Used Car of the Day: 2014 Ford Focus ST

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD comes to us from Ohio. It's a 2014 Ford Focus ST and the seller is asking $12,000.

There's a long list of aftermarket upgrades -- too long to list here -- as well as a decently long list of other features such as heated Recaro seats, Sony audio, navigation, and a sunroof.

The car has some dents and dings and such but is apparently rust-free. However, the title is a rebuild, so that's a caution flag for some.

The whole post goes into a lot more detail and is worth checking out.

Hat tip to forum mod Greg!

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Duke Woolworth Duke Woolworth on May 22, 2023

    Unless it's central or southern Ohio, watch for rust, and even's nine years old.

    • 2ACL 2ACL on May 22, 2023

      I'd still check it out, too, but it was initially a Texas car. And if understand his timeline, the seller brought it from there to Ohio in 2018, where he claims to have been undercoating it since. Sounds like he's all too aware of the tin worm and opted to buy from a market where that isn't customarily an issue.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on May 22, 2023

    Good news: it doesn't have the PowerShudder transmission.

    Bad news: any modded used car is an iffy proposition. Branded title makes it iffy to the third power.

    Still, these were fun cars when new, though I preferred the Fiesta ST.

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