MKIII Hatch - First Snow - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus Discussions > Ford Focus Builds & General Showroom

Ford Focus Builds & General Showroom Post pictures and information of your Focus being built or your car images here. We want to see your Focus! More Images: Visit Our Online Ford Focus Gallery

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-27-2014, 10:28 AM   #1
bmccrary
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Fan#: 124993
Location: Lexington, NC
What I Drive: 2014 SE Hatch

Posts: 46
FF Reputation: 1 bmccrary Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
MKIII Hatch - First Snow

I have now completed my break in on the new focus. I was was leery about giving up my Escape because it did so well on my snowboarding trips but I after this weekend I must admit that I am impressed.

It snowed a few inches while we were riding Saturday and the car did fine with traction, only one case of under steer (minor) while I was making my way up to the condo. With a pair of skis and board on the roof plus passenger and gear for the weekend inside I still managed 28mpg average, too.

First pics of the car with snow/slag/salt on her.. I think it looks pretty sweet but a bath will need soon.


After installing my racks.


Had to make some adjustments to get the board to fit. (slide the rear bar back)


1st beer break.. good snow fall.









Still on the fence about mud flaps... thoughts?


bmccrary is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-27-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
Laminar
Focus Enthusiast
 
Laminar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Fan#: 81298
Location: Des Moines, IA
What I Drive: 2013 SE

Posts: 153
FF Reputation: 1 Laminar Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I'm surprised you only felt understeer a couple of times. I have the same package with the Cooper RS3-As and I've been underwhelmed with their performance on snow. I have zero complaints on dry and wet pavement, even in extremely cold weather - I can brake hard on clean pavement and they still won't lock up at 0 degF.

But pulling away from stoplights on snow/ice-covered roads, normal cars that aren't even trying hard will pull away from me while I struggle to find traction.

Also, what program do you use to resize photos? The second photo shows a lot of re-size artifacts that any decent program won't have.
Laminar is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
bmccrary
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Fan#: 124993
Location: Lexington, NC
What I Drive: 2014 SE Hatch

Posts: 46
FF Reputation: 1 bmccrary Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
I'm surprised you only felt understeer a couple of times. I have the same package with the Cooper RS3-As and I've been underwhelmed with their performance on snow. I have zero complaints on dry and wet pavement, even in extremely cold weather - I can brake hard on clean pavement and they still won't lock up at 0 degF.

But pulling away from stoplights on snow/ice-covered roads, normal cars that aren't even trying hard will pull away from me while I struggle to find traction.

Also, what program do you use to resize photos? The second photo shows a lot of re-size artifacts that any decent program won't have.
Wasn't really pushing it at all, in fact I was babying it more than anything. First drive in the snow and I was just trying to feel it out. The one case of under steer came when I was trying to carry some momentum up a hill around a tight left hand corner and avoid the down shift. The road up to the condo is very steep and twisty.

I am just uploading photos from my phone (S4) to photobucket via the photobucket app.
bmccrary is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 03:42 PM   #4
GreySkorpion
saved from the grave
 
GreySkorpion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 94674
Location: B'game, KS
What I Drive: 2004 LG ZX5 2.3D

Posts: 6,079
FF Reputation: 11 GreySkorpion Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
Love the grey on grey. I am considering color matching my wheels .
GreySkorpion is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 08:02 PM   #5
Pennut
Focus Addict
 
Pennut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Fan#: 91326
Location: Rochester, NY
What I Drive: 2012 Sterling Grey SE Hatchback

Posts: 572
FF Reputation: 4 Pennut Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bmccrary View Post
That's got more salt on it than a pretzel.
Pennut is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 11:10 PM   #6
bluehatch14
Focus Addict
 
bluehatch14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Fan#: 111245
Location: virginia beach, VA
What I Drive: 2012 blue se hatchback

Posts: 872
FF Reputation: 1 bluehatch14 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I too just had my mk3 foci in the snow for the first time. I have the same wheels in black with those continental conti pros Ford likes to use. Had no trouble at all getting traction. That is as long as you don't try to gun it lol. And nice focus by the way! I do love the color matching!
bluehatch14 is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2014, 07:28 AM   #7
bmccrary
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Fan#: 124993
Location: Lexington, NC
What I Drive: 2014 SE Hatch

Posts: 46
FF Reputation: 1 bmccrary Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreySkorpion View Post
Love the grey on grey. I am considering color matching my wheels .
Thanks. My Escape was the same color, I was thinking about doing something different but this color looks good when its has a little dirt on it and looks even better clean. I had the dealer drive 3 hours west to pick the thing up because I wanted the solid color wheels.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pennut View Post
That's got more salt on it than a pretzel.
Haha. Good one! Now they are calling for snow in my hometown... you would think we are about to get a blizzard with all the salt they have down. We might get an inch.. might. Snow in the south...

Quote:
Originally Posted by bluehatch14 View Post
I too just had my mk3 foci in the snow for the first time. I have the same wheels in black with those continental conti pros Ford likes to use. Had no trouble at all getting traction. That is as long as you don't try to gun it lol. And nice focus by the way! I do love the color matching!
I was curious how the coopers would do. Now I know. Glad to hear the Conti's do well. Thank you! It was after I got the tint that it really took off for me.
bmccrary is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2014, 08:21 AM   #8
Laminar
Focus Enthusiast
 
Laminar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Fan#: 81298
Location: Des Moines, IA
What I Drive: 2013 SE

Posts: 153
FF Reputation: 1 Laminar Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bmccrary View Post
Thanks. My Escape was the same color, I was thinking about doing something different but this color looks good when its has a little dirt on it and looks even better clean. I had the dealer drive 3 hours west to pick the thing up because I wanted the solid color wheels.
There's a reason I picked these over the "black-out" package wheels.
Laminar is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2014, 09:52 AM   #9
DustyAlex
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Fan#: 107712
Location: Burlington, Canada
What I Drive: 2012 Sonic Blue SE

Posts: 195
FF Reputation: 1 DustyAlex Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I really like those wheels, especially in gunmetal. Dirty Mk3.... Just like mine :(
__________________
Labour rate is $60 an hour, if you already tried to fix it $80 an hour, and if you want to help me $100 an hour
DustyAlex is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2014, 09:26 AM   #10
bmccrary
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Fan#: 124993
Location: Lexington, NC
What I Drive: 2014 SE Hatch

Posts: 46
FF Reputation: 1 bmccrary Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DustyAlex View Post
I really like those wheels, especially in gunmetal. Dirty Mk3.... Just like mine :(
Its going to stay dirty for a bit. Snow-apocalypse here in NC.It started snowing around 2pm yesterday, the schools let out around 10am before the snow started falling. At 4pm my normal 40 minute commute took 2 hours thanks to the powder on the road and the incompetent southern drivers. Stop and go the whole way and when we were moving everyone wanted to run side by side the entire time. When I got into town I pulled into the gym hoping to take advantage of my road rage... nope. Everyone left and the gym had closed.

Oh and the roads were just covered in dust. It was blowing away as your drove over it.

It was not a good day. Rant over...
bmccrary is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks
-->
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:47 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.