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#112 of 136 focus replacements
Nov 29, 2007 (8:43 am)
I have owened focus wagons since they were escorts. 3 in all plus 5 other fords since the early 80's including the 20th edition mustang which I still own. I have just bought my first non ford in over 20 years becaus ford does not have a focus wagon or anything to replace it. when my escort wagon deid and I could not replace with another focus wagon like I did in 03 my problems started.
I saw why it was the best wagon for countless years. everything in that class is to expensive or underpowered since I pull a 1000 pound pop up camper with it. I hate SUVs and mini vans.
Totally by mistake I found a wagon they classified as a suv and because of its maker it is easy to see the mistake. When a wagon owner looks at it it is a great wagon but a ok suv. I got a 07 Jeep compass with a 170hp 2.4, 17' tires and double the focus towing at 2000 pounds. Just like the focus you need a 5 speed and stay away from AWD.
I have shown to other upset focus owners and reviews are great in the focus replacement catagory. Priced at about 16,000 it is in the price range.( cheaper than what ford would sell me a 4 door focus for. )
Judge for yourself
#113 of 136 Re: UPDATE on 04 focus ZTS [markus5]
Dec 15, 2007 (6:34 pm)
This is an update of this post from Oct. 06
I have put on 25K miles since needing to replace original Front rotors / pads and Pirelli P6 all seasons. I was not completely happy with FORD on this account. The replacement equipment (not Ford parts) seem to be performing and wearing alot better than original equipment.
With nearly 50k on the odometer today I am fortunate that I migrated to the dedicated winter tire and wheel set-up. This really enhances the Focus fun-to-drive character to even a higher level, especially when the High performance summer wheels and tires are in place.
The PZEV 2.3 is a very responsive power source for this car and clean as anything except maybe a Hybrid.
In my opinion Ford is making a mistake in the marketing strategy for this car. should it not be emphasized that this is a car for the environmentalist that also enjoys the drive ?
Ford is not going in this direction though. First the SVT, than the ST is gone, performance does not seem to be in the equation.
Looking at the 08 model, this is more than apparent.
#115 of 136 Re: Dissapointed owner [martinturner]
Dec 31, 2007 (3:44 am)
First let me say I've owned both a Toyota Tacoma and a Corolla and frankly you couldnt give me another one! If you get one you'd better hope it's one of the "good" ones because getting anything but the most prefunctory service is a joke. Having been an insurance adjuster I know a bit about cars and kept telling them what the problem was, but they kept throwing "stuff" at the vehicles trying to put a bandaid on the problem instead of doing a suitable fix. Finally, after no less than 7 trips for the same problem, Toyota told me it was just something that was normal to the vehicle and to quit worrying about it because they werent going to spend any more money on it--not mechanical so my attorney told me would be hard to go under the lemon law. On both of mine and a friend's as well, rattles, weird noises, and really cheap paint jobs were the norm. The real problem with Toyota though is that there are so few dealerships to get work done and, as is the case where I live, one is so bad, you only have one other within 30 miles. One Toyota mechanic told me it is hard to really fix problems because they are only given the "book" time and if they cant fix it in that time, they should just put they cant duplicate the problem and move on. As for your poor mileage, try getting the full fuel system cleaning--including injectors, throttle body etc. Runs anywhere from $140-$160 and is good no matter what car you own. A poor injector spray pattern or heavy carboning of the throttle body will seriously affect mileage. I routinely make this "fix" a part of my 15k service and have never had problems. Also try larger diameter plug wires and the better K and N air filter. And have you had the fuel filter replaced at l5K intervals as well? These often will make a noticeable difference in your gas mileage as well as not doing jack rabbit starts. BTW, I love my 06 wagon. Good luck!
#116 of 136 BETTER INTERIOR LIGHTING !
Dec 31, 2007 (3:50 am)
With so much available as extras, it surprises me that there is only the one interior light up forward and not one back in the cargo area of my 06 Focus wagon. But I guess if they wont do rear head restraints why would they do a rear light?
#117 of 136 Re: BETTER INTERIOR LIGHTING ! [leepnow]
Dec 31, 2007 (4:35 am)
My 03 ZTW does have a rear cargo light--wonder why they got rid of it in later model years???
#118 of 136 Re: BETTER INTERIOR LIGHTING ! [leepnow]
Dec 31, 2007 (10:58 am)
My 2006 Wagon had a rear cargo light. Are you sure the switch is in the right postion?
#119 of 136 I don't understand Ford
Jan 27, 2008 (10:18 am)
I don't own a Focus. I was sitting next to a new 08 at a light and thinking... "If they have the money to burn putting useless fake chrome fender vents on the car, how come they can't include an important safety feature like rear seat head restraints"?
Not to mention those cheap side view mirrors that break off instead of fold.
Just about every other car now has rear head restraints or at least a hump on top of the rear seat. Just because the government does not require it here, doesn't make it right... it makes Ford look CHEAP!!!
#120 of 136 Side vew mirrors that fold
Jan 27, 2008 (12:54 pm)
Folding side view mirrors are not to prevent breakages, the are to make the car skinnier when it comes on a ship from Japan. Focus doesn't come on a ship, hence no folding mirrors.
#121 of 136 Re: Side vew mirrors that fold [mschmal]
Jan 29, 2008 (4:58 pm)
"Folding side view mirrors are not to prevent breakages, the are to make the car skinnier when it comes on a ship from Japan. Focus doesn't come on a ship, hence no folding mirrors."
Wrong. I lived in Japan for 8 years and owned a couple real nice cars with folding mirrors NEVER to be exported out of Japan (and thus never to be put on a boat).
Limited parking and narrow roads are the root cause for folding mirrors; the result of the folding mirror is to keep them from getting snapped off.
They are also cool and have utility.
Wish I had them on my ZTW (knock on wood) and will have them on my C30...