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Drove the Fiesta ST and Focus ST this weekend at a practice. The FoST...WOW!!! Amazing car. All the fun I remember of the original ITR in a better package. This is THE BEST FWD car ever built out of the box for the USA market. Hands down. Rotates like the Mini, brakes like an S2000, power like a WRX and just...WOW.

I want one.

Fiesta ST. Also VERY fun. The FiST is a neat car and is like a 90% FoST. It feels cheaper and has less power and shorter gearing (mini cooper short 2nd gear). So it's slower. I'd say about 0.7 slower than the Focus. LSD action not as good and not as eager to rotate. Also with 23" tall 205/40-17s on it I'd say a 24" tall tire would help a LOT. Gearing being the #1 thing to benefit. This is the new HS car to beat.

And the MS3 is crap. Handles like crap, power delivery is crap, makes noises, pops out of 2nd gear a LOT. Yeah...I'm done. The mazda3 is a great little car but overall I've been very disappointed with the MS3. I thought the gen 2 would be a better car but it's the same old disappointing heavy pig the gen 1 was. Time to ditch it.

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The mazda3 is a great little car but overall I've been very disappointed with the MS3. I thought the gen 2 would be a better car but it's the same old disappointing heavy pig the gen 1 was. Time to ditch it.
It sucks that neither of us believed this could be true. We had to try it for ourselves. Bottom line, the MS3 is a terrible Solo car.
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LOL. No kidding. It's bad enough I don't want to waste my time putting the coilovers on the car.

HOWEVER...since I have some brand new DTC 60 pads for my MS3 in a box that I just got from Hawk. I may swap the coilovers onto the MS3 and get some camber for some fun in it at the track. At least a time or two over the winter. With some 17x8s and my old 225/45-17 rivals from this season.

But yes...it's a terrible solo car. Not a bad daily. Time for a Focus ST.

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