No 3-Door a "deal breaker"?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by WRC Fan, Aug 14, 2013.


Will you simply not consider a Fiesta ST because it's a 5-Door?

  1. Yes

    3 vote(s)
  2. No

    19 vote(s)
  1. Audrey

    Audrey Member

    They had a popular run of 3 door Focuses in the 2000's. Example:
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  3. mamiata1

    mamiata1 Active Member

    I had a SVT Focus! Wish I had never sold it. Although I'm not sure the photo is an SVT or an SVT wannabee. Like I wrote I wish Ford would take the risk and the tooling exists at least in Europe. Well, we always need something to dream about, right?
  4. Ataru

    Ataru Member

    That's a euro Focus. If you look you can see the wheel on the right not the left.

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  5. Ataru

    Ataru Member

    My thoughts? If sales are good of the 5door FiST, then they might bring the 3door over in 2015. They did that with the original SVT Focus but in reverse. 3door first then the 5door came out.

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  6. Audrey

    Audrey Member

    That's not really relevant to my point, because they were sold in the US too at the time. The picture is just to jog the memory banks.
  7. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    I would love to see a 3 door FiST, but I can't wait to see if they will bring one out. The 5 door is no deal breaker for me.
  8. Ataru

    Ataru Member

    That was in response to mamiata1's observation about it being an SVT or not. I simply clarified it.

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  9. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    I think I see more 3 door Foci than 5 door of the first gen model. I didn't even know they made a 5 door until I was in the market for a small Ford and it was between the Focus and ZX2 at the time. I went with the ZX2 and I'm kinda glad I did. I later sat in a first gen Focus to move someone's car for them. I didn't really like how it felt. Anyway, the ZX2 (which is a 2 door coupe) sold pretty good in the late 90's and then I think the Focus took a lot of the sales away and Ford ended up dropping the Escort. And the ZX3 took over as Ford's top selling small car.

    It's about 10 years later now. Things change. Maybe the market of 3 door hatches in the US has gone away. Maybe there's just not enough 3 door hatches left to make that call. I know they would sell some for sure if they made a 3 door option. But a 3 door only over the 5 door only, 5 door only is a better call. People that want the rear doors have them and people that don't want the rear doors don't have to use them (but they're still there if they ever do need to be used). The 5 door ST doesn't look so unsporty that I'd say "No...I will only buy a 3 door!" If you could get either/or it would cost them more and it would be a gamble of whether or not they'd make anymore money by a few extra sales of 3 doors vs the loss of sales by the handful of people that can't get over the simple rear door thing, and it ends up costing them less money because they only need to make one body style.

    It's just business, and I'll take a 5 door to go please. :) It's likely I won't use the rear doors much. Who knows, maybe I will. But I don't have kids and I don't drive people around anywhere so rear seat passengers are rare. I'm used to having a 2 door and the rare times someone gets in the backseat it's a pain. Maybe the rear door will be more convenient for a small grocery run than opening the hatch. In any case it's not a big deal to me. I'll take a 5 door ST over avoiding the ST because it doesn't come in a 3 door.

    Would I rather have the 3 door? I don't know. Ask me 6 months ago and my answer would have been absolutely yes I'd rather have a 3 door. And if a 3 door was an option at that point, I'd likely still be on the bandwagon. But knowing we will never get a 3 door I've come to realize the 5 door might be more practical. I'd really have no problem owning one and I might actually rather have the 5 door.


    Go to a car show of almost ANY genre and compare the number of two doors to four doors and tell me enthusiasts prefer four doors. They just don't.

    Doesn't matter if it's street rods, muscle cars, tuners or euro they all have a strong bias towards two door cars.
  11. xorpheous

    xorpheous Member

    To me, this is a non-issue. My first Focus, a ZX3, was great (once I fix the tranny it will be again), but I really liked the convenience of the 5-door layout when I bought my SVTF. I don't carry a lot of passengers, but on race weekends, it's very nice to have the easy access. Race tires go in the cargo area while the tools and photo gear get placed on the folded down rear seats. I'm fine either way wtih 3 or 5 doors, but I will say the 5-door configuration does have it's practical advantages.


    I just wish they'd give us the choice, offer both and let sales tell the tale.
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