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Ford Focus, Wagon
#564 of 637 Ford Wagon Load etc.
Jun 06, 2007 (2:45 pm)
Well first off if you want a wagon know that they are not making them anymore I believe production stopped in the fall of 2006, so you will be restricted to what you can find on a lot.
I would think you would have little trouble finding one but perhaps not with the options you want. I was adamant about side air bags (poor ratings without them for side impact) so that restricted me to one of the SES models as they were only available with that configuration. That also gave me heated leather seats etc.(great for my arthritic Golden.)
The sticker on the door says 825 lb load is max. So that roughly 12 Golden retrievers and a driver(that sounds like fun). I can fit 2 medium sized dog flight kennels on the back seat. Interior cargo space with the back seat folded down in c 73 cubic feet. The shape of the back is very square so you can actually use most of the space. I had it loaded up with close to max with peat moss and dirt on the weekend it felt fine, it didn't bottom out or anything, but I was cautious.
Springs are kind of floaty compared to my previous car makes for a nice cushion from bumps(for nervous cats) but I suspect would reduce the load the car can take?, seems like a lot of focus owners put stiffer ones in,(I am assuming perhaps incorrectly that one of the characteristics of performance springs would be greater load capacity) I would be tempted to do this.
I use seat belt harnesses for the dogs and a cover like a big blanket that clips on to the front and rear headrests.
For the dog owner the only negative would be that it could be a bit of a jump for an old dog to hop in as the seats are high. I read somewhere that the Honda Fit was voted most dog friendly in that regard.
Super car so far.
Cheers from sunny(hot) flood warning in effect BC
#565 of 637 2008 Focus Wagon production
Jun 08, 2007 (11:03 am)
I can confirm that for the 2008 model year, there will not be a production Focus Wagon. The reasons behind the decision are numerous but we are still interested in your comments. If you would like to give feedback on any Ford product, current or future, please go to customersaskford.com and type-in "Product Feedback". Thank you again for your loyalty.
Jun 08, 2007 (11:18 am)
Ford should have canned the sedan as it is an just another entry in a crowded segment. They should have kept the wagon - it is unique. The wagon has everything the sedan does plus better looks and much more room. It is a no brainer.
#567 of 637 Re: - [dudleyr]
Jun 08, 2007 (11:39 am)
I don't know, the sedan was nice. I owned one before my wagon. I just needed the room. The sedan was a little quieter and the separate trunk was nice. I know that the cargo cover would help with that, but its not the same. What I would have done is stop the 5 door hatch. The 3door would still go for the sportier crowd that want a little extra cargo or at least a larger opening. I have seen a photo of a european focus that is like a cross over between a wagon and an suv. It looks nice and I would definitely check it out if it were available here.
Jun 08, 2007 (12:23 pm)
Not saying the sedan isn't nice, but it has to compete against the Civic et al. The wagon is unique. Excellent handling and room.
#569 of 637 Is there that much of a difference...
Jun 10, 2007 (6:24 pm)
....between a Focus and a Mazda3 Wagon? The Focus platform is a shared one, right?
I rented a Focus waay back in 2001. It was a roomy ride, and had the length I was looking for in a compact wagon. The number of recalls, unfortunately, made me hesitant about buying the vehicle.
Jun 10, 2007 (7:02 pm)
They handle similarly, but the Focus has much more room being a true wagon. The Mazda is really a hatch. The Mazda does have a nicer interior in my opinion.
#571 of 637 Re: Is there that much of a difference... [carthell]
Jun 15, 2007 (7:10 am)
The Mazda3 resides on the European Focus platform . The US well have to wait until the 2009 or 2010 model year to get it. Ford apparently thinks the Focus is selling well enough that they don't need the new platform here.
The Volvos S40 also is on the same Mazda3/European Focus platform.
#572 of 637 new platform for Focus.
Jun 17, 2007 (8:24 am)
the Euro Focus platform was never ment to come to us as a Focus, it is way to expensive.
The next gen will come to us as the cost of the platform has amortized over the pass few years since it was introduced.
Only the Focus and the Civic offer independant rear suspension in this size catagory (maybe the colbalt, not sure).
Corolla and Sentra both have cheaper torshen beam rear suspensions
With Fusions SEs buyable at $18k, Ford does not need $18k Focus.
#573 of 637 Re: new platform for Focus. [mschmal]
Jun 26, 2007 (9:59 am)
Are the fusions as good as the Focus?