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#97 of 136 Re: Wobbly car seat. [mschmal]
Feb 24, 2007 (7:57 pm)
Awesome! I never thought of that. Does this mean I can get rid of the aggravating clip by using this method when using the seat belt to buckle the baby seat in?
#98 of 136 You still need the clip i bet.
Feb 26, 2007 (4:29 pm)
Sorry, the belt probably needs the clip to fit right
Depends on your seat, if it came with clips, you neeed the clip.
#99 of 136 zetec v. v-tec
Mar 21, 2007 (4:29 pm)
note to ford. if you want the focus to compete with honda v-tecs, which zetec sounds like its supposed to compete with, your sporty version needs to be all sport. e.g. not so quiet: engine vroom vs mechanical whir, high revs and good throttle response, torque is nice but impression shouldn't diminish with rpm, egr system is dumb- i hope not completly necesary for emissions, and trick stuff like the dual-stage intake manifold from the svt.
one little thing: speed sensitive volume knob=dumb. its on my '02 and it can be frustrating. i don't know if its gone yet on new foci or not. if not, it needs to go, just a normal knob is good.
otherwise, focus zx3 is great. keep it around.
08 focus might look a little too korean. go for streety look like the new civic. i hate honda but it does look cool.
#100 of 136 Zetec? thats so 2004.
Mar 22, 2007 (10:00 am)
Since 2005, all Foci come with a Duratec engine either the Duratec 20 or Duratec 23.
vtec tech is so 1994. Vetec only offers 2 cam profiles. Most other car markers, including Ford, use a infinately varible valve timing setup that is computer controlled. For cost reasons though, the Foci does not have VVT. However, all Foci still have more HP than Civics except for the Civic SI.
#101 of 136 Re: Zetec? thats so 2004.
Mar 22, 2007 (3:46 pm)
ONLY two cam profiles. last time i checked, only v-tecs had more than one profile, including cars equiped with variable valve timing. variable timing is great but it does nothing for duration or lift.
about the duratecs. are they any good? by good i mean zippy, fast sports-compact. the zx3 was supposed to be good, but it was hardly any different from the other granny foci. its really unfortunate that they're getting rid of the hatch-backs. the focus was actually getting relatively popular in the tuner arena for its good handling. ford could really invade that segment if it had a real 'zetec' motor. the japanese cater to tuners, and now there are almost more riced-up civics than suped-up mustangs in the typical high school parking lot. ford needs to have something to compete with them.
#102 of 136 Re: Zetec? thats so 2004. [slinkzx3]
Mar 22, 2007 (7:24 pm)
You can't cater to everyone. If you cater to the "I've got chrome tips so my car is faster" crowd then you get no respect from those who by the car for what it is: a reliable inexpensive form of transportation, about $.22/mile to drive plus insurance.
#103 of 136 Zippy with the 5 speed.
Mar 23, 2007 (6:50 am)
130 hp 130 lbft. Pretty good stats for a car in that weight range. Its very zippy with the man trans, less so with the anchient 4 speed auto.
I'm only 35 and in my memory, cars have gone from 3 speeds to 7 speed auto trans. Ain't tech great?
Incidently, those who want a really sporty compact should check out the Mazda3. Its pretty much everything thats gout about the Focus turned up a notch.
Mar 24, 2007 (10:38 am)
Honestly, I felt the Focus ST had a sportier "feel" than the Mazda3. The ST felt quicker, more responsive, torquier, and is 270 lbs lighter. The Mazda3 was more refined, but that took some of the fun out for me.
#105 of 136 Re: Zetec? thats so 2004. [focusowner2]
Apr 01, 2007 (8:32 am)
The "I've got chrome tips so my car is faster" crowd is not the same as the tuner crowd. Tuners are gearheads who mess with smaller engines. "I've got chrome tips so my car is faster" people are people who don't know any thing about cars and "reliable inexpensive form of transportation" people are just setting themselves up for an expensive mid-life crisis.
#106 of 136 The PC term for "gearhead"
Apr 01, 2007 (10:52 am)
Also known as "performance enthusiasts"