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  • I'm extremely ticked right now and just need to vent. Dropped the car off this morning at 5:30am for an oil change, tire rotation, and recall work. When I called on Monday, I was assured that the part was in. Well, guess what, the cars done all but the recall work, why because parts not in stock. I've had it. Every time they say a part is in it's not and I have to bring the car in again. I can't take it. So I logded a complaint with owner connect. I called and the girl took down the info and is going to forward it. I know it won't get anywhere but at least I complained. I just feel like I've be led to too many times. I love the car hate the service. I think I'm going to take it to another dealership and see how it goes. Ahhh now I feel better Thanks
  • You have a right to be upset - I've learned to never go to the dealer until the service advisor actually puts his hands on the parts needed. If he says they've got 'em, I make the appointment and show up on time for the work. Like you, I feel it's not the car, it's who sells and services it that makes the experience sour for so many people.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    ...are a subject of interest, I've created a discussion specifically for Ford Focus ZX3 Owners: Recalls & TSBs.

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  • Thank for sympathizing...They actually all of a sudden out of nowhere found the parts after I screamed a little. The only thing was I asked to have the doors lubed because they make a horrible noise, they claim they did but as soon as I got home they were making the noise again. I can't wait tp get a hold of the guy who sold me the car. He said if I ever have a problem let him know, well if he would call me back than I can say my peace. Anyway, thanks again
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    Would any ZX3 owners be interested in setting up your own chat? Edmunds.com would be happy to arrange it for you! Let me know.

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  • I have only owned my '01 ZX3 for 3 weeks. It is "egg yolk yellow". I don't know how they came up with that name; the car is more "canary", and since I bought it at sundown, I didn't realize how bright yellow it was until the next morning. The rear bumper was slightly crooked, and, like everyone else, I'm disappointed with the gas mileage (~25 city/hwy). The car's peppy unless you're going up a hill, and compared to my previous car (Corvette), it's a slug. But compared to other compact cars I've ridden in, the acceleration isn't bad. I like the ride, handling, button locations, stereo (CD). This car is MUCH more comfortable than the Corvette, because it's easier to enter/exit, and it's nice to sit up higher. I bought this car because I wanted better mileage for commuting, I wanted a more comfortable car, and a more dependable car. I've accomplished my goals (although time will tell on dependable...is the '01 free of the recalls that plagued the '00?) - the question now is, will the color grow on me? (in a good way...)

    -Gary
  • Bought my son a 2000 Dirt Kona and liked it so much that when my Saab 9000 CD died this week, I got myself a Dirt Kona too. The ZX3 is small on the outside and big on the inside--more headroom that the Saab. I love the 16 inch wheels, sophisticated color, and the roof rack really accentuates the roofline. Distinctive car--doesn't look like anything else.
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  • My name is Sean, and I just picked up my 2001 infra red ZX3 yesterday. I'm having a tough time today because I've got a lot of busy work to do but I can hear the ZX3 whimpering outside. I think it wants to go for a drive on this beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon here in Seattle.

    Great little car - I can't wait to get to know it better!
  • Bought my 2001 twilight blue ZX3 in September and still get a thrill looking at her and climbing in for a drive. I took two 14 hour trips down south (I'm a New Yorker) and got to know my baby really well, so I don't mind the 9000+ miles on her. I logged on to Edmunds when I was car shopping in August/September and got the answers I needed. Am glad to see there is a ZX3 club and will bookmark the page to stop in more regularly.
    I remember seeing something about polishing and the problem with it permanently sticking to the molding. Does anyone have a remedy for that problem? Haven't had a problem with polishing yet, but want to be proactive in case it does.
    Haven't had any major problems with the car yet, but did get a recall for the rear seat hinge and called my dealer - they're going to call me when the part gets in. I did have a problem with a 1 inch scratch in the paint on my hood on delivery and Ford repainted it for me. Unfortunately for me, the clear coat is peeling off. I called about that too, and my dealer said he would take care of the recall and the paint at the same time.
    I too, noticed the fuel gauge problem but my key was in my pocket when I filled it up.
    Oh, I noticed that when the roads aren't plowed well or at all, the snow really piles up behind my front tires and causes my wheels to lock if I put on the brakes. I got into the habit of cleaning them before I drive off and avoiding patches of snow but it sometimes is unavoidable. It also doesn't matter how fast or slow I'm going - if there's a lot of snow accumulated, then I have a problem. Any others notice this problem? Any suggestions?
  • sorry all, didn't mean to write a book!
  • Know what you mean by the wheel wells filling up with snow. I didn't like the stock Goodyear RS/A tires in the snow and got snow tires. Don't know where your at in NY but I recommend snows in western NYS. Did not have the problem you described with the wheels locking up, but the RS/A are not that great stopping on snow and ice which could have been the problem. If your talking about them locking on bare pavement, I would get that checcked out.
    Pat
  • I have the firestone tires and 16" wheels and they locked on snow. I wasn't going too fast as the roads weren't plowed yet, but it felt like my buick did when I drove through a blizzard - out of control. It happened more than once on one morning commute and it I remember correctly when I was turning the steering wheel to either turn the car or to move around a snow patch. I took my foot off of the gas, tapped the brake and tapped the gas again and then had control once again.

    My budget prevents snow tires, so I'll have to make due with cleaning my wells every time I go somewhere or when I notice loss of control while driving.

    One morning, though, I noticed so much snow behind the driver's front side that the tire had made grooves in the snow. :-( I started taking the thruway to work because they plow first and I don't have to crawl to work. They're pretty good at plowing (central new york), so I'm not too worried, but I hate losing control like that.
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    pat,
    i wish now i had invested in snow tires. you are right, the stock
    goodyear tires do not inspire confidence when braking. in fact, i have
    found them to lock-up real quick,regardless of speed. they are fine in the rain and dry surfaces but snow is a whole different game. if i could
    have predicted all the snowfalls here,i would have bought them. snow in
    the philly area is for the most part a one day event. however, one may not get to drive another day without the proper tread surface. new
    shoes are on order.
  • pcleveland2pcleveland2 Posts: 516
    think spring! winters almost over!! summer is a coming!!!

    On the down side, I hit something with my left front tire, impacted on shoulder of tire and ruined it. Only have winters on front right on and for rest of season. Matched directionals. Will have to order a new one before next winter. Hakka Q's held up extremely well except for the lack of road hazard warranty which I am not happy about.

    Pat
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  • 01redzx301redzx3 Posts: 10
    Hello I have had my red ZX3 for about 2 weeks now and I love it. thanks for all your help . I have been reading this site for along time now and you all told me all I needed to know about the car. i just had to have one and now I do. my new zx3 has all the toys on it and so far I like it alot. thank you all for your help ...take care and drive safe.
  • jnmartinjnmartin Posts: 36
    pat

    do you think that if I buy the focus mud flaps, it would cut down on the snow accumulation in the wheel wells? Or would it cause more of a problem as there will be less space between them and the tire??

    We're still seeing snow up here in CNY and even though my focus snow-driving skills are getting better, I'd like a prevention or something that will allow me not to worry so much about driving in snow that's not been plowed.

    Thanks'
    Jessica
  • jnmartinjnmartin Posts: 36
    pcleveland2 - pat?

    Mud flaps? Good or bad idea for less snow in the wheel wells???
  • jjc5jjc5 Posts: 16
    I'm introducing myself -- proud mother to two Foci -- 2000 SE wagon (pitch black/fully loaded) and a 2001 ZX3 (twilight blue/dark charcoal/fully loaded).

    Fantastic cars; traded as relatively new SUV in for the ZX3 because of the adv. trac snow handling. Ended up acquiring a car from the dealer (trade) rather than order. A mistake? I don't believe so, but the color isn't exactly what we wanted, but do you really notice when you're in the car?
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    Hope you enjoy both Focii - you should give us your impressions of driving & comparing these two cars. Gas mileage figures would be of great interest. I think a Zetec equipped wagon with a five-speed would be a very cool car, but I'd guess you have an automatic?
  • jjc5jjc5 Posts: 16
    Well, after 36 hours with the new hatchling, I'm so happy. It does have a slightly tighter handling than the wagon, but otherwise, it is not much different! I will say that it is nice to get into a "new" car and know the layout completely by heart!

    The seat belt is a bit farther back, but that's because the B-pillar in the hatchling is farther back on the car being a two-door.

    I find the brakes a bit more responsive; however, they are new and we (my fiance and I) have the 4-disc brakes with the advance trac. I'm not too certain to what extent either contributes. Twice as much brake dust, I suppose.

    The hatch is a twilight blue, fully-loaded automatic. We had the option to order it with the manual, but for some reason we decided not.

    As for gas mileage, the wagon was obtaining 25-27 mpg until the winter when it became not so good. I'm not certain if that's the winter-blend gas or my driving habits degraded, but I'm getting 21-25 now. I think I may need to have a talk with my Ford dealer about this if it doesn't improve in the next few months.

    I have no data on the hatch yet.
  • pcleveland2pcleveland2 Posts: 516
    Sorry!! Been busy and haven't got back here for a while. Mud flaps do not appear to help on the snow build-up, but I sure like them for protecting the side of the vehicle from sand spraying up and messing up the paint. I have to admit that the focus seems to attract a lot of snow in the wheel wheels. Maybe it is because there is a lot of tire is a small wheel well. My Nissan, Escorts, Rabbits did the same thing. The Ranger Pick-ups seem to do better in this regard, but there is a lot of room in there wheel wells.

    Besides, summer is just around the corner.

    Pat
  • jnmartinjnmartin Posts: 36
    Ha! Syracuse is 1.1" away from record snow fall this year (192") and the weather guys say we may still get some to beat it.

    I talked to a guy at my dealership and he said the same thing about the snow, wheel wells and mud flaps. He recommends them anyway as they will help with stones and anything else bouncing up (again, like you said). Do you know if there are "bras" that fit the focus - and don't cover the lights - to also prevent damage from flying road debris? I saw some "clip-on" light covers, but I want something to cover the whole front and not cover up the lights as they are part of the "look" that attracted me to the focus.

    Dropped off my baby this morning for a 10,000 mile check up and to fix the back seat recall. They are also going to look into my brakes (squealing) and the peeling clear coat on my hood. Miss her already. :-)

    I'm really grateful to you and all the other ZX3 owners for giving me advice and heads up about my ZX3.

    Jessica
  • jnmartinjnmartin Posts: 36
    Does one get both the hood and fender kit AND the bumper kit? The installation difficulty has average to low ratings, does this mean that I can do it myself, or will I have to take it somewhere?

    thanks
    Jessica
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    I never purchased their product so I can't talk from my experience.
    I'm not planning on keeping my Focus for a long time.
    Anyway, I went to their site and it seems clear to me that the hood/fender and the bumper kits are two separate items that need to be purchased separately.
    Also their FAQ section says that the installation procedures are very simple and don't need any special skills. The kits come with all the instructions.
    I suggest you e-mail them just to be sure.
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  • Re: Mileage...that's my ONLY disappointment with my 2000 ZX3...I now have over 7,000 miles on it...did all the recalls with no hassles...and I still LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! But...I get only about 20 mpg / city, and about 28 mpg / highway (2 trips up 'n back to San Francisco).
    But, all in all, it's the BEST little car for the $$$$ I've ever had, and I still get stopped all the time, and asked where I got it, how much, how do I like it, etc.

    Greg Johnson
    Hollywood, CA
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