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Ford Focus, Hatchback
Mar 05, 2004 (1:49 am)
My wife's uncle only uses Ford Focuses for his business. His company has been purchasing them since they first came out in 2000, at the same Ford dealership her family has been doing business with for many years. None of the cars he purchased has seen less than 100,000 miles, and all have been problem free. I'm not saying the initial couple of years were problem free. But anyone who bought a Focus from 2000 to 2002 was clearly playing Russian Roulette.
I believe the 2003 and 2004 models, are approaching the level of the Japanese. This is a good thing, because the Focus is easily the best handling and most feature rich car in its class. I can't wait to take delivery of my PZEV ZX5 in a few weeks.
#2673 of 2882 seminole_kev
Mar 05, 2004 (7:28 am)
Very true. My Mom has a Camry that is thankfully fine because her Toyota dealer is rotten with service!
We deal with a great Mom & Pop type Ford dealership (I've bought the 3 Fords we now own - one 2000 and two 2001s - from the owner) and the service manager is very personable and responsive. When my son's Focus made a suspension noise when we first got it, Ken took a spin with me, herd the noise, hung out the window while he was driving down the street to get a better fix on the location of the sound, and fixed it first time! That's the difference that can make a problem car a good thing or a very bad thing!
Also, a good dealer will actively work within Ford for you...a dealer who doesn't care will brush you off and never give you access to the process.
Another reason to shop more than price. Over the years, that $100 you saved can cause you a hell of a lot more misery that it put in your pocket!
#2674 of 2882 Just a reminder...
Mar 05, 2004 (8:19 am)
We typically delete posts with profanity and we've had a bit the last few posts (be it mild and not used to attack another member). If you could post without it, it would be greatly appreciated. You'd be surprised the number of emails we get stating "please delete this post with XYZ profanity, I find it offensive."
I know, I know (grumble), but again, posting without it would be greatly appreciated.
Mar 05, 2004 (9:11 am)
Is Edmunds getting bent out of shape with "crap" again or did I miss something above? I looked back through and a saw a couple of "crap"s, a "crappy" and one "damn". I know Edmunds used to get bent out of shape with "crap" but hasn't in years.
Is that what the problem is? Might be more benificial to those of us who may have sinned if we know what's wrong as I don't see anything offensive above (unless you already deleted it?).
Mar 05, 2004 (11:41 am)
It would seem to all fall in line with FCC and the Bush administrations push to puritanize the country. Good luck.
Is Edmunds based in the south? They're certainly not liberal.
Mar 05, 2004 (11:46 am)
As a displaced Southerner, I can assure you that "crap" and "damn" is no problem. As I was in the military and met lots of people from different places, I'm going to use my U.S. State stereotype 4000 module (patent pending) and go with Wisconsin or Utah.
Mar 05, 2004 (1:27 pm)
not to get off-topic - crap is fine. And you'll note that I didn't delete the posts. I simply asked to not use the hell, damn, etc. if you can help it. Believe it or not, we do get emails from your fellow TH members about it.
OK - anymore on this, please email me privately as to not let the Focus discussion get off-topic.
Mar 05, 2004 (2:52 pm)
Well, my gosh darned Focus is in the shop again. The clutch pooped out at 76k miles along with the dog gone A/C compressor. Thank the almighty one for giving me the wisdom to buy an Extended Service Plan. They've had it for 3 days now. We're currently bickering over who has to pay for the clutch. The service manager, who is a doodie head, says that clutches are not covered. My argument is that the policy says only that "manual clutch disc" isn't covered (he named 3 things along with the clutch disc). Everything else is. I'm going to persue this in small claims court if they deny the claim.
They can just go to heck =D
(all content censured so as not to offend those of the big brother administration.)
#2680 of 2882 Clutch
Mar 05, 2004 (10:26 pm)
I think you are really asking for way too much.
Even the original manuf warranty doesn't cover the clutch and brakes any longer than first 12,000 miles.
Mar 06, 2004 (9:45 pm)
Hey, they wrote the contract, not me. It clearly says ALL COMPONENTS ARE COVERED EXCEPT: .... and lists the usual brakes ...bla bla bla.. and then manual clutch disc. After that... nada.
Anyway, I'm bilking Ford for as much as I can. I bought it in good faith and have been screwed from day one with all the problems.