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    Proof Photo Posted Out with the Old, in with the New... (2012 Ford Focus SE hatchback 5-spd. manual)

    Before anything else, PROOF PICTURES!






    ...and now, my old Cavalier meets the new Focus.

    I apologize in advance for the horrible lighting, but it was getting dark when I finally got home.








    General Information:

    2012 Ford Focus SE Hatchback
    2.0L I4
    5-speed manual gearbox
    4-wheel disc brakes
    16" alloy wheels
    Ford MyTouch w/ SYNC
    Moonroof
    ...pretty much everything except 17" wheels, heated seats, and, of course, the automatic gearbox.



    I'M SO HAPPY!!!
    Last edited by Quiky; July 12th, 2012, 8:00 PM. Reason: Verified

    My Car(s):
    2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S sedan - 1.8L I4, 4-speed automatic - work commuter (PYC coming soon)
    2012 Ford Focus SE hatchback - 2.0L I4, 5-speed manual - weekend/road trip warrior
    1999 Chevrolet Cavalier sedan - 2.2L I4, 3-speed automatic, crap-ton of rust and not much else (first car) - SOLD!

    #2
    Heck of an upgrade after the J-body.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Spectre View Post
      Heck of an upgrade after the J-body.
      For real.

      Enjoy driving something that was meant to contain humans! And that actually is fun!

      Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
      Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
      Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
      Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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        #4
        That's quite a step up
        And manual as well!

        Enjoy, enjoy real hard!

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          #5
          I like it a lot.

          (Although, in my mind I'm thinking - why do they still make new cars with just a 5-speed? The standard should have become 6-speed a while ago)
          "It's the difference between watching great sex and having good sex." - Labcoatguy on the difference between an automatic and a manual gearbox.

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            #6
            Congrats. Great new car you have there.

            Can we have a ritual sacrifice for the Cavalier?
            Originally posted by tigger
            The Lord spoke, "Let there be angry V8s, whistling turbos and big ass cams." And it was good.

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              #7
              Originally posted by _HighVoltage_ View Post
              I like it a lot.

              (Although, in my mind I'm thinking - why do they still make new cars with just a 5-speed? The standard should have become 6-speed a while ago)
              Was it Jack Nicholson who said the equivalent of. ... "6 Speed, 6 Speed, you can't handle a 6 Speed. ..." I fear unless you have been driving a manual for a while you do need to master a standard 5 speed manual first. But having said that many are just overdrives.

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                #8
                Thanks everyone!

                Originally posted by _HighVoltage_ View Post
                (Although, in my mind I'm thinking - why do they still make new cars with just a 5-speed? The standard should have become 6-speed a while ago)
                Yeah, I've been wondering about that. I know the Focus is available in Europe with the 5-speed, a 6-speed manual, and the 6-speed DSG. If I recall, the 6-speed row-it-yourself is only for the EcoBoost engines...

                Still, GM and Chrylser offer their small cars (Cruze and Dart, respectively) with 6-speed manuals, so why doesn't Ford do the same here?


                Nevertheless, it is a giggle to drive. I love it!


                My Car(s):
                2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S sedan - 1.8L I4, 4-speed automatic - work commuter (PYC coming soon)
                2012 Ford Focus SE hatchback - 2.0L I4, 5-speed manual - weekend/road trip warrior
                1999 Chevrolet Cavalier sedan - 2.2L I4, 3-speed automatic, crap-ton of rust and not much else (first car) - SOLD!

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                  #9
                  5-speed manuals?

                  Welcome to 2004 . I didn't even want the "old" 6-speed autobox, thus the E9x was not an option for me

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                    #10
                    Ah, a new one. Looks nice.

                    But yeah - I was appaled that they didn't offer a 6 speed four years ago, and I'm more appalled that it isn't standard by now. On the other hand, I don't understand the fuss about more gears - top gear should always be geared for reaching the rev limiter at top speed plus downhill bonus anyway, regardless of whether it's the fifth or sixth or whateverth gear...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Leadfoot866 View Post
                      Yeah, I've been wondering about that. I know the Focus is available in Europe with the 5-speed, a 6-speed manual, and the 6-speed DSG. If I recall, the 6-speed row-it-yourself is only for the EcoBoost engines...
                      I looked it up earlier.

                      There are lots of engines in the Euro lineup. 1.0 Ecoboost 100/125hp, 1.6 N/A 105/125hp, a big 1.6 Ecoboost as well as two 1.6-liter and two 2.0-liter diesels. The only engines that come with 5 speed boxes are the 100 and 105hp. The rest get 6-speed manuals or dual clutch boxes.

                      No idea why they left the 1.6-liter around. It used to be the base model but the new 1-liter Ecoboost costs less after taxes due to emissions, and it's supposedly an excellent little engine. You'd be stupid to get the old 1.6.
                      Last edited by Perc; July 11th, 2012, 9:30 PM.
                      2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Biturbo CDTI 4x4
                      For once I don't have the same car as everyone else.

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                        #12
                        Ford Germany:

                        5-speed manual:
                        - 1.0 Ecocrap 100hp
                        - 1.6 Ti-VCT 85/105/125hp
                        - 1.6 Ti-VCT 120hp flexfuel
                        6-speed manual:
                        - 1.0 Eco 125hp
                        - 1.6 Eco 150/182hp
                        - 1.6 Ti-VCT 120hp flexfuel
                        - 2.0 ST Eco 250hp
                        - 1.6 TDCi 95/115hp
                        - 2.0 TDCi 140/163hp
                        6-speed DSG:
                        - 1.6 Ti-VCT 125hp
                        - 2.0 TDCi 115/140/163hp

                        Somewhat weird to use 2 different manual boxes on actually same engines.

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                          #13
                          Well, the 100hp needs to cost less than the 125hp and it's probably identical except for software, so they fitted a cheaper gearbox from the parts bin to save a bit of cash.
                          2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Biturbo CDTI 4x4
                          For once I don't have the same car as everyone else.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Cobol74 View Post
                            Was it Jack Nicholson who said the equivalent of. ... "6 Speed, 6 Speed, you can't handle a 6 Speed. ..." I fear unless you have been driving a manual for a while you do need to master a standard 5 speed manual first. But having said that many are just overdrives.
                            How is a 6-speed any different to drive from a 5-speed apart from one more overdrive gear?

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                              #15
                              Lovely car! The styling of the new Focuses' have taken a long time to settle with me, but I think it is becoming more handsome by the day now. A fantastic purchase and great upgrade, hope you enjoy it!

                              Originally posted by mitchell.scott View Post
                              How is a 6-speed any different to drive from a 5-speed apart from one more overdrive gear?
                              I also do not understand this, I learned just fine in a 6-Speed, daily drive a 5-Speed and weekend drive a 4-Speed with synchro on three gears. I've only been driving over a year.

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                                #16
                                Congrats!!! Enjoy!!!

                                '86 Ford Escort 1.4 Xtra
                                '08 Ford Focus 1.6 Ti-VCT
                                '11 Honda CR-Z

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                                  #17
                                  Congrats! I really love the new Focus hatch, very good looking car.

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                                    #18
                                    It looks so nice...
                                    2013 Dodge Dart 1.4T Limited 6spd First car! 12/2012 -
                                    2013 FIAT 500 Pop Second/Girlfriend's Car! 03/2014 -
                                    2003 Ford Ranger XLT Supercab 10/2016 -

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                                      #19
                                      Thanks guys, it really is a wonderful car.

                                      Went for a little drive earlier today and it was so nice! I can actually go around a corner without fearing for my life!
                                      Finally, I have a machine that I can actually call a car.

                                      It has unleashed the envy of everyone in my family.


                                      ...and yes, we still have the Cavalier. It's now more-or-less my mom's car, but I'm still its caretaker since she is not really car savvy. She doesn't drive much, however, so it will mostly serve as a spare should, God forbid, something happen to one of the others (dad's Camry, brother's Sentra, my Focus).

                                      My Car(s):
                                      2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S sedan - 1.8L I4, 4-speed automatic - work commuter (PYC coming soon)
                                      2012 Ford Focus SE hatchback - 2.0L I4, 5-speed manual - weekend/road trip warrior
                                      1999 Chevrolet Cavalier sedan - 2.2L I4, 3-speed automatic, crap-ton of rust and not much else (first car) - SOLD!

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                                        #20
                                        It's so pretty congrats man and a manual to boot!!
                                        ScarFace88 - "So you're a dildo?"

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