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Old 10-10-2004, 12:52 AM   #1
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Focus is very fun to drive || better than Honda Prelude??

The upgrade to the Eiback Pro suspension definately makes the ride more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this setup. It's not too bumpy and it handles 200% better than stock. I have driven many cars for dealerships and this car is rated 9.5 out of 10 on the scale of 1 being the worst and 10 being the best ride. For most people, this is the suspension setup to have. I know that the 1.5" drop is perfect drop for this car. If you are looking for a really bumpy setup, but even less body roll, I would recomment the 2.25" drop, with 18" wheels/tires.

Duratec 2.3L engine is the engine to have in this car. I had a Nissan Maxima and it had the same pull as my car now, except that the Maxima had 200hp and a 3.0L V6.

Marcy Motorsport cold air intake really makes the biggest difference in sound and performance in this car. I love the throttle plate noise after 3,000 RPMs.. It sounds like a little tiny turbo spooling up. I can hear it inside the car and sometime on the highway. Definately turns heads..

I see a lot of potential for this new engine and I think it would go as far as being the competitor to the already famous Honda Prelude VTEC H22A engine (200hp). I was going to buy a Prelude a while ago but the problem was that the car weighs almost 3000 lbs. My Focus is so light that any modification to the horsepower tweak, this car flies.

I definately think that this car should come standard with LSD. Perhaps the Focus community can give a hint to Ford to come out with a RS in US. I personaly like the idea of modifying, but when you look at the car insurance point of view, you start to think what would happen if someone were to hit you. All the investment would go down the drain. This is why I'm scared to put a turbo on my car. I don't know of any insurance company that would cover that damage. Anyways, my main reason for posting this thread is to pay a tribute to this great car and hopefully most of you will agree with me. Peace.



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Old 10-10-2004, 12:58 AM   #2
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I agree... It's funny how you mentioned the H22 Prelude Engine.
I watched as my friend put one in a Honda civic hatchback yesterday.
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h22a is a good engine, but Honda could have made a lot of money by having that engine in a Civic SI. $20,000 would probably be the cost for one of those, but it would break into 13s at the track STOCK.
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Old 10-10-2004, 11:04 AM   #4
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the bigger mistake is not bringing the CTR to the states.
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what is a CTR?
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Old 10-11-2004, 10:48 AM   #6
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Civic Type R I believe CTR means
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honda civic type R is a nice car, but I don't lake that it's not a coupe.. civic hatchback is ugly looking, but that's my opinion.

One thing that I do wonder is the difference between the Mazda 3 engine because that car has the same duratec engine.. with more horsepower. ooo.. It's going to be a new thread topic...
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...One thing that I do wonder is the difference between the Mazda 3 engine because that car has the same duratec engine.. with more horsepower. ooo.. It's going to be a new thread topic...
My understanding is that the one major difference in the Mazda 3 is variable valve timing. Probably some detail differences in the intake and exhaust but I'm just guessing there. The 2.3 makes 160HP @ 6500 and 150 ft-lb @ 4500 in the Mazda.

http://www.caranddriver.com/article....&page_number=1
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The new FF magazine has an entire article about it. The new Focus ST vs Mazda 3. They basically said in almost every test, they picked the 3. Much more fun to drive and they said "begs to be driven" instead of just a mode of transportation. The numbers, as far as accel and power, are almost identical. The 3 has more tire and suspension from the factory and a nicer interior. The article mentions that even though the mazda motor has slightly higher numbers, it probably has to do with differences in rating procedures...but maybe also because of variable intake timing. Sorry for the long post. Take care.
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The new FF magazine has an entire article about it. The new Focus ST vs Mazda 3. They basically said in almost every test, they picked the 3. Much more fun to drive and they said "begs to be driven" instead of just a mode of transportation. The numbers, as far as accel and power, are almost identical. The 3 has more tire and suspension from the factory and a nicer interior. The article mentions that even though the mazda motor has slightly higher numbers, it probably has to do with differences in rating procedures...but maybe also because of variable intake timing. Sorry for the long post. Take care.
Hey Brad:

So FF mag (what's that, Fast Focus?) picked the 3, huh? Interesting. Just wondering, do they comment on the price difference? I thought the ST was like $16K realistically and the 3 was closer to $20K.
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