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Old 01-27-2014, 10:28 AM   #1
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MKIII Hatch - First Snow

I have now completed my break in on the new focus. I was was leery about giving up my Escape because it did so well on my snowboarding trips but I after this weekend I must admit that I am impressed.

It snowed a few inches while we were riding Saturday and the car did fine with traction, only one case of under steer (minor) while I was making my way up to the condo. With a pair of skis and board on the roof plus passenger and gear for the weekend inside I still managed 28mpg average, too.

First pics of the car with snow/slag/salt on her.. I think it looks pretty sweet but a bath will need soon.


After installing my racks.


Had to make some adjustments to get the board to fit. (slide the rear bar back)


1st beer break.. good snow fall.









Still on the fence about mud flaps... thoughts?


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Old 01-27-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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I'm surprised you only felt understeer a couple of times. I have the same package with the Cooper RS3-As and I've been underwhelmed with their performance on snow. I have zero complaints on dry and wet pavement, even in extremely cold weather - I can brake hard on clean pavement and they still won't lock up at 0 degF.

But pulling away from stoplights on snow/ice-covered roads, normal cars that aren't even trying hard will pull away from me while I struggle to find traction.

Also, what program do you use to resize photos? The second photo shows a lot of re-size artifacts that any decent program won't have.
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I'm surprised you only felt understeer a couple of times. I have the same package with the Cooper RS3-As and I've been underwhelmed with their performance on snow. I have zero complaints on dry and wet pavement, even in extremely cold weather - I can brake hard on clean pavement and they still won't lock up at 0 degF.

But pulling away from stoplights on snow/ice-covered roads, normal cars that aren't even trying hard will pull away from me while I struggle to find traction.

Also, what program do you use to resize photos? The second photo shows a lot of re-size artifacts that any decent program won't have.
Wasn't really pushing it at all, in fact I was babying it more than anything. First drive in the snow and I was just trying to feel it out. The one case of under steer came when I was trying to carry some momentum up a hill around a tight left hand corner and avoid the down shift. The road up to the condo is very steep and twisty.

I am just uploading photos from my phone (S4) to photobucket via the photobucket app.
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Love the grey on grey. I am considering color matching my wheels .
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That's got more salt on it than a pretzel.
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I too just had my mk3 foci in the snow for the first time. I have the same wheels in black with those continental conti pros Ford likes to use. Had no trouble at all getting traction. That is as long as you don't try to gun it lol. And nice focus by the way! I do love the color matching!
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Love the grey on grey. I am considering color matching my wheels .
Thanks. My Escape was the same color, I was thinking about doing something different but this color looks good when its has a little dirt on it and looks even better clean. I had the dealer drive 3 hours west to pick the thing up because I wanted the solid color wheels.

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That's got more salt on it than a pretzel.
Haha. Good one! Now they are calling for snow in my hometown... you would think we are about to get a blizzard with all the salt they have down. We might get an inch.. might. Snow in the south...

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I too just had my mk3 foci in the snow for the first time. I have the same wheels in black with those continental conti pros Ford likes to use. Had no trouble at all getting traction. That is as long as you don't try to gun it lol. And nice focus by the way! I do love the color matching!
I was curious how the coopers would do. Now I know. Glad to hear the Conti's do well. Thank you! It was after I got the tint that it really took off for me.
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Thanks. My Escape was the same color, I was thinking about doing something different but this color looks good when its has a little dirt on it and looks even better clean. I had the dealer drive 3 hours west to pick the thing up because I wanted the solid color wheels.
There's a reason I picked these over the "black-out" package wheels.
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I really like those wheels, especially in gunmetal. Dirty Mk3.... Just like mine :(
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I really like those wheels, especially in gunmetal. Dirty Mk3.... Just like mine :(
Its going to stay dirty for a bit. Snow-apocalypse here in NC.It started snowing around 2pm yesterday, the schools let out around 10am before the snow started falling. At 4pm my normal 40 minute commute took 2 hours thanks to the powder on the road and the incompetent southern drivers. Stop and go the whole way and when we were moving everyone wanted to run side by side the entire time. When I got into town I pulled into the gym hoping to take advantage of my road rage... nope. Everyone left and the gym had closed.

Oh and the roads were just covered in dust. It was blowing away as your drove over it.

It was not a good day. Rant over...
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