Spent a lot of time on Google looking for a knowledgeable Ford Focus forum/hangout, and it seems you guys are the best
Anyway I'm a French guy living for many years in Thailand, car enthusiast and... Focus-curious
I almost got one as my first car, a few years back, but as is common here for some reason, top-spec cars are only available with automatic transmissions... and the top of the line model was the regular petrol 2.0 version, nothing amazing. A customer of mine had the car and took me for a drive, I really liked it, but I really have a strong dislike of the traditional automatic gearboxes, so I went ahead and bought a manual Toyota Yaris, which I proceeded to modify pretty extensively to make it a little less bland and a lot more fun to drive (I've attached a picture as proof!). But, as I've now almost finished paying it off, I can't help but look back at the Focus, which is ow available in the 2.0 TDCi version with the 6-speed DSG... No RS/ST here unfortunately (and importing one is out of the question, hefty hefty taxes...), so this oil burner is actually the best bang for the buck for a new car, really!
So if all goes to plan early next year I will own one I am not sure if the 2011 models will be available by then, but I kinda prefer the looks of the current cars... And the Yaris will go from daily driver to stripped out track car, there is still a lot I want to do to it!
So, long story short, I hope to absorb as much information as possible from you fine ladies and gentlemen!