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A Focus on Ford

2007 Ford FocusI drive a 2007 Ford Focus two-door. It has a manual transmission, cloth seats, hand crank windows and a key that has absoultely no buttons on it. I bought the car in Massachusetts in December, and shortly thereafter I drove out to meet some family in Arizona. It wasn’t until I was in the middle of the high desert that I realized there was no air-conditioning. Simply put, my car is the most minimal combination of engine, tires and transmission that I have been able to find. No bells, no whistles, no pricey mark-ups or added junk that you don’t really need and don’t want to worry about breaking.

Despite not having any of the so-called “modern amenities”, my car has been nothing but fun to drive. It’s got a very solid feeling suspension. It is built low to the curb, and it corners like a dream. The transmission is very forgiving and easy to shift, while the shift lever itself fits solidly in the hand. In the few instances where I’ve really needed the brakes, they came through admirably. It gets phenomenal mileage, anywhere from 25mpg in the city to nearly 40mpg on the highway driving across the country. This is partly due to the stick shift transmission, but aerodynamics and the well designed 4-cylinder engine also get a lot of the credit.
Speaking of the engine, it’s only a 2-liter affair, but I’ve never felt underpowered. In fact, I routinely blow past much more expensive cars with much bigger numbers on their rear ends on the highway and at stop lights. The powerplant is very well matched to the relatively light body of the car itself. It accelerates with a lot of pep and it cruises quietly and evenly.
Best of all, because the car had no automatic gew-gaws and I bought it slightly used, there was a considerable savings from the Blue Book price. Despite paying so little, I was still able to benefit from the very generous Ford warranty. They offer coverage for 36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 100,000 miles on the drivetrain, anywhere in North America. This was a great bonus to me, since I was going to be travelling a lot between the US and Canada. The 100,000 mile warranty also included roadside assistance and repair. Knowing that I could call for help from anywhere and at anytime added greatly to my peace of mind when taking my Ford on long trips.
If you are in the market for a dependable, easy-to-drive people mover, I highly recommend looking into a pre-owned Ford Focus. These cars are well put together and fun to drive. Ford wouldn’t put such a phenomenal warranty on a piece of junk, either; these cars were made to put in the miles, day in and day out. Just look around you the next time you are out in your neighborhood. There are tons of these cars on the road, and if my own experience is any indication, there will continue to be a lot of Focuses out there.

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