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My wife has a 2007 Ford Focus and I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla. The reviews I read of the 2007 (and similar years) Focus say that it's actually pretty fun to drive, but personally I hate it. It just feels so top-heavy. Going around a curve feels like driving an SUV, like I'm worried it's going to roll over (body roll isn't particularly bad, it just feels bad). Driving around in my boring old Corolla is much more fun and feels so much better. I can take a turn in my Corolla that would make me feel like I was going to slide right off the road in the Focus. (I've never lost grip going around a turn, it just feels like I will.)

Are the reviews right and this a symptom of something wrong with the suspension? Worn shocks/struts maybe? Is there anything I can do to fix it? Or is everything fine and it's just that I'm used to sitting a couple inches closer to the ground in the Corolla?

  • What are the tires you have on it (brand and size)? Are these OEM tires? Is this a sport version of the Focus or a base version? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 24 at 21:29
  • It's the SES trim, which from what I've read means it's got 16" wheels (base has 15") and a rear sway bar. Other than that the suspension is the same as the base version. – BradDaBug Apr 25 at 11:22
  • So then, what are the tires (brand and size - to include all parameters) of the ones on car right now? Are these OEM tires? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 25 at 14:28
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 they're Primewell Valera Sport AS, P205/50R16. – BradDaBug Apr 25 at 18:37
  • Have your suspension checked at the service station – Mark May 15 at 10:30

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