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    Am I crazy? Considering ditching my Tesla for the Focus RS

    Hey guys,

    I'm very strongly considering snagging an open allocation this week for a Focus RS. My current car is a 2013 Model S P85.

    Am I nuts?

    It was my dream car 3 years ago, but in the mean time my wife and I had twins (total of 5 kids) so it's no longer our go everywhere do anything family car. That means I'm going to be driving our van more often than I had planned.

    Anyways I think I want something smaller and more fun for when Im driving my myself or have 3 or less kids along for the ride....

    I've never kept a car more than 3 years. My first couple cars were beaters, both had over 200,000km on them, but my previous car (a BMW 335d) and the Tesla I've bought new and kept 2.5 -> 3 years. I'm really hoping that I can keep the RS a long time. Apparently it's too easy to get seduced when you spend a lot of time reading car websites...

    Thoughts?

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    Nothing crazy about that! Two totally different cars that are appealing in their own extreme ways! You'll probably miss the instant full-on electric torque of the Tesla but the Focus RS will give you that raw, man and machine connection that's missing from the Tesla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rambo3500 View Post
    Nothing crazy about that! Two totally different cars that are appealing in their own extreme ways! You'll probably miss the instant full-on electric torque of the Tesla but the Focus RS will give you that raw, man and machine connection that's missing from the Tesla.
    Yeah, it's going to be hard to give up that instant torque. Especially when I can just roll out of the driveway and peel out without having to give the car any time to "warm up".

    I have a friend who got a Cayman GT4 this past summer. I got to drive it around for a bit, it put a giant smile on my face, all without revving it above 4k since it was still during the break in period.

    A guy on the Tesla forums suggested I should buy a used ST. Perhaps I'm just getting caught up in the hype and should try to find something used that will give me the man and machine connection. Unfortunately I haven't yet thought of anything that is as fun and practical as the RS. A used cayman would be great, but it has zero practicality...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rambo3500 View Post
    Nothing crazy about that! Two totally different cars that are appealing in their own extreme ways! You'll probably miss the instant full-on electric torque of the Tesla but the Focus RS will give you that raw, man and machine connection that's missing from the Tesla.
    What ramdo3500 says.

    A used ST would be fun (I'm gonna have one for sale in a few months, lol) But not as much fun as a new RS.

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    Go for it! The Focus RS doesn't come around too often and you might regret not getting one. It sounds like you are financially stable, I say go for it!
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    Maybe sell the P85 and get the RS and a new Roadster? My mom very much wants a Tesla to replace her Mustang. It's between any Tesla that she can get here hands on, a GT350, or a C7. Or an R8 if a nice used one comes along, so I don't think that throwing the RS in the mix as an option is outlandish. Especially if you're trying to avoid using a van to do practical family things. Besides, if you've raised your kids properly, they'd rather the RS as well.

    I am pretty surprised that the Model S is 24" longer and 5" wider than the Focus, but I guess that you would indeed be getting a physically smaller car with a more usable cargo area. Obviously we don't know enough about the alleged Roadster rerelease to recommend one, but that's what I would look forward to. A practical family hatchback to replace the van and then a Roadster as the impractical fun all-electric car when (if?) they come out.
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    I think the next Tesla roadster or the Porsche Mission-E would be my next dream vehicle... But only if they are engaging to drive. The Model S is a bit like driving an appliance, but with a massive burst of torque available on tap at all times, it keeps it fun. Although I think I am done buying vehicles that expensive... The money you loose in depreciation is just too crazy.

    I should have been a bit more clear... Now that I have 5 kids we'll always have a van in the garage. It's just that I'm considering dumping our Model S for something smaller and more fun as a second vehicle.

    Quote Originally Posted by randman2011 View Post
    Maybe sell the P85 and get the RS and a new Roadster? My mom very much wants a Tesla to replace her Mustang. It's between any Tesla that she can get here hands on, a GT350, or a C7. Or an R8 if a nice used one comes along, so I don't think that throwing the RS in the mix as an option is outlandish. Especially if you're trying to avoid using a van to do practical family things. Besides, if you've raised your kids properly, they'd rather the RS as well.

    I am pretty surprised that the Model S is 24" longer and 5" wider than the Focus, but I guess that you would indeed be getting a physically smaller car with a more usable cargo area. Obviously we don't know enough about the alleged Roadster rerelease to recommend one, but that's what I would look forward to. A practical family hatchback to replace the van and then a Roadster as the impractical fun all-electric car when (if?) they come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnx View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'm very strongly considering snagging an open allocation this week for a Focus RS. My current car is a 2013 Model S P85.

    Am I nuts?

    It was my dream car 3 years ago, but in the mean time my wife and I had twins (total of 5 kids) so it's no longer our go everywhere do anything family car. That means I'm going to be driving our van more often than I had planned.

    Anyways I think I want something smaller and more fun for when Im driving my myself or have 3 or less kids along for the ride....

    I've never kept a car more than 3 years. My first couple cars were beaters, both had over 200,000km on them, but my previous car (a BMW 335d) and the Tesla I've bought new and kept 2.5 -> 3 years. I'm really hoping that I can keep the RS a long time. Apparently it's too easy to get seduced when you spend a lot of time reading car websites...

    Thoughts?
    The RS would be great but it isn't big enough for your family. What you need, that would also make you happy, is a BMW X6 M.


    YMMV,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidCow3 View Post
    The RS would be great but it isn't big enough for your family. What you need, that would also make you happy, is a BMW X6 M.


    YMMV,

    MidCow3
    It's not like he needs to transport every member of his family in every car at all times. He's already got a van. Why punish him with something else big?

    One family vehicle is plenty. Next car should be an Elise. Fiat 124 Spider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by randman2011 View Post
    It's not like he needs to transport every member of his family in every car at all times. He's already got a van. Why punish him with something else big?

    One family vehicle is plenty. Next car should be an Elise. Fiat 124 Spider?

    DISCLAIMER: Growing up, our most practical family car was an Integra R which supplemented a Mustang GT. I'm used to cramming into the back of fun and impractical cars. No regrets!
    randman2011,

    Okay let's compromise. He needs power and speed!

    We get rid of the van and replace it with a fun family hauler, the BMW X6 M, Then we get him a fun car fro himself as you suggest Elise, Fiat 124 Spider, or even a MX5.

    Then he also needs a DD and what more appropriate than a Ford Focus RS.

    This makes him happy, hid wife happy, and the kids happy


    YMMV,

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