Ford Focus ZX3 Hatchback - Part IV
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We need to make a chat room out of this Forum.
Maybe some day we'll have Edmunds ZX3 Forum national conventions, heck International conventions. It's gunna be HUGE, MAN, HUGE !!!!
Hopefully this will convince Ford that we are worthy of the 4 door hatch. I would call it ZX5. Just a thought.
If you don't want to use the armrest, raise it up!
It sure would be nice on long trips. I'm pretty sure that the consoles are one piece and it either has the armrest or doesn't. It isn't one console with a bolt on armrest.
But it didn't work yesterday so I hid it.
I don't think that those numbers are really that far off. I think the people in here are just a vocal minority. People seem to like the hatchback, but I've seen a LOT more sedans on the road. North Americans generally aren't as fond of the hatchbacks.
About the ARM REST. Thought that somebody posted that the sedan arm rest would fit ZX3. Would have to go back and search it out to know for sure.
DOOR SILL protectors. Thought I saw them on one of the Auto Part Store sites while I was looking for a Focus Bug Deflector. Anybody find a Focus Bug Deflector.
ZX3BRI: No, I got mine in Olean, New York. (No where near NYC, that place is about 7 hours away at 65+mph.) You must have been thinking of somebody else, or there's another Pat which is possible.
(Okay carlady (mzn), I used the spell check.)
sedan to the hatchback ratio is like 20:1, so it seems like ford's estimates are on target. However, this group is the most vocal judging by the number of postings.
I'm beginning to wish that the car had slightly stiffer springs - It bounces too much over road undulations. Also feel like the speakers could sound better - they are not very clear at very low or very high volume levels.
Another wish is to reduce interior sound - my commute has become an hour long lately, and it would help if the drone was more muted. Has anyone here tried to use Dynamat? Any comments about it?
I was asking for an aftermarket armrest for a ZX3.
Mine is automatic.
By the way, the armrest is an option in the wagon but not in the hatchback.
I just came back from a trip to Germany where I saw quite a lot of 5 door hatchback Focus. European like hatchback, American don't.
I also notice that all Focus had headrests on the back seats. US-made Focus don't. They must have saved a little money there.
I also spoke to the parts manager at the ford dealership and he was extremely apologitic.
Most important, the district manager offered me free extended warranty on my car so that it now has 5 year, 70,000 miles bumper to bumper warranty. They will also pay any additional rental car charges beginning on Monday. This peace offering was nice, but I remind all, that I would have rather have had my car back 2-3 weeks ago.
The moral of this story is to be vocal about your opinions. I always remained calm (as best as I could) and was not shy in telling Ford what I thought Lexus (or Saturn) would do under the same circumstances. I said Ford should try their hardest to keep me as their customer because I fit the demographic that any automaker would kill to get!
So drive your zx-3s carefully. I hope no one has to be annoyed and disappointed these last few weeks with Ford as I have been.
norwaydoug- sorry to hear about the parts problem. but at least u now have another 2 yr. of warranty without having to pay for it!
An just real happy to hear that they contacted you and made peace offerings. At least they are listening and maybe learning. Hoping you get back on the road with your Focus real soon. It pays to be patient and calm in these situations.
Arm Rest: If you go back thru postings in forum I believe you will find a post that says you can order the arm rest thru Ford and that it will fit the ZX3. Haven't seen a after market non-Ford arm rest anywhere yet. I've been thinking about ordering one also, but first thing is a good coat of quality polish to make my Malibu Blue ZX3 paint job look really deep. The snow, salt and sand is not making me a happy camper, but it will go away soon enough.
BTW: I am happy I do not have an armrest. I thought the one in the ZTS Sedan looked flimsy and definitely gets in the way of shifting gears.
Our zetec ZX-3s are all about simplicity. I'll wait and get a 'loaded' model when the high performance version comes out in 2001.
Thanks again for all the kind words. I have said all I can regarding the slow repair of my Focus. I'll let everyone know when my car comes back and my review of their repair. (Better be good!).
Have a good week end. That console really made me laugh.
The rear driver side suspension feels weaker and less controlled. I noticed this about 3 weeks ago. There is more body motion. It does not feel as planted and taut cornering right has It does when I corner left. I have heard of springs compressing which can make the car a little lower on one side. Does anyone have any suggestions?? I scheduled an appointment with the dealership to check the springs and shocks.
I did not buy the car from the dealer I am taking it to. I hope this want complicate things WHEN they fix this. I have a feeling they're not going to find any problem. You know how it goes...
Ford doesn't make parts. It's all contracted out. Getting parts from the vender is a slow process (a week minimum) and the dealers nor Ford has much control over them (there really isn't a lot of companies that make auto parts).
I ordered my ZX3 in mid December and it looks like I might get it at the end of this month.
They also announced a spring sale. Buy a new Focus and get 6 months of gas free. With the price of gas at almost $1.50, that should get some attention. I don't know if that sale is just in the St Louis area or if that is a national sale.
Funny thing, on the way home I stopped at a burger drive through and the young girl said, "what a nice car!" and when I went through the car wash the guy taking the money also complimented the car and said they were talking about it last week when I went through. Wow!
I personally love the fact that I can slide easily into and out of our car. You don't have to use a lot of energy to get into or out of it. I love that, being that I am 6'3".
It appears that a lot of people in California are choosing the 4 door over the ZX3, I haven't seen anyone else on the road yet. First roadtrip on the 17th, off to Lake Tahoe for the weekend! Anyone know what kind of snow chain/cables to use??
Thanks and enjoy, see you on the road!
The Goodyear Eagle RS-A should do just fine. They have a Mud/Snow designation and really amazed me in some of the snow storms we've had here in upstate New York. Just remember that they are not a ICE tire. I've found the ZX3 handling to be so good that it would be easy to overdrive it under those conditions. I did see cables on one of the after market sites, but can't remember which one it was. Don't know about the regulations you run into on passes and mountains out there, but have heard that you are required to have them under certain conditions. If you have to have them, check with a dealer in that area that is familiar with regulations and he should be able to set you up with the right ones. If you need them make sure their tight and you have proper clearance so they don't damage anything.
Next winter I WILL have good ice/snow tires on my ZX3. Their just that much better and safer.
Furthermore, has anyone had any suspension problems at all. Springs or Shocks?
Focus ZX3 - $15,715
automatic - 924
comfort group - 504
power group - 504
w/pwr doorlocks - 225
ABS - 655
air conditioning - 924
excise tax - 100
delivery - 700
dealer commission - 200
total cost b4 taxes: $20,451
The price is basically $200 over dealer invoice. I ordered the car on February 7, and I expect to get my greedy little hands on my twilight-blue hatchling near the end of May....
And for you armrest fanatics out there: the dealer assures me that he can install the center console/armrest in my ZX3 when it arrives, though I never inquired about the cost.
Who did you complain to, to get them to give you the extended warranty? I think I deserve something for my grief and was wondering what you did exactly. I would like to get maybe a lowjack or alarm system for free from them. I already bought the extended warranty. So if I could get something I'd feel a little better about this whole situation. Feel free to e-mail me.
Also even quieter ride!!!
Some folks are recommending Pirelli p6000 or
Yokohama AVS Intermediate series.
If we get a P195/60R as a factory tires what size of tires could we use as a replacement without buying new rims?
Focus owners if you did it tell us more ,what improvements did you get ,what type and brand of tires have you bought (how much)?
From reading all the reviews on the ZX3 I am thoroughly interested in buying one. I've had automatics all my life and now want some more fun and want a Manual ZX3. Since this is my first manual, I just want to know what owners think of the manual shifter...ie is it crisp and what's the throw length like? Thanks!
So far I have about 7500 mostly highway miles at 75+mph on my car. The things I have noticed are
1) There is a small squeak coming from somewhere.. 2) The suspension is quite supple now, it was firm when new.
3) It may be my imagination, but the body seems to quiver more while hitting some kinds of bumps at higher speeds.
Overall, it is still quite good, almost like now.
Norway, congrats on getting closer to getting your car back.
Projectzx3, please post some pictures of the car - before and after having your aero kit installed - it would be great if you could take some pictures of how you/the install shop went about doing it.. it would be great tips for the other wannabe kit installers.