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I have noticed that when I engage the clutch, the tachometer does not move. It's as if the clutch is not engaged.
Any answers from anyone. Is is suppose to do this?
And to mp10: you folks are too cool! Are both of your Foci the same color (you mentioned only the Sangria)?
1) Don't expect to get great gas mileage until after about 2000 miles. I barely got 30 on the highway and about 20 in the city during that period.
2) Expect great gas mileage afterwards. Here are some observations:
At a steady 55 on the Natchez Trace, I averaged 41 mpg.
At a steady 65 on rural highways, I averaged 38 mpg.
At a steady 70 on the interstate, I averaged 37 mpg.
At a steady 80 on the interstate, I averaged 34 mpg.
Depending on the city variables, I have gotten anywhere from 29-33 mpg. I still managed to get 33 driving in downtown Nashville last night, with an average speed of about 10 mph.
My favorite place to drive is at 3000 rpms, or at 120 kph. At 3000 rpms, the car is right below it's torque peak, and right above it's maximum economy peak. The engine is barely noticable here.
I've got 1500 miles on her. Sangria Red. Pretty color.
My only complaints about the car are the window crank handles being too low for me and I can't get into a comfortable driving position. If I sit back far enough for my leg to be comfortable, I can't reach the steering wheel. Wish they had the options available when I got the car. I asked the dealer if the car could be retrofitted with the telescoping wheel. Off the top of his head he said it would probably cost $3,000!! I would like to have electric windows, but guess the aftermarket price would be too steep.
For that reason, I've hidden norwaydoug's post above. Norwaydoug, can you repost with a link to
the article in The Star? If you aren't able to do so, I'll need to scribble the post in a few days. I appreciate the extra effort that will take. Thanks!
Took my watch to the dealers to show them the watch. They knew nothing about it.
Continue to receive compliments with folks seeing it for the first time saying,"Wow!" :>)
They must be wondering what a 53 year old is doing with a car like this. Hey! I'm a baby boomer, what can I tell you.
I never had experience with a moon type roof. I'm wondering if they are noisy when open , can you hear a conversation / radio or is it like when you drive with a window wide open. Do they leak rain? Are they a potential security problem? Do they mess your hair when driving?
I noticed that the Focus is slow to cool using just the fresh air vent and don't really like driving with the window down because of the whoosh noise. Does the sun beat down on you heating the inside of the car and your head? Thinking of adding a hole in the roof. Any feedback folks?
Does anyone know of a quicker way to follow progress of an order?
Here in NY...it cost about $120.00
(My ZX-3 is in the shop for the past 6 days waiting on ABS parts....previously in the shop for 6 weeks waiting on parts due to an accident)
i have a sunroof in my focus. it is a power sliding sunroof made by hollandia, one of the top sunroof manufacturers. here are my opinions on your ??s--
>noisy when open?? it is like having a window open pretty much. the amount of noise also varies on how far it is open. it is a little harder to hear radio/conversation but the fresh air is worth it.
>Do they leak rain? no. if they are installed properly they will not leak rain or in the car wash. most installers will have a lifetime guarantee on the install so if it would leak by chance it is their job to fix it.
>Are they a potential security problem? not any more of a security problem as the other 6-8 windows already on the vehicle. if they want to get in they will. mine has an ignition autoclose feature which when the key is removed from the ignition will automatically close it unless i override it
>Do they mess your hair when driving? i can not tell u exactly since i have short hair, but it would be compare able i htink to having the window open. if not mess it up less since direction of wind is different. again it depends on how far it is open.
>Does the sun beat down on you heating the
inside of the car and your head? when open all of the sun comes through to shine on you, when closed the class is tinted so it cuts down the amount of light available. also on some models (like mine) you have a sliding sunshade which will completly block all the light and it looks like the headline of the car.
hope this helps!! i think it is a worthwile investment if you love to have the sun and wind in the car....
Has anybody else noticed that Ford's color chips look nothing like the actaul color? I bought an RF green Focus and I dont think it looks anything like the chip, it looks better. I know that the orange doesnt look like it either, and as for Malibu Blue, I think that color looks really bas as soon as it gets a tiny bit dirty, It just doesnt look right. I have been waiting for mine 5 weeks now and I wish the damn thing would come in. I have no options, I didnt want a/c or any of that power junk, mine is a 5-speed so I think I should get it soon
What good is having it if it is broken anyway?
As for re-sale values--I plan to keep this car till death, so unless the scrap yard cares, I dont!
Drebe73, 3 months, man I don't know how you have kept the calm, but hang in there.
When the technicians at the ford dealership reassembled the bearing in the rear wheel they found that the abs light remained on. I believe it a 'ABS sensor thingie' issue.
They replaced the bearing as a result of the fender bender in the parking lot. It is not a manufacturing flaw.
I actually called Ford Customer Service Friday nite and explained my further woes regarding my car. They faxed a letter to my ford dealership. I feel that I have been inconvienced enough and that the ford dealership should go to extraordinary measures to repair my car immediately.
I am going to call the ford dealership tomorrow to get an update. IMHO, I should be a top priority to them to get me back on the road. 1 week in a bald-tired, abused, stinky (+ I am talking really stinky) escort really motivates me to be a 'Tough Talker' to the dealer.
Thanks MP for your inquiry. CD Silver was actually my top choice, but had to settle for sangria red. I have grown to like it a lot.
I will update the group with my story of woe tomorrow.
So, if it won't take 3 months (sorry for the very pathetic joke at your expenses, NorwayDoug and Drebe -- I really am on your side always!), get it fixed.
Oh, and silyboy, why is your sunroof as noisy as having the window open? It shouldn't be. That's part of the beauty of the sunroof. You can have open air and not have to turn the stereo up to 10 to hear it! And, as someone with hair that is about 24" long, I can say quite honestly that it doesn't mess with the hair unless you have the windows open as well.