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Ford Focus, Sedan
Nov 16, 2003 (4:40 pm)
Took a trip of 500 miles. Got 29.1 MPG. The car has had no problems, and I now have l500 miles on it. My only concern is that I think that the ride is a little harsh. It has 50 series P6 H rated tires, and I am considering a change minus one to l95 60 l5 Goodyear RSA's for a better ride. The car handles good enough with the 60 series tires that I would lose very little in handling, but gain a whole lot in ride smoothness and comfort. I am not trying to make a Camry out of it, but I just hate a jittery ride. Any advice or opinions??? The 2.3 engine just transformed the Focus from a toy into a real car. By the way, the tire and wheel change would be free, courtesy of the Ford dealer.
#1455 of 2014 Thinking of purchasing a new 2003 focus
Nov 17, 2003 (3:07 am)
Hi, I am looking for a car that is entry level, won't cost a fortune'and be dependable( I know that is a lot to ask). I am looking at a lot of different makes. I have driven a Kia Spectra, Hyundai Accent, Saturn Ion,and a ford focus. I also owned a Dodge Neon, but I liked the Focus the best, but I have read the boards and am wavering a bit. I may go try the Toyota Corolla, or the Honda Civic, but I can get a Focus for $11,000 new. Any suggestion on what to look for or what to ask about? Thanks
Nov 17, 2003 (9:39 am)
The Focus cars have improved their quality so much that CR now recommends them. My advice is to look at the new PZEV 2.3 engined car. It is head and shoulders above the 2.0 in performance and turns the Focus into a real car with very good performance. I know that the 04 cars will cost more, but believe me the engine is worth the difference. This engine is only available on the o4's but before you buy, drive a 2.3. Best of luck
Nov 17, 2003 (12:37 pm)
the Focus is far superior to the others you had considered in the first line.
Consumer Reports now recommends them, they are doing quite well in relaibility.
Focus' are a good bargain as well as being a blast to drive. My sister has a ZX3 for over 50,000 miles with no issues and loves the car!
Make sure you get a new Focus with the new 2.3l PZEV motor.
newly refined power
bring it on
James Healy of USA today says the Focus with the new motor 'hits the small car sweet spot'.
Nov 17, 2003 (12:38 pm)
reports that all Focus production will be moving to Michigan. Currently the hatchback models are being made in Mexico, but those will be shifted to the US.
Nov 17, 2003 (1:19 pm)
When do they plan to move the production?
Nov 17, 2003 (2:01 pm)
The 2003's have a longer powertrain warranty also, about the same as the Koreans.
Production moves next year or so. Story in the latest Detroit News.
#1461 of 2014 Sunday NY Times article on PZEV Focus
Nov 17, 2003 (9:19 pm)
I have followed this discussion for about 2 weeks and then took the plunge and took delivery of 2.3 focus a few days ago. I am impressed with the performance even with the Automatic. I had driven older model foci previously but the new power and ZTS equipment really do transform the car. I was surprised that the 16 inch tires are calling for 34 psi front and rear, this may have somthing to do with jittery ride ? that some body mentioned. Does anybody know about warranties in California being stricter (15 years and 150,000 miles) for air polution related equipment. This was mentioned in the article in the sunday times of 11/16
#1462 of 2014 Focus production Consolidation
Nov 18, 2003 (4:56 am)
Production is moving because the Mexico plant is going to build the Futura.
This will happen just in time for the refreshening of the Focus. Of course, now they have to retool the factory for the hatch.... I don't think 2005 is going to be a "buy" year.
"Monday's announcement, which [also] opened the door to the first Lincolns to be built in Mexico, will likely mean consolidating North American production of the Focus small car at Wayne Stamping and Assembly in 2005, said Catherine Madden, a production analyst with Global Insight in Massachusetts."
Nov 18, 2003 (9:16 am)
does anyone know, is the focus getting a new dash for 05? I know the styling will be toned down.....also the PZEV is downsized to 2.0 litres.