Last post on Jan 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM
You are in the Ford Focus
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Ford Focus, Sedan
Jan 22, 2012 (10:31 am)
I just purchased the car for $3300; 90,000 miles; appears to be in clean to excellent condition.
Any suggestions as to modifications ("shim kits", etc.) which I might do now, and that will help me maybe avoid some of the recurring headaches (tire wear, etc.) that are posted by owners of this car will be appreciated!
#2012 of 2013 Re: 2002 Focus ZTS [2002focuszts]
Jan 23, 2012 (6:54 pm)
This forum as you can see, was very busy several years ago as I bought my '04 ZTS in Nov. '03. CR had just put the Focus at the top of their list subsequent to my purchase. My decision was motivated substantially on "connecting" with the Ride and Dynamics of the vehicle, this came through clearly on a test drive.
Today, 115,000 miles later it still "all there". This is quite remarkable, especially when considering that it has never been garaged through 9 North-East winters w/ salt sand and so forth.
The only modification which I made was to buy narrower 15 inch rims with aggressive snows for the winter months after the O.E. all-season tires had two winters on them. This allowed me to to go for more aggressive summer rubber for the rest of the year. But be careful here. Based on this experience, I suggest that you do not use soft "directional" tires on the 16" rim. If you do, you may find that unless you stay on top of moving them front to rear every 2000 miles, there will be excessive wear on the rears. Because of the dynamics of Fords' proprietary IRS design ( Control Blade), an assymetrical tread tire seems to work best here.
Did you get a History of your Car? There may have been some recalls pertaining to the 2002 models. By 2003 most of the issues had been taken care of. Enough in fact for the C.R. to not only recommend but also give it a top rating.
Enjoy your ride.
#2013 of 2013 Re: 2002 Focus ZTS [markus5]
Jan 23, 2012 (7:12 pm)
Thank you for the reply, Markus5.
Yes, I did get a complete history of maintenance. Your recommendations on tires is appreciated, and will be put into action.
Tire wear seems to be a trial for many owners of the early-years Focus.