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  • njzx3njzx3 Posts: 170
    so this is where everyone is posting now... been a long time, how goes it everyone?!
  • njzx3njzx3 Posts: 170
    Hey everyone, some of you may remember from a ways back, but for those of you who dont... I bought my Twilight Blue, Fully Loaded Z just over a year ago now and to this day I love it to death. I havent had any problems with it (except for the MAF Sensor crappin out a week after i got the car... but that was an easy fix... the dealer experience is another story...) When I first bought my Z, I had a lot of "dreams" i guess you could call them, about doing some aftermarket work to my baby... well, I'm well on my since that time... this is what I've added and or bought and have yet to install:

    -Kenwood CD/MP3 Headunit
    -Dual Fusion Encounter 10" Subs
    -Power Acoustic Gothic 540watt Amp

    -Window Tint
    -->Accent strip on windshield
    -->3 Rear windows
    -Clear Side Markers
    -Xenon Full Facia ground effects kit (to be installed)

    -Borla Catback Exhaust System (to be installed)
    -Ice-Man Cold Air Intake (to be installed)
    -Progress Sport Springs (1.8" Drop) (to be installed)

    WHEELS/TIRES: -Primax 618 17x7 wheels
    -Falken FK-04-GRB 204x40x17 Tires
    -Chrome Locking Lugs
    -->3 of one pattern 1 different per wheel

    all the work should be completed within the next few weeks... the springs, intake and exhaust won't be a problem... the body kit hasnt been painted yet, im still looking for a good body shop to do it for me...

    anyways, glad to see that you all are all still around and enjoying your Z's as much s I am!! and welcome to those of you I dont know...

  • For the past 12 years I have used economy cars to commute 40 miles each way to work. I had 2 used colts and then in 1996 I bought a new 1995 aspire. It was the last on the lot and with a $600 rebate I paid $6900 for it. Aside from replacing the center exhaust pipe, it only required routine maintenance. I just sold it 3 days ago for $1700. Let me add that I am 6'5 and 230 pounds. With the seat reclined back 1 notch, my head just cleared the roof even though the aspire has more leg and head room than many larger cars. My new ZX3 has more than 4 inches of head clearance! It has an outstanding amount of cabin space.
    My ZX3 was the last on the lot. I bought it 10-19-01. It is black with power and premium groups. Since I got the 0% financing for 5 years, they wouldn't go below invoice but I feel I got a good deal. It drives like a sports car. Of course going from an aspire (hey I liked it !) to a focus doubled my hp too but I really notice the difference in comfort now. The only regret I
    have is losing the 42 mpg that the aspire delivered. I think I am averaging 28-30 with the focus so far. Will keep you posted !
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hey you guys don't have an events area or I would have posted it there :)

    Just wanted to invite you guys to join the Tri-state group of Subarus from to join us for a Drive-a-thon. We are driving 48hrs, 1200miles from NYC->Newark, DE->Philadelphia->Pittsburg->Buffalo->Rochester->Albany->Nyack, NY on a weekend in January to raise money for the WTC relief fund. Details are at or e-mail me for details.


  • fgaydosfgaydos Posts: 319
    I feel there is too much money being raised and it is not being accounted for properly. Did you know the head of the Red Cross gets $400,000.00 a year?
    Not many realize it is a for profit company.
    Besides, there are Millions already out there and the folks involved cannot get it.
    Then there is the lady sueing the goverment because she thinks 3 million is not enough!?
    It is way out of control.
    When my parents died no one offered me money. Stuff happens, deal with it.
  • jazx3jazx3 Posts: 3
    I purchased my Sangria Red ZX3 in June 2000 (mfr May 2000): dark charcoal seats, manual, ABS, side impact airbags, speed control/tilt steering, AC & power windows/mirrors. The odometer currently reads over 56,800 km (35,500 m).

    I moved to this vehicle after leasing an Olds Aurora (3 years) and owning a Buick Century (14.5 years). I got the full Ziebart protection with 50% window tint and intend to keep the car for at least another 12-15 years.

    I averaged 36 mpg on a trip to Florida last year; upshifting early and not trying to always win an Indy race does it. However, I like speeding up and merging at cars speed on entering highways and find the ZX3 is only slower than the Aurora (with its V-8) by a few tenths of second.

    While the Aurora had an unnerving tendency to sway sideways over bumps, the focus just glides over them, isn't as plush but has almost the same seating space, more headroom, more practical space, and is more than 3 feet shorter.

    I had all the recalls done and get it serviced every 5000 km. The car is wonderful and the 4 season tires have a good grip in snow although I may consider moving to Michelin Pilot XGT H4 at some point. I have driven front-wheel drive cars for over 33 years (3 of which on sandy African roads) only with 4-season tires with very little problems.

    It does not compare to the smooth and road holding capability of the Citroën ID I once had but I have never encountered one that did anyway.

    Good to connect and I will be pleased to exchange on tips and ideas.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    The Ford Focus ZX3 club has been edited to include all owners of Ford Focus.

    Hello and welcome new members!

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  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    Last week, Edmunds rolled out new pricing pages. Along with this is a new "consumer ratings & reviews". This functionality lives in the "consumer opinions" area of the new vehicle detail page, and allows users to rate a vehicle on a number of different criteria (1 to 10 scale), as well as add his/her own free-form comments.

    If you have some time, we would really appreciate Town Hall members writing a review of their current auto, or a favorite make/model. It takes approximately a week for your review to appear on that make/model.

    If you have any questions, please let me know!


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  • Hi there! I'm the proud owner of a 2002 Liquid Grey (love that color) Focus ZX3 in the Pacific NW. My older car was a '88 volkswagen fox so the mileage is worse but the upgrade was worth it. I've gotten several thumbs up on the car (which never happened in the VW, wonder why?) and the 4 passenger test passed with flying colors. I still haven't taken the engine above 5000 RPM yet as I only have 2200 miles on it but the engine seems to want to :) Happy motoring!

  • (I'm new here, and first posted this to Wagons/Newcomers. Hope it's OK to post here, too!).

    My name is Nancy and I live in Southern California, in the foothill area north of
    Glendale and west of Pasadena . This looks like a great group to hang out with!

    On Tuesday, October 22, 2002 I became the proud owner of a new 2002 Ford Focus
    ZTW Wagon. My 2000 Explorer was coming off lease on the 26th, and I wanted to
    downsize so the Focus wagon seemed perfect.

    So far, I *love* it! It's the Sangria Red (my first red car!) with gray leather. It's pretty
    loaded; about all it doesn't have is a sunroof and the "Advance Track" traction
    control system.

    Want to hear something funny? For the last two-three weeks, my boyfriend and I
    have been independently searching the 'net, reading reviews, checking prices, etc.
    as we each tried to decide what to buy. I was replacing my Explorer, and he was
    replacing a 1995 Escort Wagon that was beginning to have one problem after
    another (at 128k, that's probably not surprising).

    Anyway, we *both* narrowed it down to one car: the 2002 Focus ZTW Wagon! He
    bought his on Saturday, and it's the Twilight Blue. Other than color, both cars are
    identically equipped. We both got our respective Focii (sp?) for just under 20k,
    including the alarm system. We feel it's a *very* nice car for the money.
    Comfortable, solid, holds the road like a pro, adequate get-up-and-go, and looks
    good to boot (in our opinion, anyway ;-) As far as reliability, time will tell. We figure
    after two years most of the bugs should be ironed out, and if not, we have the
    warranty to take care of any problems that might arise.

    I can't wait to take a picture of them (and us) side-by-side :-)

  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,744
    we had four cars. A coupe, a sedan, a jeep and a B-2500 pickup. I sold the coupe and then traded the sedan in on a PT Cruiser. My wife felt a bit left out and wasn't all that fond of driving the truck. So I went down and traded in the truck for a Blue ZTS and put a red ribbon on it and parked it in our driveway. Needless enough to say she is delighted. She loves the deep blue and more than likely doesn't know a ZTS from the man in the moon. I am lucky that she has been driving a stick pretty much steady for the last few years. I like the sound system, the handling and the way it shifts, once I get used to pulling up to get it into reverse. I was surprised that I would like the Focus and it won out over the P-5, with help from a friendly dealer. I guess we are a member of the club and I am sure we will enjoy it. I have to admit the magiznes were right, it is a blast to drive in the mountains.
  • flasvtflasvt Posts: 64
    Hi, I am Simon from Miami Beach, Florida. Last Saturday I traded in my liquid gray 2002 ZTW for a pitch black 2003 5-door SVT. The ZTW played a big roll in my decision since it was such a remarkable handler and reliable car. I just wanted (needed?) more power and a stick shift. The test drive was pretty convincing too.
    I was a little annoyed that I had to buy a car with the winter package in Miami, but the deal was good enough to dissipate this sole spot in an otherwise great little rocket. Bottom line, after a year and two Foci I am still very much in love with this car.
    As for SVTs, this is my second one. My first one was an SVT Contour, a whole different beast. Lets just say I really like SVTs.
  • nickpsnickps Posts: 18
    Hi, i recently purchased a Focus in November 2004. I love the car to death. It's surprisingly solid. I got it with leather, heated seats, heated side mirrors, auto trans, remote stereo controls, and a six cd changer. The car has just about every option. It is sporty but sort of luxury at the same time. My sticker price was 18,525 or so. I ended up paying 15,500. I couldn't be happier with it. This car is like my baby. It handles great with its Perelli tires that came with it. I got it in cd silver metallic. Its got a grey interior. This car was the best thing i have ever did. It is very peppy. This is by far one of the best cars Ford has ever built. I have just about 6,000 miles on it now. I clean it very often about every weekend. I wax it monthly during the winter because the salt used on the roads eats away at the wax. This car is my pride and joy. I never thought i could like a car this much that didn't burn a hole in my pocket. The reason why i bought this car is because it reminded me of my 1998 Mercury Mystique GS SPREE. These cars are my two favorite out of all the cars i have ever owned.
  • I've always had at least one light weight four-cylinder manual transmission car in the family. This 2005 Focus ST is my latest addition. So far I'm very pleased. It currently has about 25,000 miles.

    The ST is not tuned or geared for all-out fuel economy but still is reliably delivering 30 mpg at west of the Mississippi Interstate speeds (70 mph+). I'd guess that the 2.0 liter will do better and even the new 2007 ST appears to have some changes to rate better fuel economy than the 2005. No complaints though. I've never had a more flexible four-banger. The usable torque band for acceleration is wide and deep. The ST feels sportier than a lot of sports cars I've driven. The clutch is easy. The shift throws are short and well-defined with decent feel. The ST has very direct steering and a controlled, compliant ride. An occasional stretch of road with just the wrong expansion joint interval betrays the short wheel base and light weight, but on most surfaces the ride is smooth and the handling tight.

    Since I started in Volkswagens, the upright seating position feels just right, and is comfortable and commanding.

    The interior you touch is very good, with comfortable leather seats, leather-wrapped wheel and leather gear shift knob. Even the door handle is nicely sculpted and backed with perforated suede to match the seat inserts. What you see of the interior betrays more of the economy car origins, but is functional if somewhat plain. I personally liked the original interior better than the 2005 update. My least favorite feature of the interior is the too-small rectangular vents. My favorite feature is the door, with well-placed arm rests and door grab handles, a very functional door pocket with an extra drink holder, and high-quality feeling switch gear for the windows and locks. It looks good and works well in practice.

    I'd like more sound dampening material in the trunk and underbody to reduce road noise. The sweet exhaust note can stay.

    We also have a 2002 Mercury Cougar 2.3 liter 5-speed manual. The family resemblance is noticable. I hope the ST will have the same reliability as the Cougar (now approaching 77,000 trouble-free miles). The Cougar's interior is more upscale, with the exception of the seats. The Focus has far better shaped seats, with the only sorely missed feature being no lumbar support adjustment.

    I'll keep you up to date on the ST's reliability and fuel economy. So far, it is a gem with a very sporty personality disguised as an economy car.
  • gerry100gerry100 Posts: 100
    I'd like to get my recent college grad daughter a reliable, economical used car to last her at least 4 years (60-70 miles) without excessive maintenance costs.

    I'm also a bargain hunter. The usual suspects , Honda Civic Toyota Corrola etc are all proven choices but the asking prices tend to offset any advantages ( real or percieved).

    My feeling is that the advantages in reliability and quality between a Focus and a Civic/Corrolla etc are mostly percieved.

    This leads me to believe that Civics and Toyotas are over priced in the used car market and that Foci are probably underpriced, and therefore a potential good buy.

    I've also done a lot of car research on this and other websites and realize they tend towards the negative as a significant majority of people post to research,complain or vent about a problem.

    So I'm here asking for objective inputs from the group.

    Thanks in advance.
  • How about keeping us posted on the 2002 Mercury Cougar and the Volkswagen, also? I'm researching for my first car and would like to know the pros and cons of each brand.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    The Focus was rated by a consumer mag as the best car to buy used for your college student. Not only is it above average in reliability, it is Fun to drive PLUS it has one of the highest rates of depreciation, accordingly they are readily available at descent prices.

    Go for an 05 or newer. They have the Mazda designed 2.0L engine. You may even find a 2.3L with PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle)

    IF you get a Certified Focus from a Ford dealer, you also get a warranty up to 75,000 miles on toe odometer or 6 years from the in service date. Plus to be certified, the car has to have a clean title history, 50% on brakes and 50% on tires at least or new and freash oil/filter.

    Certified cars can also be financed at new car rates.

  • i have a ford focus and have read lots about focus'. they are the worst car and i dont know how people say it is reliable. i have had so many major and expensive problems with the focus and have gotten NO help from ford. i wil never buy or even let someone give me a focus. i have had the same problem over and over and taken it to the dealer and they cant find what is wrong and just keep guessing at the problem at my expense. and there are problems with the focus that ford knows about, but wont fix even if you have all the symptoms that its about to break but not totally yet.I WOULD NOT GET A FOCUS UNLESS YOU ARE RICHAND CAN CONTINUALLY PUT TONS OF MONEY INTO REPAIRS AND BE WITH OUT A CAR FOR LONG PERIODS AT A TIME.
  • jschmidt05, every manufacturer can have a bad dealer or an individual lemon vehicle. Your post would be more useful to others if you would share the specifics of your problem (transmission etc.). Right off the bat I'd suggest trying another dealer and talking with a regional Ford representative . Anecdotes are not a perfect substitute for statistically significant surveys. The Ford Focus does well in such surveys for reliability and owner satisfaction. It sounds like Ford could and should be doing a better job in addressing your specific issues, but it's a jump to assume that the same is true for any Focus or all Ford dealers. If you share the specific issue or symptoms, the forum may be able to help diagnose the issue.
  • zxwzxw Posts: 10
    have had 3 Focus wagons, nary a problem ... best car ever ... or as one of our previous posters seems prone to caps, I should say "EVAH" !

    'nuff said.

    ZXW Robb
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