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Ford Focus Sedan



  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    The Mazda3 is what you're looking for. It costs about the same (sticker price anyway) as the Focus and rides on the new Euro Focus platform. Plus it has a VW-like interior.
  • Wait awhile to get a Mazda 3, when supplies build up.
  • The 2005 Corolla will have 170hp on the new XRS model.
  • hi,i would like to know more about this recall please.i called the dealer and they know nothing about it.i had to replace mine which cost me over $ there a website i can go to or a phone number? any info would be helpful.thankyou..bye
  • Saw that about the Corolla XRS, but it's a limeted run model. Maybe only 3000 of them?
  • haulthault Posts: 124
    Trinity7 Check local dealer to see if Canada is included for extended coverage of fuel pump. I received my letter from FORD about a week or so ago. If you have problems I can fax you or send you a copy in the mail.
  • For now they are saying there will be a limited run of 5000 but as always Toyota is underestimating the demand for this model. If the demand is there to build more, then more will be built. Also, somewhere around 2007 with the major model change you will be able to get the Corolla equipped with the Hybrid System.
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    When I said something better will be around, I was speaking in general terms. I don't know of a specific model, but somebody has to come up with a small car with the handling/price ratio that the focus has/had .... only reliable too.

    The VW is in the same class as the Focus and is a competitor, even if on the high end it outprices the Focus. The interior quality is best in class from what I've seen.

    The Focus will be left to be the next Escort/Cavalier. A car no one talks about and is a big yawn living on a platform older than dirt ... as long as it brings in cash for Ford, they don't care. People pay top dollar for SUVs, not small cars... so there is no incentive to build them better and American manufacturers have proven time and time again they can't build good small cars (or don't want to). The Focus is essentially a German car with super cheap global parts.

    I suspect the same fate will fall upon the Cobalt.... GM's so called last big effort to gain a foothold in that segment. It's doomed to fail with GM behind it.
  • bobk14bobk14 Posts: 17
  • I will ask again. What about the upcoming Pontiac Solstice? Small rear wheel drive coupe and roadster under 20000. I have heard that that car will be produced in 2005. Anyone know anything about this???
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Err, snakerbill? You might want to ask in a Pontiac discussion, maybe one on the Coupes board. Try the search features on the left side of the page. (The Select a Board dropdown will get you to the Coupes board.)
  • fdanna, you're so correct about the Focus being a german car with cheap global parts. "Cheap parts" is key. The focus is a fine small car but Ford need not build it better b/c it can discount it heavily to move 250k/yr.......and you're right--it's all about SUVs. Ford needs to move lotsa Foci for every SUV so it can meet CAFE standards. A $500 loss on every Focus is more than offset by a $2000 profit on every truck sold.
  • markus5markus5 Posts: 102
    I am still becoming adjusted to the driving dynamics of the my ZTS. The 2.3 is really impressive even with auto. I have only 1500 miles on it but the Gas mileage is not Impressive this is probably due both to the newness of the car and the types of driving I am doing right now. However, it seems that some of this is due to the accuracy of the odometer.

    Just the other day while on the Interstate 88, 65 mph is posted and where I have always driven at 71-73, I noted that with this new Focus, traffic that I was ahead was getting "big" much faster than normal. I was also aware that nobody was passing me even though with the cruise control set at (only) 72, you will generally be passed. Then I had the opportunity to measure my odometer against the mile markers over several miles. It was consistently under measuring. Mile posts were coming up somewhere between .9-1.0 . over 5 or six miles it was over 2 tenths short. My focus has the Pirelli 205/50 16 inchers. Has any body else noticed these discrepencies. The majority of the Foci have the 15 inch tires. I have not yet reported any problems to the Dealer.
  • Someone hit mine off while I was parked in the street : ( I'm debating calling the insurance company . .. .
  • bobk14bobk14 Posts: 17
    The Focus is in its fifth model year, yet no one, but no one, makes a battery for it except, of course the manufacturer.Can someone out their please tell me why?
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    Hmm... I think the battery is about the only thing on my car that hasn't failed. Oops... I probably just jinxed myself.

    There's nothing special about the battery that I can see. I went to to see if they sell a battery and they do. Looks like there are alternatives.
  • Is the ford focus zx3 consider a sport car or a hatchback, does the insurance cost a lot to insure the ford focus zx3 if your a 16 years old driver.
  • markus5markus5 Posts: 102
    Anything like this will be expensive especially if you have the heated mirrors which are on mine, and there have been a few close encounters already. I remember reading somewhere that there is an option for "fold in" mirrors for the SVT models which may be adaptable to other Foci. Am I delusional, or has anybody else seen this ?
    If something like this is available, there is no question that I would go for them if replacements become necessary.
  • fdannafdanna Posts: 263
    I was wondering if anyone had brought their 00-01 focus in to have the fuel pump replaced under the warranty extension program. The service advisor I spoke to said he hadn't seen one case yet and that the fuel pump wouldn't be ready for another 2 to 4 months even though the customer service letter said late january.

    Has anyone been refused this service? Do you know if you got the new pump design?
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