|The car was ordered
in March 2003 and I had to wait until Ford started building the
Euro editions in April '03. I took delivery of the car in
early May and have been enjoying it immensely since then.
The Euro edition is fully optioned so it is
not the best choice for a serious autocrosser since all those
luxuries add a bit of weight. But, anyone who sits in the
leather Recaro's falls in love with them and immediately gets
the "how can I put these seats in my car" look. At the
time of this writing the car has a little over 21,000 miles on
it and functions as my daily driver. After about a months
ownership it had the "new" wiped right off of it. While at
work it was backed into and when I took the
car to the dealer to get an estimate
managed to put two deep scratches in the passenger door.
If you knew me you'd understand this makes the car fit right in
with the other cars I've owned in the past. (I have an '86 Fiero SE with the only undamaged, unrepainted, unbondo'd, or
outright replaced panel being the roof.)
I'm in the process of replacing everything I can and
be G stock legal. Here is some of the items I've purchased
I know not all the stuff I've spent my money on
is autocross related but, I had to make the car "mine."
Since this is my first new car purchase I kept
some of the marketing material and made the salesman give me the
2003 SVT Focus poster they had in the show room.