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Ford Focus, Hatchback
#2578 of 2882 re: new in 2004
Dec 22, 2003 (6:34 pm)
1. Please read the article:
http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=17010&ma- - - ke_id=trust
2. Orange Autumn has been discontinued after the '00 year model.
Silver, yes I'm still checking this thread.
My car has been affected by many of the early model problems.
Fortunately I was able to convince my local dealers to fix the most of them before my car run out of warranty.
Yes, that was a really big hassle. Now it's running pretty good and I would buy another Focus again, especially considering all the improvements and the major advancement in the reliability ratings (but NEVER the first year model regardless of the brand).
Dec 22, 2003 (7:13 pm)
Vadp, thanks for the reply. I know the 2005 Focus will be out in 2004, but I was asking about the 2004 Focus, not 2005.
Dec 22, 2003 (8:03 pm)
My 2004 PZEV ZX3 has a new front suspension for this iteration. It rides better and handles better due to this suspension upgrade.
Dec 22, 2003 (8:18 pm)
Now do I get a 2004 2.3 ZX3 or 2005 2.3 ZX4? There will probably be some pretty good deals to be had on 2004's near the end of April as the 2005's start rolling in, or did I get the dates wrong?
Dec 23, 2003 (6:06 am)
Thanks for that link, vadp. For those of us who want a performance-oriented, three door hatchback that doesn't break the bank, it looks like 2004 is going to be the last time a ZX3 can be configured the way I'd want it. Too bad I don't really need a new car right now Am I the only person who's being left behind by what seems to be a never ending march "upmarket" by the world's automakers? Whatever happened to simple, light weight cars with decent power, good brakes, predictable handling, no doo-dads, and a price tag under $15K?
#2584 of 2882 SUV's is What Happened to Them...
Dec 23, 2003 (8:41 am)
Enthusiasts seem to have abandoned the "car" market....
#2585 of 2882 hatch tightening
Dec 23, 2003 (10:49 am)
someone mentioned that they had the hatch tightened on their focus. Over irregular and rough surfaces i have found that a loose or jiggly sound comes from the hatch. Ford dealer says it's tight. I don't believe it. Any advice from those experiencing similar problem?
Dec 23, 2003 (1:35 pm)
According to what I have heard about the 2005 Focus, only the fourdoor sedan will be available with the 2.3 engine. This sounds nuts, but that seems to be what Ford is doing for 2005. My advice is to get the 2004 hback ZX3 with ABS in the premium car. I got automatic also, and I am glad I did not get the stick as the new engine gives plenty of performance with auto, and it is much more convenient to drive in traffic. This car lists for l7100 but can be bought for under l5000 loaded with power everything, auto, and ABS. I sure like mine and I would not be interested in going back to the 2.0 engined car after having this super little car. It has been flawless for 8300 miles, and just seems to get better every time I drive it. Good stuff. Also get the Blaupunkt MP3=CD radio. It is the best radio Ford offers in the Focus as standard equipment. Do not get the 6 disc player. Old stuff.
#2587 of 2882 Don't Believe Early Press Releases...
Dec 23, 2003 (2:44 pm)
Ford will respond to public opinion at least where there is a long enough lead time to do so. Unless they have a production line problem with the 2.3 (can't make enough) it should be more widely available.
On the other hand it is entirely possible the only reason the green states got the 2.3, is to meet fleet emissions requirements, and the only reason the 2.3 goes national 2004 ONLY is because they haven't had time to come out with the 2.0 Duratec (as opposed to ZETEC). But, why didn't they roll out the 2.0 PZEV first?
Surely they can't be "taking back" the greatest thing to every happen to the Focus line? It can't be gas mileage - the 2.3 PZEV beats the 2.0 Zetec....