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Twenty 09-27-2011 07:50 PM

New Canadian member with a '12 Focus - Progress Thread
 
Hello everyone, new member (And new Focus owner) here.

My name's Bill, and I'm from Alberta, Canada. I was in the market for a 'new' car to take over the winter-driving duties from my ongoing project, a '92 Grand Prix SE:

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...hantQP2011.jpg

While I was actually focusing on finding a '94-'01 Integra coupe, the search ultimately turned into looking for a new car instead. I work at a local Ford dealership as a detailer, so I've been able to see many 2012 Focuses up close and I really liked what I saw. I was ultimately able to find one in the body style, colour, and transmission combination I wanted-even better, it was at the dealer I worked at.

No matter what car I bought, it HAD to be manual. As far as Focuses went, I was set on Yellow Blaze, and I really liked the style of the sedan. Bingo. Coincidentally, the cheque was handed over on my birthday (22nd) and the day after my co-workers and I prepared it for delivery and I took it home. [clap]

Yellow Blaze SE sedan with a 5-speed and the Sport package.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170352.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170353.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...P1170354e2.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170358.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170374.jpg

Now, one of the reasons for going with a brand-new car was to have warranties, so voiding them is out of the question. However, I can't leave well enough alone and have started looking for minor things to change to make it a little different than other '12 Focuses in my area. So far, I've tinted the fog lights yellow with some leftover vinyl, which was used to tint the fog lights on my Grand Prix.

Before:

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170377.jpg

After:

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170378.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...s/P1170380.jpg

As time passes more and more small changes will be made to the car, but regardless I'm very happy with it. It's fun to drive and with the yellow paint, really stands out against the other cars around it.

speedracer ZX3 09-27-2011 08:18 PM

one of the best colors to get a 12 in. very nice.

Giancarlo 09-27-2011 08:48 PM

Needs rims and low.

zx360 09-27-2011 08:56 PM

colors growing on me. :)

silverbulletst 09-27-2011 09:02 PM

I don't mind that color. Someone i work with has the same but auto, so i like your choice! Congrats and have fun!

2002greenzx3 09-27-2011 09:15 PM

very nice man. i have to admit the color is growing on me

redSVT_03 09-27-2011 10:20 PM

I like it, But I think its a little strange this is your 'winter car' while your grand prix is the nice car being preserved from the winter conditions 0_o

Twenty 09-27-2011 10:48 PM

Thanks for the welcome everyone! Yellow Blaze became my favourite colour the moment I saw it so I'm very happy I was able to find one that met my requirements. [:)]

Regarding the (I'll admit, somewhat odd) vehicles' roles, the Grand Prix is my 'toy', it's the car I work on for fun and has been undergoing changes for almost three years now. It's been a daily driver right from day one, so it has seen its fair share of our winters. I really do intend to keep it forever, and knew that sooner or later it would have to be retired from the salt, rocks, and icy roads before it was too late. The search began for a nice little Integra or similar vehicle, but ultimately ended up with a new Focus being the replacement daily driver/winter car.

By no means will the Focus be used as just a 'beater' though, but it has 19 fewer winters under its belt (That is, none) and therefore can go through many more than the GP could before problems start arising. It's been fully undercoated, rust-proofed, etc, and will be protected further before it sees any winter weather though.

2002greenzx3 09-27-2011 10:52 PM

also just read your a detailer at a ford dealership. so am i! how do you like it?

Twenty 09-27-2011 10:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2002greenzx3 (Post 3838786)
also just read your a detailer at a ford dealership. so am i! how do you like it?

Love it.


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