Re: Honda - not that special? Actually, import fans would be ashamed if Honda came out with such an unreliable vehicle (I mean an engine wire that might catch fire under normal driving conditions?) REAL import fans are not so hypocratic, they know what's good and what's not good - and the Focus IS good performance wise. Amazing how Ford can take such a good platform from Mazda and still #@$% it up (as far as reliability goes anyway). If you do some research of Consumer Reports from people who've owned the car for more than a year, you'll see just how unreliable we're talking about here. "The SVT Focus is a small I4 that's quicker than any Honda in the same price range, and outhandles every single car in it's class (BAR NONE" - you forgot to add the fine print: "in North America". You forget, North America is not the only market in the world. There's the Pug. 306, Renault Clio, Golf GTI - all of which outperform the Focus SVT in one way or another. And then there's the Civic Type-R which not only costs the same (a bit less in fact, if you nix the AC), but also outperforms the Focus SVT in EVERY way - it's faster, handles better, more nimble, more durable, and is much more reliable, also gets slightly better gas mileage, and has a lower emissions status.