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Ford Focus, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
Apr 03, 2001 (6:14 am)
Does one get both the hood and fender kit AND the bumper kit? The installation difficulty has average to low ratings, does this mean that I can do it myself, or will I have to take it somewhere?
#60 of 107 Jessica
Apr 03, 2001 (9:23 am)
I never purchased their product so I can't talk from my experience.
I'm not planning on keeping my Focus for a long time.
Anyway, I went to their site and it seems clear to me that the hood/fender and the bumper kits are two separate items that need to be purchased separately.
Also their FAQ section says that the installation procedures are very simple and don't need any special skills. The kits come with all the instructions.
I suggest you e-mail them just to be sure.
Apr 03, 2001 (12:53 pm)
Please take a look at Owner's Club Changes to offer your opinion.
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Apr 15, 2001 (4:50 pm)
Re: Mileage...that's my ONLY disappointment with my 2000 ZX3...I now have over 7,000 miles on it...did all the recalls with no hassles...and I still LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! But...I get only about 20 mpg / city, and about 28 mpg / highway (2 trips up 'n back to San Francisco).
But, all in all, it's the BEST little car for the $$$$ I've ever had, and I still get stopped all the time, and asked where I got it, how much, how do I like it, etc.
Apr 24, 2001 (5:53 am)
Why is it that someone get 28 mpg and is very happy while others get 29 mpg and are upset?
How many people drive their cars the way they are driven (and in the environment they are driven on the tests)for the EPA mileage tests?
Is good mileage in the eye of the beholder???
#65 of 107 Expectations vs. Reality
Apr 24, 2001 (7:33 am)
fdthird, I think comments about MPG vary depending on a person's expectations, and what they're used to from past vehicles. If someone is dumping a gas-guzzling SUV for the more practical roominess of a ZX3, my guess is they will be astounded by the Focus' fuel efficiency. If another ZX3 buyer is coming from a series of 1.5 to 1.8 liter (or smaller) econocars weighing around 2000 - 2200 lbs., they are going to be upset with the ZX3's mileage. I can't account for the reports of Focii getting 40+ MPG, or mileage in the 'teens. As the disclaimer says, "your mileage may vary". Manufacturing variation? Auto vs. manual? Level terrain vs. hills? Hot shoe vs. Aunt Mildred driving styles?... all of the above, then add in factors such as reformulated gas, and you get fuel economy numbers all over the chart.
Apr 24, 2001 (10:07 am)
I must agree with all you say Silver Bullet plus factor in AC use.
Here in the NY Metro area even suburban driving is a lot more that the city cycle measures. As to highway driving, what do they use 55 mph? Isn't it also done on a dynomomiter in perfect atmospheric conditions?
You're right too about expectations. Just like our friend at the hatchback board who compared the Focus to an Outback costing thousands more, some peoples' expectations are very different.
For one, I am happy that on our first trip (with just about 500 miles on the car) we averaged about 29mpg. Considering there were hills, the ac was on, and our speeds were all over the place from 50 to 80, I'm happy.
Apr 24, 2001 (11:04 am)
Comparing the Focus to the Subaru IMPREZA Outback or to the TS, maybe?
The difference in price would be around $3K.(TS)
Would I pay extra $3K or even $4K for better quality and performance plus AWD?
As you see I finally learned something from my Focus experience.
BTW, prior to the Focus I used to drive: the Moskvich 2140, the Lada 2105, the Ford Pinto, the 3 cyl. Chevy Sprint/Geo Metro.
Out of those only the Pinto and Moskvich gave me more headaches than the Focus.