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#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...
#122 of 136 Re: Side vew mirrors that fold [mschmal]
Feb 09, 2008 (7:41 pm)
but what about all the cars made in this country that are not exported out?
Like my Subaru Outback... or a Buick Lucerne or an Accord?
#123 of 136 Re: BETTER INTERIOR LIGHTING ! [rapidrick]
Feb 25, 2008 (8:33 pm)
"My 03 ZTW does have a rear cargo light--wonder why they got rid of it in later model years???"
The '03 had everything! It's the only one w/ available AdvanceTrak (ESP) &, at least in California, the macho-size (PZEV) 2.3 4-cyl, which rest of world can't even get!
But why should buyers in this country deserve the best? They are the biggest cheapskates that forced this poor German-engineered Focus to be sold at the lowest price in the world.
The ESP (stability program) is more effective than any other safety device when comes to saving lives. The Focus gave us a chance, but the low demand screwed it. Now it's discontinued. & my Focus ST cannot be equipped w/ it thanks to you!
I only wish there's a mechanic out there to retrofit this Euro-tuned non-intrusive ESP into my Focus ST.
#124 of 136 Re: BETTER INTERIOR LIGHTING ! [creakid1]
Feb 26, 2008 (6:37 pm)
"The '03 had everything! It's the only one w/ available AdvanceTrak (ESP) &, at least in California, the macho-size (PZEV) 2.3 4-cyl, which rest of world can't even get! "
Copy that. My ZTW had EVERY option except the sun roof. Dropped in value so fast it was amazing. You know what you gotta do when that happens...KEEP IT
FWIW, I've had ZERO issues with the car, it sticks on curves as well as my '86 GTI (It's shod with Falken's), constantly gets called a Volvo, and looks pretty sweet with a nice dark tint.
Matter of fact, Momma decided NOT to get a Lincoln MKX, so she could drive it...(oh, I'm getting a Volvo C30, hoo ya!) OK, she's getting another piece of jewelry and I played the guilt card on her...
#125 of 136 04 Focus Owner Euro impressions
May 19, 2008 (12:20 pm)
I am a relatively satisfied Focus owner; have an 04 ZTS that is the daily commuter from home to work, about 500 Km per week. Just over 84500 KM on the clock and really no big issues, surprisingly. Was just on a 3 week vacation in France, in the Nice and Monaco area. Saw a lot of small cars over there, including Focus. Got to be honest, if Ford doesn't make that version of Focus available here, the same as the European version, I'm off to import land for the replacement. Those cars are great looking, lots of variations from the 2 door hatch to the sedan and wagon to a CUV looking version. All with turbo Diesels. Why on earth would Ford force us to buy last century technology when they seem to have the latest, greatest in spades on the books? They have folding mirrors, I'd bet a low washer fluid lamp (why would that not be a standard feature!!!!!!), great looks and performance based on what I saw on the roads; just makes absolutely no sense. For all you buyers out there, try to surf to the European site to see what's there; I'd bet you'll be very disappointed. If you're looking at this, Ford, be ware; I'm sure that I'm not the only one in this camp. They also have a Festiva over there, which is another great concept for urban commuters over here.
#126 of 136 Re: 04 Focus Owner Euro impressions [jasdmw]
May 28, 2008 (3:51 pm)
Didn't you know that the exterior of the MkII C-1 Focus is so fat that even the Lexus LS430 is just a little skinnier? I've seen so many of those new C-1 Focus all had their right fender wheel arch scrapped in places such as Taiwan, where lots of residential streets are very narrow.
The Fiesta may have a slim body (& yes, we'll get the new one w/ beautiful styling, too.), but it's just a low-tech vehicle w/ torsion-beam rear suspension so you'll never get both ride comfort & handling.
So we are still the only lucky ones getting the 20th-century Focus, which got both a slim body & the comfy multi-link rear suspension.