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Old 08-22-2008, 09:20 PM   #211
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What I Drive: 04' SVT Sonic Blue

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Newbie on the look out

Hi fellow fanatics!
So many of us are meeting on these pages, great vibe! I'm Guillaume and I lived in Europe for most of my life and enjoyed the twisty roads and the rally cars tradition.
I found FF on the web looking for SVT reviews, critics etc..all I found just confirmed what I already knew deep inside: an affordable little bomber who likes to play the way I do.

I tested my first focus today, 04' sonic blue. It has 98k miles on it, freeway it seems, asking $8,995 (really negotiable for cash buyer, offering 6k?). A brand new clutch is the only sign of maintenance provided. Rides smooth, no leak, no weird noises. Engine check light is on though. now on the lot for about a month.
Anyone would like to share their experience/judgment on reliability, whether or not too be worried by high mileage? I read about bearings, engine surge, clutch, overall quality.
If you know a post that can help, thanks for redirecting me.
Did I mention I loved the ride?

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Old 08-23-2008, 11:59 AM   #212
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What I Drive: 2002 Grey ZX3

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I'm new to this site. I have a 2002 ZX3 and I need some advice. I was thinking of installing a sunroof and I want to know if this is a good idea or bad idea. And does anyone know a good sunroof installer in the Toronto area?
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:18 PM   #213
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Alright, time for the introduction! My name's Dean, I'm 22 and living in Connecticut. I got my Focus just under a month ago and have been lurking around this site ever since. I got myself a CD Silver SVT 3-door with just a hair under 50k on it and the thing is a blast to drive. Up until now I've just been doing my own oil changes but this car has totally sparked my interest in cars that I knew was there all along. Where else are you going to find a car thats fast, handles great, gets good gas mileage, and can fit my mountain bike or set of drums in the back?! Well, my escort could do it too, actually, except for the whole being fast part. Glad to be part of the community!
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:23 PM   #214
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Hi, I found this site by accident. Just looking for info. I have a 2004 Ford Focus, 4 door ZTS(I think that is the order) Love the car but I have had the control panel replaced under warranty, transmission repaired under warranty and now have to pick it up tomorrow with another transmission repair. I'm supposed to pay a $100.00 deductable but I don't want to since I'm retired and on a very fixed income. I don't have the $100.00 and would have to borrow the money. I think they should eat that $100.00 because the trans was bad from the begining. Anyone else have trouble with there 2004 FF. I was hoping this would be the last car I would buy. Also It won't be paid for until Aug 2009 and the powerchain warranty is up Feb 2009. Wish I could work on my own car but I'm an old grandma. Over my lifetiime I have had 5 brand new Fords. This is the only one I have had trouble with. Go figure...70 years old with a lemon. Wonder if it was built on Monday or Friday. I just hope Ford doesn't mess with me.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:02 PM   #215
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Just got my focus a month ago and im dying to mod it. This website is the illest
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:27 PM   #216
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I'm new here, but I'm not a new Focus owner. I own a 2003 Focus sedan, and it's the best car I've ever owned! Nothing has the mix of performance, fuel economy, and practicality that this car has. Unfortunately, it has an automatic trans.; I got it used, so I couldn't equip it the way I like. Still, best car I've ever owned...

I found this site by doing a search. I have questions about my car, and I figured a place like this had to exist. They exist for motorcycle owners (I own a Kawi W650, and I owned a ZRX1100 too), and they're good resources if you're a bike owner. I figured as popular a car that the Focus is would have a huge online community, and I was right...

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Old 08-28-2008, 12:59 PM   #217
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Not a 'noob' but glad to be here....

Hi all. Even though I've been a member here since '03, the majority of my time has been on FJ since a lot of the sites, etc are on the West Coast where I live. I was a member there since '01, but I've just grown tired of all the bad attitudes, name calling, belittling and general disrespect for one another, so I am going to be on FF now. I have a lot of friends on FJ and they will always be my friends, but the other stuff I can do without. I currently own an '03 Focus SVTF in CD Silver and have 132,000 original miles on her w/COOL-FLO intake, BORLA exhaust, STEEDA sts, MSD ignition, PREDATOR tune by FOCUS-POWER, 65mm throttle body & 2 pc UDP by FOCUS CENTRAL. It is my 2nd Focus in a row, my previous one was an '00 ZTS. By profession, I'm a 911 dispatcher/paramedic and I live in San Dimas, CA. I was going to trade in my SVTF and buy a new '09 coupe, but have decided that I will probably just hang on to what I have for the time being anyway. I hope to be able to fit in here and contribute what little I can so please say hi. -Cliff
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:24 PM   #218
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Hello All!

My name is Jackie (as in Jackie Chan, Jackie Gleason, Jackie Robinson).
I drive a 1994 Buick Roadmaster with Crager S/S Wheels and Magnaflow exhaust. It has 213,000 miles.

I have decided to sell my Roadmaster and get a Focus Wagon. Can anyone tell me how the ZTW and ZXW differ?
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:45 PM   #219
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I joined escape-central when I got my '05 Escape and got so much out of the help and info. the gang gave that I was looking for the same when I bought my Wife's '08 SES. I have to say that most of you give some really good advice and seem to be very knowledgeable about Focii! I really appreciate all of you and FF!
My "Pocket Rocket": '05 Silver Metallic Escape XLT, 3.0L V6, 4X4, MAC SRI, custom 2-1/4" catback w/turbo muffler, SCT XCal3 93 octane ECU tune, approx. 240 hp, 4X4 fuse pulled (rice humiliator)

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Old 08-31-2008, 03:21 AM   #220
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Good morning all,
Yesterday we (my son & I) bought an '05 ZX3. It,s blue, not Sonic blue or dark blue but a medium blue, 5 speed manual xmission, 45,525 miles, it's totally stock and will most likely stay that way. Tires will be replaced soon with Falkin's and the only other change will be the oil every 3k miles or so. Glad to be part of this forum.
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