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I like them but then I'm a bit of a Focus fanboi. I would agree with anyone who said they're aesthetically challenged/dumpy. 

I think we are all waiting to hear just how waterproof this is. Devon will be a stern test. I'm in God's County at the moment and have seen more than four seasons in one day. 

Do they have comedy back seats? 

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A lady used to park one on our road for a long time whilst she worked at a nearby factory.Always thought it looked very good in metallic turquoise and beige leather seats.Perhaps they're a bit colour sensitive.Harks back to a time when car makers had convertible mania.

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On 29/03/2024 at 14:03, HMC said:

MGF progress 

After a pump up (i had a hand pump that i got off e bay years ago) it now sits at the spec ride height. So much more comfortable, presumably it was skittering about almost on its bump stops.  

I was a bit worried the shit ride quality was also blown displacers, but is now manages to be both sporty and a lot more supple.

 

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That looks like the height for 17 degrees C...

I appreciate it's been warm, but has it been that warm?

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11 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

About as pointless as the Astra twintop of the same era! 

To be fair though, they're a lot more fun with the roof down than you'd think :)

I've always been tempted by them, but then the Volvo C70 exists...

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I think its when they tried to do it in only 2 origami sections (like the micra and the focus) that the rear deck has to be quite long, 3 sections is presumably more complex to engineer, and more costly but more forgiving in the packaging.

 

GM decided to do it in 3; looks quite elaborate 

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but the rear deck is quite a bit shorter…

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10 hours ago, grogee said:

 

Do they have comedy back seats? 

Yes. Unlike, say in a tt mk1 someone over 8 years old can sit in them but even with my fairly forward/ hunched favoured driving position, its more of a 3 seater with the legs of the rear occupant over in the opposing footwell.

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  • HMC changed the title to HMC- Italian Focus and its inbred German/portugese cousin

I think there was a collective hysteria within the auto industry after the success of SLK and 206 CC. I remember writing a group test of Megane CC, Astra Twintop, VW Eos and 307 (or maybe 308) CC. Basically all of the mainstream were offering folding metal roofs (and the VW had a sunroof as well - mental!).

I think they all got their fingers burned from warranty claims on leaks and broken motors etc. Horribly complicated compared to a fabric roof, which is a much more mature technology.

Being mainstream, they all offered really mingebag engine options including fume-tastic diesels. 

I'm sure I read there was a class action against Ford and during the litigation an internal document was uncovered stating it was impossible to make the Focus CC waterproof. 

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A mate of mine just bought one of these with the 1.6 recently for 700 quid I believe. Considering his daily driver is a 106 that's even slower he sees it as a huge upgrade for long distance traveling, especially with the leather seats etc. The roof naturally didn't work on his but it only needed a little soldering action in the door module to be functional again. As long as nothing leaks it's usually just a simple to fix electrical issue.

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  • HMC changed the title to HMC- Incoming- Old Skool Ford (contains mk2 escort)

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