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Old 02-23-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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Quick question to clarify something

So we just got our first Focus last weekend and have been dealing with an issue in another thread but I had a question regarding models. I read the stickies and think I understand most of the models and classifications but I'm still unclear on something. The car is a 2004 Focus 2.3L, SE 4 door with a trunk so I figure that's the sedan model correct? By the way, this is a California emissions car. Is that also the same thing as the ZX4??? I'm a bit confused with that when it comes to looking up parts. At Ford it's easy, I just give them the Vin# and tell them what I want but when I went to buy a stereo install kit the wire harness kit only came up as the ZX3, ZX4, ZX5, SVT and so on. No listing for the SE sedan in the computer. I ended up finding what I need, in fact I was able to use the one from our old 99 Mercury tracer, same ford harness! Still I am left wondering about the models and designations.


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Old 02-23-2015, 06:15 PM   #2
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For the 2000-2004 models it meant that car came with the Zetec motor and the X4 meaning the number of doors it had. For example, a Focus Hatchback with 4 doors would be a ZX5 since the hatch is counted as a door.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:19 PM   #3
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Okay, got it. So what we have is just the 2.3L Duratec SE. Sedan, 4 door with a trunk.
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Mine from the same year, with the same engine, is a ZTS. That was originally a sedan with the zetec instead of an SPI engine, plus the front & rear sway bars for "touring" suspension. By our year, AFAIK it was just the sway bars and a basic trim pkg..

"SE" was a trim pkg., and most have the sway bars if they're SE's, but not exclusively from what I've seen.

Anything for a ZX4 should fit, as far as body style designation - they were the same that way from '01-'04. Other items go by engine type, such as my cluster swap to get one with a tach. had to be from a duratec car (you should have that with an automatic - strange eh?).

2.3 is nice to have, plenty of grunt & no timing belt.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:42 PM   #5
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Basically when getting non engine parts, all you need to know is that you have a Sedan (doesn't usually make a difference between SE, LX, and ZX4).

When getting engine parts, all you need to know is you have a 2.3l Duratec (doesn't matter between sedan, wagon, or hatch).

There are some parts that do vary beyond this but the vast majority have little connection to engine or model. Items such as your radio which can vary within models depending on which packages were added.
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I love the no timing belt! This is an Auto and no tach, I'd love to swap in a cluster with a tach but I don't want to run into any other issues with the odometer and such. I need to get underneath the rear end to see what it has for a sway bar. I really plan to upgrade the suspension. This is my girlfriends car though, so she has to be okay with it. I'm used to driving a vehicle with full hotchkis suspension and QA-1 shocks but even still, this little thing handles very well.
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You won't need to get underneath to see if it has a rear bar.

The ends of the bar hang under the rear lower suspension arms with the end links sticking up through those arms - so easy to see I can tell when following another car on the road.
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