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  • 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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