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Ford Focus, Hatchback
#2863 of 2882 Re: starting problem with Ford Focus ZX3 [breister]
Feb 29, 2008 (6:04 pm)
Sorry 2 hear about your problem. I've got an 03 ZTW that has NEVER failed to start. Always first time, every time. You don't apply throttle when you start, do you?
#2864 of 2882 Re: starting problem with Ford Focus ZX3 [rapidrick]
Mar 01, 2008 (5:28 am)
I hold the clutch and the brake pedals down.
#2865 of 2882 weird heater problems
Mar 06, 2008 (5:35 pm)
i have a 2003 zx3 with the weirdest heater problem. when it is warmed up with the temp gague needle pointing straight up, i turned on the defroster the first time and the floor and vents the second time, and i could actually watch the needle droptill it was just above the cold mark and the heat "ran out" and started blowing almost cold air, but far from warm. the car hasnt been drove much this winter due to BOTH of the outer door handles being broke. good thing the gilfriend took care of the hatch wih the top of the garage door frame. yes she tried to back out of the garage with the hatch open. so know it wont latch without the use of the ratchet strap. almost forgot to mention the windshield wipers broke. the ball joint actually poped apart. built ford tough my ass
Apr 16, 2008 (3:16 pm)
124,000 miles. I'm pretty sure I got a good one.
A/C resistor blown (warranty)
Recalls (two visits, great service)
Head gasket (warranty)
Passenger side rear-seat access lever (twice!)
Windshield seal separation, bottom by wipers (warranty)
Broken mount for hood latch (interior). I shove it under the dash.
Brakes changed at 74,000
Gas mileage still between 27-30mpg
I bought this cause it was cheap (13,000) and it reminded me of the European cars I drove (I was in Germany for 5 years and drove an Audi and Ford Mondeo alot).
It broke a spring and is in the shop as I type. SVT suspensions are a surplus right now, so I picked one up for $295 plus new strut bearings ($70) and $300 labor. I'm just waiting for the exhaust to fall off and the clutch to blow. Otherwise, I'm pretty damn happy with this thing. It's a great looking car, really. I'm so glad I don't have one of the new flat-dash models. And I think someone is on acid at Ford. There's a new 2008 ZX4 (or whatever they're called now) across the street and is sits super high and the styling is taking a baaaad turn. We have a 2005 Freestyle and I love that it's controls are almost identical to my Focus. It's a good car too, but it's only an 18mpg car and I'm waiting for that CVT to explode...after warranty....
Jul 27, 2008 (2:14 pm)
Has anyone done business with Northcoast Performance? They have Roush lowering springs and a SVT damper kit that I would like to install on my 2003 ZX3. The prices seem reasonable but I, nor anyone I do business with, have not heard fo them. I've tried to call them but all I get is a busy signal until after thier business hours. I've left messages but I get no return calls. I get the impression they aren't concerned with my patronage and that speaks volumes to me about their customer service and quality of parts. Help please.
Feb 01, 2009 (8:41 pm)
im going to turbo my focus with a 70mm turbo and i was wondering how big injectors to go with and also im looking for any turbo parts for a focus or other motor parts
#2869 of 2882 2001 ford focus zx3
Aug 15, 2009 (9:46 am)
I am having problems with the idle speed does anyone have any ideas of what to do to fix it i had the test done all it said was lean bank one
#2870 of 2882 2001 Focus in accident.
Dec 27, 2010 (8:51 am)
#2871 of 2882 Little Bitty Wire Causing BIIIGGGG Problems!
Dec 27, 2010 (11:49 pm)
I have a 2001 ZX3.
Apparently, there is this LITTLE BITTY wire that runs to one of my battery terminals. It has come loose 2 times now, and when it does, it kills my car. It won't start. But the lights and air and radio and eveyrthing turn on. The car just doesn't actually start.
WTF is this little wire???? Why is it there??? What can I do to keep it from coming loose and keeping my car from starting?
I probably sound like I have no idea what I'm talking about, because I really don't. I just know this wire is what is making my car act stupid. Please help!
Dec 27, 2010 (11:55 pm)
1. Replaced the starter (Try not to do this yourself. According to my husband and the mobile mechanic he had to call to help, Ford Focuses have THE hardest starters to replace of any car ever.)
2. Replaced the battery.
3. Had 3 new keys made. (Just stopped working one day.)
4. The thing that pops the hood, FELL out of the dash, and now gets stuck under the brake at the most inoportune times.
5. Randomly the E brake light comes on, even though I NEVER put the E brake on.
6. Back windshield wiper comes on by itself.
7. Headlights won't work all the time unless they are on bright.
I think my car is possessed.... or just a POS.