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⬆ Interesting. I took the Cobb OTS off so the dealer could use the AP. I haven’t decided if I’ll reinstall it. She pulls so nice and constant stock. I don’t know if that rocket effect really matters to me. All I know is, when I slide into that seat, I smile, and my pulse quickens. Pavlovian effect.
 

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I believe I remember the car. It was for sale at a used car dealer in Chicago area earlier this year. They were asking $47900 firm + dealer fees which I thought was pretty high for a modified car. It had a lot of aftermarket parts installed along with some suspension work as well. I was seriously contemplating buying it. It had a sunroof and I was looking for a slick top which seems to be very rare so I was hesitating. They didn't have a list of parts installed and stock parts so that bothered me as well. If you bought the car, would you mind sharing the list of parts installed? I was really curious. Any changes made under your ownership? Any issues? Also, if you plan on buying something for winter, what's on your list?
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Love that we're keeping this going! So many people to quote.
Our youngest daughter is Shelby Jean ...
GmpaJimi - my daughter's name is Shelby :)
I can't even bring myself to seriously mod my RS, let alone sell it. I had parts planned, decided on new wheels, I knew the tuner I was going to work with.
Crystals - I'm worse than you - I bought the carbon fiber Ford Performance shift knob, telling myself that's just a small mod and all I'll do. I sat in the car with it for days looking at it and was just like 'no I can't do it'. So the shift knob sits in the box it came in.
Unlike you though in regards to the window shopping I still look at all sorts of cars - oddly sometimes just looking is enough, my looking is actually going to dealer lots on the weekends and walking around lol.

The only thing's I've done to/for my car since owning it, and it currently stands at 37k miles is:
  • My car came with the silver non-forged wheels. I bought a set of the alternate black forged wheels and swapped those. So car still looks stock. Again my car is FW, I feel like the black forged wheels really pop with FW.
  • I bought the Ford licensed car cover, the lightweight one. I think it's more dust cover than heavy duty weather cover.
  • I bought that number plaque from another user on here, Boerni RS, I think his username was. I never ended up mounting it due to lack of suitable mounting places, at least suitable to my OCD tendencies.
  • I also did loctite one of those screws in the back hatch that rattled loose like so many other users on here -> if that counts.
  • Oh and the rear license plate metal mounting bracket, the one that's basically a metal version of the stock plastic piece. Actually a very nice piece.
I can't see myself selling but lately my thought has been maybe some mods would keep me intrigued for some time to come. If I wasn't so obsessed with stock I'd love to try some other wheels, that said I've spent countless hours looking at wheels and I think our car really doesn't suit a lot of wheels, it's like the forged pattern or the standard wheels are the only ones on earth that work with our body style. I also really like the crazy rally wing that I saw on here somewhere, I think it's the WRC style wing - but again there is no way I'd drill the hatch of my car to put that thing on. In another life or if I ever get a beater lol. Anyway happy weekend all!

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Attended and showed my car with my club at All Ford Day this last weekend and received two offers from punters offering to negotiate a potential sale. Both times I glanced across at my fellow car club members, who own classic RS Escorts and Sierra Cosworths, and they just stood there with slightly downward turned heads and eyes gazing over at me. I took it as validation of the seriousness of the situation from those that have faced these types of RS conundrums before. We discussed later that the only reason to sell would be to plan the purchase of what I really really love and want above my RS…which is a 991.2 GT3…and let’s be realistic, that just ain’t gonna happen! To me that’s part of the essence of loving a fast Ford, it’s like the poor man’s Porsche, but with bucket loads more character!
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We discussed later that the only reason to sell would be to plan the purchase of what I really really love and want above my RS…which is a 991.2 GT3…and let’s be realistic, that just ain’t gonna happen! To me that’s part of the essence of loving a fast Ford, it’s like the poor man’s Porsche, but with bucket loads more character!
Ooof, ain't that the truth...Over the years, I've just grown to accept that as an older millennial of modest means, I will never be able to own a 911 (let alone any Porsche product) in my lifetime. Honestly, I'd be lucky if I can retire at all with all these $hit cards we've been dealt the past few years. More to come I'm sure...
 

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Ooof, ain't that the truth...Over the years, I've just grown to accept that as an older millennial of modest means, I will never be able to own a 911 (let alone any Porsche product) in my lifetime. Honestly, I'd be lucky if I can retire at all with all these $hit cards we've been dealt the past few years. More to come I'm sure...
I don’t want the headache as I get older. Those are tinker toys and I’d rather drive ;)
 

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I don’t want the headache as I get older. Those are tinker toys and I’d rather drive ;)
Says the man who's pretty much remaking the RS out of carbon. lol
Lol seriously! I think Porsches have reached their current value BECAUSE they aren't tinker toys. They are pretty much the "set it and forget" do everything sport car. I doubt most Porsche owners actually tinker with their cars, let alone basic maintenance like changing the oil...

That said, you know what is a good tinker toy AND fun to drive AND I could afford? A 96 Acura Integra ;) (y)
 

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Hey everyone!
I rarely post but think I've found my thread finally! I have a 2017 RS in FW that I bought new at MSRP - need to look at the sticker again but I think it was a hair under $39K pre tax. My car currently has 36k miles on it. Anyway I love love love this car - I'm not a modder at all, the car is 100% completely stock! I'm sure some of you are balking but hey just my preference. Every time I drive the car it puts a huge smile on my face :)

All that said - I'm really in love with the GT350s - I look at used ones multiple times a day. A few months ago I almost traded the RS in on a 2019 one owner GT350 which had 1040 miles - partially kicking myself that I didn't pull the trigger now because I think the price was decent for an almost brand new one. The daily battle between the many demons in my head is that I feel like I would soooo regret selling my Focus. Part of this is due to the fact that the car is so fun to drive and also it's becoming harder and harder to find them - particularly non modded cars.

Anyway I guess just rambling a bit but what are everyone's thoughts on the 2016 - 2020 GT350s for collectibility versus the Focus RS? Also to those that have swapped for a GT350 do you wish you hadn't now or any other nuggets of wisdom?

Cheers!
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Sorry to pull a post from a few days ago, but in August I sold my beloved RS for the only car (in my opinion) worth ditching it for- a GT350R. Prior to getting the GT350 I followed a couple threads on the mustang6g forum talking about appreciation, and it was very helpful while I was debating the decision. Due to the engine, Tremec 6 speed, and the track focused design of the GT350 the consensus is it will hold value better than every other mustang, even prior shelby models post 1970. As you know the price of 350s has shot up like every other car, but the base 350s seem to be plateauing unless it's a 2020 heritage edition. The R's are different and continue to stay high, and probably will always be over MSRP. Low mileage examples have been selling for ridiculous amounts with many closing in on 6 figures, but to echo the statements of others there are a lot of base 350s out there and they're a very high strung car.

Will a base GT350 hold value better than a Focus RS? I'd say it's either sixes, or I'd lean towards an unmoded RS doing better. Honestly Ford Performance knocked it out of the park with the most recent fleet of vehicles they've created, I expect all to do well in regard to depreciation but especially the limited edition RS and GT350R. If you daily the RS, I wouldn't go the GT350 route. If you want a garage queen/weekend warrior/track car, your best bet is a 2019 or 2020 GT350 since they have the gen 2 voodoo and they hold value better than 2016-2018s.

If you can snag an R for a decent price, sell whatever organs are required to pick one up. It's definitely a collectable. I'm a little biased, but the low production and carbon fiber bits on the R's are worth a stupid amount, there's no way Ford made money on this car. Anyways I do miss the RS, quite a bit. I miss taking it to work and zipping around town, I'd like to pick up another in a couple years (if I'm lucky enough). But once I got the GT350R on the track it overflowed the void that was left from the RS. Absolutely incredible machine. Hope this is helpful, good luck with the demons!
 

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AWE track exhaust with aftermarket downpipe
Turbosmart bov
Mountune- breather plate,intake manifold, intercooler and PTU Brace
Mishimoto - catch can, intake and reservoir
Cp-e -stage 2 rear mount, charge pipe
Rally amor mudflaps
Carbon fiber shift knob
Fswerks rear stress bar

Lowering spring. Not sure what brand
Tinted all around including front windshield
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Thanks for sharing wsxyz7!

Is the downpipe a catless?
Any kind of tune on it? Have you dynoed it? I'm wondering how much HP it makes.

So how has your ownership experience been?
Any issues? Any likes and dislikes?
Any future plans?

For the winter mobile, what's on your list?
I really like GTIs. One of those cars that impressed me from the first test drive. Pretty impressive. It's one of the best all arounder regardless of money of course IMO. Also, Civic type R is very impressive. But the mark ups are horrendous. Some call it a GT3 of FWD.

I'm just wondering what other enthusiasts consider for a winter daily driver.

Cheers!
 

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Thanks for sharing wsxyz7!

Is the downpipe a catless?
Any kind of tune on it? Have you dynoed it? I'm wondering how much HP it makes.

So how has your ownership experience been?
Any issues? Any likes and dislikes?
Any future plans?

For the winter mobile, what's on your list?
I really like GTIs. One of those cars that impressed me from the first test drive. Pretty impressive. It's one of the best all arounder regardless of money of course IMO. Also, Civic type R is very impressive. But the mark ups are horrendous. Some call it a GT3 of FWD.

I'm just wondering what other enthusiasts consider for a winter daily driver.

Cheers!
I use my 2020 Jetta GLI Autobahn Edition for year round driving and I am in Chicago and we do get snow. When I had a Corvette I also drove that year round too but not on a regular basis but had driven the Corvette while it was snowing which was not easy, the front end would become a snow plow if it was too deep. My RS is my sunny day fun car and never sees snow unless I open the garage door and the RS can see the snow on the driveway… ;) ;) ;)
 

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Hey 18NBRS,
Good post! I've noticed so many of the exact things that you said about my car too. First off I really do love the car I think because of the sum of it's parts: unique, fast, handles well, not too bad on the mileage compared to a V8, etc. I took her out today and was just grinning like a kid in candy store. Not to mention the silliness with the pops and burbles, etc. Anyway looks like you've got more car experience than me in general but I concur on the following points.

  • I was literally thinking today as I was driving - "Man the seat is so high up and unnatural".
  • Since I've had the car I've always marveled at the grip at high speed but from time to time I feel like something is moving around in the back end that is potentially just going to go wrong and send me careening in the wrong direction - it hasn't and I don't track the car - but guessing this is the torque vectoring in action.
  • I've definitely noticed the top end not being there and also the poor aero. I've done one to many passes across a certain long bridge here in the Bay Area late at night and I've had people in BMWs just blow me away in the higher speeds
  • I do feel like with the Focus though I can get the drop on just about any car from the line. Though I've seen so many videos where the Focus seems like a dog in a drag race. I sometimes feel like my car is an anomaly from the factory - again only basing this on the silly stoplight grudge racing but my car stock feels plenty fast. Again I've never been a tuner so I know tuned and modded cars are different entirely.
  • Anyway I definitely do drive my car - I baby the hell out of it but I do drive it plenty. My initial post was really about how nice the GT350 is and if it's worth giving up my RS for . . . I'm still on the fence.
Again everyone has different reasons and passions - I'd say if I had to pick 3 things I like about cars in general which always color my choices, it would be:

1) I always want something a little different that not everyone has. Cars I've owned to date as a reference point: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle, 1966 Olds Cutlass, 1999 Mustang GT, 2006 Mustang GT, 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix, 2014 Mustang GT/CS, 2018 Subaru WRX STI, 2008 Honda S2000. Also as I get older and have a little more financial independence the cars can become a little more unique ;-)
2) Looks of the car. At least how it looks to me anyway. I know most people see a Focus when they see the RS but I feel like Ford did a really good job with the styling on the car, whether or not it will age well is another thing.
3) Will my wife like it.

Ok that last one is a joke :)
Anyway apologies for the randomness of the post - it's Saturday and I'm drinking so ...
Have a good one all, cheers!
Thanks for sharing cobragtk!

I see you've had a good number of muscle cars before. And now you have the RS. Interesting!
I noted that you also felt the weird rear-end feeling. It feels like the rear end is about to come around. So I'm not alone on that. It really kills my confidence though.
Interestingly, I didn't notice it on the track at RSAA. I guess it's noticeable when it's not pushed.

I was really interested in your C6 Z06 ownership experience as I was in a market a couple of years ago.
Any issues? Anything you liked and disliked?

For the GT350, I would wait a couple of years until the market comes back to normal. It's just too crazy right now.
And please don't sell the RS. You'll regret it.

Cheers!
 

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Yes catless downpipe. Car is tuned not sure the type of tune. Have not dynoed yet. Am wondering also on how much - HP its making. Am planning on using it as long as I can b4 snow comes on the floor.
I just purchased a set of winter tires from Race_red_rs
The car spends more time parked then running. Am OTR truck driver so getting off a semi truck which is regulate to 70mph getting to the RS is awhole different world.
For the time I had the car am enjoying everytime i get to drive it.
I was getting a stuck throttle and body code at first. A friend double check the clamps on the Intake and throttle body it hasn't come back.
The only thing I kinda dislike is all the tiny carbon that I get from the exhaust it like little particles I have to wipe them off after am done driving it. It only occurs when I put the car in sport mode. If drive the car hard to get the pops and bangs all the good stuff.
Once snow falls I will probably go back to the 2001 camry I was using b4 the RS.

Future plans is getting a set of summer wheels. Am thinking BBS or the rays not sure undecided. Also mishimoto Oil cooler.

The car just got an oil change this weekend to start the fall ready.
 

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Yes catless downpipe. Car is tuned not sure the type of tune. Have not dynoed yet. Am wondering also on how much - HP its making. Am planning on using it as long as I can b4 snow comes on the floor.
I just purchased a set of winter tires from Race_red_rs
The car spends more time parked then running. Am OTR truck driver so getting off a semi truck which is regulate to 70mph getting to the RS is awhole different world.
For the time I had the car am enjoying everytime i get to drive it.
I was getting a stuck throttle and body code at first. A friend double check the clamps on the Intake and throttle body it hasn't come back.
The only thing I kinda dislike is all the tiny carbon that I get from the exhaust it like little particles I have to wipe them off after am done driving it. It only occurs when I put the car in sport mode. If drive the car hard to get the pops and bangs all the good stuff.
Once snow falls I will probably go back to the 2001 camry I was using b4 the RS.

Future plans is getting a set of summer wheels. Am thinking BBS or the rays not sure undecided. Also mishimoto Oil cooler.

The car just got an oil change this weekend to start the fall ready.
Were you driving on Addison outside Lane Tech High School last Sunday around 5:45pm two Sundays ago? I seen what I thought was a 2018 RS, last Sunday I seen another blue RS in Irving Park Road almost 4 blocks away except this was a 2016 or 17.
 

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I was but on Monday last week around 1030 am. He wanted to go to Lucas tire shop to get his winter tires mounted on some other wheels we picked u from Wisconsin 2 weeks ago.
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