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Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 - Part XIV



  • zgrrrlzgrrrl Posts: 147
    fastest I've driven 85.

    You're just a ray of sunshine.
  • minizx3minizx3 Posts: 32
    I now it's not safe but I've driven my baby as fast as 85. Very smooth. I think the car has good handling and pick up at higher speeds. That's just me. I drive everyday on the Garden State Parkway in NJ and to go any less than 70 is a crime to other motorists.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    A while ago you reported lots of problems with your brakes.
    How are the things going now?
    My front brakes are holding up quite well. (no warping or strange noises after 9000 miles).
    The rear ones started to squeal after I hit the 6000 mile mark. The dealer changed the brake shoes.
    It helped, but just for 1000 miles. Now it squeals even worse than the original set.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    New Mondeo screensaver

    It does look very sexy

    Unfortunately Ford decided not to bring it to the US shores. But anything is possible.
    European design school produces truly outstanding looking cars. Too bad that reliability is still trailing the Japanese standards.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    It seems that Honda uses this grade for its '01
    Civic too.
    With the high volume models like the Focus and the
    Civic the 5w20 grade should become wildly available pretty soon.
  • zgrrrlzgrrrl Posts: 147
    Well, they seem to be fine for now. The front brakes rarely squeak but I fully expect warped rotors in the next 3,000 miles ( which is about the next month/month and a half for me)...We'll see.

    Not much noise from the rear brakes, altho I parallel park almost every nite and when I back up I notice a CLUNK noise when I this a bearing issue?
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    No, unless it's really loose and the wheel is ready to come off.
    Which is easy to check by rocking the wheels side to side.
    The drivetrain in general is notorious for making clunking noises.
  • zx3beastzx3beast Posts: 661
    done. pick-up saturday.
  • Tuesday 4pm in and done by 7pm - we hope!

    They don't have anything on the front windshild/door pillar fix yet. The only thing they know is what they read in paper. Oh well.

    Silver bullet: got it.

    Drebe73: did you find what you needed.

  • From what I have found on the web about the 3-M stuff, it isn't suppose to. Should be real good for the "love bugs" down there. But watch it closely as their acid does a job on even good paints. I posted a address for it quite a while back on the focus aftermarket/accessories town hall conference. Sounds like a real good product, but very pricey.

  • silyboysilyboy Posts: 90
    i have now had my focus in 7 times for a problem i have been having- the allignment. the car has not held the steering wheel centered.... in the state of WI after 4 tries you can try the "lemon law" route.

    Here are my ?s-

    1.) do i claim it a lemon and have it replaced...

    2.) has anyone else had to deal with Ford's "Dispute Settlement Board"? what was the outcome? experience? etc... it is worth it basically?

    i would love to hear some info from other who have had problems. feel free to e-mail me or for benefit of all post here. i LOVE my car and i do believe this is the best car in this price range feature for feature.... but this gets frustrating.between this and 3 of the 4 recalls i have seen enough of the service dept.
  • fritz1224fritz1224 Posts: 398
    Sorry about all the woes you Focii owners are going through. Maybe just an aberation, but I doubt it. Ford has been manufacturing crap for a long time. Sometimes they come out with a good product, but the majority of times, NOT. Had a 90 Sable with just 70k miles, 3.8l engine and guess what, blown head gasket. Just lucky the POS transmission they put in those cars didn't go first.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    I would suggest you to e-mail Kevin Kulig
    at [email protected] with the request of his Lemon Law article.(He will want to know what version of the word processor you're using).
    He had some experiences using the Wisconsin Lemon Law against Chrysler.
    He will e-mail you back the copy of that article.
    Good Luck and please keep us posted.
  • Wow, must be conservitives in here... 80mph is the average speed in the fast lane, and sometimes 85. I got up to 80 when I test drove the ZX3! (when I test drive, I TEST the drive!) and it was very nice and smooth, felt like you were going 65.

    Find some 1 lane straight road somewhere and break 100 people!
  • pd01pd01 Posts: 25
    I'm not sure where I heard it but it surprised me. But I'm not sure if it is true, please help me his up. Okay, I heard that the front seats of the ZX3 can't be folded down for easy entrance to the back seats. Is that true? If it is, is hard to get in and out from the back seats. I've driven the 4-door SE but I would rather have a ZX3 but I haven't tried it yet. Please help. This may make or break my decision. Oh, and I wasn't if you could get power windows.

  • Not true. You slide front seat forward and fold seat back forward. Lots of room.

    The thing is that Ford had a one step EZ in/out seat available on the Escort and Festiva a couple of years back and they did not adapt it to the Focus. Must be they forgot about it, or the pencil pushers said it was cheaper for us to do it ourselves.

  • pd01pd01 Posts: 25
    thanks pcleveland2, but thats both seats right? not just one side correct? I don't know I'm getting really confused. I just read a review form and it said it didn't do that.
  • drebe73drebe73 Posts: 243
    I drove to Orlando from West Palm Beach once with my Z on Florida's Turnpike and I caught myself doing 100mph. I normaly do about 75-80 mph on the turnpike the limit it 70mph. My Z felt so smooth that I didn't notice that I was doing 100, once I realized it, I quickly dropped my speed. The only thing that I found was that the plastic "box", behind the grill near the fog lights that channels the air to the engine, came apart, it is basicly four flaps that tab together ("tab A into slot B") and the air pressure forced it apart. Someone a while back suggested that i drill small holes and screw them together with some hardware. It is a good idea but I haven't done it.

    I have a question that will require inspection of your car if someone will please answer for me. It is in regard to the "felt" lining in the rear wheel wells. I notice that the "felt" in the passenger side well of my Z is pulling away from the fender. Now when my car was being repaired from the accident, the body shop removed the plastic skirts from the side panels. I noticed on the other side of my car that the "felt" attaches to the plastic skirt on the sides. Follow me so far? Now there are these holes in the plastic piece attached to the "felt" and there is a similar hole at the end of the side skirts. My question is, on your car, is there a screw or something threaded through these holes that attach the "felt" piece to the skirt? I believe the "felt" piece is coming out on my car because the body shop never reattached it to the skirt. Upon inspection of the drivers side, it looks like it is attached better and looks like there is a small mud flap looking piece of plastic that isn't present on the passenger side. Sorry to be so elaborate, thanks for any help.
  • Like any two door car. Seat backs has release to flip it forward, both drivers and passengers seat(there are two releases for seat backs, one to adjust angle and one for flipping it forward). Plus you use the seat slider release to slide seat forward giving you more room. There is no automatic memory return as in the EZ in/out system. Not having the EZ in/out system is the big complaint. Haven't read carpoint's review, but I think that is probably their complaint. Will have to read it as I hate to put words in their mouth.

  • Read the review and I don't get it. He complains that the doors don't open far enough. If they opened any farther you could not reach them while sitting in the seat. They may not be long enough, like the two door car doors were long in the '60s. I think they are fine, and comparable to any car in the class. If you want a car that is easy to get into rear seats buy a car with rear passenger doors, a four door. It's all a matter of how often you plan on hauling people around and how old are the people. Older people would have a hard time getting into the back seats of a ZX3. I really would like to see the 4 door hatch, but don't know if I would like it.

  • I found some movies of the Focus WRC (World Ralley Car) in action... Crazy stuff man...
    (movies on bottom of page, theyre small in size)
  • cobiecobie Posts: 108
    i told you guys I'd keep you posted. yesterday I signed the papers and put in my factory order for my ZX3 (silver/charcoal). I bought it w/ everything on it save the traction control.

    Web site you all might me interested in:
    European Ford president, Nick Scheele has made the official announcemnt that Ford will offer the focus [in europe only,:( ] in drop top form. Great pics on the web site.

    I know this has been discussed before but I've forgotten. What was the name of the brake pads that don't emit any dust? I'd like to purchase and install them on my focus.

    Someone told me that the black body side rub strips on the ZX3 can be removed and Ford's body coloured ones installed as the strip comes in a roll (?) and can be cut to size to fit and put on by a body shop. Can anyone shed light on this?
  • cobiecobie Posts: 108
    Supposedly the sunroof offered on the focus is a copy of the one offered in europe. On the ford UK website it's described as "tilt and slide glass screened". Anyone have any info on this?
  • fgaydosfgaydos Posts: 319
    I find the seats to be really difficult to operate. I'm used to the ez opening seats.
    But, I would not let that change your mind about the car. It's a great value otherwise.
    And fun!
  • I got to see a 2001 Civic 2-door today... I actually like the exterior minus the rear lights (it does look like a plastic-car though) but the Interior was CRAP! I couldnt believe it! I even went to sit in a bunch of the 4-doors, including an EX... ALL CRAP! I thought I was in a Kia lot for a second or something!

    So I went over to the Ford dealer 2 dealers down (I was at the Automall) and checked out the 2001 ZX3's... And I couldnt believe it! The interior is like 10 times better in QUALITY than the Civic! I was flabergasted to say the least...

    There is now only one reason to get a Civic over a Focus... Gas Mileage (and thats irrelevant to ALOT of people when the rest of the car STINKS!)

    And guess what... there were like 30 Civics at the Honda dealer (only the 1 2-door though sinc its still rare), and just a handful of ZX3's at Ford... The reason? Civics not selling and Ford cant keep enough ZX3's in stock! Hilarious stuff!
  • Clips on body side molding and holes in door and body for the clips to attach to. Ordered by the piece not by the roll.

    Some have sanded it down and painted it to match.

  • hey cobie just to let you know that there is a materials shortage on the charcoal interior so you may have a longer wait then if you ordered gray.
  • towcrazy2towcrazy2 Posts: 337
    I've been away from these boards since my wife took delivery of her 2000 ZX3 four months ago... But now, 'tis the season, and she's dropped some rather clear HINTS that there are three things she'd like to see on/in her ride before Christmas morning...

    1. Window vent shades (preferably slip-in, not stick-on)
    2. Mud flaps (factory or aftermarket)
    3. Console or armrest (factory or aftermarket)

    Anyone have any experiences/suggestions? I realize this may be redundant, but any/all tips will be appreciated.
  • towcrazy2towcrazy2 Posts: 337
    SB -- Thanks for the info!... I'll give them a call tomorrow...

    Now... On to the mudflaps and armrest/console!

    If it were my ride, I'd have "forgotten" about the practical stuff and gone with a K&N intake and Borla exhaust!

    Ahh well... We all have our priorities!

    Thanks again.
  • Well I had my ZX3 for 10k miles, no probelms other than that whell recall..goin in on wed. As for that "knock rattle prob" on the 5-speed......ALL 5-SPEED CARS DO IT, WHETHER U HEAR OR NOT...MY DADS 1986 DODGE COLT AND 1997 DODGE DAKOTA BOTH DID IT, AND THE COLT WENT 150K W/O A PROB!! i just noticed it lasts till a higher rpm in the Z than other cars.
    So far I changed my oil 4 times, washed it many times and added the subwoofer :-). No other problems to report, and actually, my father who thinks every car is junk except for our CR-V and his Colt, really likes it and thinks it well made....he was surprised to not even feel it idle like the Honda for the handling and 5th gear power on the highway...its great!! Now that I commute to school I drive on highway alot and my car accelerates up any hill in 5th on the Taconic Parkway in NY. And when i get off and onto some curvy roads i love..though lately gas mileage has sucked ( I think re-formulated winter gas.?), on several long highway trips i got over 33 mpg..including parts of it climbing over PA ridges.. I am REALLY happy with my car..the looks and reliability and performance..and even convinced another kid in my school to get a Z...also I went to my dealer and those wheels off the Kona are sweeettt...but i bet they slow it down..
    ok thats about all i gotts say
    ps. brake dust sucks but i noticed it isnt so bad unless it rains..then they dust liek crazy, also I tried to get front and back mudflaps..but it seems "front flaps arent necessary" because of that plastic molding..that bothers me and if anyone knows of front and rear flaps TELL ME!!!
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