Guy at work has one for the last month.
comments so far -:
1, Scarily fast
2. Not so clever when its very wet
3. You have to be a complete looney or a very very good driver to get
the best out of it
4. Outside looks great Inside looks like an explosion in a cheapo car
5. Not had it long enough to have had any problems with it.
So would I want one? No definitely not as a day to day car (My license
wouldn't last 5 mins) If I were well enough off to have one for odd
days and track days then yes.
I was torn between replacing my 2.0l Ghia (end of 3 yr lease period
90k on the clock) with either a ST170 or a TDCi 115Hp in the end the
fact that another guy with a ST told me how poor the fuel consumption
was i.e. very rarely more than 30mpg and generally in the mid to low
20's I went with the TDCi Ghia which another guy in the office has and
generally gets around 55mpg whilst still being a fairly nippy motor.
Not driven it much in the wet but I can't think of anything else fwd that
i'd rather be in. You shouldn't be driving fast if it's very wet anyway.
I totally disagree, the car is wonderfully easy to drive, hooking up the
diff and zooming out of corners gives the "indelible smile" effect, possibly
acompanied by manic laughter.
Outside does look great, personally I like the inside, it's a little OTT
which is just what the doctor ordered quite frankly.
See www.focusrs.co.uk and www.focusrs.net for owner forums that will tell
all the horror stories (mainly coolant leaks due to poor clip placement on
some coolant pipes), more recent builds seem fine, mine is perfect. Some
people complain of rampant brake squeek but mine are silent, they should be
run in carefully.
You should have got one, day to day they are surprisingly easy to live with,
though if you are prone to going a bit too fast maybe the diesel was the
right choice :-p
the RS will only spin both wheels together due to the diff so power
understeer is eliminated thus TC is useless, I don't think there is anyother
FWD car available that could "blow away" an RS _particularly_ where corners
are involved whatever the road conditions (barring snow n ice of course)
I would say that if it feels easy to drive then it is probably easy to drive
fast, havn't done any track driving but I think the main problem is that
people drive it like a fwd car, trick is to go into the corner quickish and
nicely balanced then stomp on go pedal well before the apex and the diff
works its magic. I guess it just corners quicker than most other cars and
that requires a slight reappraisal of technique.
A recent autocar article pitched 5 fast cars along a short stretch of B
road, the RS was slowest overall mainly due to having the lowest
power/weight ratio by quite a bit, but it was the quickest car through some
of the slower corners, quicker than a 996 and a noble around a corner is not
to be sniffed at.
Like I said, OTT suits me fine, I think it matches the character of the car
TBH. I have seen special edition evo/scoobs that look like a "stick a pin
in the deemon tweeks catalog" effort so it's not just ford who are guilty of
that one. Plus the seats are _really_ comfy.
AT 15k miles a year you would want a runabout to ease the strain, the tdci
is certainly a nice motor.
8 points ouch, maybe you should have considered the 100hp version ;-)
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