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Looking for a new ride and was wondering if anyone out there has one of these. They seem to do real well in the gas mileage dept. but was wondering about the power. Also anyone driving them in the snow? I live in CT and was thinking Outback but the mileage pretty much stinks for em.

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Looking for a new ride and was wondering if anyone out there has one of these. They seem to do real well in the gas mileage dept. but was wondering about the power. Also anyone driving them in the snow? I live in CT and was thinking Outback but the mileage pretty much stinks for em.

Anyone??
Very few cars will do as well in the snow as the Subaru's will. If the mileage is your biggest concern, check out the Ford Escape Hybrid. They supposedly get into the high 20 MPG, and with the AWD option, should do quite well in the snow.

As for the Focus, it would probably do fine, until you have to start up a hill in the snow. With studded tires, it'd be OK.
 

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Friend of mine bought a Focus wagon this past year for a commuter car, gets about 30-33 mpg depending on driving conditions. Power is adequate, he's happy with the choice at this point. Put good tires on it, and it would be be fine 99.9% of the time, as with any front wheel drive. Interior room seems about the same as my '99 Subaru Legacy wagon. My Subie has a 2.2 liter motor, gets 30-33 mpg if not driven hard. Would own another one of these in a heartbeat. Too bad Subaru is more concerned now about HP than fuel economy.
 

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I've got a Focus & it's a BALL to drive. It's been reliable, & gets 30 - 35 mpg depending on driving conditions and weather. I have a ZX3 & can easily fit 2 bikes inside with the front wheels removed. The wagons are the same , but have significantly more room in the back. I'd try to get a newer one with the PZEV enging instead of the ZETEC. The PZEV has more power & gets a bit better mileage to boot. BTW, the stock Focus will easily outhandle a Subie, or nearly any other car that size. The only ones that can give it a run for the $$ handling-wise, are the MINI and the Miata.
 

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I own a 2005 Focus Wagon. I'm getting 28 mpg and it drives better than I expected in the snow here in Massachusetts. I bought this car to replace my old 1992 Explorer. This car can almost haul as much stuff as the Explorer, but at half the price of an Explorer.

It also drives extremely well. I like tight, "sporty" steering (my other car is a Mustang), which this car gives me. In case you think I'm biased towards Fords, I've also owned Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissans in the past.

Enjoy!
 

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BTW, the stock Focus will easily outhandle a Subie, or nearly any other car that size.
My Subie Impreza WRX wagon munches your Focus for lunch, handling wise.
 

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Look at a jetta wagon....
They cost thousands more. We have a Mazda 3 hatchback with the 2.3 litre motor and a 5 speed manual. It is a blast to drive, can haul a lot of stuff and gets 30 to 32 mpg on 87 octane fuel.
 

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I've not been too fond of Fords but have had a Focus SVT (170 hp sporty version - no longer produced) hatchback for a few years and it has performed flawlessly. When I was looking I compared it with its peers - Golf GTI, Honda VTEC, Mini, etc. - and it was no slouch, especially in the handling department. The best part is that I was able to get it for nearly $7000 off the sticker price due to the fact that it was last year's model and that Ford is desparate to move cars. Can fit a bike in the back with the rear seat down.

As someone has pointed out, the resale value is a problem if you don't intend to keep the car for awhile. Why don't you let someone else eat the depreciation and buy a low milage used Focus from a private seller?
 

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I've not been too fond of Fords but have had a Focus SVT (170 hp sporty version - no longer produced) hatchback for a few years and it has performed flawlessly. When I was looking I compared it with its peers - Golf GTI, Honda VTEC, Mini, etc. - and it was no slouch, especially in the handling department. The best part is that I was able to get it for nearly $7000 off the sticker price due to the fact that it was last year's model and that Ford is desparate to move cars. Can fit a bike in the back with the rear seat down.

As someone has pointed out, the resale value is a problem if you don't intend to keep the car for awhile. Why don't you let someone else eat the depreciation and buy a low milage used Focus from a private seller?
The focus isn't a big car. Is it going to be big enough for your needs? The Subaru seems a much better car for the price--get the Brighton model (low end) Subaru Legacy if you are worried about price--Comparing a focus to an Outback is like apples to oranges.
 

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I have a 2003 ZTW Ford Focus. I bought it new in July 2003. Mine is equipped with the "canadian winter package".

That includes ABS brakes, traction control (a device that transfers power from one front wheel to the other when the tire spins), front seat heating, side mirrors de-icing and rear whipper. Other than that, it's the regular Zetec engine with cruise control, and excellent alloy wheels, which I replace in the winter by cheap steel wheels. All these gizmos work well.

This is an excellent car so far. Do not expect this car to perform like a 220hp car when it's about 130hp... Fully loaded ( I use a ski box on top, rear bike rack and pack the rear with gear for us three) it will make you downshift into third to get it up the long and steep. But then, it's probably less than 4% of my yearly mileage.

I love this car. Surprisingly, we have a few Subaru in my family (brother = Legacy, parents = Forester). The Focus will take lots of cargo. I has excellent 360 visibility.

The only one thing I do not like about my Focus is the rear seat not folding flat at 60/40. Stupid design IMO as the back rest is cut 60/40, but the seat must be fully displaced to lay the back rest flat. So you cannot have an extra passenger AND a long flat cargo space.

Still, I wouldn't compare power witha Subaru. But I assure you my Focus never got stuck. I'm pretty good at driving in the snow. Yet I also know very well a small Impreza or a big Outback drives better. Since it costs so much in comparison, and since I don't need a powerfull car (I'd LOVE a Focus HYBRID!!!) the Focus is perfect for our needs: Focus is 100% satisafctory on 95% of occasions! As a Subaru would be 100% satisfactory on 5% of occasion. The rest of the time, I'd be pi**** off by price and gaz usage.

if it fits: get it full equipped and do not pay for manufacturer rust treatment. Get a real treatment for it. This car, well taken care of, should last like the good old Escort.
 

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Looking for a new ride and was wondering if anyone out there has one of these. They seem to do real well in the gas mileage dept. but was wondering about the power. Also anyone driving them in the snow? I live in CT and was thinking Outback but the mileage pretty much stinks for em.

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I had one, good car. If I did it again though I'd get a Subaru.

Also, THREAD DREDGE THURRRRRRSSSDDDAAAYYYYYY
 

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I had one, good car. If I did it again though I'd get a Subaru.

Also, THREAD DREDGE THURRRRRRSSSDDDAAAYYYYYY
Yeah, ancient thread. I bought a Focus wagon more than a year after this thread was last visited. It's still going strong with about 105,000 miles now. Solid, reliable (boring) car.

The current Focus is an entirely different car from the older ones, built on a whole new platform. They've been very popular, both in the U.S. and in Europe. My son has a C-Max hybrid, which is a crossover body on the same platform. Good car, I think.
 
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