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#421 of 637 Focus Wagon and Hydroplaining
Dec 04, 2005 (6:57 am)
I have a 2004 ZTW, and it seems to hydroplain alot in the rain. Not necessarily a down pour, just and slightly wet road conditions. Anyone else notice this and replace their tires? Only have 18K miles, so these shouldn't need to be replaced unless they're just weren't good to begin with.
Also, I do notice some brake sqeeking like others have mentioned. I took it to get looked at, and the brakes are fine, Midas just said that Ford/Mazda brakes are a little noisey, but good.
#422 of 637 Real Fuel Econmy--when?
Dec 05, 2005 (1:28 pm)
I have an 05 SES wagon / auto. After 4000km / 2500mi, I just checked after a trip yesterday which was 400km/250mi of which it was 90% hwy driving at 100 kph / 60 mph. By my calculations I am getting 8.25 l/km or 34 miles per gallon.
I believe this car should be getting up to 6.75 l/km or 42 mpg. Should I be concerned, or will this improve in time? And if so, when?
#423 of 637 Split folding rear seat cushion?
Dec 09, 2005 (1:58 pm)
Anybody know if there's an aftermarket split folding rear seat cushion? As I'm sure you all know it's pointless having the 60/40 seat back and the one piece cushion.
Any ideas out there?
#424 of 637 Re: Rear Hatch problems [tipearso]
Dec 12, 2005 (10:35 am)
all of the plastic in back on the hatch was loose on mine I put in larger screws. ok now
#425 of 637 Aftermarket chips
Dec 18, 2005 (10:43 pm)
Anyone had any success with an aftermarket chip to improve gas milage and performance? I'm just your average driver but would like to get better milage. I am getting an average of 25-26 mpg and feel that it should be better.
#426 of 637 Vibration when in reverse
Dec 27, 2005 (4:32 pm)
My 2001 SE Wagon (80,000 miles) has a strong vibration in the front when I shift into reverse. It's an automatic tranny with the zetec engine. The vibration is substantial when first starting the car after it sits overnight. After the car warms up and I've driven it for even 20 minutes and then put it in reverse, the vibration almost disappears. Has anyone experienced this problem?
#428 of 637 Manual transmission question
Jan 01, 2006 (3:17 pm)
I'm considering buying a Focus wagon, with a manual transmission. Since I'm going to be driving on unplowed, non-salted roads in the winter, I can't help but think a manual transmission would be superior to an automatic with ABS. However, the only thing I don't like about four cylinder engines, is their higher RPMs at highway speeds (non-winter driving). Has anyone observed what the RPMs are in fifth gear (manual transmission) at 65-70MPH, with the Focus' 2.0L? I thank you, in advance, for your response.
#429 of 637 Re: hotx3 [rdeschene]
Jan 01, 2006 (8:28 pm)
Help! We live in a snowy area and bought a 2003 ford focus wagon recently. The back end slides all over the road while we drive. We have snowtires in the front. I noticed someone else here posted about that too...what can we do to fix this?
#430 of 637 Re: hotx3 [celticepona]
Jan 02, 2006 (5:58 pm)
Try using the same type snow tires on the rear. They have bigger bites then regular tires. If I had to deal with a lot of surface street driving and little interstate driving in a snow/ice climate I would put studded snow tires all the way around. Your neighbors will be calling you to take them to the grocery. Since I don't have that much snow here in Ky., I put a set of snow tires (studded) on the front of my Caravan. Goes everywhere BUT you have to be extremely careful the rear end doesn't come around on you, even while driving straight and hit an icy patch. That's why I would stud all four wheels. Studded tires are illegal in some states and required for interstate driving in other states under certain conditions. Of course, no one will inspect your tires for that unless they would have a vehicle inspection roadblock or yearly inspection. I have never heard of anyone getting canned for being sensible about hazardous driving. I bought old rims at the junkyard and put the snow tires on them and change them out in the spring. I buy the studded tires at Vulcan Tire online delivered to your door. You just need to get them mounted. Happy new year!.