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#472 of 481 mellow yellow
May 12, 2000 (11:58 am)
jwkessler1- if it was available when i made my pur-
chase , i think i would have went for it.however,it
probably would have been on impulse.i do like it.
the better half says its really sharp.as i have
posted before ,i went with my safe choice pitch
black.but i gotta tell you,that yellow is cool.
enjoy the hunt!
May 12, 2000 (12:06 pm)
Re: the mystery underseat harness, other than the side airbags, the only other thing I can think of would be a connection for the seatbelt warning lamp, but of course that should be connected. In the cars I've owned, I've often come across similar "mystery" wires - a neat bundle of wires, a plug, and nothing for it to attach to. Manufacturers try to standardize the wiring harness as much as possible to streamline the assembly process. I'd bet the U.S. spec ZX3 has one main harness design taking into account many of the powered options. This will result in some unused electrical leads on a base level car.
May 12, 2000 (12:49 pm)
I paid $13.35 plus 5% sales tax on my tip at the local BMW shop. Not complaining though, that's still a bargain.
Thanks to fgaydos for beating me to post the part#.
May 12, 2000 (12:58 pm)
Where were you able to find a bug deflector for the focus? Is there a link you could provide us with? (All I can find is Lund deflectors for pickup trucks))
[And to think, I was almost to the point of buying a bra for my focus because I gave up looking for a bug shield.}
#476 of 481 Block Heater (Pat)
May 12, 2000 (1:10 pm)
Good tip on "remembering" that you're wired to the block heater!
I installed overhead, retractable power cords on each side of the garage... That bright orange cord hanging there in front of the windshield is a pretty good reminder that we're "plugged in."
Picked up a related tip over on the Dodge Truck forum... Hook up an in-line timer that kicks on about an hour before you leave in the morning... Same effects of quick start, minimal wear, instant heat and defrost, but minimizes power consumption.
May 12, 2000 (1:39 pm)
Gabe - "backlight" is British English for "rear window", so this refers to a rear window with a defroster grid (which our cars already have). I'm stumped by "IVD" and the reference to "RKE"...
May 12, 2000 (1:51 pm)
Searched all over for it and found it thru Edmunds search service. The part # is posted on Accessories Conference for the Focus. It is a Lund "x-terminator". Only pics I have found is on P/U, but am assured that it is for our ZX3. It is contoured, goes fender to fender following front hood line angleing back behind headlights, and is only available in smoked. Any Lund dealer should have it listed in their new 2000 catalog. $43.00.
The spring bugs have really committing sucide on the hood of my ZX3, plus I just found a very small stone chip injury on the hood. Got to do something, as I remember the condition of the hood on my last vehicle. Doesn't matter what bug deflectors look like, just the functionallity of them. People say stay away from big trucks, ya, try that one. And as someone who drives a big truck, I feel for the guy behind me who is catching the stones being picked up and thrown by my tires. If you stay way back then one is passing you and you still get it. Can't avoid them.
#479 of 481 to Jwkessler1..."Z" is most popular
May 12, 2000 (2:30 pm)
Quoting from your Post:
".........Interestingly, one of these Dealers told me the "non-ZX3" versions of the Focus haven't been selling that well for them.... So far, only one special-order Wagon and one four door have been sold....."
".....They have sold several ZX3s, though I have yet to see one on the road...."
I've wondered about that myself.
I mean, I see a good fair-sized number of Focus sedans and wagons on the Dealer's lots in my area (about 8 cars average) --- but very FEW of them are "Z" cars. I've suspected the Dealers "over-ordered" the Sedans/Wagons (thinking they would sell fastest) and ordered many fewer, Z models.
Result: the '00 model year is ending, and they are stuck with oversupply of sedans/wagons ... and a shortage of the hotter-selling Z models.
(The above comments are NOT meant to knock the Sedans and Wagons --- it's only to point out that the Z model seems to have captured the hearts of many Focus buyers).
Also, thanx for info that Dealers are more likely to give you car for Invoice price if you place an order --- than if you buy it right off the lot, or have them find one from another dealer.
Makes sense, in a way. How so?
Well, if they "order from the factory", and sell it to you for Invoice --- they're happy, 'cause they get to keep the FULL "Holdback" fee (the factory gives them) -- and you're happy, 'cause you got it fer "Dealer Invoice" price. It's a "Win-Win" deal.
#480 of 481 Oversupply?
May 12, 2000 (3:34 pm)
Not even close. 4-doors are selling pretty well.
ZX3 could be in short supply. Simply because Ford coudn't anticipate such a strong demand for them.
Remember what all the marketing data shows--hatchbacks don't sell in the U.S.
And as I know 2001 Honda Civic which goes on sale this fall is not gonna have a hatch version.
#481 of 481 carlady
May 12, 2000 (4:42 pm)
I've hidden post #451 above because the long link is skewing our screen size. To read it, just click on "Hidden Post."
In the meantime, I'll freeze this now and make a new beginning. I know you guys, if I turn my back for a second you'll be at 700 posts!
Let's continue in part VIII. See you there!