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So far commuting with the RS I've been averaging 11 mpg. :(...
1 day ago

So far commuting with the RS I've been averaging 11 mpg. :( I was hoping for a little better, like 20. It is a very difficult car to drive within the speed limit. Seeing a lot more boost than I am eco.

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The RS is home. Pretty grippy car. Gonna get some miles on...
5 days ago

The RS is home. Pretty grippy car. Gonna get some miles on it and get to know it before I attempt any big launches. So far feels pretty fun. Not as uncomfortable as I had expected. Should make a great daily driver.

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I asked the dealership​ several times to not drill holes in my...
3/21/17

I asked the dealership​ several times to not drill holes in my Focus RS bumper for a front plate when it arrives. So of course they​ drilled holes in the bumper.

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Getting ready for spring. Took the Shelby out of winter storage...
3/19/17

Getting ready for spring. Took the Shelby out of winter storage, gassed it up, & check tire pressures. Damn that thing is scary in cold weather with summer tires. It went right back under the car cover in the garage. I figure about another month.

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Focus RS plowing through deep snow in Iceland
3/16/17

Focus RS plowing through deep snow in Iceland

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Gonna go look at a '17 Focus RS today. Not the exact one in...
3/11/17

Gonna go look at a '17 Focus RS today. Not the exact one in the pic but that's what I'm going for. Need a really good price on my H3 trade if it's gonna happen though so not keeping a lot of hope. Wish me luck.

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Is it just me or does it feel like right now would be a bad time...
3/06/17

Is it just me or does it feel like right now would be a bad time to buy a Ford Focus RS? With those Focus RS500 rumors floating around it kind of feels like there is something they aren't saying coming out right around the corner. I don't believe they confirmed a 2018 Focus RS500 though.

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Spring is coming and so my Shelby can be released from its winter...
3/03/17

Spring is coming and so my Shelby can be released from its winter cocoon. This leads my thoughts to the question of how much to I plan on driving it this summer. This is something many people don’t care about, they drive and drive without any concern for miles. I am not one of these people. I didn’t really buy the car as a money investment but I also don’t want to quickly devalue a low miles car. This dilemma starts with asking will the car hold its value? I bought the car from a company that specializes in “special” cars. They of course think every car is amazing and full of value at least until they sell it. But I had the unique opportunity to have gotten along really well with the guy that put together my loan and he happened to have changed jobs and gone to a different dealership. So when he messaged me that he had moved I said, “Hey, now that you’re not at the

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All this talk about the Dodge Demon lately. How many people...
2/13/17

All this talk about the Dodge Demon lately. How many people remember this concept not so long ago?

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Can a Shelby GT500 really be called a Mustang? I mean nowhere...
2/09/17

Can a Shelby GT500 really be called a Mustang? I mean nowhere on it does it say Mustang. The places that usually have a pony have all been replaced with cobras.

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More old car show shots. Don't know the story about this hot...
2/07/17

More old car show shots. Don't know the story about this hot rod but it's pretty damn cool.

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Digging through some old photos I found some pics from a car...
2/04/17

Digging through some old photos I found some pics from a car show I attended in Wisconsin. There was some cars from one of my favorite builders. The Ring Brothers.

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I'm going through winter hp withdraws. I know because I've been...
1/22/17

I'm going through winter hp withdraws. I know because I've been seriously contemplating trading in my winter car (Hummer H3) for a Focus RS. I know I'll feel better when spring comes and I can drive the Shelby again but I wonder how the Focus RS would be as a daily in the winter? AWD right? I really like the stealth gray with nitrous blue accents. ;)

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Dodge teased at a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon?? What the...
1/12/17

Dodge teased at a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon?? What the Hellcat? A Challenger and a Demon were completely different cars. Oh Dodge, you so cra cra.

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Went to the garage, uncovered the Shelby, and let it warm up...
1/04/17

Went to the garage, uncovered the Shelby, and let it warm up. Think I'm going through horsepower withdrawals.

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The aftermarket fog lights on the front have rusted inside to...
12/16/16

The aftermarket fog lights on the front have rusted inside to the point they are literally falling apart. Must have gotten salt water in them. Anyone recommend a waterproof replacement with a similar look?

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Now that my car is put away for the winter I find myself going...
12/10/16

Now that my car is put away for the winter I find myself going to Wheelwell to look at it. :P

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This was my commute home last night. Very artsy.
12/07/16

This was my commute home last night. Very artsy.

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Streetfire.net used to be my "go to" site for the car community...
12/01/16

Streetfire.net used to be my "go to" site for the car community, but it got itself overrun with ads and fake postings to such a degree it was lost. Be careful Wheelwell.

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Just got the Hummer back from the shop.... again. Happily it...
11/18/16

Just got the Hummer back from the shop.... again. Happily it wasn't the tranny going out. One of the cooling lines to the transmission was punctured and was leaking fluid. So the transmission was getting hot and low on fluid. My brother keeps telling me to, "cut the thing loose" and get rid of it. But I love that damn thing. It's just such a big brute. Sure I could trade it in on some other 4-wheel drive truck that everyone else has but there aren't Hummers anymore and I've got one. Seems special to me.

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I was digging through some stuff today and came across a few...
11/12/16

I was digging through some stuff today and came across a few things I snagged back when I was a teenager. My pal and I used to rummage through car junkyards for forgotten gems.

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"American cars only go fast in a straight line. They can't do...
11/10/16

"American cars only go fast in a straight line. They can't do corners." So what happened here?

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Ugh, the Hummer is going in the shop again this weekend. The...
11/04/16

Ugh, the Hummer is going in the shop again this weekend. The transmission has been slipping. I already dumped $4000 into this thing during the summer and I cringe to think what this will cost. My GF asked me, "It's so expensive, do you really need it?" Since the option is to drive my 600+ hp Shelby in Canadian snow, yes I need it.

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So did things change here a bit? People just follow you now...
10/31/16

So did things change here a bit? People just follow you now? There is no longer a friend request?

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