January 12, 2009, 2:27 pm
[quote name='Liongolfer' post='9767' date='Jan 12 2009, 06:59 PM']Just purchased a July Regestered 08 Focus 1.6 Style and my only real gripe with it is the concave mirror's and lack of kit as standard,
Can only really compare it against my Mum's Nissan Note 1.6 Tekna as that is the most similar vehicle (even if the Nissan was twice the price
although the Tekna grade is the top of the range wheres as Style is one up from basic) I have driven regularly and must say I prefer the engine and ride on the Focus.
Slight faults I find with the Focus other than the aforementioned mirror's are.
The Gear stick and handbrake are IMO positioned on the wrong side of the car, it is as if it was designed as a left hand drive and they have forgot to move the gearstick etc when doing the right hand drive version. There is a slight blind spot with the side piller (although nothing really serious and trust me I drive buses so I know all about blind spots
) and the front cup holders are a waste of time if you put a bottle in them as your always banging it when changing gear (this might harp back to my earlier faults regarding LH & RH drive)
I test drove a VW Golf a year ago and in comparison to the Focus I found the driving position worse than on the Focus, however you did get more kit for your money.
If you want a nice comfatable car that will get you from A to B at a reasonable price then go for the Focus, if you want lots of kit and are prepared to pay for it then go for one of the Japanese cars (as already said they are normally VERY relieable, my Mum has had Nissan for the last 15-20 years and never had any major problems) I couldn't get near an 08 Civic on my budget and only paid around £1k more than Honda wanted for a Jazz!!!![/quote]
i am glad you went with the ford Liongolfer, as for what i would buy lee76 and i have bought Jap i would pick the focus, it has been the range topper and the one to beat for years even though the astra vxr and civic type r were faster around a track people still choose the focus st for its great chassis and great feed back on the road. i think if you go into the dealer with a price and spec you want you can get what you want, credit crunch and all
so i hope you go for the focus and look forward to seeing you back on here telling us all about it,