It's been a little less than a month since I picked up my new Molten Orange FiST. I've already racked up 2500 miles...1000 of which was a round trip to California from Tucson. So far, I'm completely smitten with the car and have no major issues or complaints. Every day I drive it I am so, so glad I didn't get the Fiat Abarth I thought I was in love with. I know there is a growing amount of information on the web about the car. It's been named a Car and Driver 10 Best, which I've never had the pleasure of saying I owned before. So I won't rehash what most will be able to read about it on the web. Instead I'll speak a little about living with the car as a daily driver...and I'll say this about the accolades you will read on the Interwebs...believe them. One question I had at the time of purchase was about the Recaro seats. I really didn't know if I'd like them on a 500 mile drive. Luckily I fit in them pretty well. I'm 5'10 and 205...what one might call an athletic build. I'm a bit long waisted, and I feel like the seats fit like a glove. It might be my imagination, but I feel like the driver's seat bottom is loosening up a bit and doesn't feel as firm as it was when new. After an 8 hour drive my back and behind felt fine. If anything, the seats have encouraged me to continue exercising and keep my diet and beer intake in check. So...if you're a larger sized person and you're considering the Recaro seats, I would highly recommend finding a FiST with them installed to test drive prior to ordering or committing to them. Aside from the bolstering which keeps you in place during spirited driving, the seats also encourage proper posture. I feel the shape of the seat back is near perfect. I'm a chronic sloucher in the car...always have been. When I sit in these seats I tend to sit back and straight, more so than in any other car I've had. I'd say the only car I've had with more comfortable seats is the Volvo S60 I traded for this car...but of course the Volvo seats didn't hold you in the corners like these. The leather seats I had in my 2002.5 Jetta GLI were also very good, but nothing like these. If I have one gripe about the seats, it's the seat heaters. Holy Surface of the Sun, Batman! My wife thinks it's fantastic but she has asbestos skin so that makes sense. I really wish Ford would have put variable temperature settings for the front seat heaters. The ride is firm. Really firm. If you've never had a performance car, this may be alarming to you. Please realize though that there is a difference between firm and harsh. I've driven on some rough roads that has made the car bounce all over the place, but I never felt like the car was out of control and I never felt the suspension hit the bump stops. The other side of that coin is that on a smooth surface there is grip and control beyond belief. The car is small. It is. Some people have a problem with this. I do not. I can put the family in the car, kiddos fit in the back fine but full-sized adults may find it a tight fit. If you are part of a car pool, you may want a Focus ST instead. If you're like me and find that 85% of the time you are driving by yourself, then the size isn't an issue. So, I'll wrap this up. At this point, I have no complaints at all. Sure I wish (like we all do) that the My Ford Touch interface was better. I also wish it had a backup camera and a home link mirror or sun visor. I wish the shifter sat about an inch farther back in the console. But there is nothing on the car that I hate. I am pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of the stereo. I am pleasantly surprised at how nice the navigation system is. What I love is that I feel like an absolute super hero when I drive this car. Here's a few pictures. JQ First day home Boot holds 36 beers no problem. buxx stop in Blythe CA My son got me fuzzy dice for it. They really block my vision though so they are only on display when parked. Since I got the riveted-through-the-bumper front license plate in a state that doesn't require one, I decided a novelty plate should be my first farkle. Luke was impressed that it matched the color of the car perfectly.