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#401 of 430 RE:rperna
Mar 22, 2000 (11:33 pm)
So, you say the Focus is a poor man's VW.... you're kidding, right?
I can afford to own either a fully-loaded Jetta or a fully-loaded Focus. I did not settle for the Focus because it was 'within my price range' or anything. I went with a Focus because, IMHO, it's dynamically a much better car. Period.
I can only see three types of drivers who would be interested in a Jetta, especially a loaded one:
1) Drivers who are impressed with the styling.
2) Drivers who are devoted VW fans.
3) Drivers who need a car that says "Hey world! Look at me! I make enough money to be driving one of *these*!"
I guess what I'm trying to say is this... Just because it's the least expensive choice, it doesn't mean it's the poor-man's choice. In this case, I believe the least expensive car just so happens to be the best choice.
Mar 22, 2000 (11:33 pm)
Dear Focus zx-3 Owners,
A few years ago...I was very intent on buying a 318TI because it was a cool size, had a hatchback and was almost reasonably priced for a BMW (base model). And hey some cache for a BMW is pretty cool too. I was disappointed that BMW North America dropped the 318TI.
Now, as a proud owner of a zx-3 with no regrets...I was wondering if any zx-3 owners out there ever have a friend or was a former owner of a 318TI care to voice an opinion. Does anyone see any kinship or similarity between the 2?
Both have a 4 cylinder DOHC engine (BMW is 137 HP), hatchback, quite short in length. I think there are a lot of similarities (on paper).
I am raising this topic to return some sanity to this string of responses. (Mind you...comparing a Focus to a ZX-3 may be less than sane...I agree) because I have enjoyed the ZX-3 topic and I would like it to remain fun and enjoyable to read people's excitement (and sometimes disappointment too). We all are sympathetic towards drebe17 and like tickbitty's enthusiasm and most excellent plans.
Anybody get a watch lately and what color. I don't mind those topics at all! Enjoy driving and spread the word that the ZX-3 is fun and affordable and surprisingly 'just right.!'
Mar 22, 2000 (11:43 pm)
In my last note... I wrote...
Mind you...comparing a
Focus to a ZX-3 may be less than sane...I agree
I wanted to say...
Comparing a 318TI to a ZX-3 may not be that sane
sorry about that.
Mar 23, 2000 (12:20 am)
NorwayDoug, a very interesting comparison, but the rear drive and vastly different design philosophies makes this another "apples to bananas" comparison. I think they are too different to make a call. I've owned two different 3-series BMWs (but no ti), and they were fun cars, but for what they cost new they should be. I still think our ZX3s are astonishingly good cars for the price, and very nice cars by any measure.
#405 of 430 AAA (American Automobile Club)Test Focus
Mar 23, 2000 (1:06 am)
"Strong Points: Ride/handling; Driveability: Interior room."
"Weak Points: Acceleration; Rear leg room."
Mar 23, 2000 (1:21 am)
Thanks for your posts about the color. I am very excited to see the car, and I think it will be a nice surprise. All my friends dont like the car but I think they wish they had one. I will be the only kid at my school with one!
I went to the dealer today to sit in it and boy I cant wait! How long do you think it will take to break in??
Does the 5-speed tranny have a short throw?? Is it fast in that car?
I cant wait another 4 weeks!
Mar 23, 2000 (1:24 am)
Yes the rwd of the ti makes it very much different from the focus. Yes....that just sort of blows my comparison topic away doesn't it?
Thanks for the intelligent response. It is refreshing as of late.
#408 of 430 Edmunds, HELP!
Mar 23, 2000 (1:36 am)
Is there any way this trouble-making individual can be blocked? I'd sure appreciate it, and no doubt every other sane person on this forum would, too.
Mar 23, 2000 (2:57 am)
you really need to become more assertive. i would call fords regional office if i were you. if you don't get results call the corporate. if that doesnt work call the local news media. i know around here we have consumer issues all the time on our news broadcasts. i damn near did it myself and would have except they got it done right before i would've snapped. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I know its difficult for a young person but its time you stepped up to the plate young man. your zx3 friend, mark
#410 of 430 richbrook stuff
Mar 23, 2000 (3:52 am)
looking for "in- states" Richbrook Product dealers. got some quotes from Angleland but trying to save on the shipping ( and the exchange rate). if anyone knows let me know!