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#1 of 522 carlady
Oct 04, 2000 (2:02 am)
The fabulous ZX3. We keep talking and talking and
talking about this special car. To catch up on the
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Oct 04, 2000 (3:24 am)
At least we don't have as many blow outs, or even flat tires, as we did back then. But I have to admit that there was a lot more metal in those beasts. We had a 41, followed by a 51 Pontaic, then a 57 Chevy Bel Aire, a 63 Chevy ?, 66 Pontaic Tempest (Think that was called a T-100) when I was growing up. My first was a suicide door Fiat four speed on the column (59, I think), 64 Tempest two door, both used followed by a brand new 69 yellow VW Convertable brought when I got back from Vietnam. Followed by many more after I got married. Think the ZX3 is the most fun one of all. Don't ask me why, can't explain it. It's just a fun car to drive.
#3 of 522 Hey zx3beast
Oct 04, 2000 (5:16 am)
Let us know when your "perfect world" arrives.
Oct 04, 2000 (6:50 am)
I think you have a very good point. From your own personal experience, I can appreciate your point of view regarding a potential serious flaw in our Focii. Therefore, his remarks should not be criticized and I understand your concerns.
The guy we should really criticize is Pat C. How old is that guy anyway?...1941 Pontiac for crying out loud!!
#5 of 522 re: perfect world
Oct 04, 2000 (7:30 am)
you will have to wait for the afterlife. you can increase your odds
to get there sooner if by fate your rear wheel comes off.when your times up , so be it.let me state again,i have been a very vocal supporter
and at times an outspoken person in regards to the z and ford in general.
however, i am older and wiser not to let myself be a blinded loyalist
for a company which has compromised the safety of its loyal consumers.
since the firestone recall the focus will be on ford whenever there is
a potential problem with their products. the fact of the matter is, they
blew it first with the contour and for now the jury is still out on the
focus.i want them to succeed,i want for the focus to be a real winner,
i made a financial investment in my hard-earned cash for this car.it is,
as many have stated,a fun car to drive.but i have to tell you,it wouldnt be much fun to drive with only three wheels.unless of course,ford releases the new trike version.
re:pcleveland2,pat - this past saturday i passed a teal color 57 belair
it was a real beauty! now those were the real fun times and nearly a
"perfect world" as one will ever get in this lifetime. let the good times roll!
Oct 04, 2000 (1:35 pm)
Checked ownerconnect.com this morning and my car is affected by the recall. I called the the customer service number and they stated that the recall was a safety issue and I should take the car in right away. I have an appointment for Monday at 8:00am. Of course, they're not sure if they have the parts to fix it but they said they will inspect the car and IF they have the parts fix it Monday IF NOT then I will have to wait for them to be ordered. I asked them what they will do if they don't have the parts, of course they said we'll see when you get here on Monday. If they dont' have the parts then I WILL get a loaner. I'm not going to sdrive a car that isn't safe. Anyway I'll post on Monday and let you all know what the deal is. Thanks to all who posted on the recall....I love this forum!!!
#7 of 522 brake dust covers, again
Oct 04, 2000 (3:22 pm)
thanks for the reply. IYO, would it make any difference vis a vis brake cooling if the covers had vents in them? Supposedly, even w/ the vents they still stop the brake dust from forming.
Also, re: the non-dust brake pads. Other than the dust are they any better in other respects than OEM pads? TIA
Oct 04, 2000 (3:50 pm)
I've examined the "vented" dust covers, and the vents are pretty tiny - obviously, if they made them too big, you'd be right back where you started, as the dust would pass through the vents too. Several sources (BMW among them) specifically advise staying away from these covers. They inhibit brake cooling, and can cause wheel mounting problems as well (since you are essentially placing a "shim" between the surface of the hub and the mounting surface of the alloy wheel). Yes, pads like the EBC Kevlar pads are much better than stock pads, in that they don't dust and have a MUCH higher temperature rating - upwards of 1000 degrees F. They are a good choice for aggressive street driving, and light track use.
#9 of 522 EBC
Oct 04, 2000 (5:06 pm)
hey SB... i know you've told us a million times before, but i uess i didnt pay attention because i couldnt afford them... but im ready for my EBC pads. where did you order them from and what was the cost? did you install them yourself? if so was it easy, if not what was the cost of installation? do they go right into the existing mounts? or are extra parts needed for them? these may be stupid ?'s but it's my first car so ive never had to know this stuff before.