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Ford Focus ZX5



  • netmarynetmary Posts: 3
    Hi Teisylocs,
    I want to buy a Ford 2005 Focus SX5 as well. Could you please tell me how much you get it?
    Thanks a lot :)
  • twistylocstwistylocs Posts: 20
    We took advantage of the Ford Family pricing promotion that is running until August 1. The sticker price on the car was $24,925, but we paid $20,976 plus GST/PST. Not a bad deal at all - comparable to the Hyundai we were looking at a month ago.
  • netmarynetmary Posts: 3
    Thank you very much. :D I'm going to test driver today.
    For the Family promotion, I focus Focus :shades:
  • trixwagentrixwagen Posts: 4
    Price is a big issue. I most likely would not have purchased my $21,000 Focus if I didn't get it for $16,000.
  • netmarynetmary Posts: 3
    Hi everyone,
    I tested a Ford Focus SX5 yesterday. So disappointed! :(
  • trixwagentrixwagen Posts: 4
    Details, please? What were you expecting?
  • twistylocstwistylocs Posts: 20
    Yes, I'd be interested to know exactly what you didn't like, and what you expected. :confuse:
  • ...(echo)...Uh, I think a brief explanation / few details would be nice. The Spectra5, now that was a disappointment.

    Paid $16,500 CDN for a 2005 ZX5 using X-plan and various Ford rebates.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    After over a week driving it, I wasn't too impressed by its mileage, 25MPG. It may improve after break in, but, for so little power, it's not too far from the 22-24MPG I get in my other cars, each with more than 200HP.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I didn't get this option, but I wonder if it's just a matter of adding a fuse in the fuse-box to enable this feature. Any clues?

  • Ive had my zx5 for 2 weeks now and am a little concerned with the gas mileage. I got about 22 mpg on the first tank and 23 on the second. A long way from the 25 - 32 stated on the sticker. Is any one else experiencing this problem. Also the cup holder rubs against my right leg and is annoying to say the least. Other than that I love this car.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    I've been researching econoboxes for a while on several different forums, and one thing that I hear on all the boards is that cars nowadays have a breakin period of up to 5000 miles, during which the mileage is lower than expected. Hang in there, your mileage will probably improve as the car breaks in.

    I'll tell you why I'm not impressed with the Focus: From what I can tell (searching dealer inventories and at, the ZX3 and ZX5 hatch versions are available only with BLACK interiors. There are two versions: black-on-black and grey-on-black, both of which have a huge black dashboard in under the windshield that heats up the car something fierce. I understand gray leather is also available, but NO Focus hatchbacks in the U.S. are available with a tan (or other light-colored) interior.

    Is my understanding correct? If anyone knows anything different, please enlighten me. Between cash back of $2500 and the employee pricing, the price of the Focus can't be beat. My last three cars have been Fords, so I am comfortable with the brand, but from what I've seen, the interior of the Focus hatchbacks is hideously dark.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    If you dont get an answer the dearler and ask..... or,,,,,,,,,,,,., go to a dealership and check it out.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    I've gotten b.s. from car salesmen. They will promise anything- "Sure, we can get that in a tan interior" to get you interested in the car, then the come up with a car with a black interior saying it was the best they could do. Whether the are lying or just ignorant I don't know; but either one is inexcuseable. A lot of the dealers I've been to just don't have intimate knowledge of the cars they're selling; I know more than they do based on a little time posting at places like Edmunds. I see salesmen standing outside dealerships all the time smoking cigarettes or just waiting for someone to show up. They'd be better served surfing automotive forums and their own automakers' websites learning about their products and how they compare to other cars.

    This isn't just Ford, either; it's all of them. For instance, a Hyundai salesman assured me the bench portion of the Elantra back seat didn't move and the only folding part was the seat back. He was practically bragging that he went to dealer training and was shown every feature of the car. I then proceeded ot pop the rear bench up and fold it forward, enabling the rear seat back to fold flat.

    But enough ranting. I came to this thread because I was just wondering what the gray-on-black really looks like. If someone could post pictures of a gray-on-black (I think it's called "light flint") interior, or a gray leather interior, from a ZX3 or ZX5, I would appreciate it. Or if you have an honest-to-goodness 05 Focus ZX3 or 5 with a tan interior, let me know.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    When I go to the various auto sites to build the ZX5 ...... they all "do not" show anything other than the black or flint/grey type interior selection mode. I cpould not find any "tan" at all, so you probably do not have that choice.
  • My interior is the black and light gray or flint. Its been 90 to 100 degrees here but surprisingly enough it really doesnt heat up all that bad. It doesnt look all that bad either. Have you seen one in real life. Its tolerable. You can get another 500 dollars off if you put at least 500 down with Ford motor credit. I paid 14000 even for my zx5 ses with anti locks and auto trans.
  • The zx4 can be ordered with a two-tone peeble interior.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    Apparently, it's just a matter of adding a relay, as my car already has a fuse for DRL. Ford sells it here: 218AA&oid=1738&sOldOid=1735&detail=yes

    I'll stop by a dealer to check it out.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Maybe I need to see what the gray interior looks like. I know there are some great Focus deals available. If I can stomach the black- gray, it may be the best car I can get. $14k sounds pretty good.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    It seems that after some breaking in the mileage crept up a bit, to 26MPG for my commute.

    It's not that I bought this car for the mileage, but, with so little power from its 2.0 engine, I'm looking for something to balance it. :)
  • I know hind sight is always 20-20, but maybe you should have considered the Mazda 3. It has the kind of power your looking for. About 3 or 4 thousand dollars more cost and a lower MPG. Very nice car though!
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I did look seriously at the Mazda 3, but the problem was 3 to 4G more... :cry: Besides, only the sporty version would have the extra horses I cherish.

    I don't mean to bash the Focus, it was a good buy.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Well, I finally tracked down the gray interior. It's not exactly what I would like, but it is liveable. The car I found with it was a ZX3; I would really like a 5-door. So now I guess I should contact my local Ford dealer and see what they can find for me.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    I took a ZX3 out for a spin. If I wanted a performance car, it would be pretty good. But since I'm primarily interested in a highway commuter, I'm not so sure the Focus is the best available. It seemed to have a lot of road noise at highway speeds. Much more than the Elantra.
  • Does hyundai make a hatchback in the elantra?
  • javnerjavner Posts: 23
    Found a ZX5 SE with Sport Grp, Conv Group and Sunroof with a 5spd at the local dealer (at least on the website). Haven't seen the vehicle yet. With Employee Pricing and the $2500 the price is around 14 and change based on the Ford Website.

    Does anyone have any more information on the down payment matching mentioned above? I figure I'm about a grand under water to get out of my lease early and if I could "split the difference" with the matching the numbers could work.

    Now, just have to wait for it to stop raining so I can go see if they can actually find the car.

  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    It turned out that the kit sold by Ford is meant to be installed in cars which aren't wired for DRL, which's not the case of my '05 Focus as it's even got the DRL fuse installed.

    I guess that because DRL is mandatory in Canada, all Focus come wired for it. I found out that all that's needed is the addition of a relay in the electrical box under the hood.

    The relay has Ford part # 4F1Z-14089-AA. I got it for $25 and is as easy to install as just dropping it in its socket (see the Owner's Manual).

    My car's now got DRL. ;)
  • jbjjbj Posts: 2
    You're lucky slowride. I have 4000km (~2700 miles) on my '05 ZX5 SES automatic and never got more than 22 mpg, highway or not. It is worst in the city, at about 19 mpg. I don't see any improvement at all.
    I had somebody at my dealership look at it and their computer was reading 26 mpg :confuse: . Considering this, I think there is something wrong with the engine management module and I am going to ask them to replace it. After all, I bought a small car not a small truck or SUV. ;)
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    BTW, could any Canadian confirm the DRL relay part #4F1Z-14089-AA, please?

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