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Old 10-06-2012, 11:23 PM   #1201
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ST = electronic front diff aka traction control
MS3 = mechanical front LSD

mechanical diff > electronics on any day.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:48 PM   #1202
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http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/co...results_page_5

Road and Track apparently loved it. I'm still seriously considering this car, if only I could find it in white.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:56 PM   #1203
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http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/co...results_page_5

Road and Track apparently loved it. I'm still seriously considering this car, if only I could find it in white.
$29k+ as tested....ouch.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #1204
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$29k+ as tested....ouch.
Loaded to the hilt, leather Recaros, etc. I built one with just the cloth Recaros and it was only $26k.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:27 AM   #1205
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I didn't drive it, the seats disqualified it as something I would ever purchase. Overall nice car from what I saw.
The Recaros are optional.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:57 AM   #1206
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The Recaros are optional.
The standard seats are now the Sport package seats that I have on my SE, but with ST embroidered on them. They aren't bad seats, especially for a $12,000 out the door car (after the money from my wrecked LGT, of course).
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:36 AM   #1207
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May want....ST3 in Tangerine Scream, please.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:13 AM   #1208
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May want....ST3 in Tangerine Scream, please.
Saw one at the local Ford dealership yesterday. Hot color in person.

I would opt for the cloth recaros.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:28 AM   #1209
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May want....ST3 in Tangerine Scream, please.
Blah. I've seen it in person....too loud. I'm thinking white or blue.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:50 AM   #1210
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Blah. I've seen it in person....too loud. I'm thinking white or blue.
My drive way

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Old 10-07-2012, 12:05 PM   #1211
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My drive way

Your pictures were the first ones I've seen of the blue, I like it.

My past two cars were blue though, not sure if I want a third.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #1212
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Would like to test drive one of these. Not big on yellow, but I like the black a lot
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:20 PM   #1213
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Love that blue with blue seats. Congrats.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:27 PM   #1214
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I need to know, so I can know which car I would buy if I could.
I have a 2012 MS3, I don't want any buyers remorse!
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #1215
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I have a 2012 MS3, I don't want any buyers remorse!
You probably got a smoking deal, so deal with it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:40 PM   #1216
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You probably got a smoking deal, so deal with it.
In all honesty I absolutely love my car. My only real complaint is a lack of USB input for the stereo.

When I test drove the GTI there were things about it I liked more but the MS3 just felt more "fun" and I'm blown away by how much of a difference an Accessport made.

The Focus will probably out perform the MS3 stock and I have enjoyed the Foci/Fiesti I have had as rentals. But overall I'm very pleased with my car choice.

When I did my first oil change I was a little surprised seeing the Ford labeled parts on my car.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #1217
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In all honesty I absolutely love my car. My only real complaint is a lack of USB input for the stereo.

When I test drove the GTI there were things about it I liked more but the MS3 just felt more "fun" and I'm blown away by how much of a difference an Accessport made.

The Focus will probably out perform the MS3 stock and I have enjoyed the Foci/Fiesti I have had as rentals. But overall I'm very pleased with my car choice.

When I did my first oil change I was a little surprised seeing the Ford labeled parts on my car.
So were back to stereos?
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #1218
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I like the blue, but still wouldn't trade.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:48 PM   #1219
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So were back to stereos?
Only relevant to the 2012 MS3

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The 18-inch wheels gain a gunmetal finish, and the side mirrors and rear lower valance have a black finish. A USB port now comes standard, and a Technology Package features a touch-screen navigation system, HD Radio, text message playback and voice-activated reply, and Pandora integration.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #1220
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ST = electronic front diff aka traction control
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mechanical diff > electronics on any day.
I'm betting the ST walks over the MS3 on daily drive-ability.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #1221
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SCT is apparently working on a preliminary tune and squeezed 25 hp and 40ish ft/lb out of it so far.

http://www.sctflash.com/Newsletter/FocusST.html

Not too shabby.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:00 PM   #1222
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Having (regrettably) sold my 2008.5 MS3, if I were buying one of those two now, Id probably opt for the Focus ST. The MS3 died with the body change, IMO.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:08 PM   #1223
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Having (regrettably) sold my 2008.5 MS3, if I were buying one of those two now, Id probably opt for the Focus ST. The MS3 died with the body change, IMO.
Agreed.

As good of a car as it is, I don't think I could live with that exterior styling and the happy face.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:11 PM   #1224
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The Ford community is trying to start a forum similar to NASIOC with NASTOC (North American ST Owners Club) It's still in it's early stages though.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #1225
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The Ford community is trying to start a forum similar to NASIOC with NASTOC (North American ST Owners Club) It's still in it's early stages though.
Apple ... I mean nick is gonna sue!
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