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Hello all,

I am now in TX, USA and growing up in europe the coolest car in the block was a red escort Cossworth. At one point there was also a golf but I dont care about that atm. I mean just look at the RS now. She is so @#@@ pretty.

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I was really excited when they started offering it here but I was not able to afford it. I started with a 99 ford explorer, moved onto a 06 300SRT8. That one broke down so much that in 2 yrs of ownership, it spend nearly 6 months in shops total and even with the 3rd party warranty that was actually quite good, my cost in repairs divided into the months of ownership ended up nearly doubling the amount I was paying for the lease. I wanted something without issues and for the last three years I've been driving a 14 tundra. I bought it at 70k miles flat and it is now nearing 87k miles and absolutely no issues whatsoever. However, I am bored out of my mind. It rides rough (previous owner put a leveling blocks kit on it that totally messes up the ride) which bothers me on a truck because well you are a freakin truck. You are supposed to handle going over crap not rattle on a highway. Stereo is absolute pos. I really mean that in every sense of the way. It is the worst. I rather listen through my phone speakers. My 99 explorer had better speakers than my 14 tundra. No doubt. Gas milage is a joke at 13mpg. Engine is bulletproof but basically an ancient artifact. Its brain sometimes takes 5 seconds to decide whether it needs to shift or not. I am just not a truck guy and just feel like I am done. I dont care if it is never given me any issues, I basically dread carrying a truck around as a single guy for no reason.

As you can see from the first sentence, I am a huge fan of the RS. Love the look, the sound but not so much all the issues I've been hearing.

I found a 2017 one for 28k USD with 25k miles at a Mercedes dealership. I went to check it out but ended up being there near their close time. I was able to only sit in the car for 10 mins they were actually locking the door when I arrived lol. I wanted to play rough with them like I don't like the car but all that went out the door as soon as I saw the car. I was smiling ear to ear.

Seats are very tight. I am 6'3'' and 270lbs. My best day at the gym is my shoulder day and I do 450lbs 2x12 after warm up sets. Not trying to show off I am just saying I am big. I also have quite a lot of belly fat :) Seats hugged me. I did not think it was uncomfortable but just that I could not really move around at all. In all honesty though, if I end up getting the car, I will gladly loose the belly fat and tighten up my legs.

Would I have a chance to be more comfortable in an RS2 packaged one? Is it just a difference of having motors for seat adjustments or does RS2 get more ways to adjust seats?
Is the price good for a 2017 year one owner 25k miles at 28k USD?
Other than to look for the head gasket pin, what other stuff I should check to make sure?
Is there a difference in buying a ford from a Benz dealer than a ford dealer?

I am going to drive 4 hours again to test drive it tomorrow :) I know the ride is gonna be rough but I don't mind that in a sports car and I am going to budget for a DSC adapter.

Thank you all. I hope I can make a deal.
 

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Welcome aboard, and congrats on starting your hunt for the right RS. In terms of seat fitment, I don't think there is any difference in the foam and structure of the seat RS1 vs. RS2, it's just trimmed in different materials. I am smaller than you, pretty average for an American, and the seats are snug. Everyone (including smaller people) who ride along with me comment on how snug they are as well. I've heard that they break in, after 10k miles the driver seat is very comfortable to me. There are some good threads out there to read. (also: the forum search function is pretty weak, so I'd use google and search <your search terms> site:focusrs.org to get better results.

You should definitely check that the head gasket campaign has been performed, aside from that I can't think of too many RS-specific issues you need to watch out for. These are sports cars and it is popular to have them tuned and modified, so do some detective work and decide what's right for you. Beyond that just look for the normal things - evidence of collision and paintwork, any spots of rust on the underside, condition of trim panels and general upkeep, etc. Take a peek at the tires as well, from the factory they are either Super Sports or Cup 2s and neither is particularly cheap. You can use it as a bargaining point if they're worn.
 

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Thank you for your reply.

I will check the tires. I wonder how long they have with 25k miles on them. I wonder how much they are now long they last.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

The seats are not as bad as the Evo X. But the seating orientation is a bit high I would say.

but having a Ford C-Max for 5 years before picking up my RS made it feel ok.
 

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Welcome aboard, and congrats on starting your hunt for the right RS. In terms of seat fitment, I don't think there is any difference in the foam and structure of the seat RS1 vs. RS2, it's just trimmed in different materials. I am smaller than you, pretty average for an American, and the seats are snug. Everyone (including smaller people) who ride along with me comment on how snug they are as well. I've heard that they break in, after 10k miles the driver seat is very comfortable to me. There are some good threads out there to read. (also: the forum search function is pretty weak, so I'd use google and search <your search terms> site:focusrs.org to get better results.

You should definitely check that the head gasket campaign has been performed, aside from that I can't think of too many RS-specific issues you need to watch out for. These are sports cars and it is popular to have them tuned and modified, so do some detective work and decide what's right for you. Beyond that just look for the normal things - evidence of collision and paintwork, any spots of rust on the underside, condition of trim panels and general upkeep, etc. Take a peek at the tires as well, from the factory they are either Super Sports or Cup 2s and neither is particularly cheap. You can use it as a bargaining point if they're worn.
Get the VIN and throw it here on the forum. There are members here that can research VIN's back to prehistoric dates. You might get some useful information. As far as tires go, at 25k I suspect Cup 2's would be worn out and the others might have minimal tread left. Everyone drives these cars like there is no tomorrow and it is great fun but the tires pay the price. I'm 66 but this car reverts me back to my teens and early 20's. Just remember, "At Redline No One Hears You Scream"!
 

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Get the VIN and throw it here on the forum. There are members here that can research VIN's back to prehistoric dates. You might get some useful information. As far as tires go, at 25k I suspect Cup 2's would be worn out and the others might have minimal tread left. Everyone drives these cars like there is no tomorrow and it is great fun but the tires pay the price. I'm 66 but this car reverts me back to my teens and early 20's. Just remember, "At Redline No One Hears You Scream"!
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I guess this is for now hello and goodbye

I test drove the car. Absolutely loved it. It has so much power it just pulls. It is definitely faster than my 300. I understand why people mention the ride being rough but honestly my truck rides rougher and this is a sports car so I was completely fine with the ride. Seats were actually fine. Just my shoulders were sticking out and felt like my big head was floating which I guess can be a problem in the long rides but man I absolutely loved every second in it. Everything was pretty much amazing.

I checked the engine date and it is 17C10. The dealership was very professional and they were not pushy at all. He looked it up and they actually contacted a ford dealership to confirm whether the gasket was fine or not and they were told that it was fine. I've checked the recall website and it says it is fine. However, I took the cover off and went down there with my phone to get a picture of the copper ring or whatever that is to make sure it was the correct gasket. I could not see it. Frankly the dealership did not care whether I was buying or not. They are merc dealership and they took the car in a trade in so they are taking it to auction soon to get rid of it anyway. Given that I could not see it, I walked away. Even if I had seen it, I am not sure how I'd react with the engine built date pre dating the official fixed date.

It is a great car and I am a little sad that it did not work out. Y'all are lucky to have such an amazing vehicle. I had so much fun in it. At least now I know I can fit in it and enjoy it. May be next time.
 

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It still has the wrong gasket. :(
 

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I've emailed the salesman earlier to say thank you etc etc. He said that he told his manager to tell the repair team to make sure it has the correct head gasket. I had sent him the video on how to look for the brass ring in the engine before. I tried it myself could not get the angle with my giant hands.

If it has the correct head gasket, I will go up there again to work out the finances.

How do I go about the warranty? They are a mercedes benz dealer that took the car as a trade in on for an suv sale. I am not sure if they can be much help in that area or know how the ford warranty works.
 

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Just got news. They did look for the brass ring and it does not have it. I am sad I don't have it but also glad I did not get it. Thanks everyone
 
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