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Ford Focus ZX3



  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    Minor or major, they are problems that cost time and money. There is still a $50 deductible and I paid $800 for the warranty. There is no such thing as FREE. It doesn't matter how sudden or how long it takes for a problem to surface and, in the case of the DPFE, it's a slow process that starts with minor hesitation that turns major and then the check engine light comes on.

    If you find these problems acceptable, I wish I could be you because then I could buy crappy cars for the rest of my life and be happy.

    As soon as I finish building my house and know what my cash situation it, I'm donating the car to charity and buying either Honda or a Toyota.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    If you find these problems acceptable, I wish I could be you because then I could buy crappy cars for the rest of my life and be happy.

    :) :)

    ..I'm donating the car to charity and buying either Honda or a Toyota.

    Just don't buy any used Toyota or Lexus made in 1997 through 2002 with 3.0L V-6, or 2.2L four-cylinder engines.
    Because you can find yourself with an engine choking on a buildup of sludge from oxidized oil in the form of mucky goo that can seize up the motor. There are 3.3 mil of those out there.

    Good luck, man.
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    Who said anything about used?? Nah, then you're wondering if the person before you abused it. I'm thinking Scion.... or I'm hoping something new and exciting will be around when I'm in the market again.

    I'll just be happy to get my car back from the dealer tomorrow (fingers crossed).
  • kmagkmag Posts: 98
    Thats a lot of problems in 76K miles. One or two of those occuring might be normal. All of them is not, but for a Focus maybe it is.

    I am a Ford fan. Here is the list of problems I've had with my recent Fords for the first 76K miles.

    94 Escort LX - Nothing. Traded it at 65K - wish I'd kept it.

    96 Escort GT - Needed new plugs and wires at 52K. Should have done it myself but it started acting up on a rainy day.

    99 Mercury Mystique - Broken air vent, replaced under warranty. Warped dash fixed under recall. Alignment went out every 10K miles. Traded with 72K miles.

    As I said I like Fords and I would have got a new Focus this year but I could not afford payments, and frankly the reputation is not good for the used ones.
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    I picked up my car the day before yesterday (after they kept it for 6 days) and when I got home I noticed they billed me for a battery that I did not ask for and did not even get. This morning they corrected the 91 dollar mistake.

    Then on the ride home from work, the check engine light comes on.

    PLEASE let someone steal my car and drive it off a cliff!!!
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    Now, day 3, after getting my car back, I have a "check fuel cap" light on in addition to the check engine light.

    I'm going to get a new fuel cap after work and then I'm going to have autozone read the trouble code just to be sure it's related.

    The misery continues....

    Anyone want to buy a focus with 3 years and 30k miles left on the warranty? Yeah, I thought not.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    I would as long as it's not yours ;-)
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    I'm sooooo much smarter than those technicians. I got the trouble codes from Autozone, looked them up on the internet and did some poking around under the hood. I found that one of the hoses that go to the EGR assembly was disconnected.

    They were working on my transmission, how do you knock out a hose? I would chock it up to pure stupidity, but I'm inclined to think they did it on purpose to some how recoup their money on the 6 days they had my car for warranty work.

    Oh yeah, bring it on!
  • dah1414dah1414 Posts: 1
    I am looking at a new 2004 Focus ZX3. I was wondering to those with the newer supposedly revised 2003 or 2004 models...are you happy? This is my first car and I want to make a sound investment. With only really the reliability ratings from 2002 and before to go by I am feeling unsure. Any suggestions or comments?
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    The revised Focus will hit the street this Spring as a 2005 model.
    For more info bhcp=1

    Also, you'll find a lot more info about Focus reliability on the Focus-only boards (google for Ford Focus).

    Good luck.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    P.S. Check out this article. It seems FoMoCo is trying really hard...
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    Ford really can't afford to fall on its face, YET AGAIN. Neither can GM or Chyrsler. With all the companies that Ford has bought, they should be able to reap some of the benefits of better manufacturing processes and better quality control.

    A car is no better than the sum of it's parts. Lousy parts, lousy car.
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    Apparently I'm the only one posting on this board anymore. It's like my personal blog now. I just wanted to add that I called ford customer care and argued that my clutch replacement should have been covered under the ESP.

    The clutch consisted of 3 components and only one, the manual clutch disc, is listed as not covered.

    Anyway, I now have a new clutch for $70. Of course, I shouldn't have needed a clutch at 76,000 miles.

    The ESP has already paid for itself and thensome.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Good thing persistence pays off!
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    For what it is worth, I've seen a fair amount of clutches replaced on cars (both imports and domestics) as early as 40K-50K miles.

    My father had a late 80's Maxima with the 300Z's motor that had to have the clutch replaced at around 35K miles. Of course he drove it like a race car, but still.

    76K miles is not that bizare for a clutch.
  • turboshadowturboshadow Posts: 349
    You really must be riding that clutch! I have never had a clutch replaced except one in my old bug that got oil on it when the engine strted to let go. It had ove 200K on it. My Shadow has 110K on its clutch. My old Si had 122K on it when I got rid of it;yep still had the clutch it rolled off the showroom floor with.

    I would be majorly peeved if I had to have a new clutch at 76K!!!
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    I SWEAR it's not me. I had a honda that I drove for 80k miles, sold to my brother who took it to 105 and then sold it to someone else who is still using the same clutch.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    the clutch on my last tercel lasted about 120k

    my accord has 95k and the clutch is still fine
  • snaptabsnaptab Posts: 21
    After 3 years and 36k finally had to replace the oe Firestone Firehawks on my ZX3. Choose BF Goodrich Traction TA V rated high performance all seasons in the same 205/50/16 oe size. New to the market and $94 ea. plus shipping thru Tirerack. Only have a couple of thousand miles on them but so far I'm impressed. Before they wore out the Firestones weren't that bad, but these Traction TAs seem superior in several ways. Handling seems to have tighten up, ride has improved, no change in MPG and noise is way down. Not a lot of choices in this tire size for the ZX3 but if you're in the market these Traction TAs are worth a look.
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