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Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 - Part XII

mznmzn Posts: 727
edited March 2014 in Ford
Part twelve, coming right up!

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  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025

    in your previous post you were mentioning an 'oil suction device' I can use to remove factory tranny oil.
    Have used one before?
    Where can I find it?
  • tognetertogneter Posts: 245
    Say...I've been admiring the wheels that come on th ZTS. Does anybody know where I can get them. I'm not decided, but I'm tempted. like them better than the ZX3's, and I know they'll be an easy fit.

    I tried all the auction places. Nothing. Suggestions?
  • bjammin2bjammin2 Posts: 42
    Togneter-when you haul things, do you flip the rear seat cushion up too?
  • tognetertogneter Posts: 245
    Yes, I always flip the cushion up unless I'm hauling something lightweight for a short distance. Seems like the hinges would be put under undue stress otherwise.
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    jw- thanks for the link .many happy miles. the
    zinker looks great! as you stated,it is amazing how inferior products win out. has more to do with marketing than any single influence.sad,but true.
  • silyboysilyboy Posts: 90
    here is a simple ? has anyone changed the speakers
    on their car yet?? if so how easy (or difficult)
    was it?! i am very interested in knowing!
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    You just missed a set on eBay, but I passed on them because they looked a bit scruffy in the photo. As I've mentioned, I bought a set of take-offs from someone on eBay and had the Tire Rack mount and balance a set of performance spec rubber -- but I was very tempted to switch to the ZTS wheel. You might want to try some of the local or online salvage yards, although wheels usually get bent in a collision. Maybe one of the larger Ford dealers on the 'net has some take-offs from a new car that was fitted with aftermarket wheels for a customer. It is also possible the Tire Rack has some take-offs; they do buy them sometimes.
  • I am counting 13 manual transmissions, but I may be wrong.
  • And, and since someone asked. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and am always looking for fellow ZX3 owners to meet with on some Saturday afternoon, especially if someone has a line on local Solo II autocross action

  • kdominczakkdominczak Posts: 174
    Speakers in Focus are much better quality than most stock speakers in cheap cars.
    If you want to upgrade you can fit 5"x7" in front and rear.
    My advice would be to replace the front speakers only, and use the component speakers (separate woofer,tweeter and outboard crossover).Systems like that can cost between $100 - $700 a pair, and can sound much better than only decent stock speakers.
    If you are replacing the speakers only, and you don't want to add a power amplifier, make sure that the speakers you will buy will be efficient (at least 91 dB).
    There is a lot of good speakers out there so shop around, internet can be very helpful.
    Good luck.
  • kdominczakkdominczak Posts: 174
    Replacement can be painful, specially the rear so if you are not very experienced, let the pro's handle it.
    And the most important, SPEAKERS GRILLS DON'T COME OFF!!!! So you must do a little surgery there and remove the door panels.
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    does anyone know who is the actual mfg.of the stock
    system? i am still impressed with the stock sound the z itself,it is a very well-balanced packaged.first car i have owned,where i have no desire to replace the speakers.listening to
    music on a daily basis has been a life-long passion
    of mine.ive found the stock speakers to be very natural-sounding,producing no listener fatigue.of
    course,selection of speakers is a very personal
    preference.the stock speakers to my ears are very
    neutral,adding very little coloration,if any to the music.bass response is very adequate for its size.
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    yo! brettzx3 - rain or shine, to live to breathe another day,a weekend never spoiled.this weekend outlook,looking very sunny indeed!enjoy!
  • loolalaloolala Posts: 19
    Loaded manual Silver Z. Took delivery in June. 2 days after that, the battery was dead (with 65 miles). I posted that incident here, but seems like I'm the only one with that problem. It just pass 1600 miles, and no other problems since.

    Treva: I live in the East Bay and I've seen just more than 10 Z's since it came out. I mainly drive up and down 880.
  • The factory headunit is manufactured by Visteon.
  • alfaromeoalfaromeo Posts: 210
    There is no more 'Civic hatch vs. Focus hatch' forum. I guess it's kind'a logical, what with Honda retiring its hatch from the market.
    Also, that column was getting sort of off topic I guess...
    Hope you guys are having fun with your new cars. Watch out for incompetent drivers - I've nearly been hit twice in two days in my new GTI. As a European, I continue to believe that American drivers lack basic driving skills. I know I'm not supposed to say that - it will cost me a lot of sympathy and it's not terribly 'PC', but nonetheless... after a year in the US... I'm starting to be convinced! Also, it seems that new shiny cars attract careless drivers like nothing else. (just today, a van nearly hit me while I was standing still waiting for a left turn light - I saw him in my mirror waving like an idiot at strike pickets outside ATT, and his van sverved right behind me at full speed. Fortunately, he realized his mistake at the last moment. There were also two police cars parked near by... but that did not seem to procure him any sense at all!
    Moron. I hope he hits a tree next time he pulls such a stunt... Ahhh... sorry guys... I just had to vent it...
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    Not only is the current Civic hatch a lame duck, but posting in that topic was something one did "at your own risk". The constant attacks on any non-Honda worshipper got very tiresome.
  • zgrrrlzgrrrl Posts: 147
    alfa - coming in here to pick on us now, eh? ;)
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    what do you mean there is no more Civ. vs. Foc. forum? Last time I checked it is still there.

    silver bullet,
    I must disagree with you. I'm not a Honda warshipper and nobody attacked me there. Those guys could be quite harsh, but so what?
    I'm not one that easily offended and enjoy a heated debate. I thought this is the purpose of the boards like this.
    I can be wrong, but in my opinion it makes the discussion alive.
    Constant "I'm so happy, this is the best car on the surface of the Earth" can become tiresome quite quickly.
  • zgrrrlzgrrrl Posts: 147
    This is going to be taken in the wrong way - but I don't MEAN it in a bad way ... really not trying to pick a fight BUT if you want "I'm so happy, this is the best car onthe surface of the Earth" - talk to Honda owners - they are just as smitten.

    And I don't think it's a lovefest 24/7 here at all. A lot of people use it to discuss and share the problems and the bugs. Far from perfect.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    "...really not trying to pick a fight."

    This is what I am talking about.
    Why do you call an intelligent(and unintelligent sometimes inbetween) argumentation a fight?
    There is no war going on. Nobody is gonna be declared a winner.
    For me it seems like a lot of people are afraid to post simply because they are afraid to offend somebody.
    I'm not advocating a name calling, but c'mon.
    And alfaromeo,
    yes, american drivers are bad drivers.
    just say it as it is. Please,don't try to apologize in advance. If you offend somebody by this, hey everybody is different and have their own opinion and freedom to express them.
  • alfaromeoalfaromeo Posts: 210
    I think it's fine to be excited about a car - especially a new model like the zx3. I also agree that the tone in 'the other forum' was not always pleasant. Personally, I think Honda are fine cars, - especially the Honda hatch WHEN PROPERLY EQUIPPED! - the stripped down version which Honda has marketed in the US lately does not get my pulse up at all. Such a car only contributes to the 'hatch is cheap' concept. The ZX3 on the other hand, offers a lot of equipment at a very competitive price. I know, I test drove two of 'em. There ARE a few small details which I really disliked, like the shift signal light and I think the car deserves a better finish inside. But let's face it: there aren't that many cars around as cool as the ZX3. Personally, I think the ZX3 looks great in black!
  • mrbrookmrbrook Posts: 4
    Add my ZX3 to your manual column. It must be awfully boring to drive, or should I say "steer", the automatic. However, I can see the advantages of the auto in stop-and-go traffic.

    9000+ miles on my Focus since taking delivery just after New Year's Day. Running flawlessly. My only complaint is with various fit/finish problems, such as a poorly adhered black strip on the rear hatch, which was replaced under warranty. The part actually arrived within a week.

    I still have seen relatively few ZX3's in the Longmont/Boulder Colorado area. I don't quite understand why, because it's a wonderful car. Maybe the dealers just can't get them from the factory.

  • tognetertogneter Posts: 245
    I left the Honda/ZX3 forum long ago. Like vadp, I enjoy heated and intelligent debate. As you'll remember, vadp, I brought this up with carlady during the infamous DRL battle of 2000 =].

    My problem with that forum was that it lacked the key ingredient of being intelligent. There were one or two posters who 1) felt it their responsibility to respond to EVERYTHING, 2) never conceded ANYTHING, no matter how well the opposing point was made, and 3) made unsupportable statements and got mad when you pointed out the flaw in their logic.

    So I just left. Wasn't worth it.
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    I concede your point about lively discussions, but I think the heavy-handedness exhibited in the other forum discouraged much participation - I think some people just got tired of the tone and decided it wasn't worth it to post there.

    As for this forum being a "love-fest", far from it. I think folks here are pretty blunt with their comments and criticisms - as it should be. I still feel this forum offers a prospective buyer tons of useful feedback, as well as helpful advice to those who took the plunge and bought a Z.
  • brettzx3brettzx3 Posts: 28
    Stanky73 (Joe) I received your contribution, but it wasn't necessary! What's a buck between fellow foci owners??? But, thanks for the thought, it was appreciated.

    Ok, now everyone stop picking on the automatics. Nobody has poked fun at the 5 speeds. We all have our personal preferences, and that doesn't make them wrong, stupid or boring. We buy what we want. Aren't we all on the same team??
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    O, how could I forget it! :)
    That battle was of the truly epic proportions.
    No casualties though.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    Now I'm 100% agree with you.

    I'm here 'cause I like this board.
    My point was that it doesn't have to be 'sterile' in order to be fun, useful and pleasant place to discuss good and bad experiences.
    And all of us have different backgrounds and understandings of what is appropriate and tollerable.
    BTW at the "the other forum" I saw some less than intelligent postings from the ZX3 side too.
    I think that those other forum guys don't tolerate subjective feelings too much and need to be nailed with facts and links to prove them to change their opinions. And I respect that.
    They simply don't accept have trues, hard to prove facts or unproven records.
    And the Focus is too new to argue about relibility(a big selling point for the Civic)
  • tognetertogneter Posts: 245
    Hey SB, how much did those go for?
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