2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3 DOHC from North America
Vast improvement of the Focus!
The shock tower was bent and making a horrid squeaking noise at only 2,000 miles. This was fixed quickly and for free at the dealership.
My 6 disc changer quit reading my Cd's. This was also remedied quickly by Ford and wasn't their fault, it was Sony's. Also taken care of at no cost to me in a timely manner.
This car definitely packs more power than the 2000 Focus LX I had previously and definitely handles well.
The ST is the definite way to go, it has all the perks of a luxury car (leather, moon roof, 6 disc Cd changer..) for a lot cheaper.
It's very fuel efficient.
The one downside is the traction control will kick in around turns if you're going too fast and will drag you down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th July, 2005
Sounds like the ST's pretty nice; too bad it's only offered as a sedan : (
What is the engine like for refinement and sound? Is it torquey?
"What is the engine like for refinement and sound? Is it torquey?"
Feels more powerful than the horsepower and torque numbers would lead one to believe. The car pulls smartly and smoothly and consistently from dead stop. Good passing power (ST model with the 2.3L), too.
Engine revs willingly and smoothly all the way to red-line. Not as quiet and refined as - say - a Honda Accord (4-cyl), Toyota Camry (4-cyl) or a VW GTI (sharing GREAT turbo motor with A-4 Audi), which I consider about as good as any four-cylinder can get, for ANY amount of money. The Ford engine sounds "sportier" in its exhaust note, but not unpleasantly so.
The Ford Focus line are using exactly the same motors that one finds in the Mazda 3 series. Compared to most Japanese makers, Mazda seems to go for the sporty side - snappy throttle response and a little "adrenaline" in the exhaust note. Ford, FYI, owns a controlling share in Mazda, for whom I have a great respect. Their cars seem consistently more fun to drive - if a little less polished - than equivalent Hondas or Toyotas. That Ford is using their wonderful motors in the Focus is a great plus as far as I am concerned.
Why not get the Mazda 3 instead of the Ford Focus? A matter of taste. I prefer the European styling to the somewhat overwrought Japanese look of the Mazdas, and the European-style interior proportions are just more comfortable for my 6'4" frame.
UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL POSTER!!! So, here we are, about a year after I bought my Focus ST. It has 23,000 miles on it (what can I say I do a lot of driving) and this is by far the best car ever. Not one problem, except standard maintenance. This little car hauls, and gives all the little Hondas and Scions a run for their money! I am a female driver, and I do know a lot about cars, and this is definitely the way to go!
Well I am glad you are enjoying your car... well I am looking at a red 2005 Ford Focus ST :) It's loaded with sunroof, Sony system, leather and much more.. but it has 71k miles on it :( Is it worth 6600 :)