After my abortive purchase of a 159 1.9 Ti last autumn, 5 months in a Focus has driven me nuts!
I've dallied with cheap early ones, tried a 2.2 (no ta). My mind wandered to new, but you can only buy what is in the system. No new orders for factory build RHD will even be taken until end July, with delivery late Oct if you're lucky. I can't wait that long. A fairly near dealer had a 57 2.4Ti in red, which is what I want, but black interior which I don't. I loved the drive - everyone who says it is in a different league to the 1.9 is right. Only had 9K on the clock, and ex Alfa car, but a bit worn looking, especially inside. They wanted £17.8K. I thought I'd found the only red 2.4 Ti in the country, but at the last minute spotted a pre reg 58 (March 09) newie with 40 miles on the clock, 125 miles away. Is the basic car (the other had a few extras), but there's nothing I really need extra, and has black interior, but there just aren't any tan ones around. They haven't actually got it yet, but it's due in the next few days.
So I've done the deal at £20,950 and hopefully they'll have it for me for next weekend. Very nice sounding dealer, but they do Ferrari and Maserati too, so will have a chance to slurp over the Quattroportes when I get there.
What do you reckon? Decent deal or not? They're ain't any choice around, and they wouldn't budge a penny on the price. I'm quite content with it - 3 grand more is worth it for new, and the 08 model I think. It has to be said, there is nothing like getting a brand new car. A nearly new just isn't quite the same. They gave me a decent price on my employees' Focus too. He's having mine, and is quite happy with that!
I just hope the recession isn't W shaped