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#367 of 637 Re: telescoping steering wheel [jazvan]
Sep 01, 2005 (11:43 am)
Please send this msg. along to those still looking for an '04 Focus ZTW, 5 Speed,2.3,Sport Group,etc.
I located one in Charlotte, NC- Here's how the ad reads:
2004 Ford Focus Wagon ZTW, blue, 5 Speed,ac,pw,pdl,CD,alloys,16k,
Factory Warranty, $10,500 Tri-M Motorcars, Charlotte, N.C. "Your Wholesale Source" 704.451-5242 or 704.522-0004.
The seller is currently driving the car and says it's great! Does not have Leather or Sunroof, but has Traction Control, the 2.3 ltr., and all the Goodies!
See it Online:
See the Ford Listings.
Sep 01, 2005 (2:01 pm)
Thanks, I have had a hard time finding even a 2000-2002 with telescoping wheel, so that I could see if that improves things enought for me to consider on of these. They all seem to just have tilt.
#369 of 637 Re: telescoping steering wheel [magneezo]
Sep 01, 2005 (11:04 pm)
2.3 with 5 speed in a wagon is pretty rare and is a great combo. Notice however that you could not get traction control with the 2.3. Maybe they meant to say ABS? If you got the bucks and think it is worthwhile you can retro-install a Quaiffe or Torsen traction diiferential which is better in some ways then traction control at least at higher speeds but it is big $$$$.
#370 of 637 Re: HHR FYI [jazvan]
Sep 03, 2005 (11:46 pm)
There's something odd about the Focus Wagon's cargo capacity. The Wagon lists 36 cu ft with seats up and 73.7 with seats down(by some listings). But the hatchback shows 18 cu ft and 40.2. How does the wagon get almost 38 cu ft by folding the rear seats, whereas the hatchback(which is probably full height by the time you get the rear seats) only gets 22. It seems to me the right answer is in the 60s. somewhere, as another poster calculated. Still pretty good.
Sep 04, 2005 (3:47 pm)
just traded my Elantra hatch in for the Focus Wagon (05 SES - sonic blue with auto) and while some things about my Elantra seemed more "luxurious" I think I may enjoy this wagon a bit more.
the things I am totally enjoying so far:
ride height is high enough to improve my visibility on the highway
seats are totally comfy so far for short drives (1 hour or so)
the stereo is a major improvement over the Hyundai
the auto drives as peppy as the 5-speed in the elantra, maybe even more peppy
AC is more powerful
I should get 4-5 mpg better in the Focus
it looks good for a wagon
gonna miss my Saab-copy Elantra hatch, but it was ready to move on.
just hope my car holds up to the next couple of years and proves to be as enjoyable over the long haul. might be the first car i consider keeping beyond the loan.
btw - NEVER want to do business with the dealership I bought this car at again! They are criminals in my opinion.
#372 of 637 Re: HHR FYI [gibber]
Sep 05, 2005 (9:03 pm)
73.7 is the EPA number. Cargo space is about 36" tall, about 48" wide average, maybe a bit more and about 6 feet long to the back of the front seats, In feet that's 3 x 4 x 6 = 72. The EPA number appears correct to me. The reason it is so much bigger then the hatch is it's longer, higher and the wagon shocks are positioned under the floor freeing up cargo space. As for the apparent discrepancy I will take a guess that the Hatch rear seat does not fold the same way (tumble) meaning the seat does not fold as low and I believe the EPA measures to the end of a tumbled seat bottom but only to the end of the seat back on a non-tumbled seat. Someone correct me if I am wrong about the seat folding on the hatch.
#373 of 637 Anyone else struggling with gas mileage?
Sep 07, 2005 (7:48 pm)
I know that everyone is concerned these days with the mileage they are getting per tank. But my Focus doesn't get me 300km to the tank. Anyone else having the same issues? My dealer did a consumption report and told me that i must be mistaken that my car is getting excellent mileage. Suggested it might be a gage, but they would have to tear the car apart to confirm. IT ISN' T the gage. Help! I would love to hear your experiences.
#374 of 637 Re: Anyone else struggling with gas mileage? [smfennell]
Sep 08, 2005 (3:40 pm)
My 05 Focus Wagon purchased July 28th will go just over 500 km on a tank.
I didn't think that was too good til I heard your story!!!!
My Corolla could get 600-625 km and with the price of gas..........well enough said!!
#375 of 637 Re: Anyone else struggling with gas mileage? [smfennell]
Sep 10, 2005 (3:08 am)
If the problem is the gauge, you should be able to tell based on how much gas you add to fill it.
You can measure the actual gas mileage by resetting the trip odometer to 0 when you fill it up. Then the next time you need gas fill it up again, take the miles (km) shown on the trip odometer and divide this by the gallons of gas you add to refill it at that time...this will tell you the mpg.
#376 of 637 drivetrain noise and clutch pedal pulsation
Sep 10, 2005 (2:55 pm)
I have a 2003 focus wagon with a 5 speed and base engine (single cam) with 26700 miles(43000km)
there is a growling noise at slow speedwhich changes to a tapping speed at higher speed , noise seems to be on the right -dealer has replaced the right wheel bearing which got rid of some noise and vibration
there is also a noise in my transmission in third gear only at low speed
my clutch pedal also pulsates at low rpm
anyone hear of right driveshaft or driveshaft bearing problems?
what about transmission problems(this tranny has no lift mechanism on shifter for reverse)?
any clutch solutions?