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#27 of 498 2005 ZX3 SES
Aug 18, 2005 (6:32 am)
Options: Side airbags, Sunroof, Automatic:
just over 13K, with tazes in PA 14.5k.
and no haggling.. I was gonna wait a counple of months to save up for good down payment and all.. but with such discounts.. I got almost 30% off that is something to mention...
The only thing i don't like is that there was no car with ABS available when IWas looking: I would trade the sunroof for abs anytime...
Yeah the Family PLan does not allow haggling, but as edmunds said, you would most probably get this low only with LOTS of haggle, and this way, the sales guy is still my friend and i closed the deal with ease and comfort...
Lastly: I too liked the Mazda, and was lookking elswhere, but I dilike sedans greatly, and for the value no one beats Ford (other reall need to look and stop bundling big engines and appearance packages with hatchback... ).
#28 of 498 bought a second focus for daughter (college)
Aug 18, 2005 (11:41 am)
With a Kia (2001) not sounding particularly good I went in and got her a focus too (3 door coupe with jet black - it a ZX3 - very nice looking, super sporty looking - my daughter loves it).
Anyway I was able to 'haggle' the price down another $237.00 off the FFP...I think it all depends on the disposition of your sales manager. But it takes a lot of nerve to try to ask for much more off the price they have on these, for sure...
#29 of 498 Down Payment Match
Aug 30, 2005 (8:07 am)
Someone in another Focus thread mentioned Ford will match a downpayment upto $500? Anybody know anything about this?
#30 of 498 2005 ZX4 SES
Sep 03, 2005 (1:59 pm)
Just bought 2005 ZX4 SES with following options:
. Traction Control
. Side Airbags
. Heated Seats and outside mirrors
. Auto. transmission
The SES comes with many standard features. Its not the best compact car out there, but at these price they offer a great value. The closest compact car with some of these features are Civic and Corolla and they run around $18K and still not get all of these features. I also looked at Accord EX-L which you can get around $21.5K and have all (except traction contro)l I wanted traction control, heated seats and ABS for safety and comfort during winter.
Ford MSRP: 19100
Ford Family Plan Price: 14723 (including 2500 case rebate)
- 523 additional discount
+ 299 doc. fee
The dealer was Quirk Ford in Quincy, MA. I have bought from there before and I bought through their internet sales guy. We worked out the price via email. They tried to push the warranty, but I was not interested. I did not argue much about the doc. fee as they would have simply reduced the additional discount. Plus, at these price I just felt that this was a fair deal for everybody.
I really like the way it drives. It feels more sporty than Civic or Corolla. The engine is more popowerfulhan Civic/Corolla. The standard radio in SES is 6 CD-MP3 in dash changer with duplicate audio control on the steering wheel. There is no option to get power seats, but its kind of thing you adjust only once in a while. The back seats are comfortable for kids or adults for short ride. The trunk is big for a compact car. I will see if it gives 34 MPG as advertised. At high speeds (70+) you can hear the engine and road noise.
Overall this is a good commute car with decent gas mileage and fun ride.
#31 of 498 Prices I've been quoted for Mazda and Civic
Sep 03, 2005 (5:32 pm)
The Civic and Mazda price probable isn't as good as focus but not as bad as you think, I've been getting internet quiotes. The option I want Power (windows, doors) and auto. Anyway the quotes thus far for those options on a Honda was 14,900 and on a Mazda 15,800.
#32 of 498 Re: 2005 ZX4 SES [samshy]
Sep 03, 2005 (11:22 pm)
"Its not the best compact car out there..."
Than what is?
The Accord may be a slightly better car overall, but who sez it's a compact? Except when comes to resale, it sure digs into your wallet in a rather compact way.
At under 67" width, the Focus evades Japan's wide-car tax, which should start at 170cm.
I bought the fun little narrow-&-tall BUT STABLE Focus ST b/c these wider Mazda3 & S40 actually got a narrower rear-glass visibility to offer instant safe passing to the right, plus the new electro-hydraulic steering assist hurts steering feel. Other "telephone booth" cars w/ high chair tend to feel tippy over high-speed corners b/c their platforms aren't German designed.
By the way, how many compact cars rides as smoothly as the Focus SES?
#33 of 498 Re: 2005 ZX4 SES [samshy]
Sep 03, 2005 (11:58 pm)
What was the additional discount for. Is there further discounts to be gotten over the Family price and the 2500 rebate. I know I pulled up a car that matches my needs on the Ford site. But it comes up to 13850 or so there. If I could add Traction Control
, ABS, and Side airbags for onl 700 more I'd do that.
#34 of 498 Re: Prices I've been quoted for Mazda and Civic [pete22]
Sep 04, 2005 (7:52 am)
I looked at Civic and to get ABS, you have to get EX trim ($17K), and you still would not get traction cotrol. Also, heated seats, 6 CD in dash changer and duplicate audio controls are not available in any Civic trim. I liked the quiet ride of Civic and interior quality, but I would be paying lot more ($3K) and get lot less in a Civic.
#35 of 498 Re: 2005 ZX4 SES [pete22]
Sep 04, 2005 (7:56 am)
Some dealers would not go below the Ford Family Plan, but Quirk and few others I talked to were ready to discount below the Family price. In my opinion, dealers with huge Focus inventory (20+ focus on lot) were ready to discount below the family plan price, while others with little inventory (<5 focus on lot) were not willing to discount. In New England region, I did not find many 2005 Focus SES left over. Many dealres had the S or few SE trim, but only few had SES trim Add $150 for heated seats and you would get Family price of $14723.
#36 of 498 Re: 2005 ZX4 SES [creakid1]
Sep 04, 2005 (1:49 pm)
I should qualify my self when using the tem "best". Focus is "best value" in compact car and that is why I chose it. There are better compact car in terms of build quality and interior material quality. e.g the arm rest between front passanger is so small and fixed that you can barely rest your arm on it. Honda make it a sliding arm rest so that you can position it the way you like it. The ride is much quieter in Civic/Corolla. The hood and the trunk are both padded with insulation in Civic/Corolla while Focus leaves them unpadded. The sound of closing doors on Focus gives you "hollow" feeling, using the swicth for the front map light sounds like it is going to break soon.
What Focus lacks in the material and build, it make up in features and value. I looked at Accord EX-L because that was the next higher level car that offered everything I wanted in the Focus. Even in Accord, you get traction control in EX-V6 only. Even Focus' big brother Taurus did not offer all these options in a car. You would have to get the Ford Five Hundread to get them.
I could not believe that Focus offers all modern options except side curtain bags for front and rear. And you can mix and match options; only choose what you want. I did not care for sunroof and leather, so I got one without it. In Civic, you cannot mix and match many of these options.