2013 Ford Focus St
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Good car

by on September 18, 2017

RUNS AND DRIVES LIKE NEW COOL A/C AUTOMATIC PW WINDOW PW LOCK EXT/ WHITE INT/BLACK LEATHER VOICE COMMAND TAG GOOD FEB2018
RUNS AND DRIVES LIKE NEW COOL A/C AUTOMATIC PW WINDOW PW LOCK EXT/ WHITE INT/BLACK LEATHER VOICE COMMAND TAG GOOD FEB2018
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Exciting daily driver

by from Columbus, Ohio on August 18, 2017

Awesome car to daily drive. Not ideal for stop and go traffic as the clutch prefers being let out quickly. It's hard to not drive aggressively. I had the Tangerine Scream with the ST3 package and I ha...
Awesome car to daily drive. Not ideal for stop and go traffic as the clutch prefers being let out quickly. It's hard to not drive aggressively. I had the Tangerine Scream with the ST3 package and I had it for just over 20,000 miles. Loved that the Recaro seats. They were a little stiff in the legs for drives over 2 hours but my back has never felt so good after drives that long in any other car. Had Blizzaks on for the winter months and the car was amazing in the snow. Highly recommend to anyone that wants a fun car but needs the practicality of 4 doors and a hatch.
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This is not a regular car!

by from Lawrence, KS on August 9, 2017

If you are looking at a ST and thinking about buying one. here's something that you should be aware of. This car is not smooth. The ride is stiff but that is why it is so much fun. This car handles we...
If you are looking at a ST and thinking about buying one. here's something that you should be aware of. This car is not smooth. The ride is stiff but that is why it is so much fun. This car handles well, take it to a track and you will see. This car can be modified but it does not mean that you should do it. It is reliable-ish. Play it safe. This car is for fun while having a function as a daily driver. BUY IT!
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Great beginner car!

by from Indianapolis on August 7, 2017

Bought the car because I wanted something sporty as well as practical. This car met all the needs and it is really fun to drive.
Bought the car because I wanted something sporty as well as practical. This car met all the needs and it is really fun to drive.
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2013 focus ST is by far the best car i've owned!

by from winchester VA on August 7, 2017

The focus ST is a v4 with a turbo pushing an astonishing 252 horsepower FWD hatch back. upgrades and tunes are fairly easy and cheap to do. If you do buy one make sure it has the RECARO seats, they ma...
The focus ST is a v4 with a turbo pushing an astonishing 252 horsepower FWD hatch back. upgrades and tunes are fairly easy and cheap to do. If you do buy one make sure it has the RECARO seats, they make the car look and feel much more sporty. But they are a little uncomfortable after a 3-4 hour drive. I'm currently running a stage 1 tune through COBB, MBRP exhaust, turbo smart blow off valve. running at 290 horsepower and 310 lbs of torque.
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Excellent, fun vehicle, but be wary of reliability

by from Rosharon, TX on July 12, 2017

I owned this car for a year, and it was a blast to own. I autocrossed it once during this time, and it performed very well. However, there are some things to consider if you are looking into one of th...
I owned this car for a year, and it was a blast to own. I autocrossed it once during this time, and it performed very well. However, there are some things to consider if you are looking into one of these: 1. It is NOT comfortable. ESPECIALLY if you get the Recaro seats. They are very snug for a bigger guy like me, and the car itself is very stiff, and unforgiving from a comfort perspective. 2. It is only available with a manual transmission. For me, this was perfect and it served me well as my first manual car. But be aware of this if you are considering one, a manual in stop and go traffic can get old unless you just absolutely love shifting your own gears. 3. Reliability can be a concern. LSPI is something you should investigate thoroughly before purchasing any direct injection turbocharged vehicle. In addition, my ST had the 3rd gear syncro in the transmission go out, which required an entire replacement (covered by warranty, thankfully). This is a moderately common issue on the ST in general, especially on the 13 and 14 models, so be aware and pay very close attention to how a used one is shifting. If it grinds or pops out of third even slightly, stay clear. 4. Interior room is not great. Backseat legroom is pretty poor. Some would lead you to believe this is a great car for the person who wants the best of both worlds, a "fun practical car" but be warned; practical is a relative term, and this car is not practical compared to mid-size sedans or even other sporty hatches in this price range. Interior layout is much improved in the '15 and up years, so try to find one of those (looks are subjective though, and many prefer the 13 and 14 body style, so be aware that the interior is not as refined in one of those) Overall, if you want a decently practical, fun car, the Focus ST might be right for you. But be sure and take all of the drawbacks of this vehicle into consideration, especially if you need it to be more than just a fun daily driver.
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Never had more problems

by from Raleigh, NC on June 30, 2017

Have had issues with this car's transmission and clutch since the day it was purchased. The seats are not comfortable on long rides. Gas mileage is around 31mpg, only plus.
Have had issues with this car's transmission and clutch since the day it was purchased. The seats are not comfortable on long rides. Gas mileage is around 31mpg, only plus.
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Great Little Sporty Car

by from Louisville, KY on June 24, 2017

I bought this car new and it has been loads of fun. Plenty of power and great cornering. The only problem I found was the Torque Steer. As with all front wheel drives this one also has it. The only pr...
I bought this car new and it has been loads of fun. Plenty of power and great cornering. The only problem I found was the Torque Steer. As with all front wheel drives this one also has it. The only problem I had with the car was the APIM which controls SYNC. Ford replaced it under warranty and no problems since.
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ford f150 crew cab

by from cole camp mo. on May 21, 2017

great size,great leg room decent mileage small bed not able to haul much. Nice interior appointments. a smooth ride and handles nice it has adequate power
great size,great leg room decent mileage small bed not able to haul much. Nice interior appointments. a smooth ride and handles nice it has adequate power
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ST3: Great fundamentals with minor drawbacks

by from NJ on May 4, 2017

Excellent core qualities: handling is superb: very neutral in turns (until you step on it mid-turn and it torque steers a little), practically no body roll at high speed turns - simply amazing, strong...
Excellent core qualities: handling is superb: very neutral in turns (until you step on it mid-turn and it torque steers a little), practically no body roll at high speed turns - simply amazing, strong enough acceleration, great and quick steering, fantastic manual transmission. The reason I chose it over a GTI is b/c ST feels more raw, less refined and that's what I wanted. For example, transmission: the shifter lets you know that you just went into the gate with a great feedback in your hand instead of feeling like smooth butter as is the case with the GTI and ST's shifter's crackling/metallic sound (1st to 2nd to 3rd) when windows are down makes me feel like race car driver and turns enthusiasts' heads on the parking lot. GTI is just too civilized, too quite, too smooth for my taste. The build quality in the GTI is much better, however. ST3's Sony system is weak (25W RMS/speaker and a paper cone 8" sub are laughable) but manages to turn door panels into loud rattle snakes... b/c the panels suck. ST's ceiling rattles too, very annoying. That wouldn't happen in the GTI. Although ST's sound isolation from outside noise is surprisingly good and cargo space is generous. Recaro seats are confining even for a 160-lb weight person. ST's turn radius is tractor-trailer-like and gas tank small. I can live with all of the aforementioned drawbacks except the poor "premium" sound system and speaker induced door/ceiling rattles...both make me cringe. Dealer couldn't do a thing. The overall driving experience for the money is pretty much impossible to beat for someone who values handling/speed/utility/style/practicality/raw-qualities over luxury/comfort.
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