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#685 of 1562 Oh NO, sayit ain't so--------------
Dec 29, 2000 (11:15 am)
ALERT: All ZX2 fans. Just was surfing around in the "Blue Oval News" site (UNofficial info site for ALL things Ford)They say Ford plans to dump the 2.0 vtec engine in Jan. 2001 (NEXT month for god's sake ??)as well as the ZX2 and Escort cars themselves (the Escort only being sold to rental operations anyway) CRAP !! I have finally decided to get a ZX2 and NOW they are going to flush it down the dumper !! It seems that they have a new 2.3 vtec engine in the wings and that will be the new Focus motor soon.
I guess if I really want one I'd better do it this weekend while they still have some cars and the cash incentive is up to $1500. I also heard that the Mexico plant is shut down due to the potential blow up of a nearby volcano. What a bummer.
#686 of 1562 The Time has come...
Dec 29, 2000 (7:26 pm)
Floridian's tale is very believable. Tedd Britt Ford where I got my ZX2 from appears to have dropped the ZX2 completely. I have been by there lot 3 times in the past week or so and I haven't seen a single ZX2 anywhere on the lot. I think battlefield Ford In Manassas Virginia may have a couple left, but as near as I can tell thats it for New ZX2s in Northern Virginia.
I think we shall all have to rededicating ourselfs to making sure the ZX2 becomes a classic. As it looks as though production for our favourite car is finally at an end. I suspect that the volcano in Mexico may have just hurried things along a little sooner.
Tis ashame to say the last.
#687 of 1562 There MAY be a bright side to all of this-----------
Dec 30, 2000 (7:50 am)
photog: Scarcity may indeed put our beloved "Z's" into the desirable catagory. Much as the Honda Civic hatchbacks have become the "pet" of the "tuner" crowd mabe the ZX2 will become one as well. I have procrastinated long enough and WILL be getting my "toy" before next week is over. There semms to be plenty of cars here in Florida and color/equip. choices very good. I have a firm quote for $100 UNDER invoice and + $1500 cash back as well. That's about as good as it's gonna get I guess.
Ford must be planning to continue production for at least a little while longer (volcano erupting not withstanding) as "Blue Oval News" stated this morning that they will be increasing prices on all ZX2's built after 12-22-2000 by $95.00. No big deal to me tho as any car I get next week will not be affected by that.
Wish me luck as I go forth to "joust" with the "pond scum" dealers !! LOL
#688 of 1562 Which model Floridian
Dec 30, 2000 (2:00 pm)
Just curious....are you going after an S/R?
#689 of 1562 Let Us hope then...
Dec 30, 2000 (4:49 pm)
The more I drive my ZX2 the more I love it. Even if I have the distinction of having the most expensive one on the east coast. My new insurance company is suddenly claiming I didn't mention my one speeding ticket in the past 5 years and has chosen to up my rates from the $189per month to $288 month. This is inspite of the lengthy discussion had with the girl regarding my driving record. She seemed as amazed I was that in the space of one year, I could have had so much go wrong regarding a car. Somehow I think I will be looking at some of the other offers I have had on the table for insurance. Most of those where around $250.
Tell you what though pray for that twit who caused this daisy chain of events. If ever I encountered him again I will have to be locked up. All told my descion to buy a zx2 has now cost me upwards of now $17,000. My coworkers can't understand why I am so protective of my car. Can you?
Dec 31, 2000 (9:52 am)
floridian: those numbers sound really good.
Take care they don't suddenly slap you with a 12% APR on the loan which is how they will try to make a profit on your car.
About the 2.0L Zetec engine. It's also currently manufactured in Europe at 1.8L which powers cars like the Puma. The 2.3L engine is planned by Ford to be California ULEV rated. The current 2.0L engine would fail that category.
As for killing off the ZX2, Ford has been known to do stranger things than that. Like killing off the Thunderbird coupe. And not selling the 2001 Mondeo in the US because it's a better car than the Taurus and with its larger size (than previous Mondeo/Contour)would compete directly with Taurus.
By the way, the ZX2 has suffered only one safety recall - on some S/Rs . Apparently the leather shift knob did not have the gear shift diagram on it. So the correction mandated by the government was to put a small sticker diagram on the console where it would be visible.
The Focus has had three recalls in one year, including one recall that would correct the rear wheels falling off!
#691 of 1562 Waited too long for a S/R & NO 12% APR for methank you ------
Dec 31, 2000 (11:13 am)
ralex2: I waited too long for a S/R they are as scarce as hen's teeth, even used and of course no 2001's anyway. I will just have to be content with a regular ZX and mabe do a little "tweek" here and there. I did drive one last year and it did handle a little better than my son's stocker 1999 but it did not seem to be any faster 0-60 than his, go figure. It was brand new tho and could be a little faster when broken in. The only thing done to his is a K&N intake, modified mass air flow/temp sensor circuit, pirelli rubber and a Hurst shifter.
rickgonz: No, the dealer knows that I can get 7% money set up but with my year-end "Bonus" I think I will just pay cash and be done with it.
Jan 01, 2001 (2:48 pm)
When I drove the s/r, I didn't fell it eshibited anymore power than my regular Z, but like you, I assumed it was because it was still tight. I do think the "Superchip" may well have a better program in it than the S/R chip. With a chip and a few suspension mods, the regular Z ought to be functionally equivalent to the S/R. The only thin that irritates me is the clutch. I definitely like the S/R's Centerforce clutch, but I'm not going to pay out the nose to install one - unless the stock unit dies an untimely death.
#693 of 1562 Clutch swap-out no big deal----------
Jan 01, 2001 (4:35 pm)
ralex2: It may not be for everyone to attempt but my son runs his ZX in "showroom stock" SCCA events and has had occasion to replace the clutch many times (unfortunately)He and "wrench head" buddy can do it in about 2 hours !! he does not use the Centerforce replacement but got them from a co. in Daytona Beach. Those 6000 RPM launches and speedshifting do take their toll tho. I think they run about $150.00 each, exchange plus shipping.
#694 of 1562 hmmmmmmm
Jan 01, 2001 (8:47 pm)
Thanks for the info Floridian. I may rethink the clutch.