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Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 - Part VIII

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  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    zx3-being from philly as well as fgaydos is, he was
    referring to that fact that you only pay one way
    across the bridge,therefore traffic keeps moving on one side if you have the easypass,which you pay for a month up-front.the other guy probably had to stop to pay his 2.00 bucks at the toll.fgaydos would have beat him anyway,knowing how he drives on i-95.
    thats a feat in itself.i use to cross that bridge
    daily for ten years.
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    zx3- i know you just did the wax job,i was just kidding with you, i kinda figured it was raining
    at your place like here. i dont believe the engine
    issue is a big deal.i had posted previously my impressions+experiences with what was discussed.i
    put 35,500 on zx2 zetec engine-no problems.
    personally,im not really concerned about. it. but it
    would be nice to know why.im sure someone here will come up with it.
  • fgaydosfgaydos Posts: 319
    Actually ZX3beast, Easy Pass is a radio transmitter that you attach to your windshield.and that has special lanes reserved for it's use. As you glide through it transmits your ID and a charge is debited to your account. I almost never have to stop to pay tolls now, plus it is .70 cents cheaper than not using it.
    Very high tech.
  • fgaydosfgaydos Posts: 319
    DETROIT - DaimlerChrysler AG has joined General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in warning its dealers not to do business with Internet brokers offering to sell cars directly to consumers. Automakers have forbidden broker sales for years as part of their franchise agreements with dealers. But the growth of Internet companies offering to do the haggling for consumers has automakers concerned.

    Read all about it at:
    http://web.philly.com/content/inquirer/2000/05/28/business/
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    good luck with your new z. i have no answer for you
    on euro focus engine + trans but im sure someone here will check in.
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    fgaydos,i knew there was something else to that
    easypass.i knew it was a radio transmitter but i
    thought it was like a smart card sticker that was
    on the windshield,like an inspection sticker.is it
    actually a piece of hardware?
  • rickrozrickroz Posts: 26
    Can someone tell me when the 2001 models will be out?
  • rubberbanrubberban Posts: 37
    i've done the borla exhaust. i got it for 420 shipped from ford performance specialists in georgia but you could get it for 339.00 here:

    http://www.thefordsource.com/store/motorsports/focus_2.htm

    the borla improves throttle response and improves on high end power. the engine revs more freely at high revs.

    as for wax jobs the best way to go IMHO is to do the three step job. you need to be anal and have a lot of time on your hands. i know meguiar's and mother's have this system. step 1: prewax cleaner step 2: glaze and sealer and step 3: pure carnauba wax. you're basically "waxing" the car three times or at least following the procedure of waxing. it took me nearly 3 hours to complete this process but the car shines like no other, it's like a mirror. you only need to use the prewax cleaner once or twice a year, i'm assuming it works like a polish. the glaze and sealer is great, it gives you the "wet" look and gets rid of those annoying swirlies.
  • this was posted earler...
    my dealer says you can order june 3... delivery early september
  • fgaydosfgaydos Posts: 319
    Yes Beast,
    The 'Easy Pass' hardware is about the size of a pack of cigarettes but flatter. It gets velcroed to your windshield near the rear view mirror. Saves a lot of time, I never stop anymore.
    A great idea whose time has long come.
  • fgaydosfgaydos Posts: 319
    When I went to tag my ZX3 I noticed special plates for Viet Vets which I will look into. Think they look better than the standard issue here in PA. Helps I'm a vet. :>)
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    i am deliberately going off topic here to pay
    respect to all those who sacrificed their lives
    and gave of their service.after all ,their sacrifice allows us to speak freely.GOD BLESS YOU. + THANK YOU !
  • wolf1313wolf1313 Posts: 13
    In regards to my post the 'curb'on a chip.These are the preset parameters that are inside the 'chip' and speak to Fords onboard computer. This is with regards to ignition timing,fuel mixture and other vital criteria that before computers,were factors we relied on a good mechanic to fine tune.
    There are tremendous benifits to on board computers.They record a lot of information that can lead to solving intermittent hard to troubleshoot problems when you request service at a Ford dealer. They have the ability to connect there diagnostic machine to a port under left drivers dash. This allows them to test for codes eliminating the old 'style' of process of illimination with regards to servicing.Although,the computer only goes so far and sometimes 'process of elimination'is still necessary, the computer is still VERY helpful when it comes to servicing. If you have modified the cars engine and electrical than you have defeated the whole purpose and need to eliminate or work around the computer.
    The chip is a simple replacement part available off the net at places like Focusparts.com and places that sell aftermarket Ford performance parts.It should not effect anything except attack the cars weaker points.It should make a world of difference on an automatic! It will im quite sure, if the company/manufacture you buy it from does their homework, cure the hesitation/bogging problem. Finally, im also sure it will eliminate the 'governor' on top end speed which kicks in at 106 MPH. This prohibits you from accelerating above this speed and is a built in safety booby trap courtesy of Ford and it's factory chip. Alan
  • wolf1313wolf1313 Posts: 13
    In regards to my post the 'curb'on a chip.These are the preset parameters that are inside the 'chip' and speak to Fords onboard computer. This is with regards to ignition timing,fuel mixture and other vital criteria that before computers,were factors we relied on a good mechanic to fine tune.
    There are tremendous benifits to on board computers.They record a lot of information that can lead to solving intermittent hard to troubleshoot problems when you request service at a Ford dealer. They have the ability to connect there diagnostic machine to a port under left drivers dash. This allows them to test for codes eliminating the old 'style' of process of illimination with regards to servicing.Although,the computer only goes so far and sometimes 'process of elimination'is still necessary, the computer is still VERY helpful when it comes to servicing. If you have modified the cars engine and electrical than you have defeated the whole purpose and need to eliminate or work around the computer.
    The chip is a simple replacement part available off the net at places like Focusparts.com and places that sell aftermarket Ford performance parts.It should not effect anything except attack the cars weaker points.It should make a world of difference on an automatic! It will im quite sure, if the company/manufacture you buy it from does their homework, cure the hesitation/bogging problem. Finally, im also sure it will eliminate the 'governor' on top end speed which kicks in at 106 MPH. This prohibits you from accelerating above this speed and is a built in safety booby trap courtesy of Ford and it's factory chip. Alan
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    Wolf1313's post brings up an interesting point - if you do replace your factory chip with an aftermarket one that removes the top speed limiter, beware. The Goodyear RS-A tires on the ZX3 have a "T" speed rating, and aren't designed for extended use at very high speeds. If you plan on driving at 100+ MPH speeds, especially with road and air temps at summer highs, you need to upgrade to "H" or "V" speed rated tires for safety's sake. Also, be careful if the chip raises (or eliminates) the rev limiter. An inattentive, enthusiastic driver + no rev limiter + no red line on the tach = blown engine. I can't speak for Ford diagnostic systems, but I know that BMW techs can tell when someone has tampered with the engine control programming, so plan on swapping in your stock chip before taking your car in for dealer service.
  • torinopaddytorinopaddy Posts: 55
    Yan, the difference you noticed between your new car and the rental model, as far as the engine is concerned, is that your machine is just out of the box, it will loosen up and go from warm to hot as you pile the miles on. As for the transmission ratios it is possible that there is a difference. The two cars look pretty much the same and share a lot of components but they are not the same car. As soon as Ford deliver my car - hopefully a question of days - I'll post the ratios (I presume they will be in the user manual).

    The difference in feel may also have been due to a stiffer suspension set-up (the Zetec versions here are set up pretty stiff) which makes you feel more in control and lets you carry higher cornering speeds.

    Top Gear - a BBC motoring programme - recently tested the Focus (their 1998 car of the year) against 11 of its main rivals here. The Focus came in joint second with the Golf. They gave first place to the Seat Leon. They reckoned that the Focus was the best drive but they criticized its quirky looks and build quality. The Golf beat it in build quality and resale value. The Leon was judged to be the best compromise. Personally, the fun factor matters more to me, so make mine a Focus.
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    Thanks for your interest in possibly being a "go between" for Euro Focus parts. You are quite right about needing to do research before ordering and shipping parts. I would guess there is a wide range of damper/spring combinations in Europe, depending on which engine the car has, whether it has A/C, etc. I have read that the Focus in Europe can be ordered with a sport suspension. The dampers in this package are said to be about 50% stiffer than the U.S. ZX3 shocks, and the anti-roll bars are 1mm larger in diameter front and rear. No word on the spring rates, however. Some interior pieces I'd be interested in are the accessory scuff plates for the door sills, and some Euro-spec sun visors that don't have tha large, ugly airbg warning labels on them thanks to our paranoid lawyers.

    Anyone mechanically inclined enough to be interested in installing power mirrors into their ZX3? This is the only power option I wish I had, and I'm temped to get the mirrors, switches, and harness out of the first wrecked ZTS I see and have a go at it. Has anyone out there sprung for the shop manual and/or electrical manual?
  • wolf1313wolf1313 Posts: 13
    Im curious about the VW Gulf test. That was the car I weighed and considered buying before my Focus.It lost out in the end as my fiance said the Ford looked classier. Go figure.Im curious from a performance stand point. Does the Gulf shift better or accelerate faster? Anyone know? Otherwise I am quite happy with my ZTS....
  • zx3zx3 Posts: 167
    Wolf, Thanx for the lengthy explanation of "curb", etc.
    In response to your("Does the Gulf shift better, or accelerate faster? Anyone know?")......
    My '87 GT with only 102hp out-accelerated many higher powered cars.
    VW geared it for hi-torque at low rpm's, so you could scoot away at when traffic lite turned green. Of course there was a negative trade-off (less torque available for passing at higher hiway speeds).
    But in my book it was worth it, for it was satisfying to be able to leave the thundering herd behind at the Light, and get into a good position on the heavily-trafficked road.
    My point: the Golf "gearing" might still be set up that way. I hope so.
    As for the "shifting better?" part of your question: I HOPE it's "better". I never liked that long stick in my GT. It made for a "long throw" when shifting. I like short stick, short throw. The z stick is an improvement over the old Golf in that dept.
    Incidentally, my GT was the last GTI with the 8 valver. That same year, the 16 valver came out (so Mktg dropped the letter "I" from my GTI).

    Euro Focus's "stiffer suspension" .....
    I agree it really makes car corner nice and flat (like my MGA and GT). Maybe Ford USA will relent and offer it here, at least as an option.

    Beast thanks for Replys ("occasional hesitation").
    If you consider it a non-issue, so will I.
    Incidentally, since I talked to you Sun., I checked oil dipstick. Just a tiny, teeny-weeny, smidge over "Full".
    Since my z only has 225mi. on it, I assume the factory did that. Is that level OK in your book?
    zx3
  • wolf1313wolf1313 Posts: 13
    To put you, at ease theres still room for an additional quart or so even if it was overfilled.Also, your seals would blow not your engine! Theres an overflow reservoir anyway. I would relax and not worry about it. As long as it's only one quart over the fill mark, you will be ok. You can always return to the dealer or go to a Quicky Lube and have it drained and refilled.
    With regards to the Gulf, thanks for the response. But I was more curious about the new model as they made some significant changes since you owned yours.The Focus is geared for high speed. Pretty silly if you ask me considering it's designed to be an economic vehicle.
    In first, second and 1/2 way thru third the gearing is a joke! Once Im at about 60MPH the car hauls [non-permissible content removed]! I would prefer that torgue at lower RPMs and lower speed.I can't get out of my own way in the city but once im at highway speed (my car likes it between 75-85MPH )the car flies. It's like I have unlimited torque and balls.It's no wonder Ford has a limiter on the vehicle so you can't punch it past 106 mph!
    By the way, what's up with no redline on the TACH? What's really the point of having one when you don't know what the hell redline is?
    Ford I love you, but charge me a little more for the car and get some of this [non-permissible content removed] right!
  • wolf1313wolf1313 Posts: 13
    BY the way, I have yet to see 'another' ZTS like mine or any other sedan model for that matter in black. I live in Connecticut very close to NY state. I have not seen another and the reason I mention my location is to bring attention to the fact that I live in a metropolitan area.How about any of you guys? Seen any black ZTS's or black sedans in your neck of the woods?
  • fgaydosfgaydos Posts: 319
    Parked behind a black sedan last week. In Philadelphia. Have been seeing lots around in all colors lately, maybe because I'm looking harder.
  • gotnonamegotnoname Posts: 1
    I've seen a black SE sedan in my area, but very very few Foci on the road near me... and I'm in NY, not far from you, Wolf.
  • rvtex1rvtex1 Posts: 23
    I too have noticed the slight hesitation at the 2000-2100 rpm range. Glad to hear others are having the same phenomenon. In my opinion however, I would classify it a very mild hesitation as opposed to a true engine hesitation. At first I thought it was my air conditioner compressor kicking in and out till I noticed it without the ac on. I have put it down to a characteristic of this engine and no longer worry about it. I am rather amazed at how smooth the engine runs at idle speed while stopped at light or stop sign.

    I waxed mine the first week I had it with McGuiars Classic Gold paste wax out of the can. I did no other prep than a thorough washing and the infra-red really shines and washes well in this Texas heat. It was amazing how the surface of a new vehicle becomes so much more smooth after waxing even though it was brand new. I had a slight streaking problem that went away after the sun came out. McGuiar's help e-mail said I should not have wetted the applicator but should have been totally dry. That was a new one on me.

    First three tank fulls of gas have averaged 25.5-25.9 mpg with air conditioner always on and including lots of rush hour traffic. Not bad for a new engine.
  • rvtex1rvtex1 Posts: 23
    I too have noticed the slight hesitation at the 2000-2100 rpm range. Glad to hear others are having the same phenomenon. In my opinion however, I would classify it a very mild hesitation as opposed to a true engine hesitation. At first I thought it was my air conditioner compressor kicking in and out till I noticed it without the ac on. I have put it down to a characteristic of this engine and no longer worry about it. I am rather amazed at how smooth the engine runs at idle speed while stopped at light or stop sign.

    I waxed mine the first week I had it with McGuiars Classic Gold paste wax out of the can. I did no other prep than a thorough washing and the infra-red really shines and washes well in this Texas heat. It was amazing how the surface of a new vehicle becomes so much more smooth after waxing even though it was brand new. I had a slight streaking problem that went away after the sun came out. McGuiar's help e-mail said I should not have wetted the applicator but should have been totally dry. That was a new one on me.

    First three tank fulls of gas have averaged 25.5-25.9 mpg with air conditioner always on and including lots of rush hour traffic. Not bad for a new engine.
  • gabegarwickgabegarwick Posts: 127
    I have an auto ZX3, 1400 miles on it now. I can report that I am very pleased with the performance characteristics of the auto.

    Gabe
  • gabegarwickgabegarwick Posts: 127
    Hi towcrazy2,
    When you say vent visor, is that the same thing as a wind/rain deflector? (Those plastic shields that cover the top 3 inches of the windows?)
    If so, then yes, I have them installed on my ZX3. The brand I purchased was WeatherTech. Total price including shipping was around $55. I've had them on the car since day one and am very pleased with their performance. Install is a breeze (no pun intended), takes less than 5 minutes and most important to me, no adhesives are used!

    Here's a link to WeatherTech's website:
    http://www.macneilauto.com/

    link to the page listing the shields for the focus:
    http://www.macneilauto.com/FordCA.htm

    Gabe

    BTW-(I'm still looking for a cargo liner to fit in the back. Looks like a 30X40 in. rectangle one will do the job.) See one, please let me know.
  • tickbittytickbitty Posts: 250
    I tried to find a fitted cargo liner, but nobody's making them specifically for the ZX3, just for the wagon. I did find a large rubber mat at K-mart that has a large raised lip that holds lots of the crumblies in. It fits just about perfect front to back and leaves maybe 2 inches to either side on the right and left. It was like 15 or 20$ I think. I had kind of hoped to find a fitted one that would runn all the way up when the seats are down, but no luck. A blankie will do.
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