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Ford Focus Sedan

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,621
    the north am focus will continue on the current platform for a while. it will not migrate to the mazda3/volvo platform.
    mazda3 review in local paper kind dogged the focus for having less horsepower. just came back from the airport, 4 people on board, plus a trunk full of luggage. car never felt like it was carrying a load, even up a big hill.
  • andyman73andyman73 Posts: 368
    It's easy to dog a car that has less power. It's not like comparing red delicious apples to reds, more like reds against granny smith. Yes, they are both apples, but not the same apples. And if it weren't for the Focus, there probably wouldn't be a Mazda 3. Since they went there, Mazda 3 doesn't even hold a candle against the Volvo S40. Yet, it's the same platform, basically.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    The 05 Focus counts as a redesign? What did they do? It's a refresh at best. From what I see, they muted the dash somewhat and removed some of the tin foil from the headlights. Other than some cosmetic stuff and tweaking the 2.0 what else was done? Don't get me wrong...I am seriously considering a ZTW SES wagon with all options (lists around $21.7...dealer offering $17.7 with rebates and internet coupon). Anyone have any experience with extended warranties on the Focus in terms of what they cover and cost? Also, I see where the ST has folding side mirrors but the others don't. Does that hold true even if you order the cold weather group and get the heated side mirrors?
  • Internet coupon? Where can I find this? How much is it worth?
  • dunworthdunworth Posts: 338
    The '05 Focus features new engines as well as styling refreshes to the front (very VW-like), interior (less quirky, quite nice overall) and a subtle change to the rear tail lights. I drove a 2005 ZX4 recently in SE trim level. It is an excellent driving car. I liked the old styling, inside and out and the new one looks great too.

    The new engines are from the Mazda3. They share similar hp and fuel econ numbers to the old Zetec but are lower in emissions. WHile not quite as smooth as my Honda or Toyota, the Ford is good fun and they do not run out of steam. My only beef is that this new Focus engine (which is branded Duratec) is a thirsty engine. In real world highway driving, I get better gas mileage from a V6 Chrysler or GM products. I got only 2-3 mpg better than a V6 Taurus. My 2 Japanese compacts get 30% better fuel economy than the Focus, depending on driving.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Automotive News is reporting that Ford will stick with the current platform through the 2007 model year redesign as well.

    Hopefully it will look more like the upcoming European model
  • angliaanglia Posts: 5
    just returned from 5week/4200 mile trip. fuel average 30mpg running 75mph alot with AC on. Got 33mpg at 55mph in the Keys. only drawback to car at low speed is it surges with or without the air on. Acts like motor is under a load. them lets up with a little surge of power. The car is a 04 ZTS. Concerning the post on the rear fender liner. My dealer said they left it off the money reasons. Also has anybody checked out the front bumper facia. the left side has a bolt thru the inner fender. The right doesn't and u can shake it pretty good with ur hand comparded to the left. wonder what it does at high speeds. also putting the back seat down for long periods leaves big indentations in the seats. Im 6ft 4in and I had no problems with the back seat cushion being up against the front seat. had the seat all the way back. Afew little minor thing but i really like the car.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    It is worth $500. I got one for requesting an internet price quote. You can probably get one from the dealer too. Must take delivery by the end of September.
  • That's a good coupon. It never hurts to request quotes. Thanks for the information.
  • I have a 2001 focus SE with Zetec engine. Lately, when I go up-hill with a speed at 40mph to 50mph, I heard some noise. It sound like a shifing noise. It did not happen in the highway or city driving; only happen in up hill with 40-50 mph. The only way to make this noise go away is to speed up and make the car go faster than 60mph. The noise will go away with this speed.

    I have checked the transmission and the fuild, they are fine. Is this happen because the way that I drive?

    Anyone have experience this problem? Any information will help, thanks.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Hey man if the engine is pinging, you might have got a tank of bad gas...try 89 octane for a couple of tanks.

    Mark
  • hotx3hotx3 Posts: 71
    Two dealers have contacted me about a top dollar trade in on my 2000 Focus. Is this a Ford program (similar to GM loyalty) or just a local dealer connivance?
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Anyone hear about head curtain air bags becoming an option for Focus? Anyone know if the current side air bag option is for the chest only or does it cover the head as well?

    Thanks.
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    My 04 ZTS has the side airbags. If you look back in this section a short way, you'll see a discussion on it. I was asking the same thing around the middle of June.

    Curtains were not available for '04 and prior years. With the limited changes for '05, I doubt they are available for this generation either. The side bags are in the front seats and are intended for torso protection in a side collision.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Some mfgr's side seat air bags cover thorax and head...sounds like Ford's are just for the thorax.
  • hotx3hotx3 Posts: 71
    Thanks. Looking at the postcard, the "Buy Back" was not connected directly to Ford. I shouldn't have been so suggestible.
  • I have put a bottle of fuel injection cleaner in the tank. After that, it drive smoothly, thanks.
  • I just bought a used 03 foucus LX with only 10k miles on it, but after i drove it home i noticed that the "check engine", "engine oil" and "battery" warnings were on, anybody know what's wrong? should I do a oil change? but what about the battery sign? what should i do? Thank you!
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    did you buy it at a dealer or privately?
  • fdthirdfdthird Posts: 352
    It should be still under waranty...go to a dealer!
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    whoa!!!

    yes, its still under warranty, but if the engine light is not on for the right reasons, it will cost 1/2 hour of labor to have checked.
  • I bought it from a dealer and it is still under warranty, but I just want to make sure if I can do something before going back to dealer.
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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,621
    i would check the oil to make sure there is enough, then take it back to the dealer. it shouldn't cost you a penny to have it fixed. i would let them know you are not happy this happened as soon as you drove away with your car.

    i have a question also. my '04 zts has a drain tube that empties just in front of the left front wheel. a little water comes out of it after i drive (it is water!). does anyone know what this is for?
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    I'm not sure of the location you speak of, but it sounds like the fluid may be water from the air conditioning system. There is a drain tube extending from the unhood of the every car with A/C, but it's usually closer to the firewall and typically on the passenger side. Have you touched the fluid? Does it look like water or is it coloured at all?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,621
    one thing i forgot to mention is that it has the 2.3 pzev engine. i have not been running the a\c. have a moonroof, so i just usually open that. it is water, as i posted earlier. i stuck a long thin piece of metal in there, so it is some kind of drain tube. i am mystified, but will ask (and post what i find out), when i bring it in for service.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,621
    i had to defog the windshield and found the dial already was on defrost, which uses the a/c compressor. i share the car and only saw that the dial was all the way to one side. didn't touch or look at it too closely. all the was to the left is vent, all the way to the right is defrost.
    mystery of the drippping water solved.
  • Local Ford dealer has several 04 SE 5 speeds left over that are nicely equipped with 2.3 (standard in NY) and several options to mimic the ZTS. I know the 05's have been out awhile, but to get a $16,700 car for under $12,000 seems too good to pass up. No moonroof, but I can get over that. I was wondering if the rear stabilizer bar (only avail on the ZTS) can be added to the SE? Will it make that much of a difference? Is this deal worth it or would I be better off considering the 05's? Styling not a major issue for me. More concerned with performance for the $.
    Any feedback would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Dan
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,621
    bought an '04 zts about 5 months ago. after 5k miles, the suspension seems a bit soft. i don't have a rear stabilizer bar. drove one with the sport package(loaner for another vehicle). handling was definitely tighter. thought maybe it was the 16" rims/tires, but it could have been a rear bar. the '04 came with a 100k powertrain warranty. this was a separate contract that i had to sign for, but the cost was waived. don't know if that is still part of the deal.
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