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#512 of 521 V V T Engines
Dec 19, 1999 (5:14 am)
The VVT engine configuration on the Zetec is gone. It now uses a simple Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve. Much easier to work on yourself, if you are inclined to such behavior. I am told it does not affect the performance stats for the car...either config produces the same level of performance. Ford opted for a simpler design (maybe read as lower production cost?) in the face of no real performance gain. The exhaust cam timing was adjusted to allow the engine to pass emissions cert without VVT.
#513 of 521 Some Additional Focus info
Dec 19, 1999 (5:25 am)
While the Focus remains a front disk/rear drum configuration, I understand that brave souls (or ones with deep pockets) can opt to visit the Ford SVO catalog for parts bin rear disks from the Contour SVT. Supposedly, the Focus and Contour share this common rear hub assembly allowing for dealers or owners to upgrade to 4 wheel disk. How this interacts with ABS I haven't a clue but at least you now know where to begin looking for disks. Also, fans of the WRC effort can find more at http://www.fordracing.net
Dec 19, 1999 (4:42 pm)
What is the cheapest price any one has seen for one with ac? I got a quote for $11288 (5 spd, ac). Seemed good to me...
#515 of 521 cheapest price
Dec 19, 1999 (7:27 pm)
I ordered mine yesterday for $100.00 over factory invoice in Clinton, Illinois. All new cars bought through autobytel (in Clinton) are $100.00 over invoice with exception of the SVT line. Hopefully in two years Ford will produce a Focus SVT.
#516 of 521 Good deal for me i guess
Dec 19, 1999 (10:35 pm)
i got my zx3..e.t.a within a day or two(i hope) for the invoice price. My credit is not that great but the credit union i borrowed money from is charging 6.25% apr for 60 months with 10 percent down on the cost of the vehicle. what do you think?...is it a good deal.
#517 of 521 God I hope Ford makes the Focus R
Dec 20, 1999 (7:30 am)
Car and Driver named the Focus to it's 10Best list this year.
Would you have imagined just a year ago that for $11-12k you could get a 130hp 3dr with A/C?
The ZX3 may be the CRX Si of the next decade.
#518 of 521 Cheapest Price
Dec 20, 1999 (3:27 pm)
If you have a chance to buy a ZX-3 with AC for ~11.3, you might want to snap that up rather quickly. Here in North Florida, the ZX3 stock is slim (none arriving) and the demand remains higher than average. My neighbor, a Ford salesmsan say he can make me a deal on a Mustang but not on the Focus. Says Ford is requiring dealerships in this region to take "deadwood" models in order to rec'v the increasingly popular Focus. He did leak an interesting warning: the Focus campaign is targeting the younger (or younger-minded) buyer and his dealership knows this population is not as saavvy in negotiating. They feel they have a "captive", exploitable group of buyers who generally only care about how much a month they are paying for the vehicle. I'm sure you can see where this is going....
As for Jamers85, it sounds like a good deal was had on your part if you got to *SEE* the invoice price on an invoice, not simply written or verbalized. And 6.25% for 60 with 10% with a shaky credit history ain't bad. Might want to buy a lottery ticket to see if good things come in threes....?
#519 of 521 a few more ponies
Dec 20, 1999 (6:00 pm)
Anybody know any relatively simple ways to get more power out of the ZX3?
Dec 20, 1999 (8:24 pm)
Try a header and a K&N air filter to start.
#521 of 521 carlady
Dec 20, 1999 (9:24 pm)
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