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#1621600 - 08/06/2018 23:48 Focus RS
Gunzi Offline
Club Member 189
Forum is my life

Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6840
Loc: Southsea
In February this year I picked up a Focus RS mk3.

I spent a *lot* of time trying to work out what car could possibly replace my Coupe to do between 3-5,000 miles per year in.

It took me quite a while to work out what I wanted but ended up with this list:

- 4 seats and large enough to sit a child in the back comfortably
- At least boot space
- More power / faster
- Ideally with warranty or if not less than 10 years old
- The wife would have to approve / something she would be happy to drive
- Something that would stand out
- Fuel economy to be on par circa 20-25 mpg
- Put a smile on my face when driving
- Petrol cars only
- Nothing German
- At least as good stereo (I spent a lot on my Coupes)
- Sound as good when on full throttle

Trawling through the threads on here were a great help and I considered a number of cars which appealed but fell down in a critical area:
- Jag XKR (rear seats too small)
- Maserati 4200 (reliability fears / cost of repairs)
- Abarth 595 (Acceleration slower than Coupe)
- Lexus ISF (too understated)
- Lotus Europa (rear seats too small)
- Mini Cooper S Works (Acceleration on par with Coupe)
- Impreza Turbo (newer ones were £550 tax and I just couldn't bear to pay the gov't this amount)
- Vauxhall Monaro VXR (everything I'd read said they were slower than they should be)

So after going through the motions I began to realise I wanted a hot hatch and only 2 really stood out - the Honda Civic Type R and the Focus RS. The mk2 RS's Ioved the look of and have the 5 pot engine so sound fabulous but I just thought they were too expensive for their age / mileage.

So I drove a 2015 and a 2018 Civic Type R and while they were both fantastic to drive I drove them both in typical British February wet and damp conditions and it just couldn't get the power down, they would simply spin its wheels. Which given it rais for 5 - 7 months of the year significantly devalued them for me.

I then drove the Focus and while the gear change wasn't as slick as the Honda's it felt as fun to drive and with its 4WD system could get the power down. That made my mind up and then the search began for the spec I wanted. I ended up picking an ex demonstrator which was for sale in Chester. 5 hours on the train a few forms signed and I had a 4 hour drive to get to know it on the way home.

The compromises I ended up making were the sound is no where near as good as my Coupes, for 2 reasons, 1 it's a 4 pot and 2 it pumps fake engine noise through the speakers; the other major compromise was despite the stereo being the 'upgraded' Sony its not as good as my Coupes; and arguably the looks as whilst it’s a RS it’s still a Ford Focus.

That said I am very happy with it - the Focus has a chunky Recaros, 'Nitrous' Blue paint against black wheels and a few other bits and pieces to keep me happy.

The wife loves it and whenever I travel away from home she ditches her car to drive the Focus!

My Coupe was a big part of my life but it was the right time to move on. At Auto Italia this year I followed MrC in his gorgeous Sprinty in and that made me miss my Coupe.

Anyway here are a couple of photos.

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#1621602 - 09/06/2018 00:49 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Theresa Offline
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Registered: 04/06/2006
Posts: 22789
Loc: North Wales
It looks very nice and good colour choice wink laugh

I only live about 15 miles from Chester, you could have called by to let me see it laugh

#1621617 - 09/06/2018 09:18 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Submariner Offline
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 20/12/2005
Posts: 1181
Loc: Kent
Looks nice...sprinty-esque. The Guilia Veloce would definitely have been on my radar if spending that amount....did you consider one?

#1621620 - 09/06/2018 14:13 Re: Focus RS [Re: Submariner]
Paul_V Offline
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Registered: 25/11/2006
Posts: 1999
Loc: Costa Del Sawley
Lovely car.

Has it had the updated head gasket as a few early engines failed because of it? (Ford did a recent recall on this)

They go like stink....enjoy it.

#1621625 - 09/06/2018 15:23 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Gunzi Offline
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Registered: 30/08/2007
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Loc: Southsea
Paul - yes she is a Jan 2017 build and is booked in for a headgasket in 2 weeks time at Hendy Performance in Eastleigh who deal with all the recalls in the area. The service manager did a good job of trying to sell me the warranty friendly Mountune 375 upgrade, but I've decided against it for the time being.

Submariner - I had considered it (I went through so many I couldn't remember them all!) and they are gorgeous but 2 reasons went against it 1 I thought it would be marginally slower than my Coupe and I have to park in a city so a shorter car fits into more spaces!

Theresa - if I'd thought about it properly, I would have contacted you!

#1621630 - 09/06/2018 17:17 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
magooagain Offline
Club member 259
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Registered: 22/10/2008
Posts: 6461
Loc: ked
Nice car Chris,enjoy. I presume you know that Flea,s other company is a specialist in tuning these fords.

Waiting for forum photo hosting!

#1621646 - 09/06/2018 20:21 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Gunzi Offline
Club Member 189
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Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6840
Loc: Southsea
Yep I've been chatting to him, although whilst it's in warranty I'm just going to enjoy it as it is..!

#1621668 - 10/06/2018 13:10 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
magooagain Offline
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Yes,very wise Chris.

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#1621674 - 10/06/2018 15:23 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
HiraethHuw Offline
Club member 1301
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 17/10/2012
Posts: 809
Loc: Hereford
Very nice, Gunzi.
Is this the RS that has an element of rwd ?
How does it go round the bends?

Interesting that you considered a Europa.
I really want an Esprit mk1 after watching the Spy who Loved me, with the kids last week.
Ahh, carbs ....

I bough a Suzuki s cross instead hehe

#1621682 - 10/06/2018 17:00 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Gunzi Offline
Club Member 189
Forum is my life

Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6840
Loc: Southsea
Yes it’s the 4WD one with something like 70% of the power sent to the back.

The grip is amazing but it does slip, Ive yet to work out the point at which it moves from grip to drift. Something I’m planning on doing on a track day!

#1621701 - 10/06/2018 23:08 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Barmybob Offline
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Je suis un Coupé

Registered: 23/12/2005
Posts: 7850
Loc: South Cambs
Nice car, I did look at these when replacing my A5. Everything sensible was saying buy the ford, in the end I bought another A5!

Some slight regret, the Ford would certainly have held it's value better, huge demand for these on the second hand market.
Coupé 20VT - A5 Coupe - TT roadster

#1621717 - 11/06/2018 12:22 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
suba Offline
Je suis un Coupé

Registered: 03/01/2006
Posts: 9862
Loc: SW London
Very nice - have started looking at these recently also.... smile
Rotary fun - 370 bhp per ton. GT30's are small you know?!??!?!?!

#1621730 - 11/06/2018 18:51 Re: Focus RS [Re: suba]
Mark_S Offline
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Registered: 19/12/2005
Posts: 4757
Loc: Haslemere, Surrey
Nice car and nice colour; they catch my eye too driving

GTV Cup (ex-20VT)
997 C4S

#1621763 - 12/06/2018 12:56 Re: Focus RS [Re: Mark_S]
bezzer Offline
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Registered: 16/12/2005
Posts: 5874
Loc: 2011 and 2015 FCCUK F1 Champ.
Good choice Gunzi. Definitely the best colour along with the forged alloys too.

I had a MK3 RS for a day last Autumn when I was looking for a replacement for my Focus ST. Without doubt the best car I've ever driven, and that includes the PPP Scooby STi I had.

The one I drove had the Shell seats which I wasn't that keen on, much prefer the standard Recaros.

In the end I decided to put my sensible hat on and got an A3 as I'm still putting children through Uni. Definitely return to look at again in early 2020.

BTW, have you used Launch Control yet? If not, give it a go, it's awesome

......My Boy...... (PB #7)

#1621786 - 13/06/2018 09:20 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Hovedan Offline
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Registered: 08/08/2009
Posts: 6191
Loc: Bristol, UK
Pains me to see a Ford dealers pocket lined for ex demo vehicles. I can get these at trade with no change whatsoever to Fords warranty.
Currently tracking Renault 182

#1621873 - 15/06/2018 21:47 Re: Focus RS [Re: Gunzi]
Gunzi Offline
Club Member 189
Forum is my life

Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6840
Loc: Southsea
Bezzer - mine has the shell seats which I do like vs the original recarros, and it is hilarious fun to drive. I’ve only tried the launch control once and it is truly amazing.

Hovedan - it was a *lot* cheaper than buying a new one. It was 10 months old with 680 miles on the clock and so far hasn’t really lost value with another 3k on the clock so I’m happy thumb

It is a fantastic car to drive, the power is very linear and in all honesty I miss the kick of the Coupes turbo, but because of the power delivery it is deceptively fast.