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Ford Focus, Hatchback
#2840 of 2882 Re: Tire Recommendations [rwgreenberg]
Apr 30, 2007 (1:31 pm)
There are not many choices in this Size. However, they would certainly be available from major Distributors like Tire Rack. This is what I did: After about 2 winter seasons on my Pirelli P6's which were standard issue on my ZTS, I ordered (4)Dunlop snow tires with Rims from Tire Rack. They will recommend for the Winter season that you convert to a 195-60x15. This is an intelligent thing to do as real winter tires are better a little bit narrower. They are better also for the pot holed streets in the winter (more sidewall before rim gets nicked) . My Original tires were retired in two phases. Last year I bought 2 Kuhmo tires on a close out from Tire Rack at a great price. They seem to be wearing fairly rapidly. I replaced the final 2 just last month again from "TR" These were BFG g-force a few bucks more but still a good price.
Converting allowed me to get more aggressive performance tires than the "all seasons" supplied by Ford on the car.
#2841 of 2882 Re: Tire Recommendations [markus5]
Apr 30, 2007 (3:58 pm)
i have a zts, too. mine has 15's with goodyear rsa's.
they will need to be replaced before next winter.
i like the gas mileage i am getting. they can be somewhat greasy. i don't drive fast on the straightaways, but i don't slow down in the curves.
how are the bfg's treating you?
#2842 of 2882 Re: 2001 ford focus zx3 manual [littleone]
May 29, 2007 (9:01 pm)
I just got my car back from the dealer after a clutch replacement and it did the same thing. It even died in the middle lane of the expressway! I had to have it towed tonight, with less than 10 miles after the repair.
Did you get any useful info?
#2843 of 2882 Re: Suspension upgrade [gotclaws]
Jun 12, 2007 (12:56 pm)
My wife has a 2006 Focus 3dr hatchback and it makes a clicking noise when I'm slowing down and a squeeky noise when I start braking.
Any idea what this might be, as CARMAX relined the brakes and replaced a bent tire rim?
Thank you for any information that you can give to me regarding this.
#2844 of 2882 Re: Tire Recommendations [markus5]
Jul 05, 2007 (3:01 pm)
Don't know if you bought tires yet, but I put BF Goodrich TA Tractions on my 2002 ZX3 in size 205 50 16. They grip great-even in the snow. You can also try Falkens. I believe they come in 205 50 16 also.
#2845 of 2882 Re: Tire Recommendations [crazedcommuter]
Jul 06, 2007 (8:21 pm)
It is interesting (coincidental) that this should come up again. When I changed to my summer tires a few months ago I followed TIRE RACKS' recommendation placing the newest set in the back. This did not work out because an irritating tire noise presented it self immediately from the Kuhmo Exta tires which only had about 10,000 miles on them. I reversed them and the NEW BFG G- force went to front. The Noise problem was substantially eliminated in this way.
As I explained in my last post here, The Kuhmos were extremely inexpensive they give greater grip than the all-season p-6's, but are wearing fast and are definitely noisier. This seems to be especially true at speed on wet roads.
An independent Tire dealer here mentioned that Focuses, although they are a light car without huge tire spinning power, tend to wear tires down more than one would generally expect. I don't have any explanation for this. Has anybody else experinced less than expected tire life with their Focus?
Jul 22, 2007 (10:22 am)
I HAVE BEEN READING UP ON THE FOCUS ZX3 AND WAS CONTEMPLATING GETTING A 2005 ZX3. DOES ANYONE HAVE THIS PARTICULAR MODEL? IF SO, ANY OPINIONS ON IT. I AM ONE OF THOSE GIRLS THAT NEVER REALLY HAD TO PICK OUT HER OWN CAR BEFORE, DONT REALLY HAVE ANY IDEA ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR, MY DAD ALWAYS ASKED THE QUESTIONS.
#2847 of 2882 Re: Tire Recommendations [markus5]
Sep 17, 2007 (3:14 pm)
Fuzion HR1 - I like em on my 03 Zx3! Quiet! Replaced the factory Firestones(205/50/16) with same sized Fuzions at 37K. The fuzions are MUCH quieter and maybe a bit softer ride... HAve had very good luck with my Zx3 - No problems! Front brake pads and a tail light bulb only! (yea, theyre known to eat front pads so change em b4 ya have scrape up disks with a good after market pad)
Great little town run around - would buy again!
Could get better milage, have never got better than 32, ususlly ~25 city. But very comfortable, positive to drive - Extremely Tight - 40K+ and it still doesnt have a rattle or creak in it!
#2849 of 2882 Radio Help????????
Oct 08, 2007 (1:26 pm)
Im trying to get the stock radio out, but cannot. I'm afraid of breaking it, but can anybody help me with some instructions? thanks
By the way, can you hook up a system to the stock radio?