My fiance bought one of these brand new in April.\n\nWe are going back to the dealers [again] tomorrow, to reinforce our views on\na few points. I have listed our gripes below, and would be interested to\nknow of anyone else's views on these cars.\n\n- paintwork had numerous glitches where it looks like dust is between layers\nof paint.\n- when idling, the car vibrates at a fairly low frequency. It rumbles\nthrough your backside, and to be honest, makes both of us feel sick. It's a\nlittle like the feeling of being really nervous, and feeling like waves of\nanxiety go through your lower half - hence the term "<AUP>ing yourself".\n- when slowing down to go over a speed ramp, and then bringing the clutch\nback up in second gear, the gearstick shudders, and the car really does\nstruggle. I don't often do it, but it refuses to allow the clutch to be\nslipped easily in second gear.\n- when taking your foot off from being lightly depressed onto the\naccelerator in fourth gear, the car lurches forwards. I can understand this\nin first, second or maybe third gear, but surely the drive should be\nsmoother in fourth.\n\nI realise that some of these faults are probably "characteristics" of the\ncar, like the dealer has said - but surely not all of them. I could have\naccepted that the tiny pedal space was a characteristic, causing an issue\nfor big-footed people.\n\nWhen I got back into my Focus, after driving hers, it felt like the\nsmoothest car on the planet.