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Ford Escort, Coupe
#118 of 1562 ZX2 for 2001 may be kaput for the US too!!
Jun 27, 2000 (1:37 pm)
freddyk: I have a close family member that works for DELPHI. They supply a lot of stuff for Ford. he told me they have NO "long lead" orders for parts for the ZX2 or Escort sedan for that matter. Since most of the mfgs all use the "just in time" supply/inventory system this does not bode well for our beloved ZX's. Ford is mum (at the dealer level anyway) about 2001 availability. I think the plan is to sell off all exhisting inventory of the ZX's and sedan & then dump Escort. I think they need the additional production capability for the Focus anyway. I can't stand the ZX3 looks,tho it's probably just as good as the ZX2, so what else to do ? A Tiberon ? Could be. We'll see pretty soon what they plan to do as the 2001's will be a building about the middle of July. I sure hope the ZX2 is among them. Oh well, I guess I can always buy a useed 2000 ZX.
Jun 27, 2000 (6:21 pm)
Strange question; Edgar mentioned modifying his ZX2 by removing the upper air resonator. I have heard his tale several times and though I am not favour of doing anything major to the car. Would this simple modification violate the warranty? It sounds pretty cheap and easy to do. I know it would improve the horsepower, but would the car become very noisy? Does it affect the Gas Mileage?A similiar question exists about the lower air resonator. I just can't believe there isn't some downside to these suposedly simple modifications. If there wasn't a downside everyone who owns a ZX2 would be doing them.
Jun 27, 2000 (7:19 pm)
It will likely void the warrenty on the air intake system, It is louder, but not significantly louder. The main reasons why not every one does these mods is 1) they couldn't be bothered cutting up their air intakes, and 2)the difference made by these changes are so ridiculously small that it is pointless unless you are doing all the other speed oriented mods as well.
Personally, my $ is going into the handling of the car, I don't really care about the extra 1/2 sec 0-60 or extra couple mph top end that you get by replacing air intake, exhaust, computer etc. I have replaced the rims and rubber, and will probably do the shocks and struts next. Then the sway bars and bushings.
Jun 27, 2000 (9:22 pm)
Thank you that is the most inteligent and I suspect accurate answer I have received to date. For an extra second or so of speed I am inclined to agree with you. As soon as my debits are a little clearer. My money starts being saved for that thinner sunroof I mentioned before.
Then it's pack every spare penny I have into the bank for that second car I promised myself sometime next year. I am still mulling over the various different models. It is in fact proving to be a lot of fun, doing my research this way. No presure to buy anything soon, and the abilty to cross out dealers who annoy me or a model I just don't like.
Point of interest the controls for that sunroof are in the doors beside the drivers side window power switches. I suppose this is all part of the depth reduction they talk about.
Good news at 3:00pm on Wednesday I collect my newly repaired car from Beach Ford in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. I am like a kid again I am so excited.
Jun 28, 2000 (3:03 am)
Well, I finally got to see a couple of SRs. A Missouri dealer within an hour of me has 2 identical SRs on his lot. They are both black, 5 spd, power windows/locks, CD dhangers. They are stickered at 14,930. The wheels look more like something from Chrysler. I think the ZX3 wheels look much better but these are better than the "swirlies." Odd thing, these both have spoilers and I know the originals didn't. Seats are the same Korean Krap with S/R seat covers.
They are supposed to be equipped with Eibach Pro Kit springs - same ones I have added. The first thing I noticed was mine was a little lower in front or a little higher in back. Could be the Eibachs sag a little after a year or so and my nose is dropping.
The Black SR's looked great (clean) but those red stickers behind the front fender well have to go. Really bad. The "S/R" sticker might be ok, but the large "ZX2" sticker above it is terrible.
Will I trade? Probably not. Depends on what they offer me for mine.
Jun 28, 2000 (3:13 am)
Don't mess with the resonators in the intake. It just doesn't accomplish anything. Engines aren't like they use to be. Your dealership definitely won't like the mods and will use them against you in any questionable warranty claim. If you want a little more power, put a new chip in. Then if you need to go to the dealeship, you can pull it and put the Ford chip back in. As for me, my play money is going into handling. Freddy, do you think the bushing kit makes a noticable difference?
Struts appear to be hard to find. Mine are still on back order. I am a little concerned about future availability of S/R parts, since so few were made and Ford is struggling to keep up with need for Focus parts. I may be looking for a Tib or Cougar S.
Jun 28, 2000 (2:49 pm)
Bushings will make a difference only if you drive the car hard, otherwise you wouldn't even really notice. Stiffening up the rear swaybar and replacing the factory bushings should definitly help with any nose plow and understeer problems.
After driving the ZX2 the tib will seem both lower , sportier and a better feel of the road, and also more sluggish, less responsive and cheaper quality. I think they are nice, but its missing much of what I look for in a car. The thing about the Z is that everything I thought was a shortcoming of the car is easily fixed by what I said above. It is more difficult and expensive to make a car lighter, more agile and faster, both of which the Tiburon needs a good dose of.
Jun 28, 2000 (5:16 pm)
Good analysis on the Tib Freddy. I liked the sportier cockpit and the 4 wheel disks. The weight and sluggishness was always apparent though. No cheap remedies for that. I probably would be wise to just keep hanging goodies on my Z. I am expecting a call from a salesman today who has to SRs to unload, but I really can't justify the expense.
Jun 28, 2000 (5:38 pm)
What mods have you done already? Is it worth the extra money and hassle to get the S/R? If you've done the rubber and springs you are already half way there! And don't forget that rear brakes are the least used. If you look at braking results on the S/R and Tiburon, you will realize that in small front drive cars the rear disks do nothing but look better!
Jun 28, 2000 (7:41 pm)
All I have done so far is wheels, shifter, and springs. Tires due in a month or two.
Dealer just called. He couldn't locate a yellow S/R for me, but wants me to come drive his black one. As much as I hate black, I told him I would swing by Friday and take it for a quick run. He said he would really deal on the two he has on his lot. Of course they always say that.... If the car is for all intents and purposes out of production, he may be able to deal pretty good. Ford isn't going to advertise them - they just want to get them out of inventory fast. MIght be the time to buy.