for a car that has paint damage, especially up here in Salt City
 

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The part that chipped is the rear bumper valance. Non metal. Plastic. They have a couple of options. The one they suggested is pulling the rear bumper cover and repainting it. We discussed making sure the paint matches.

I'd suggest taking a wait and see approach. IF it has the problem let them fix it and if the job isn't to your standards Don't buy the car.
 

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The part that chipped is the rear bumper valance. Non metal. Plastic. They have a couple of options. The one they suggested is pulling the rear bumper cover and repainting it. We discussed making sure the paint matches.

I'd suggest taking a wait and see approach. IF it has the problem let them fix it and if the job isn't to your standards Don't buy the car.
Thanks for the info. Good to hear its just plastic. And it sounds like Nye is doing you right. Hope to see your car around town!
 

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Yes. Dale was very upset by what we discovered together as was the body shop and the service department. Dale called to check in today as well.
 

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Congrats, Shomare. Car looks geat, even with the dented intake. My intake is also slightly dented.
 
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