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Jun 03, 2000 (7:18 pm)
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#2 of 1562 ZX2 SR package
Jun 04, 2000 (1:13 am)
I just test drove a ZX2 SR and I was very impressed. I is a very sporty car. It's handling is excellent.
It wasnt as quick as its 140+ hp would suggest but it did rev willingly, albeit not loudly.
I also had a problem with the 5 speed shifer. It is supposed to be an improved close ratio trannny with sport shifting but I found the shift gates too close together (confused 3rd for 5th. It also required lots of extra effort to shift in and out of gear. I think more time behind the wheel would solve that problem.
The best part is that with the SR package includes sticky Goodyear F1 205/15" tires, alloy wheels,Borla exhaust, sport suspension, and rear wheel disc brakes. There is also 1500 cash back so this whole deal can be had for less than 13,000 dollars which is amazing.
I test drove a Celica GT this week and the ZX2 will follow it anywhere for about 6000 less. The Celica was much quieter and smoother but Its hard to justify the 6000 dollar premium. They are definately comparable.
The ride was quite firm. Rough in fact at times. But that is the trade off with the sport suspension and excellent handling. The Borla exhaust is also loud and will probably become tiresome on the highway but this is the sportiest car around for 13,000 dolllars!
I think if I had to buy the wheels, tires, exhust, suspension tuning, rear discs, and improved transmision and add them to a base ZX2 (or any car for that matter) it would cost over 3000 dollars.
I would definately buy this car over a Celica GT, Cougar I4, Neon ES, Focus ZX3, Tiburon, and every other car under 15000 dollars.
This is the best kept secret in sporty cars.
#3 of 1562 ZX2 S/R
Jun 04, 2000 (10:19 am)
I was fortunate to find a S/R two weeks ago. I live in Ohio and bought it from a ford dealer near Cleveland, about 3 hours away from where I live. I was about to order one until I heard the waiting period on a S/R package is about 6 or 7 months.
I didn't want to wait that long so I searched on the internet for an S/R and found the one in Cleveland. The salesman told me he had ordered these two S/R's back in September '99 (one red, one black). They had just arrived that week and they sold the red one and I took the black one. He also said that was the only S/R's he was going to get this year.
As far as the car goes, I LOVE IT! I think it looks pretty damn sharp! Even my mother-in-law loves it! The S/R is a good package for the money. It handles excellent, has good power, good stiff suspension and handles the curves great! The only problem is a black one is hard to keep clean! My wife laughs at me because I wash it so much!
The salesman told me Ford is planning to phase out the Escorts this year and focus on the Focus in 2001. I don't understand why they would go to the Focus when the ZX2 is such a good looking car. Especially with the demand for the ZX2.
I'd be interested in hearing from other ZX2 owners who live in Ohio.
Jun 05, 2000 (3:47 am)
So you enjoy the S/R? Cool. I looked at a black one again today. It's damn fine.
My question is whether there is any improvement in the seats? I have a 98 ZX2 and make bi-monthly weekend jaunts to fish in Northern Wisconsin from Chicago. I find that the older I get, the more ass I lose, and the more the old derrier longs for some extra cushion and support.
I was really considering the upcoming Ford Escape, but after noticing the S/R and hearing that it had upgraded seats, I would much rather put that 7000 towards the new boat I recently purchased.
So, are the seats any different? Thanks.
#5 of 1562 MY ZX2 was wrecked Saturday!!!
Jun 05, 2000 (4:49 am)
Still on vacation in South Carolina, but now things have taken a turn for the worse.
I now have the answer to what to do about the burns in my ZX2s rear seat. Some moron stopped in a turn filter, waved me on, AND THEN RAMMED INTO ME. The Accident has destroyed my pasenger side door, the passenger side window, sprained the passenger side seat, and has taken out a fair bit of the body on both sides of the door. CHRIST I AM LIVED!!! To add insult to injury the cop charged me with "failure to yield to the right of way". Needless to say I WILL BE APPEARING IN COURT to fight it in July. I don't mind taking the heat for my folly, however I resent being held liable for someone else's utter and complete stupidity. Does anyone have any advise about getting lawyer to fight something like this??? I want this thing over turned and put the liabilty on the other morons shoulders where it belongs.
I guess I won't be getting those add ons for quite a while now. I will post some pictures of the wreckage on my web sight when I get back in a couple days time. This vacation realy has turned into a disaster now!!!
Jun 05, 2000 (12:08 pm)
photog0264: That really really sucks! It makes you wonder what the hell goes through some peoples minds!
On another note, I ordered new 16" rims and rubber for my car. Finally I can ditch these gross swirl rims, use them just in the winter! I had already bought 15" rubber for these rims, but I was able to take them back barely used with practically no loss. I can't wait!
Jun 05, 2000 (2:52 pm)
Photog, sorry to hear about your misfortune. I think you are in a bad spot unless you have a witness who saw the moron wave you on. Your only other hope would be if his statement contains something that reveals his mistake - not likely. What a bummer.
Jun 05, 2000 (4:46 pm)
There should still be a 2001 ZX2, but I bet it won't be around after that. It is an old design on the way out. In Europe, there is a 2-door Focus model with a trunk, I wonder if it will be a future ZX2?
Jun 05, 2000 (7:51 pm)
I have heard people call the ZX2 old before. Not sure I understand that. What exactly makes it old?
Jun 05, 2000 (9:21 pm)
I don't understand. Whatever it is, its not ugly, but I don't really care. I bought it because it is a great car. I would much rather have bought a Civic or something more reliable and better built, but the top reason that I choose a car is how much I enjoy it, and how well it performs. Looks are secondary.