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Old 07-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #11
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Youre not goona get a quick time granny shifting. You have to abuse it and bang some gears. You can hit 57mph in second gear then a quick change up. But once in third you wont be winning any races as there just isnt enough torque to keep pulling as much. These cars are geared for economy and could use another cog. There are a couple different final ratios depending on year trans and wheel size so not everyone is playing with a full deck. I would imagine an auto on 15s would be 8 or there abouts

Coupes and sedans are exactly the same dimensionally inside and out but you will find the rear doors are a blessing for back seat access. Theres plenty of room in the back for a 5'10" frame but im not sure how much more. Right after i purchased mine i did a 3500 cross country jaunt with two friends. There wernt any complaints except that the seat cusions were still pretty firm. I dont usually have passengers so the seats are still crisp and passengers sit 3 or so inches higher than when in my seat.

I drive 3hrs each way and have a bad back from an accident but i dont have any complaints about the seating position. My seat is height adjustable and seems to bucket the more you rachet it down and levels out as you go up. I just wish there was an adjustable lumbar bolster.

You may consider having the vehicle tinted as there is a lot of greenhouse. Its a ford thing. Also pick up a set of all weather mats like weathertechs. They are expensive for a mat but the fit is right as we have deep foot wells.

As far as the exterior is concerned 3m makes a sprayable paint protection film. Apply that to the rear of the rocker moulding just infront of the rear wheel wells as this area flares out and attracts stone chips. The film will keep you paint looking great and is barely noticeable. This or add generic universal mud flaps to the car. Nobody makes fitted ones.

There are plenty of ways to personalize the appearance of the car. Aftermarket headlights taillights or adding factory fogs if yours doesnt. There are the base black door pulls the optional se chrome or ses color matched. A black chrome or dark chrome grille.

The wheels are 4x108 patterned and these are used by other manufacturers so there is a huge aftermarket for those.

Id peek over at the buy sell trade section of the site to see what deals are out there.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:33 AM   #12
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Drove thru the lot on my way home from church today and the car wasn't out, so I assume it's still in their huge garage getting worked on.

The performance (sway bar, etc) is non-issue to me - it'll never do anything more aggressive than driving 75 on a highway.

According to the car's readout, my test drive the other day (mostly highway) was about 33mpg and I wasn't trying to drive nicely :)
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I would imagine an auto on 15s would be 8 or there abouts
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I'm still curious where your 6.5 figure is coming from since that's almost as fast as a new ST and much faster than a stock SVT...

The 5spd 09+ Focus will hit 60 in about 8 seconds give or take. Autos will be 9+
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:12 PM   #14
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Mac is pretty spot on about the times.. Did a couple 0-60's the other night, my bone stock auto was doing 10's.. using a GPS tracker to time it, wasnt 100% accurate but close enough, anyways, there is no way in hell you can shave 3.5 seconds off of that.. Its a quick-ish car.. but not that quick stock?
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:24 PM   #15
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I maintain the hell outta my car. Run restore in the oil seafoam in the fuel and do a monthly decarb/fog of the intake. Double platinum plugs and fuel filter once a year and trans fluid every two. Every service i blow out the air filter and chemically clean the maf. My guess is you arent making any where near stock power but then again my car was delivered without a working rev limiter that has since been reflashed by the dealer to correct that. Also check your shift linkages. Take care of your car and it returns the favor
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You're wasting your time and money with over-maintenance. Chill out.

Oil additives are such a bad idea... Double platinum plugs are designed to last 80K+ miles... Fuel filter should be changed at 30k mile intervals, transmission fluid every 60k...

You might have a lot of miles on your car, but I can guarantee there are thousands of people with just as many miles who don't do that much maintenance. These are durable engines. You don't need to coddle it like that. What you're doing is like a pageant mom, constantly shoving go-go juice into your 5 year old...
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:47 AM   #17
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i track this car so i need the better protection offered by the oil additive. the fuel here sucks many of the stations have been busted for selling watered down gas- seafoam has stabil and other good stuff. your egr makes a mess of the intake and seafoam dissolves it helping keep a steady a/f ratio. ive had syncro problems and fresh oil keeps my transmission shifting smoothly. i spend what most make in fuel alone and any where i can save a mpg i seek it out.

im sure your car spends plenty of time at the mall or grocery store and is rarely driven and doesnt need any maintenance, that you wait for the idiot light to come on before seeking service or just drown out the noise with your stereo.

dboy wanted info on what to look for and what to expect, and you are taking it well off topic. not all cars are equal you dont drive where i drive fuel with what i fuel with your car wasnt built the same or has been driven the same. how can you expect to get the same numbers and bastardize anybody who is different? mac build a bridge and get over it. i dont care if you agree with me or not on how i maintain my fleet. i spent a great deal of time and money studying auto service, tech, and engineering. the lessons i learned there i implement and those were from ford, gm, and chrysler engineers. if its good enough for them and to be published in books....
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Here's a photo of me driving to the mall: http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...ps19a20bf3.jpg

And here's one of me on my way to the post office: http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...psd7d8d224.png

Get a grip. It is NOT necessary to be so critical of vehicle maintenance and NO AMOUNT OF ADDITIVES OR PLATINUM PLUGS is going to shave full seconds from your 0-60 times (Which, you still have not addressed where your 0-60 figures come from)

It's great that you care so much about your cars and that you have such extensive knowledge of how to maintain them, but you're going completely bonkers and cutting manufacturer's recommended intervals in half. For a typical owner, it's incredibly wasteful to do that.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:57 AM   #19
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Back to the original topic...

Ended up buying it last night. Paid $11k for 2011 Focus SE sedan w/ 39k miles, decent upgrades (auto and the main option package w/ cruise control, etc, so I've got bluetooth, sync, steering wheel audio controls, etc. Leather wheel but fabric seats.)

They appear to have replaced the rear bumper, since I can't find ANY sign of the minor damage I saw on it. Tires appear newish too - definitely not nearly worn out. Previous owner must have replaced them not too long before trading it in.

Need to do a sync update today, saw there is one.

Looking for tips on one thing now - I have a cell dock on the windshield, with power cable going down to the 12v outlet. I'm looking for a way to stick the cord to the dash w/o messing up the dash. The best spot probably is right along the seam where the silver center console ends, on the driver side so it's less visible to me. Got tips on how to stick the cable to that groove?
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congrats on the purchase and welcome to the club!

you may want to look into the 3m paint protection film for the area right in front of the rear wheels as this area is prone to chipping from road debris. the film is clear and only you will know its there.

also to cut down on road noise apply rubberized undercoating to the bottom of the rocker panels especially right behind the front wheels. this will also keep the paint from abrading away from stones being tossed up by the tires. this will make a noticeable difference in interior comfort.

the silver trim can be removed and you can snake the cable back to the base of the windshield inside the dash, then have it come up from there so you dont have a cable crossing your dash. it is a bit more labor intensive than just cramming it into a panel gap...
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