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mazda3 review in local paper kind dogged the focus for having less horsepower. just came back from the airport, 4 people on board, plus a trunk full of luggage. car never felt like it was carrying a load, even up a big hill.
The new engines are from the Mazda3. They share similar hp and fuel econ numbers to the old Zetec but are lower in emissions. WHile not quite as smooth as my Honda or Toyota, the Ford is good fun and they do not run out of steam. My only beef is that this new Focus engine (which is branded Duratec) is a thirsty engine. In real world highway driving, I get better gas mileage from a V6 Chrysler or GM products. I got only 2-3 mpg better than a V6 Taurus. My 2 Japanese compacts get 30% better fuel economy than the Focus, depending on driving.
Hopefully it will look more like the upcoming European model
I have checked the transmission and the fuild, they are fine. Is this happen because the way that I drive?
Anyone have experience this problem? Any information will help, thanks.
Curtains were not available for '04 and prior years. With the limited changes for '05, I doubt they are available for this generation either. The side bags are in the front seats and are intended for torso protection in a side collision.
yes, its still under warranty, but if the engine light is not on for the right reasons, it will cost 1/2 hour of labor to have checked.
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i have a question also. my '04 zts has a drain tube that empties just in front of the left front wheel. a little water comes out of it after i drive (it is water!). does anyone know what this is for?
mystery of the drippping water solved.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Has anyone bought this car used before?
The Sport package seems to be mostly cosmetic, with the exception of the 16" rims/tires. Perhaps they do make a real difference.
Did you notice the suspension softness early on or did it develop over the 5K usage?
The 5 year/100K powertrain warranty is now standard too.
Hope this helps,
My SE has the gutless engine that doesn't allow anyone to hurt anything with only 110 horsepower. Fortunately, the kick-butt MP3/CD premium stereo and crisp handling make up for the unimpressive power.
there was no cost for it to begin with. its covered by ford. it is with a $100 deductible per repair.
I'd go for an 04 with the 2.3l engine but not for an 04 with the zetec.
regarding the 100k powertrain warrantee, i signed a separate contract for it, the cost was marked n\c. my car was built 10-03, maybe it wasn't standard at that time.
the suspension has softened up, but i'm used to a truckier ride, so other may not notice.
I'm no thinking of getting an 05 new. Its just hard to match the features and the price of the used vehicle.
Will this make a big enough difference to justify cost (I am not handy enough to do this myself)?
I still have my eye on this 04 SE, but still on the fence.
Any comments would be appreciated,
i bought mine in 9/03, and the 5/100 had been on all '03s from jump street in '02.
a zts comes with power windows, locks, cruise and tilt wheel. don't know if those are extra on an 'se', or if you care about them.
Either way, it should still come up with the VIN if you are at a different dealer and need to get warrenty work done.
To date, I haven't been able to make this feature work. Any suggestions or feedback from anyone on this? Am I doing or not doing something obvious?