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#357 of 637 Re: Focus Wagon [davidh2837]
Aug 24, 2005 (8:45 am)
I may not be able to offer much constructive except to future potential buyers. The 2000 and 2001 had lots of problems and recalls being the first years of a totally new car designed in Germany and produced in Wayne, Michigan (wagons). But even in these years plenty of people do not have problems and get over 100K miles easy. From 2003 on there is a 36/36 bumper-to-bumper transferable warranty and 60 month/100K mile powertrain warranty also fully transferable and I would recommend these years and the quality increases as the years go on. As for the 2000 in question, some states have laws requiring the dealer to take the car back during a short grace period, but I assume you are not in one of those states or it's too late. Also, if it was a Ford dealer there may be a short warranty on it. But assuming that neither is the case you are right to fix the indicator and fuel guage. The whining noise is not normal and that could be a big problem. If the sound is coming from the rear end - that is good news cuz there are no moving parts back there other then wheel bearings. If you know a trusted and reasonable mechanic I would have him troubleshoot it. You may be able to tell if it's the engine by seeing if the frequency of the whine corresponds to engine rpm or to vehicle mph. If you are going 30 mph and down shift one gear and are still going 30 does the whine frequency increase or stay the same? It is also possible that it is something not quite as expensive like wheel bearings or differential. One last thought is that 25K miles is suspicious for a 2000 car and I would do a Carfax check if you haven't already.
#358 of 637 Re: Focus Wagon [jazvan]
Aug 26, 2005 (2:26 am)
I should have done my homework and lot checks better, shame on me.
The dealer which is an off lot supposedly with a good reputation is looking into possible Ford recall notices on the non working directional auto off. I am seeing that the non working gas guage is a common problem in reading the board.
As far a the whine, I am not optimistic. I thought at first it was just how the car ran and sounded but I believe it comes from either the trans or the engine as it rises when I accelerate but is not loud.
Sorry to admit but it looks like my best bet would be to get rid of this turkey before it costs me much more to keep fixing and fixing.
I guess the lesson here is that a vehicle with low miles should be viewed with as much suspicion as one with high mileage should be with caution!
#359 of 637 Change tranny fluid?
Aug 26, 2005 (2:44 pm)
BTW you can check for Technical Service Bulletins here:
I would venture to guess the whine is not the engine, more likely the tranny ( I assume it's an auto). Here's one possibility that would be good to eliminate - have the ATX fluid completely changed and defintiely replace the filter. It can get really gummed up and clogged in 5 years even with low miles and cause some noises.
#360 of 637 telescoping steering wheel
Aug 26, 2005 (3:09 pm)
I am thinking of buying a used 2000-02 focus wagon (if I find a buyer for my Windstar). Drove one today and the only problem I had is the steering wheel was a little farther away for me than I would like. The 2002 I drove had only a tilt wheel no telescoping.
Would the telescoping wheel allow the wheel to get closer to me than the standard non-telescoping, or only further away?
Was the telescoping wheel part of an option package for these? It might help me identify listings for ones that have telescoping, if I know they had to have some other option(s) to get that.
#361 of 637 Re: telescoping steering wheel [jeffyscott]
Aug 26, 2005 (4:04 pm)
I didn't realize my tilting wheel was also telescoping at first. While the lever is disengaged for tilting, give the wheel a good tug - it also telescopes. It could be that they also made a tilt-only wheel, I just don't know. Yes, the wheel does seem a little far away depending on what car you are coming from, but the tele gets it just right for me.
Aug 26, 2005 (6:19 pm)
I thought they all telescoped. Maybe that was changed at some point though.
Aug 27, 2005 (3:16 am)
At http://www.fordvehicles.com/cars/focus/features/ it says:
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel (standard on SES and ST models only. Also available on SE with Convenience Group).
I don't know if that has been the way it was always packaged, though.
I am pretty sure the one I drove did not telescope, I tried to push and pull it several times with the tilt released.
Edmunds overview for the 2001 model says: A tilt/telescopic steering wheel is optional.
Hmm...the 2001 overview also says: SE Wagons also get the Zetec engine as standard...which I guess means the zetec was not standard in the 2000 model. That will be another thing for me to check out, I may not want one with the base engine.
#364 of 637 Re: Change tranny fluid? [jazvan]
Aug 27, 2005 (3:25 am)
You are a wealth of information.
#365 of 637 Re: This and that [jimjps]
Aug 29, 2005 (4:49 pm)
I've read 'rumor' that the whole thing is playing out w/ Ford's hand in the basket.
KIA has its dividends and stockholders. A key player to their '99 bankruptcy bailout was Ford, who already had at least 15% invested.
As with any other 'up and coming' company, blueprints can be bought and sold.
In this case, the Mazda line-up takes on a change while KIA gets the ol' Protege
look alikes......somehow. The whole Spectre line is shaping up to be what is hauntingly close to those old designs. That Oval around KIA's name may not be blue, but in a hollow sort of way it's on the same hand me down path, something leftover from the Festiva days that slowly grew bigger than Ford ever anticipated.
#366 of 637 Re: - [jeffyscott]
Aug 29, 2005 (5:09 pm)
2003/2004 SE Wagons built for commercial sale in the USA did not offer a convenience group (comfort group on earlier models) so there was no tilt/cruise available. 2005 saw the return of the convenience options, and the ZXW SE can be outfitted with so many things now that the SES is not really 'in a league of its own', except for Leather seats I suppose. Choices Choices.
Still Love my 2003 SE Wagon, and they're not hard to sport out.
*Damn Those Brakes Though!!*