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But the way to contact each other would be for one of you to make your email address public in your profile at least long enough for the other to obtain it.
When your email address is public in your profile, the only people who can see it are logged in members. This protects it from the spam bots.
We're not trying to do a group buy, per se. We're just 2 owners living close to each other trying to save a buck.
I'll provide my hotmail address ([email protected]). That makes me feel a bit better. CJSB, send me your address and we'll go from there. I'll provide my real address at that point.
I too was considering the deflector. Have one on the Sienna. Seems all the stones hit just above the line of protection. But it does seem to work, as it's usually got bug stuff on it after a highway run. The dealer wanted $149.00 installed and I found an aftermarket unit for $89.00. Oddly enough, the manufacturer is called Focus! It's a no drill installation.
I'm also seriously pondering an auto dimming mirror. The van has it and it works well. however, cheap they ain't! Best price so far is $399.00 installed at a shop in London. That's for a unit with the compass and an outside temp gauge. Was also looking at tinting. Best price so far for the "good" stuff, $172.00 locally here in Burlington.
In yet another odd similarity, I just had the window tinting done. Actually had it worked into my deal on the car. Looks great IMO. Though there are a couple of small spots where it appears the tint may not have taken. I asked the tinter (it was outsourced by the dealership) what it would have cost had I brought the car in off the street and he said high $200 range. So your quote seems good.
Where'd you find the deflector? No luck for me at NAPA or Canadian Tire today. I also have one on the second car and though not perfect, I think it's made a diffence. Even if only on those runs up north where it is literally painted with bugs.
I'll be in contact.
PART # 3S4Z9G749AA
9040 VERFIED MIL HOOKED UP TO WDS PERFORMED PERLIMINARY CHECKS PERFORMED KOEO SELF TEST CMDTC P0452 PERFORMED DATA LOGGER USED OUTPUT STATE CONTROL TO ATTEMPT TO ISOLATE CAUSE OF EVAP LEAK TRIED KNOW GOOD FUEL FILLER CAP NO DIFFERENCE USED VACUTEC SMOKE MACHINE TO PINPOINT LEAK FOUND SEAM ON EVAP SYSTEM BUFFER CANISTER UNDER HOOD LEAKING REPLACED CANISTER RESTESTED WITH SMOKE MACHINE OK RETESTED EVAP SYSTEM PASS CLEARED CODES AND RETESTED EEC SYSTEM KOEO P100 0
at least it looks like they had the right tech on the job. i think wds is world diagnostic system, and koeo is key on engine off.
happy with the mileage on our pzev/5speed. last 2 tanks 31+ mpg. longest trip about 20 miles one way.
cleaner and it went out for about 3 months but the light is back on again. Could it be a defective head?
I must admit I liked driving the Focus more than my 2003 Civic. The Focus feels more solid and heavier. The Civic has the smoother engine but is lighter overall.The Civic quality still feels slightly better but the Ford was decent. They are similar size wise and the Civic does have the flat floor in the back. Both have great seats and driving position.
The Focus sure is thirsty though compared with my Civic. There was not any huge difference in quickness despite the extra horsepower on the Focus. On the highway, I only got about 40 mpg (imperial gallon) on the Focus whereas I get around 48 - 50 mpg on the Civic (even when new). The Civic has gotten as high as 56 mpg given a chance (gentle driving, perfect day etc.)
FWIW I love the Focus refresh, inside and out. I have driven and liked the previous versions as well.
So what us the general consensus. Is this a good reliable car now? Is it as reliable as say a Civic?
I received my deflector last night and installed it. Took me aout an hour, including washing the hood. I took my time, no big rush. It looks good but it's a little flimsy, or more flexible, compared to the one on my Sienna. I note that per the instructions, brush type car washes are out, which is OK by me; I always use touch free anyway although my dealer washes cars after every service. Have you had any noise or rubbing issues at highway speeds? I put the 4 bumpers on. 2 are at the extremity by the headlights and 2 are across the front spaced about 4" or so from center.
Also, noticed that if I push the lock button on the fob, the doors lock. Pressing the button a second time, the horn sounds (when it's working). Didn't see anything about this in the manual.
The horn sounding on the key fob is how my Civic works too. It is how the anti theft immobilizer is activated on my car.
Lots of Canadians on this board. We love our small cars. I am just south of some of you in east Oakville. Not far from the giant Ford plant.
My dealer said this is normal, and other focus cars make the same sound, but I want to be sure, because it is very noticeable at times.
when my customers leave with their new cars, they know them from top to bottom.
this practice of tossing the keys with the 3 c's is horrible. (c your keys...c your car...c ya later)
Don't count on the seats protecting you noggin.
Hopefully, curtains will become more widely available in the near future. My '02 Passat has them standard.
Incidentally, older "seats" are actually mounted in the B-pillar (the body post that runs from the roof to the floor) - where the door latch is. I first saw these on the '97 Mercedes. Now they are in the seatbacks to help when the seat is adjusted for short/long-legged people. It keeps the airbag close to you.
and side curtain airbags are available on more than half the models of cars sold in the US.
I can only guess that the RR HAD to have the line since the fuel filler pipe to the tank is there. No need on the LR 'tho. Purely a cost-cutting measure. Now that's a guess remember!
My Passat had a recall to install an additional shield to protect the filler pipe in case of a tire blowout and subsequent tire disintegration that could cause a fire by breaking the filler pipe near the tank.
Once on lock: Silently locks all doors.
Twice on lock: all doors lock, horn chrips once if one of the doors is not completely closed, the horn will chrip 2xs to let you know.
once on unlock only unlocks driver's door
2xs on unlock unlocks the other doors.
"Next on the agenda is snow tires. I've read several reports (verified by the GM at my dealership) this car really benefits from snows. Anybody have word on a good brand of 205/50/16 snow tires?"
comment. My 03 ZTW with the 16 Pirellis was fine and dandy on the snow/ice this past NASTY North Dakota winter. I was shocked, as I'd been planning on steels and skinnys. Granted, they were pretty agressive on plowing out the roads up here this past winter, but still! I doubt the ESP and traction control and ABS and whatever had anything to do with it--I think the tires are way underrated IMHO.
the "perimeter" alarm is the passive one i told you about, unless your dealer added it aftermarket. was it on the monroney sticker or a seperate sticker?
Securelock is the standard system on all Focuses (Foci?) Securelock features a chip in the ignition key that has a code stored on it. there are over 7.2 quadrillion (7,200,000,000,000) codes. Only a key with the correct code can start the car. (an improper code may start the car but the engine will shut off in approximately 4 seconds). The computer allows only 3 ignition keys to exist at any time. This system is always "on" in New Jersey, Securelock is in the category of "Passive armored fuel cutoff switch" and qualifies for a 15% reduction in comprehensive premiums.
A key cut at a hardware store will unlock doors and turn in the ignition but will not start or allow operation of the vehicle unless the key is first coed.
To code a key, all current keys must be present when the new key is coded. Any keys not present will no longer start the car.
If a key is lost, the remaining keys can be recoded so that the lost key no longer starts the engine.
The second alarm system is the optional perimeter alarm. It is activated when ever the doors are locked. When activated, the alarm will trip if a door or the hood is forced open or if a window is broken. This alarm protects interior contents, while securlock protects the vehicle itself from theft.
The 2 systems are separate.
included in the last fillup was a 100 mile mostly highway trip(5 occupants). got about 32 mpg for that tank(2.3 5 speed).
BTW, the article about the chinese focus was in autoweek, and its set to stay in asia.