I was looking for a car with excellent mpg for a long commute to work, and I bought the Focus hatch with manual trans. That was 6000 miles ago.So far, I've got mixed feelings about it. First, the good stuff: Car has the smoothest manual tran ever.
Seats are comfortable, and cabin seems basic with a relatively intuitive dash and controls.
It's slow to get up to speed, but holds consistently. maneuvering is tight and pretty nimble.
My biggest disappointment so far has been with the car's mileage. only about 29. Weird cabin whir w windows open.
I had very a very loud whistling noise when driving, the faster I drove the louder it got, especially on the passenger side. I couldn't stand to have the window open. My boyfriend is an engineer, he sat there while I drove down the highway to figure out what was causing it. He discovered it was coming from the side mirror. I took it to the dealership, they had it most of a day.... but fixed it. The signal light insert was not installed correctly. It's quiet as can be now.
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