Yes this is happening, the Focus is too small in terms of cargo space, the MPG's are too bad and thanks to a recent ski accident, the clutch is really hurting my left knee.
In terms of perfomance, both cars are equally fast but the Focus is definitely a better handler. Since 90% of my driving is either bumper to bumper heavy traffic or highway, I could care less about the superior handling or the manual tranny.
I can sell the St for about 2.5k more than I owe on it and BMW is currently offering no interest and 2k off on the x1.
Financially, it would exactly the same.
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