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Oct 30, 2000 (2:59 pm)
Fun to Drive: 1-10 10
Quality of Build: 1-10 9
Design: 1-10 9
Engine/Transmission: 1-10 9
Value: 1-10 10
Over all Satisfaction: 1-10 9
eight months, ten thousand miles
in for second recall today (wheel bearing)
My brother and niece both have ZX3s
Both love their cars. My brother had the air conditioner leak, seat belt problem. Both fixed, dealer provided a loaner.
My niece has a stick, no problems over 13,000 miles.
They obviously purchased from a good dealer (service) Ashley Ford, New Bedford, Ma.
I've yet to really test the service at my dealer Century Ford, Rockville, MD. So far, so good, considering their high volume sales and long lines at the service bays. I've had to leave it on the recalls. Short wait on oil changes.
#474 of 522 Interior cleaning
Oct 30, 2000 (4:42 pm)
I'd like to thank everybody for your responses to my problem.
Will stay away from this board for a while. (you know - less pollution will never hurt this forum).
Just one more thing.
Yesterday I was cleaning the interior.
Used the Lexol Vinylex with good results.
It doesn't leave as greasy or shiny finish as some other brands.
#475 of 522 chicago driver
Oct 30, 2000 (5:32 pm)
How was the trip? You didnt park your Z on the strip did you? Heard on the news this morning 78 arrests and 5 businesses cleaning up glass from all the "fun"
Oct 30, 2000 (5:47 pm)
Vadp is correct - Vinylex is a superior product. It does a super job on tires as well, and contains a very strong UV shield to protect vinyl and rubber from sun damage. Best of all - no formaldehyde, like some other brands I could name. Buffed lightly after letting it sit for a few minutes, you'll end up with a natural, low gloss sheen.
#477 of 522 Experience at Ford dealership
Oct 30, 2000 (5:47 pm)
Today I was scheduled to bring in my Zx3 for the recall fix (got a call from my dealer last week stating that they JUST (I had enquired before) received the parts and inviting me to come in not earlier than 30 October), So we agreed that I would come in. After a warm greeting they took the car away and said that I could wait if I wished - the repair would take about an hour. OK. In two hours I was called to the desk where they handed me my keys and a receipt. I glanced into the receipt just to see what was in there and to my surprise it stated that no parts were available. Assuming there was some mistake I asked the service assistant to clarify it and she confirmed that THEY ARE JUST OUT OF PARTS (!!! and that they have special ordered them for me )))). Well, this raises a few questions, not least - what they were doing with my car for those 2 hours???
Well, I am a working person and do not really enjoy my trips to dealership. I have not made up my mind yet whether I should laugh or be mad but I know that Ford (Academy Ford at Laurel, MD specifically)deserves something for this.(can you, guys, suggest anything?)
I live in USA temporarily and I am from Eastern Europe (Latvia). This means I have experienced socialism and in theory I am ready for anything that state or a company can do to you. But this is over the top by any standards!!!!
I have tried to justify Ford on these pages (recalls are unfortunately "normal" in contemporary car manufacturing for any brand) and I still think that Focus is a great car ( a deservedly big hit all over Europe as we all know). Unfortunately it has not been taken seriously enough by Ford of North America and may reflect the overall flaws within Ford I was unaware of before I decided about my choice. Too bad.
#478 of 522 car cover antenna sleeve
Oct 30, 2000 (5:54 pm)
In investating which type of car cover to buy (probably noah) I noticed that for custom fit covers there will be a a sleeve for the roof antenna.
Can I not opt for this sleeve (it makes putting the cover on and off easier) and just let the pressure of the cover fold the antenna back? The antenna seems plenty flexible and non abrasive.
Oct 30, 2000 (6:44 pm)
cobie, somebody stated just a few posts back that the people they dealt with left the sleeve off for them. Up to you if you want to chance leaving the thing on under there but I'd unscrew it.
Vadp, don't go away mad (maybe you aren't) but I hope you know that most people on here do feel that your problems are valid, despite whether they themselves have had any problems. Good luck all.
#480 of 522 Cobie - remove the antenna
Oct 30, 2000 (7:15 pm)
Don't put a cover on the car with the antenna in place. The antenna isn't designed to be held flat against the roof for any period of time. As I posted earlier, Covercraft kindly made my cover using the approved ZX3 pattern, but omitted the dorky antenna pocket. I ordered the cover through Big Sky Car Cover in MT, but you may have to contact Covercraft directly to get a modified cover like mine.
#481 of 522 tickbitty
Oct 30, 2000 (7:21 pm)
I'm not mad at anybody (except at myself).
I just need some time to polish my social skills.
I'll be back soon.
Thanks for caring.
Have fun! This board rocks!!!
Oct 30, 2000 (7:34 pm)
Well I decided to stay here for the weekend and go to some parties around the area. I've noticed alot more zx3 around the area now. I saw a yellow one in Oak Park with a ticket for overnight parking, (luckily I park mine in my girlfriend's garage.) Also seen some in the midnight blue and malibu blue. They all look great but I'm glad that I stayed with the green. So far so good, no problems and the squeeky chair noise went away. Still on the lookout for a shop around here which carries the 3M stoneguard film.