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You are in the Ford Escort ZX2
What is this discussion about?
Ford Escort, Coupe
#1153 of 1555 Is ZX2 a Mazda MX3? or 323?
Jun 22, 2002 (5:52 pm)
Don't follow me yet?
Should we start calling the ZX2 a Mazda MX3?
Here are the cars derived from the same Mazda 323 chassis:
- Escort LX and GT 1997 and years before that.
- Year 1998+ Escort and 1998 ZX2 and Mercury Tracer
- Mercury Capri convertible in USA (Ford Capri in Australia where it was made)
- Ford Laser and Lynx in Asia and South Africa.
- Mazda MX3 both 4 cyl and V6.
- Mazda 323 F, S and C in Japan and Europe
S was the sedan, C was the hatch and F was a 4 door fastback hatch.
I understand that some Korean cars made until 1999 were also based on that dependable platform.
So should they all be called Mazda 323s or Ford Escorts?
They are each different from each other that they deserve their own names.
I insist Ford made a mistake when they first marketed the ZX2 as an Escort because they did not have any marketing dollars to give it its own advertising budget. They realized their mistake too late to stem the damage, but they still did correct it. Take a look at Ford's website.
Jun 23, 2002 (6:35 am)
it appears to be hibernating for the summer, specially as the ZX2 folks are having their 2nd National Zetec Meet this weekend. The forum is still alive and well at:
Jul 08, 2002 (9:39 pm)
According to Edmunds, there is a 2003 ZX2.
It is the last "Escort" derived car.
The platform dates back to 1991 and is related to the Protege.
Jul 09, 2002 (8:00 pm)
My girlfriend and I had the opportunity to test drive a Sunfire, which I suggested after reading one of your last posts. I'm not sure if it's just the dealership and it's care for their cars, but the 2002 Sunfire just drove terribly. The steering was very touchy, and the exhaust sounded horrible. I know it might just be wear, but it only had 17 miles on it, and it was a 2002! As far as comfort, it was "decently" comfortable, but I did not have a lot of head room and I'm only 6 feet tall. My head was practically hitting the roof, and my seat was back as far as I thought it would go.
The 3000 dollar incentive is hard to pass up, but a fully loaded Sunfire is only 300 cheaper than a fully loaded ZX2, which is far more worth the dinero. But, I'm sure you've already bought the Sunfire for your lucky new employee.
You gotta hand it to Ford; they keep making very affordable cars that are extremely comfortable and fully loaded (with the exception of the 350000 2002 Thunderbird, which always boasted it's affordability until now).
Jul 09, 2002 (8:02 pm)
That was supposed to read 35000 as in thirty-five thousand, not 350000 as in three hundred thousand. My stupid bad.
Jul 10, 2002 (8:54 am)
The Sunfire is a POS built for drivers who don't really care very much what they drive as long as it's cheap and comes with some free featurs "Pontiac-built for drivers" is one of the funniest, misleading slogans I've ever heard. I have yet to meet a car enthusiest who drives a Sunfire.