2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3 from North America
A great alternative to overpriced, underpowered imports
The only problem I have had so far is the rubber trim inside the passenger side door has come loose and is hanging. I tried to fix with epoxy... might work. If not, back to the dealer I go.
The Focus ST is a fantastic step above the normal focus. The 2.3 engine pulls strongly from 1500 rpm in any gear. It is not necessary to constantly shift to keep up with traffic but the transmission and clutch are incredibly smooth and easy to shift.
The car (with upgraded suspension and Pirelli tires) is a little stiffer over the bumps, but amazingly stable at 80mph on the freeway. I am having a hard time driving it cause it is so smooth and stable I find myself speeding a lot.
I will keep this site updated with any problems and general info. Good luck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2005
I found that the door seal was not a big deal. It just had to be put back on a rail that it runs on and gently pushed into place... good as new. I am not worried about the quality of the car at all. I have friend that have Hondas and Toyotas and they even had a few small glitches under 1000 miles. Plus, I have driven civics and they feel so tinny and cruising on the freeway the wheel shakes and vibrates at 75+ and the road noise is much worse. For the money I do not believe this car could be beat.