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I had a 2002 Focus ST before my CT, which was a horrible car bought as an emergency because the one before that was disintegrating. The CT was far better for its chassis (ST was very sloppy - may have had a bad one) and huge quality/spec increase, although I got bored with lack of power. Hence moving to the IS !
 

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I gave up a 2001 honda accord se exec 2000 which if had for 11 years and 95000 miles. Sad to see go but it was tired and getting old - much like me - so since a new model was attractive and I can only afford a car - got the CT - fully loaded - 1000 miles in very happy


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I handed my 2013 X5 to the wife and traded her 2011 RX350 for a CT. I drive about 2000-3000 miles a month and the X5 just wasn't cutting it MPG wise.

Mostly no regrets. Especially on days I stop by a gas station to fill up.
 

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2005 Scion xB...went from 30 mpg to 42+ mpg; and i thought 30 mpg was awesome.
 

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I traded in a Prius 5 which I had for a little over a year. But before that, my daily driver was a 2004 Ford Thunderbird. Vintage Mint Green. Great car. I still have it and am getting mad that I don't get to drive it too often. Might just have to suck it up and sell it but I hate to see it go.
 

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I had a 2002 Focus ST before my CT, which was a horrible car bought as an emergency because the one before that was disintegrating. The CT was far better for its chassis (ST was very sloppy - may have had a bad one) and huge quality/spec increase, although I got bored with lack of power. Hence moving to the IS !
Interesting , I still have my CT200h (2011) but I have a 2013 Ford Focus ST and it is awesome. Did you mean the 2002 Ford Focus SVT, which was kind of a dog with only 170 Hp, especially with the SVT moniker.
 

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2004 Toyota Corolla S
1992 Chevy Blazer S10

The 04 Corolla has about 165K miles and still going strong.
Corollas are virtually maintenance free except for oil changes. They are excellent cars.
Corollas and Matrix's were very good investments.
The benefit of the Chevy was it made me a great mechanic fixing everything. I get no practice on the corolla.

A few months ago I saw the CT200h online and as soon as I saw that Lexus makes a Corolla hatchback, I was sold. The hybrid is a huge bonus.

I expect the CT200h to be another 15 year car minimum. The batteries are supposed to last for at least 150K miles. Also in 5 to 10 years if batteries get cheaper the car can be hacked to more like a volt with electric only and a gas backup.
The CT200h should be an awesome car.
 

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Interesting , I still have my CT200h (2011) but I have a 2013 Ford Focus ST and it is awesome. Did you mean the 2002 Ford Focus SVT, which was kind of a dog with only 170 Hp, especially with the SVT moniker.
The Focus is just the new name for the Escort.
Pre-2010 Focus's were not good at all. Ford dropped the North American model in 2011 and switched to the European model for all Focuses. After 2011 the Focus is much different than pre-2011.
The 2011 change made the Focus from a car you regret buying to one that is a decent car. Because of their smart change they now charge the same for a Focus as Toyota does for a Corolla.
 

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Had IS300 (5-speed), S2000 (6-speed),Honda Accord (6-speed) _ now have S2000 (6-speed), CT200h (ECVT), and Focus ST ( 6-speed)
 

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2008 Pontiac Vibe → 2013 Lexus CT200h

2003 Ford Mustang GT Convertible → 2006 Lexus SC430

2002 Toyota Camry XLE → 2010 Lexus RX350
 

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Hi Midcow3 - I suspect the SVT is your local name for the 2002 ST I had. Yep - 170bhp, which gave slightly more power to weight than the 135bhp Puma I had before. However ... it had a terrible chassis that gave me no confidence around corners. The gearbox was also questionable, size issues meant the ratios had gaps in which affected the getaways (plus I suspect 3rd was having difficulties which would grow into something expensive). What sold me on the CT was handling that was on a par with the Puma :)
 

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When buying our new/replacement cars, my wife and I thought it would be fun to buy each other cars (long story). I was ORIGINALLY going to get her a fully loaded Prius, but after we decided I'll be getting a custom ordered MB (we even planned to have it Euro delivery for a mini vacation), I just couldn't do that to her.

Wife: 2002 Acura RSX > 2013 Lexus CT200h (but registered in my name)
Me: 2002 Acura TL-S > 2012 Mercedes C350 (but registered in wife's name)
 

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2001 Mazda Miata SE for me. The SE that year was British Racing Green paint, tan leather interior, tan canvas-look vinyl top, Nardi wood steering wheel, Nardi wood shift knob. Well, and Citröen DS, but that car isn't going anywhere. Had the Miata for a decade, we'll see on this car. (I suspect like a lot of us, how long I keep it has a lot to do with how compelling a package the future 3er/A4-sized Tesla ends up being.)

*** you mean the 2002 Ford Focus SVT, which was kind of a dog with only 170 Hp, especially with the SVT moniker.
Sounds like you've never driven one. The SVT Focus was a very, very good handling car. One of the best FWD cars to date, up there with the M100 Lotus Elan and current Mazda3. The motor had plenty of power, though it was more for people who enjoyed driving than speck-sheet posers. As very wise man, Bob Hall, once wrote, "if you can't go fast with 90hp, 900hp won't help."

I strongly considered the SVT Focus before I found my old Miata. The downsides of the SVT Focus were rated (and likely optimistic) 26hwy/20city fuel economy, fairly fussy service regimen, and Ford dealers.
 
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