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Old 05-28-2009, 08:08 AM   #361
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:10 AM   #362
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:24 PM   #363
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Hey, I just purchased my 2000 Black ZX3 a week ago for $2100. It feels great to drive a well made American car even with 150K on her. My previous was a 98 VW Golf which was shit actually. Glad to be here and look foward to playing witht he car much much more.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:41 PM   #364
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:04 AM   #365
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'nother newb!

Just realized I hadn't posted on this thread yet, even though I joined up about a month ago, just after I bought my new fofo. My bad!

So, the ride is a Brilliant Silver '09 SES sedan, born the the Wayne plant in March 2009. In addition to the usual nice SES equipment list and a 5-speed (hard to find!), she came with three options. The first I had to have/deal breaker for someone like me who drives in the mountains year-round: ABS/AdvanceTrac/ESC. The other two had been ordered by the Oregon dealership where my dealer found her, and I took them to get the MTX and the ABS etc.: 17s from the coupe and the Cali PZEV engine (can't order that engine directly here in Washington).

The 17s are nice enough looking, except for making the Focus brake system look about two sizes two small, but now I'm also stuck with having to budget to smoke the grill bars, headlamp clusters, and tails a la the coupe, just so the wheels coordinate! They do help the handling, but really, Ford, couldn't your "premium" small sports sedan with the 17s come wrapped with some better tires than Kumhos? These things are a total joke in the snow, as I found out the hard way up in the Cascades a couple weekends ago.

The PZEV will limit performance upgrading under the hood rather more than a bit, but I like the idea of a PZEV well enough to live with that. No big loss there, after driving my 1992 Escort wagon for 253,000 miles for the past 17 years. My "performance upgrades" under the hood on that 88 hp beast were quality plugs and wires, and a K&N, so 130 hp in the PZEV seems like a nice enough boost right there. I tend to put my performance money into chassis upgrades, anyway. The Escort (her name's Emma, and she's still in my driveway, since I couldn't find a Focus wagon to replace her) has upgraded springs, shocks, polyurethane suspension bushings, brakes, and Toyos to help her keep up her momentum. I'll do similar things with the new fofo, I expect.

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Old 06-04-2009, 04:13 AM   #366
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Welcome ChrissyL you sound like you've been doing a few mods there and there already and welcome to the crew
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:17 AM   #367
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Thanks. Can you tell me which forum should I submit a question about preemptive repairs like that in?
welcome to FF jdoggrr, the search feature is your friend. Just be sure you enter in keywords to find out more of what you need. Good luck to you
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:18 AM   #368
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Hey!! im mariah from northwest florida
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:23 PM   #369
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I suggest the "Zetec Performance Chat" area.
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